Local college notes
Tracking the Bears
• Patrick Jackson, Chasse Sodemann, Ross Garrett and Joe Rodriguez earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference relay team of the week after the Coast Guard Academy quartet won their race against Wheaton last weekend. They posted a time of one minutes, 35.40 seconds, the fastest for that event in 15 years at the school.
• The NEWMAC quarterfinal was the final career volleyball match for Coast Guard seniors Michelle McGill, Madison Scott and Emma Saunders. McGill ended third all-time in digs with 1,564 while Scott is eighth all-time in blocks (283) and Saunders piled up 552 career kills. The Bears (16-14) qualified for the NEWMAC tournament for the 20th straight season. They also have nine straight winning seasons.
• Goalie Jake Sorenson, a Montville graduate, finished his Coast Guard men's soccer career with a 1-0 loss to WPI in the NEWMAC semifinals on Saturday. He made eight saves and leaves the program with 14 career wins and 13 shutouts overall. The future looks bright for the Bears, who return 24 players from a 10-5-3 team. It was the first time they've reached double digit wins in a season since 2014.
Mariners riding a wave
• Mitchell College placed two players on the All-New England Collegiate Conference women's soccer team. Senior Tiana Edwards, the top defender for the Mariners, earned a spot on the second team for the second straight season. Freshman midfielder Lindsey Fairbanks, who had the team in scoring with four goals and an assist, was named to the all-sportsmanship team.
Around the region
• Former Stonington standout Elizabeth Morrison helped the College of New Jersey field hockey team capture their fourth straight New Jersey Athletic Conference championship on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Kean University and earn a trip to the NCAA Division III tournament. A senior, Morrison leads the team in scoring with 39 points on 15 goals and a team-best nine assists. She has started all 18 games for the Lions (15-3).
• Fitch graduate Aly Clarke scored Eastern Connecticut State University's only goal in a 2-1 loss to Western Connecticut State University in the Little East Conference women's soccer championship game. Clarke finished with a team-best 10 goals this season.
• Junior Lauren Rahr of Waterford recently completed a successful fall season as a member of the Endicott College women's tennis team. Rahr went 7-0 in singles play and 8-3 in doubles action.
• Courtney Payne, a junior from Waterford, swam to 13th place in the 50-yard breaststroke while competing for Rhode Island College at the 2017 Louise Goodrum Invitational at UMass Dartmouth on Saturday. She also raced in the 200 freestyle (2:36.39), 50 freestyle (32.19), 100 IM (1:23.76) and 200 medley relay (2:17.53).
• Sophomore David Chen of East Lyme recently received a NEWMAC weekly honor as part of the WPI 200-yard medley relay team. Chen swam a leg on the winning relay team at the Worcester City Championship at Clark and had the fastest times in the 50 and 100 breaststroke, finishing in 27.22 and 59.20, respectively.
In other WPI news, goalie Gabi Hoops, a junior from Stonington, posted a sparkling 0.73 goals against average this season in 15 games for the women's soccer team. In three seasons, Hoops has a 25-8-7 overall record with a 0.50 goals against average.
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