Local colleges: CGA's Mooney wins New England title in women's 3,000

Springfield, Mass. — Coast Guard Academy freshman Kaitlyn Mooney edged Brittany Bowman of Tufts by two-tenths of a second to capture the women's 3,000-meter race during Saturday's New England Division III indoor track and field championships at Springfield College.

Mooney's time of 9:46.79 broke her own school record as she became the first Coast Guard athlete since Jackie James (55 dash) in 2000 to win an individual New England title.

The Bears tied Bates for sixth place with 39 points, their best finish since 1996. Williams won the team title with 149.

Coast Guard's 4x800 relay team of Maeve Roach, Anita Green, Adora Lawrence and Ashlee Johnson added a third-place finish (9:36.76) as did Johnson in the 600 (1:38.16).

Also for CGA, Gabbie Troise was fourth in the shot put (38 feet, 4 inches) and fifth in the weight throw (49-11), while Lawrence was fifth in the 800 (2:21.10), Anna Beck was seventh in the 400 (59.68) and the distance medley relay team of Emma Sims, Molly Yuan, Mia Huncharek and Mooney was seventh in 12:53.44.

The top eight finishers in each event earned All-New England honors.

Men's indoor track

• Coast Guard junior Michael Frick won the pole vault and set a facility record during the New England Division III championship meet at Middlebury College. Frick cleared 15 feet, 5.5 inches on his first attempt to help the Bears tie Bates for eighth with 30 points. Tufts won the title with 110 points.

Coast Guard earned All-New England honors (top eight) in five other events. The 4x400 relay team of Jacob Pawlina, Nicholas Frystak, Luke Rehfuss and Raeford Penny finished third in 3:21.83 as did the 4x800 team of Brennen McCulloch, Sydney Johnson, Benjamin Taminger and Brett Foster 7:54.34. In addition, Penny was fifth in the 400 (50.42), Ben Zarlengo was seventh in the weight throw (52-6) and the distance medley team of Matt Doyle, Miguel Moroles, Colton Atkinson and Josiah Davis was seventh (10:50.09).

Women's basketball

• Former Stonington standout Tatyana LaFrance Boyce scored 25 points as No. 6 Avery Point beat No. 3 Roxbury Community College 71-60 in a game featuring the top two teams in NJCAA Region 21. LaFrance Boyce was 17-for-18 from the free throw line. Meagan Bianchi had 13 points and 11 assists and Egypt Santos had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Avery Point (21-5, 10-1), which has won 12 straight.

• Connecticut College was ousted from the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament, losing to No. 3 Tufts 85-48 in a quarterfinal. Mairead Hynes had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Casey Walsh scored 10 for No. 6 Conn (15-9, 4-6). 

• Mitchell College ended out its regular season with a 58-56 loss to Becker in a New England Collegiate Conference game. Allegra Jones came off the bench to lead Mitchell with 20 points. Francesca Pinard had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Marissa Sweeney had 10 rebounds ans six assists for Mitchell (12-13, 11-5).

• Coast Guard lost to MIT 58-38 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game which ended the regular season for both teams. Gillian Gerton scored 11 points, Micaela Martinelli had nine points and seven rebounds and Brenna Farrington had eight rebounds for Coast Guard (13-12, 7-9).

Men's basketball

• Avery Point ended its season with a 96-70 win over Roxbury CC. The game also marked the end of James Childs' 16-year career as the Pointers' coach. Elijah Malboeuf-Boyd had 29 points and 15 rebounds, Jacee Hamelin had 24 points and 10 assists, New London's Tyrel Martinez scored 17 and Stonington's Amadi White had 12 points for the Pointers (10-18).

• Packy Witkowski had a career-high tying 31 points as Coast Guard beat Emerson 91-74 in a NEWMAC game that ended the season for both teams. Witkowski had 20 points in the first half as he connected on 4 of 6 from beyond the arc and finished 11 of 16 from the floor and 5-7 from 3-point range. Justin Kane added 16 points, Luke Daniels scored 12 while Bryce Schroeder added 11 points for the Bears (11-12, 3-11).

• Becker beat Mitchell 80-64 in an NECC game that ended the regular season for both teams. Steffen Brunson had 17 points and seven rebounds, Domenico Santiago had 14 points and seven rebounds, Marvin Baker scored 10 and Alan Morgan had six assists for Mitchell (13-12, 9-5).

Men's hockey

• Freshman Paul Capozzi scored twice as Conn College earned a spot in the NESCAC tournament with a 7-3 win over Bowdoin. Greg Pezza, Chris Jellison, Mason Evans, Kevin Doyle and Matt Gaetz also scored and Connor Rodericks made 36 saves for Conn (10-10-4, 9-5-4). 

Women's hockey

• Conn College lost to Hamilton 2-1 in the NESCAC. Lily Connolly scored 15:47 into the second period, pulling Conn to within a goal. Elena Gualtieri and Ashley Carbone had assists and Bailey Mertz made 20 saves for Conn (14-5-5, 9-3-4).


• UConn put together a 15-hit attack in a 10-1 win over Georgia State. Thad Phillips had a two-run single and former Wheeler standout Troy Stefanski had a run-scoring single for UConn (1-1).


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