Local roundup: CGA men win soccer opener in OT
Gorham, Maine — Lukas Benedetto scored 2 minutes, 38 seconds into overtime Friday, leading the Coast Guard Academy men's soccer team a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Salve Regina at the Southern Maine Invitational.
Benedetto, a junior, gave Coast Guard its 11th win in the last 12 years in season openers. Senior tri-captain John Tarzian and freshman Austin Read assisted on the game-winning goal.
Salve's Jake Weinshank had the only goal of the first half in the 26th minute as the Seahawks led 1-0 at halftime. Coast Guard senior tri-captain Matthew Bogdan tied the game in the 57th minute with junior Alex Lane adding the assist.
Senior Richie Burns made six saves in goal for Coast Guard, which plays again at the Southern Maine Invite today against Bridgewater State.
New York-Penn League
• The Connecticut Tigers beat the Hudson Valley Renegades 5-4 in 11 innings, keeping their playoff hopes alive. The Tigers (39-34) trail Brooklyn by a game for the wild-card spot. Each team has three games remaining. Ben Verlander led off the top of the 11th with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball. One out later, Verlander scored on another passed ball. Steven Fuentes had three hits, Kasey Coffman doubled twice and Will Maddox, Verlander and Derek Hill also had two hits for the Tigers.
• Terry Netusil's header in the 67th minute lifted Coast Guard to a 1-0 win over Anna Maria in the season opener for both teams. Lindsay Duplessis and Avery Ayres assisted on the goal by Netusil, a sophomore, and Holly Moore made one save to earn the shutout for Coast Guard.
• Ashley Dumont had 10 kills to help lead host Coast Guard to a 25-10, 25-3, 25-12 win over Suffolk in the Bear Invitational. Susan West added eighth kills and five blocked while Michelle McGill had 10 digs, Maggie Hine 16 assists and Michelle Hernandez 13 assists for the Bears. Montclair State defeated Colby-Sawyer 3-1 in the other opening night match.
• Coast Guard wide receiver Collis Brown and defensive end Aaron Black, both seniors, were honorable mention selections on the 2014 D3 Senior Classic Super Senior Watch List. The team recognizes the top seniors heading into the 2014 Division III football season. Brown was a first team All-New England Football Conference selection a year ago, leading the conference in receptions (67) to go along with a single-season Coast Guard record of 983 receiving yards. He set school single-game records with 16 receptions and 244 receiving yards during a 41-38 victory over Western New England. He is on pace to eclipse the school career records for receptions (159 by Sam England, 2006-09) and receiving yards (2,356 by Christian Lee, 1993-96). Black was also a first team All-NEFC pick last year after leading all conference linemen with 101 tackles, 62 solo. For his career, Black has 156 tackles, 99 solo, and eight sacks while starting in 18 of the 20 games he's appeared in. Coast Guard opens its season Sept. 6 at home against St. Lawrence at 1 p.m.
• National Lacrosse League veteran Brett Bucktooth, one of the premier forwards in the sport, signed a one-year free agent contract today to play for the Connecticut franchise, which relocated from Philadelphia earlier in August. An official announcement on the name of the franchise, which will play its home game at Mohegan Sun Arena on Jan. 2, is pending.
Bucktooth, 31, has 92 goals, 131 assists and 223 points in 88 NLL games since he was selected third overall by the Buffalo Bandits in the 2006 draft. Bucktooth had a career-high 18 goals with 25 assists and 43 points for Vancouver in 2014. A member of the 2004 NCAA Championship team at Syracuse, Bucktooth has appeared in 11 NLL playoff games, collecting 14 goals, 21 assists and 35 points.
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