Local roundup: NFA's Lenehan wins CIAC State Open title

Brianna Lenehan of NFA runs during a meet against Plainfield, Windham and East Lyme on Sept. 19 in Norwich. She won the State Open title Sunday.
Brianna Lenehan of NFA runs during a meet against Plainfield, Windham and East Lyme on Sept. 19 in Norwich. She won the State Open title Sunday.

Manchester - Norwich Free Academy's Brianna Lenehan continued her memorable autumn Sunday by earning the CIAC Girls' State Open cross country championship at Wickham Park.

Lenehan won the race in 19 minutes, 09 seconds. She won the state Class LL title last week.

Eva Christensen of East Lyme finished 55th overall in 20:50, just ahead of teammate Kirsten Thompson (57th, 20:52). Ridgefield won the girls' team title with 83 points.

In the boys' race, Connor Gralton of St. Bernard was the top local finisher. He ran in 17:22 to place 57th overall. Other local finishers were Ben Ostrowski of East Lyme (79th, 7:32), Old Lyme's Ross Golebiewski (113th, 17:55) and Jon Combies of East Lyme (122nd, 18:02).

New Milford won the boys' team competition with 112 points.

H.S. football

• Corey Brimmer scored three touchdowns as East Lyme beat Woodstock Academy 48-6 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division game at Waterford High School.

Brimmer, a senior running back, had touchdown runs of 11 and 12 yards in the first quarter and caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Murphy as the Vikings (1-6, 1-3) jumped out to a 34-0 halftime lead. Brimmer rushed for 50 yards on seven carries.

Eric Stirtan led East Lyme in rushing, gaining 160 yards on 16 carries, including a 9-yard touchdown run. Ben Watts and Michael Morgan also ran for scores, Zane Smallidge returned an interception 86 yards for a touchdown and Adam Opsahl kicked six extra points for the Vikings. Michael Stringer had a 9-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Woodstock (0-8, 0-4).

College men's soccer

• Mamadou Doudou Diouf scored in the first half and Conn went on to beat Villanova 1-0 at Morrone Field in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference tournament. The goal came at 39:26 and Carlos Alvarez assisted on the score. UConn (15-2-1) plays Notre Dame in a semifinal Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Harrison, N.J.

H.S. boys' soccer

• Mason Rivera and Erik Palomino scored for No. 5 Norwich Free Academy as it beat No. 4 Ledyard Saturday, 2-0, in the Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament first round. NFA plays No. 1 Bacon Academy today at Waterford (4:30 p.m.) Patrick Kudej had an assist for the Wildcats and Jeremy Laferriere added three saves. Jason Smith had five saves for the Colonels.

College field hockey

• Chloe Hunnable scored in the final minute of regulation to lift No. 5 UConn beat No. 3 Syracuse 4-3 in the final of the Big East Conference tournament at Louisville, Ky. The game-winner was Hunnable's second goal of the game. Erin Koonz and Katherine Baker also scored goals, Marie Elena Bolles had two assists and Sarah Mansfield made six saves for UConn (18-2).

UConn back Louisa Boddy was named the most oustanding player of the tournament and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Roisin Upton, Bolles, Hunnable and Mansfield.

College water polo

• Connecticut College dropped all three of its matches to Division I foes en route to a seventh place finish in the Northern Division Championship at Brown University in Providence. The Camels lost to St. Francis (14-3), Iona (11-4) and Fordham (11-8). In the three games, Rob Spencer had six goals, one assist, one blocks and one steal while Carlos Heros had six goals, nine steals and five ejections.

College sailing

• The No. 20 Connecticut College finished fourth in the 14-team field at the Hap Moore Team Race on the Thames River. Boston College won the event with a 13-1 record. Skipper Kevin Martland and Kim Bolick were in boat 1, Jordan Bothwick and Katie Andril were in boat 2 and skipper Pearson Potts, Steph Kapinos and Bettina Redway were in boat 3 for Conn.

Conn also finished ninth out of 19 teams in the Rhode Island State Championship/Sister Esther Open in Newport. Skipper Gabe Salk, Nick Arabia and Alex Israel were eighth in the A division with 81 points and Bryce Kopp, Sarah Price and Grace Medley were ninth in the B division with 84 points.


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