Local roundup: Eagles advance to Division III state hockey quarters
New London — The fifth-seeded Eastern Connecticut Eagles scored on their first shift of the night and cruised to a 4-1 victory over the No. 12 Redhawks in the first round of the CIAC Division III hockey tournament on Monday at Connecticut College's Dayton Arena.
The Eagles (16-3-3) advance to Thursday night's quarterfinals against No. 5 Sheehan at a site and time to be determined. The Eagles beat Sheehan 3-1 on Feb. 14. Sheehan advanced with a 7-3 win over No. 13 Hand on Monday.
Kevin Close gave the Eagles their quick lead on assists from Evan Tower and Jake Verbridge. Will Cannella, assisted by Kyle Jacobson and Quenten Dean, made it 2-0 after one period before Close scored an unassisted goal in the second period to make it 3-0 and Cannella, with an assist from Dean, scored his second goal with 1:43 remaining.
Andrew Bannon scored an unassisted goal for the Redhawks, who finish 4-17, the only shot to be Eagles goalie Rylin Fowler, who made 21 saves.
• Mitchell College ran its winning streak to four with a 4-3 win in 12 innings over Heidelberg at the Cusic Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. Peter Abate singled home Jack Finnegan in the otp of the 12th with the game-winning run. New London's Eddie Santiago pitched the first six innings for Mitchell, allowing one run on three hits with six strikeouts. Garet Griffin and Kyle Hartenstein had three hits each for Mitchell (4-1).
• Montville captured the Class S state championship on Sunday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. The Indians, who won their fourth straight ECC title a week earlier, finished with 166.7 points, 1.6 higher than runner-up Holy Cross. It was the first state title for the cheerleading team, and the first state title by a Montville female team since the cross country team won in 1982.
In addition, Waterford finished fifth in Class M with 148.8 points, East Lyme finished fifth in the co-ed division with 153.0 points while New London was sixth (159.2) and Fitch was eighth (147.8) in Class L.
• NFA will host the ECC Unified basketball tournament on Tuesday at 3 p.m. There will be 11 schools and nearly 250 athletes involved in the event, including East Lyme, Fitch, Ledyard, Montville, Stonington, Waterford and host NFA. Members of the Special Olympics "Team CT" group that will be competing in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games this Summer in Seattle will also be competing.
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