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Local roundup: Stonington beats Waterford for its first win

Stonington — Stonington High School recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and scored in one play, a run by Riley Burnside.

It was the Bears' night, as they beat Waterford 42-28, equaling their point total for the rest of the season combined. It was the first win of the season for Stonington (1-6 overall, 1-2 Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II).

Waterford had a first-and-goal with about five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Stonington coach A.J. Massengale said, when the Bears got a stop on defense.

"We ended up getting the ball on the 1-yard-line," Massengale said. "We were backed up. We got ourselves a first down. We got ourselves another first down."

Stonington scored on a touchdown run by John Curtin to put the game away.

"I was talking with our coaches after the game," Massengale said. "I'm just so happy for these kids. They've worked so hard. The results haven't gone our way. They played hard tonight and they were able to make those plays. I'm just very happy for them.

"It was excellent. We have these seniors that are playing so hard. They set a good example for all these young kids we have playing."

Burnside had three touchdowns for Stonington, including one on an 80-yard kickoff return in the second quarter, and Nate Miller had two.

Waterford is 2-5, 1-3.

In other games:

• Caden Foote scored on a 60-yard pass from Jacob Sylvia in Ledyard's 38-7 loss to Killingly in an ECC Division II game. Killingly (6-1, 4-0) captured the division title with the victory. Ledyard (2-5, 1-2) has lost three straight.

• Lucien Dube scored all three touchdowns and kicked all three extra points for Plainfield in a 21-0 victory over Montville in ECC Division III. Dube had touchdown catches of 30 and 41 yards from quarterback Liam Smith and ran for a 52-yard score. The Panthers (6-1, 1-0) led 7-0 at halftime. Montville is 2-5, 0-2.

H.S. volleyball

• Third-seeded Waterford won its quarterfinal match in the ECC Division II tournament with a 3-1 win over No. 6 Ledyard. Game scores were 25-15, 25-20, 24-26, 25-15. The Lancers (15-3) will play either No. 2 East Lyme or No. 7 Bacon in Monday's semifinals at Fitch. Gretchen Dusza had five aces, 32 assists and seven digs to lead Waterford while Ryleigh Gonyo added 12 kills, nine digs and four aces and Rachel Miller had nine kills and four blocks. Katie Krupinsky had nine kills and 11 digs for the Colonels (12-9) and Mo Riewerts had 10 assists.

• Mackenzie Ullrich had 14 assists, six digs and six aces as No. 2 Montville swept New London 25-18, 25-16, 25-7 in the ECC Division II tournament quarterfinals. Savanna Perkins had eight aces, seven kills and six digs for Montville (15-6), which will play either No. 3 Plainfield or No. 6 Putnam in Monday's semifinals. Haley Kerwin had seven digs, six kills and three aces in the victory, Gabby Beal six aces and 18 digs and Nia Muckenthaler had six kills. Wennonah Amar had seven assists for New London (5-14), Marissa Parker six kills, four blocks and five digs, Caylee Parker three kills, three blocks and four digs and Yamilka Ramos six points.

• Fitch ended its regular season with a 25-11, 25-16, 25-11 win over Morgan. Nora Ryan had 10 kills and Olivia Carney added 25 assists and 12 service points for the Falcons (11-7).

• Old Lyme ended its season with a 3-1 loss to Norwich Tech. Game scores were 15-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18. Abby Sicuranza had eight kills, Joceyn Campbell seven digs and Katie Reid 15 assists for Old Lyme, which finished 2-17. Amaya Mendez had four aces, 12 assists, nine kills and three digs for Norwich Tech (9-10), while Riley Riewerts had 11 kills, five assists and five aces and Paige Phaneuf had nine digs.

H.S. swimming

• East Lyme freshman Nikki Hahn won the 200-yard individual medley, the 100 breaststroke and was a member of the winning 4x100 relay team in the Vikings' 99-79 loss to Wethersfield. Hahn was joined by Grace Vlaun, Maeve Counter and Mary Kathryn Taylor in winning the 4x100 relay. Hiruni Jayawickreme took the 100 backstroke for East Lyme (8-2).

H.S. field hockey

• Chloe McCue's shorthanded goal in overtime gave Waterford a 2-1 victory over Killingly in the ECC. Scoreless into the second half, Waterford's Regan Mazzulli and Killingly's Brianna Caffrey each scored on penalty strokes, with Caffrey's coming with 54 seconds remaining in regulation to force the 7v7 overtime session. In overtime, Waterford, which had a player sidelined due to a yellow card, scored on a penalty corner. Cassidy Susi took the initial shot. Molly Quiles played the deflection off the goalie, which popped up in the air to McCue, who struck the game-winner. Waterford is 9-6 overall, 9-3 in the ECC.

College volleyball

• Connecticut College fell to Tufts 25-19, 25-22, 25-22. Katie Howley had a strong all-around effort for Conn, finishing with six kills, eight digs, two blocks and a service ace. McKaela Simons added a team-leading 11 assists and a game-high four aces, while Jenny Kellogg and Eliza Wolcott contributed eight digs and three blocks, respectively. Conn is 10-14 overall, 2-7 in the NESCAC.


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