Local roundup: Freshman Duclos lifts NFA girls to cross country sweep
Stonington — Freshman Elaina Duclos won individual honors as Norwich Free Academy opened its dual season by sweeping a girls' cross country tri-meet from Stonington and Bacon Academy on Tuesday.
The Wildcats beat the Bears 21-35 and the Bobcats 21-42 while Stonington beat Bacon 24-33 in the first Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II meet of the season.
Duclos finished in 19 minutes, 34.1 seconds for NFA and beat reigning ECC champion Jordan Malloy of Bacon, who was second in 19:43.1. NFA's Sophia Jones and Makayla Kelly finished third and fourth, respectively, while Bobbie Doherty was Stonington's top finisher in fifth.
In other meets:
• Maddie Gould edged out teammate Maya Suarez, 23:15.4-23:15.9, for first place as Montville won via forfeit over Plainfield, 15-50. Lindsey Beaven was third (23:44), Felicia Bower fourth (30:24) and Kelly Liang fifth (30:27). Plainfield did not have any runners.
• St. Bernard swept the top four places and opened its season with a 16-46 victory over host Tourtellotte in its dual meet opener. Brigid Kunka won the race for the Saints in 21:24 and was followed by teammates Serena Britner (22:40), Lillian Turner (23:38) and Rachel Kunka (24:35).
Boys' cross country
• Waterford’s Aidan Pepin finished first and a course record (17:02) to lead the Lancers past Woodstock Academy (23-48), Wheeler (16-47), and ECC Division II rival Killingly (15-50). Caleb Zane was fourth (19:13), Kristopher Dow fifth (19:17) and Owen Seltzer sixth (19:22) for Waterford (3-0, 1-0). Michael Carroll finished seventh (19:35) for Wheeler.
• NFA opened its season with wins over Stonington (23-36) and Bacon (15-50) while Stonington earned a split with a 19-36 win over Bacon in an ECC Division II meet. The Bears' Nathan Gonzalez was the top individual finisher in 17:03.9 while NFA's Peyton Ramsey and Dylan McGuire finished second and third, respectively, and Stonington's Ryan Gruczka was fourth. Ryan Moore was 11th for Bacon.
• Toby Xu (20:45) and Sean Power (20:46) finished second and third as St. Bernard downed Tourtellotte 15-50 in an ECC Division IV meet. Liam Power placed fifth (22:11) for the Saints.
• Montville’s Chase Swinburne placed fourth (19:56) and Ranju Iyer fifth (20:02) in its 20-35 loss to Plainfield. Plainfield’s Matthew Speight (18:32), Jack Pothier (18:36) and Thomas Engle (19:50) were the top three finishers.
• Cristian Barrales scored just 11 seconds into the second overtime to lift Mitchell College to a 3-2 victory over Worcester State. Barreles scored twice for the Mariners (1-2) while Bryan Ramos scored with only two minutes left in regulation to force overtime. Goalie Seth Strader of NFA made six saves for Mitchell.
• Western Connecticut scored all three of its goals in the second half to defeat Coast Guard Academy 3-1. The Bears (2-2) had taken a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute when he headed home a corner kick by Taka Lendon for his first career goal. Dakota Harich made three saves in goal for Coast Guard, which was outshot 12-8. WCSU is 4-1.
• Connecticut College improved to 3-0 with a 4-1 non-conference win over Endicott. MT Tshuma scored two goals for the Camels, including one that broke a 1-1 tie late in the first half, while Liam Noonan added a goal and an assist, Augie Djerdjaj scored a goal, and Matt Butera, Manny Balbontin and Alex Robles were credited with assists.
• Mitchell won its third straight match with a 25-8, 25-6 and 25-6 victory over Medgar Evers in New York. Olivia DeLoach had 11 of the Mariners' 36 kills while Bree Rudolph added six kills and eight ace, Lexi Hubbard had 15 assists and Claire Binfield finished with 14 assists. Mitchell is 3-2.
College field hockey
• Conn College broke open a close game with three second-half goals to defeat Smith 5-1. Gillian Iacobucci had a goal and two assists for the Camels (2-2), who led 2-1 at halftime, while Megan Gazard, Sophie Pollinger, Caroline Ferro and Abby Marchand each added a goal and Maggie Linehan had an assist.
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