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• Alex Petchark of Waterford is one of the top run producers for the UConn Avery Point baseball team. He's second in RBI with 20, just one behind team leader Mike Chiovitti. Chiovitti also leads the Pointers in home runs (six), doubles (eight), hits (31) and is tied for first in runs scored with 28. Brayden Cooney has a team-best .387 batting average.
Waterford's Collin Bakken helps anchor the pitching staff. In 10 appearances, Bakken's posted a 3-1 record with a 1.93 earned run average and notched a team-leading three saves. Gary Costello (4-1) paces the Pointers in wins while Norwich's Andy Grant is 3-2 with a 4.50 earned run average.
• Ledyard High School graduate Brooke Scahill became the sixth player in Mount Ida women's lacrosse history to reach the 100 career goal mark by scoring two in a 9-7 loss to Saint Joseph's of Maine on Saturday.
• Sophomore Ryan Reuling, a Fitch graduate, scored three goals in Western Connecticut State University's 13-11 loss to Southern Maine on Saturday. Reuling is second on the team with 16 goals and also has 10 assists.
• Siena College junior right-hander Thomas Sutera of Waterford earned his first career win on Saturday in a 12-4 victory over Quinnipiac. Sutera pitched 6.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one run while striking out four and walking two. In 14 appearances this season, Sutera is 1-3 with a 5.46 earned run average.
• Fitch graduate Michelina Pinto has a team-best 23 goals for the Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team and ranks second in assists with 10. Her teammates include former Eastern Connecticut Conference players Kylie Sheahan (Waterford), Illiana Stavens (Waterford), Zoe Robert (Stonington), Amanda Tourjee (Waterford) and Stacy Brodeur (East Lyme).
• Old Lyme's Erin McCarthy scored her 15th goal of the season and added five assists in Endicott's 21-1 rout of Curry College on Saturday.
• The Connecticut College men's lacrosse program enters the week in fifth place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference standings. With two regular-season games left, the Camels (9-4, 5-4) are guaranteed to finish with a winning overall record for the first time since 2014. Junior P.J. Kelleher has had the hot hand the last two games, contributing four goals and nine assists.
• Sophomore Koko Mensah broke her own school shot put record on Saturday while competing in the Silfen Invitational at Conn College. She won her event with a throw of 13.52 meters.
• The women's water polo team advanced to the finals of the CWPA Division III tournament, losing to Macalester 13-12 in overtime on Sunday in Erie, Pa. Senior April Anderson and freshman Stephania Lopez, who earned top rookie honors, made the all-tournament first team while seniors Shannon Cry and Sarah Nappo were second team picks. It was Conn's fifth championship appearance in the last six years.
Tracking the Bears
• The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's lacrosse regular season title will be decided down the stretch. Coast Guard Academy is tied with Babson for first place at 3-0, while Clark, Springfield and MIT are all 2-1.
The 20th-ranked Bears (10-2) host Springfield (7-5) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Cadet Memorial Field in New London. They will attempt to beat the Pride for the second straight season, posting a 9-8 upset in 2017. A win also would set a program record for victories in a season and extended their winning streak to six straight. Sophomore midfielder Riley McNulty is having an MVP season, ranking first in the conference in assists (21) and tying for first in goals (34).
Mariners riding a wave
• Mitchell College has rescheduled its pivotal three-game series with Lesley University. The New England Collegiate Conference's two top baseball teams play a doubleheader on Thursday at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass., and then a single game on April 26 in New London. Entering this week's action, Mitchell (19-4, 9-2) is right on the heels of first place Lesley (19-5, 8-1). The regular season champion will host the conference tournament.
The Mariners are easily the top hitting team in the NECC, owning a robust .354 team batting average. They have four of the top five batting average leaders, with Steve Pagan first at .459, Peter Abate second at .404, and Jeremy Santos and Kyle Hartenstein tied for fourth at .393.
Lesley relies on pitching star Tom Muratore who's first in the league in wins (seven), strikeouts (50) and second in earned run average (1.55).
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