Local college notes

Tracking the Bears

• The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's soccer regular-season championship will be on the line when Coast Guard Academy (11-4-1, 4-0-1) visits Babson (12-3-2, 4-0-1) on Saturday in Wellesley, Mass. It is the regular-season finale for both teams.

The winner will earn the top seed in the conference tournament and loser will be No. 2. If it ties, Coast Guard can still be the No. 1 seed but would need Springfield to defeat WPI. The top seed will serve as the host for the NEWMAC semifinals and finals on Nov. 3-4.

The Bears are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Greg Kennerley has a team-best 11 points on three goals and five assists while John Tarzian has a team-leading four goals and goalie Richie Burns is 10-2-1 with a 0.53 goals against average.

• Senior quarterback Jon Resch was named Offensive Player of the Week and freshman kicker Tyler Henning the Special Teams Player of the Week by the New England Football Conference following the Bears 31-28 overtime win at Worcester State on Saturday.

Resch ran for three touchdowns and was 17 of 35 passing for 306 yards and another touchdown, while setting the program's single-season records for yards (2,200) and completions (185) in the win.

Henning made a game-winning 27-yard field goal in overtime.

• The Bears (16-12, 5-2) can secure a home game in the first round of the conference volleyball tournament with a win over Babson tonight. Keriann Mason has been a force, leading the team with 297 kills and adding 350 digs this season. Catherine Walker went over the 1,000 mark for career kills on Saturday and increased her season total to 257.

• CPTV Sports will broadcast the women's soccer game tonight against St. Joseph's on Thursday night at 7:30. Junior Devin Fellman wore out her goalie gloves last week, making 20 saves in back-to-back games against NEWMAC leaders Springfield (1-0 loss in double OT) and MIT (3-1 loss). The Bears (2-12, 0-8) finish the season by hosting WPI Saturday.

• The NEWMAC Championship cross country meet is on Saturday at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Both the men's team and women's team placed third last year.

Gary Ezzo, who earned All-conference honors with an 11th place finish last year, is the runner to watch for the men while Beth Gollin, who took eighth last year and earned all-conference honors, will lead the women.

• The men's and women's swimming and diving teams will open the season at the Union Relays on Saturday.

Highlighting the Camels

• Connecting with the local community is an important part of any student-athlete's experience at Connecticut College. The women's soccer team participated in the Ivoryton Run Local/Read Local 5K race, which benefitted the Ivoryton Library, on Saturday.

The Camels wore costumes for the Halloween-themed event.

"I think it was important to participate in this volunteer event because it not only benefited the Ivoryton Library, but it also gave us a chance to spend a fun Saturday morning together," senior tri-captain Tori Frank said.

Senior Kirsten Manville and junior Stevie Lustofin, who dressed as a gorilla and banana, respectively, won the team's best costume winners.

The Camels (5-6-2, 3-6) return to action Wednesday, hosting 10th-ranked Amherst (11-1-1, 7-1-1). They are unbeaten in their last four games.

• The men's soccer team has already clinched a berth in the NESCAC tournament. The Camels (5-2-6, 1-2-6) will open postseason play on the road Saturday against a yet to be determined opponent.

They close the regular season by hosting undefeated Amherst (11-0-2, 7-0-2) on Wednesday. Conn is coming off a 3-2 win over Framingham State on Sunday in nonconference action and owns an eight-game unbeaten streak.

• The volleyball team has climbed to No. 2 in the New England Division III poll. The Camels, who've won nine in a row to improve to 19-2 overall, have three regular-season matches left, including the home finale against Hamilton College on Friday.

Conn is one of five teams fighting to host conference championship weekend on Nov. 2-4.

• Conn (7-6, 4-5), which has clinched a berth in the NESCAC field hockey tournament, can achieve its highest victory total since 2005 with a win over Amherst on Wednesday.

• Both the men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the NESCAC championship on Saturday at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. The men are ranked eighth in New England.

• The women's rowing team placed 13th out of 38 teams in the collegiate fours at the Head of the Charles Regatta last weekend in Boston. Seana Siekman (stroke), Maureen Sweeney (coxswain), Lindsay Cook and Annie Speranza represented the Camels who finished in 20 minutes, 2 seconds.

Mariners making a splash

• This is a big week for the Mitchell College men's soccer team. The Mariners (6-6, 4-1), who reside in second place in the New England Collegiate Conference, visit first place Lesley (9-4-2, 6-0) today and host third place Regis (7-9, 4-2) on Saturday.

Frank Williams, a sophomore forward, is the team's leading scorer, contributing five goals and four assists.

Around the region

• Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore Rachel Skelton, a goalie from East Lyme, recorded her first collegiate win on Saturday against Southern Maine. She came into the game midway through the first half with the score tied at 1-1 and made one save in a 4-1 win.

Olivia Moore, a sophomore from Salem, had an assist in Wentworth's 2-1 women's soccer win over Nichols College on Saturday.

• Waterford High School graduate Cristina Turley, a sophomore at Anna Maria College, scored her first collegiate soccer goal in a 9-1 win over Pine Manor College on Oct. 17.

• Sophomore setter Molly Giannattasio of East Lyme has appeared in 23 matches for the Springfield College volleyball team. Springfield is 25-5.

• ECSU senior middle hitter Katie Wilson, a Norwich Free Academy graduate, continues to rack up Little East Conference volleyball honors. She was named the defensive player of the week after earning top offensive player the previous two weeks. She converted 70 of 72 reception attempts and had a team-best 50 digs and 22 blocks while helping the Warriors go 4-1 last week.

- Gavin Keefe


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