Local college notes

Camel highlights

• Connecticut College junior Michael LeDuc was named New England Small College Athletic Conference men's track performer of the week after setting a school record (eight minutes, 54.80 seconds) while placing second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Sam Howell Distance Invitational on Friday at Princeton. He owns the top NCAA Division III time in that event by 11 seconds.

• The men's lacrosse team is ranked 20th in Division III. The Camels (7-2, 5-1) have won five straight, outscoring their opponents 53-33. Senior Andrew Freedman leads Conn with 26 goals and nine assists while Chad Sawyer has 21 goals and five assists and senior Brendan Schrader has won 57 percent of his faceoffs. Brogan O'Connor, Mike Brennan and Kieran Morris anchor the defense and goalie Bobby Bleistein has a 7.10 goals against average.

• The women's water polo team won six matches last weekend at Carthage College to improve to 12-6. Sophomore Nicky Jasbon had 23 goals, 13 steals and eight assists in the six wins and Kelsey Millward added 15 goals, 14 steals and 10 assists. The Camels have won eight in a row.

• Senior Bri Miller is nearing a milestone for the women's lacrosse team. She needs four goals to reach the century mark in her career during which she has 96 goals and 29 assists for 135 points.

• The 20th-ranked women's sailing team finished 14th at Boston University's President's Trophy Regatta. Alex Romagnolli, Sarah Price and Bettina Redway combined to take 14th in the A Division.

The No. 19 coed sailing squad placed 13th at the Friis and Marchiando Team Racing Regatta in Boston. Senior Peter Miller, junior Kevin Martland, sophomore Jordan Bothwick and freshman Pearson Potts all skippered while senior Claire Sacco, Ben Myers and Ellis Tonnissi contributed as crew.

Mariners riding a wave

• For the second straight week, Mitchell College freshman Graham Cavanaugh was selected New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Week in men's tennis. He posted a 2-1 record in singles and doubles against Regis and Lesley. The Mariners are 2-4, 1-3.

• It was an impressive week for the men's lacrosse team. Mitchell (8-2, 3-0) clinched the program's first NECC title with a 15-2 rout of Daniel Webster on Saturday.

Junior attackman David Klapp was named the NECC Player of the Week and defender Maxx Crowley earned the conference's top rookie honors. In a 2-0 week, Klapp had nine goals, including five against Daniel Webster. He has a team-best 22 goals and 11 assists for 33 points. Crowley led a stingy defense that allowed just seven goals in two games and killed off 14 of 15 extra man chances. He is tied for the team lead in caused turnovers with 19 and has 33 ground balls.

Tracking the Bears

• Two freshmen are helping power the Coast Guard Academy softball team. Jessie Richardson leads the Bears in batting average (.389), hits (28) and RBI (14) while Morgan Kingston is second in batting average (.385) and tied for second with 11 RBI while scoring a team-high 17 runs.

The Bears are 12-9 overall, 4-4 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.

• Senior pitcher Riley Beecher posted two wins last week for the baseball team. In a 7-3 upset of No. 10 Wheaton, Beecher went six innings, allowing eight hits and three runs while striking out three and walking three. Beecher (4-1) is tied with Derek Petty (4-2, 1.94 ERA) for the team lead in wins. Ed Sella (.321) and Nolan Gallagher (.320) are the top run producers, tying for the team lead in RBI with 15 apiece.

Around the region

• Plymouth State senior Rew Wilson, an East Lyme graduate, earned his second straight Little East Conference Pitcher of the Week honor in baseball. Wilson, a right-hander, picked up a save and a win in a recent doubleheader sweep of Western Connecticut. In the two games, he threw eight shutout innings and allowed one hit while striking out 11 and walking one.

On the season, Wilson is 3-2 with a 2.38 earned run average and has a team high 33 strikeouts and only six walks in 34 innings. Opponents are batting .175 against Wilson, ranking him second in the conference in that category.

Stacy Manfredi, a Stonington graduate, will be inducted into the University of Saint Joseph Athletic Hall of Fame on May 11. The induction ceremony will be held at the school's O'Connell Athletic Center in West Hartford.

Manfredi, a 1998 Saint Joseph graduate, finished her basketball career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,806 points. She was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Year after leading her team to the conference championship in 1997-98.

• Former Stonington track standout Megan Rose Chapman is competing at UConn. Last weekend at the UConn Spring Invite, Chapman placed second in the discus (46.56 meters) and fifth in the hammer (42.69). During her high school days, she was the State Open discus champion.

• Southeastern Connecticut athletes are making significant contributions at Western Connecticut.

Last week, Ryan Foster, a junior from Ledyard, had three goals in a 12-11 overtime men's lacrosse win over Trinity, and Norwich's Nate Wilson had one goal. Foster added four goals and Wilson three in a 20-11 win over UMass-Dartmouth. Goalie Kevin Seery of East Lyme made 10 saves against UMass-Dartmouth.

On the women's lacrosse team, freshman Emma Theiler of Waterford scored a goal in a 20-16 win over Manhattanville College last week. She also had a goal in an 8-7 loss to Mount Holyoke.

Emma Marrs, a sophomore from Old Lyme, tied the Wheelock College women's lacrosse record with 10 points on seven goals and three assists in a 19-5 win over Daniel Webster.

• Sophomore shortstop Katelyn Sykora of Waterford is batting .281 with eight RBI while starting 20 games for the Rhode Island College softball team.

• Virginia Tech junior Emmett Dignan, a Fitch graduate, earned Honorable Mention All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. He swam on the 14th place 400 medley relay and 16th place 200 freestyle relay teams.

Megan Gada of Norwich Free Academy will play for the Merrimack College women's soccer team next fall. A midfielder, she made The Day's All-Area three times and earned all-state honors as a senior. She plans to major in sports medicine.

• Senior Matt Cohen of East Lyme scored three goals in Trinity College's 11-8 win over Colby College last week. He has 17 goals and five assists overall.

• Senior Arielle Cooper of Mystic and freshman Alyssa Hancock of Waterford are off to fast starts for the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team. Cooper was named the Little East Player of the week after batting .714 (15-for-21) with eight extra base hits and nine RBI in eight games for the Warriors, who went 6-2. She had two doubles, a triple and five home runs. She's the school record holder for career home runs with 33. Hancock was named Rookie of the Week, going 8-for-23 with two doubles, a triple and six RBI.

• Ledyard's Sean Curtin scored his first collegiate goal in the St. Michael's College lacrosse team's 6-3 win over Bentley College last week. The Purple Knights are ranked 12th.

- Gavin Keefe


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