Local roundup: Coast Guard's LaForte named NEILA Coach of the Year

Coast Guard men's lacrosse coach Ray LaForte was named coach of the year by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association on Wednesday.

LaForte led the Bears to 14 wins this season, his fourth and the program's fourth. LaForte was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Coach of the Year earlier this month. His career record is 38-26.

The NEILA also named Coast Guard sophomore midfielder Riley McNulty to its second team and junior defender Tom Bleifuss to its third team. McNulty led the NEWMAC in points with 71, was second in goals with 44 and third in assists with 27. Bleifuss tied for sixth in the league with 19 caused turnovers.

Connecticut College senior faceoff specialist Ben Parens was also named to the NEILA second team. Parens was second in the New England Small College Athletic Conference in faceoff wins (205) and third in ground balls (120).

H.S. boys' golf

• East Lyme improved to 12-1 with a pair of nonleague wins, beating Old Lyme 5.5-1.5 and Woodstock Academy 6.5-0.5 at Old Lyme Country Club. Old Lyme's Pat Looney was the medalist at 37 while East Lyme's Evan Kluge and Woodstock's Jack Gelhaus shared medalist honors with 40s in their match. Matt Orefice, Logan Rolfe and Quenten Dean won two matches each for East Lyme while teammate Ben Bohmbach won a match and halved with Old Lyme's Tom Creagan in the other.

• Stonington's Jack Glenn was the medalist with an even-par 35 as the Bears beat Griswold 7-0 at Elmridge Golf Course. Grant Hamilton, Jacob Geary, Caleb Silvia and Aiden Adams also won matches for Stonington (10-1).  

• Warren Strong shot a low-round 41 to lead NFA past Waterford, 6-1. Seamus Sullivan shot a 46 for NFA (8-10). Ryan Sadosky shot a 42 for the Lancers (7-9) and Bruce Taggart a 44.

• Grasso Tech lost to University in a CTC match, 191-211. Ryan Smelser led Grasso with a 49 and teammate Reese Cote shot a 51.

• Wheeler lost to Bacon Academy, 7-0. Bacon's Cole Gustavsen was the medalist with a 42. Alec Rustici led Wheeler (2-5) with a 52.

• Plainfield picked up a pair of wins, beating Fitch 5-2 and New London 6-1. Colin Fahey of Fitch (5-6) was the medalist with an even-par 36 at Foster (R.I.) Country Club. Drew McCormack also won his match for Fitch and A.J. McClain won his match for New London (1-10).  

H.S. girls’ golf

• Sydney Hauser and Caroline Petchark shared medalist honors (50) as Waterford downed NFA, 211-246. Sydney Tabor shot a 53 for Waterford (7-2). Lily Sherbanee shot a 60 for the Wildcats.

H.S. baseball

• Freshman Ramiro Zavala pitched a one-hitter as Fitch beat Hall 6-0 in a nonleague game. Zavala (4-0) struck out three and walked six. Calvin Jacey was 3-for-4 with a double and Tyler Nelli scored twice and drove in two runs for Fitch (12-6).

• Robert Otañez had three doubles and four RBI to pace New London past Griswold, 7-3, to qualify for the CIAC Class L tournament. Jesus Escarraman hit two doubles with two RBI, Elijah Martinez had two hits, and Zane Mikula pitched a complete game for New London (8-8). Logan McGeowan doubled twice for the Wolverines (11-8).

• Montville fell short in its bid to earn a share of the ECC Division II title, losing to Woodstock Academy 3-2. Bacon Academy (8-2) wins the division title outright. Luke Mathewson pitched a six-hitter with five strikeouts and had two hits and drove in two runs for Woodstock. Jacob Plikus pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts for Montville (14-4, 7-3), Ryan Champagne had two hits and John Domijan drove in two runs.

• Jeremy Mercier struck out eight over five innings and Dylan Chiaro hit a home run for Southington as it downed NFA, 9-1. Jon Synott had two hits and an RBI for NFA (6-12) and Vinny Gualtieri doubled.

H.S. boys' tennis

• Nate McCracken, Brandon Donovan and Riley Douglas all won singles matches for Ledyard in its 5-2 win over Woodstock Academy. The team of Chris Charette and Trevor Hutchins won number one doubles for Ledyard (12-2) and Sammy Curcuro and Joey Burton won number three doubles.

Tigers hire Gehl

• The Connecticut Tigers announced that Kevin Gehl has been hired as their Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. Gehl, will serve as lead radio play-by-play announcer for all home and away games. He will also serve the team as a sales executive and manager of multimedia outreach for the club.   

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