Local roundup: Conn goalie Marcucci a first-team All-American again

New London — Connecticut College's AJ Marcucci was recognized as the nation's top goalkeeper in men's soccer for the second straight season when he was a repeat selection to the NCAA Division III All-America first team by the United Soccer Coaches' Association.

The announcement was made on the eve of the Division III Final Four at the Pre-Championships banquet in Greensboro, N.C.

Marcucci led the Camels to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals for the first time in program history last month and finished with a 0.58 goals against average to go along with an 8.59 save percentage and eight shutouts.

Conn finished 13-4-3, losing to defending champion Tufts 3-1 in the national quarterfinals. Marcucci, a junior, has record 25 shutouts with a 0.50 goals against average.

H.S. girls' soccer

• East Lyme and Old Lyme, both of which made state championship appearances this season, each had two players selected all-state by the Connecticut Girls' Soccer Coaches' Association. East Lyme senior sweeper Angie Venditti and sophomore forward Meredith Healy were named to the Class L team and Old Lyme junior midfielder Kaylee Armenia and junior defender Emily DeRoehn were honored as Class S picks.

Other local all-state selections were Stonington midfielder Vanessa Benjamin in Class M and St. Bernard midfielder Lindsay Clement in Class S. East Lyme finished seventh in the Class LL/L state poll, while Old Lyme was tied for fourth in the Class M/S poll. East Lyme coach Rachel Redding was named the Class LL/L Coach of the Year.

Men's basketball

• St. Thomas More remained unbeaten with a 69-67 victory over Naval Prep. Jared Garcia had 17 points and seven rebounds, Jair Currie had 17 points, Elijah Perry scored 11 and Derrius Ward had 12 points and five assists for T-More (8-0). Naval Prep is 6-2. 

• Conn College lost to St. Joseph's of Long Island 59-57 in a nonleague game. Dan Draffan had 16 points, Jack Zimmerman scored 14 and Jeff Allen had 11 rebounds for Conn (3-5). 

• UConn Avery Point's three-game winning streak came to an end with a 102-72 loss to Gateway Community College on Thursday night. Cyrus Sprague had 20 points and Tyler Zegray scored 11 for the Pointers (4-6).

Women's basketball

• Annabella Farabaugh scored 15 points to lead Coast Guard Academy to a 60-48 win over host Norwich University in the Ed Hockenbury Classic. Breanna Wood had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears, who play the Maine Presque Isle-Wellesley winner in the final on Saturday at 3 p.m. Jacqueline Ward came off the bench to score 12 points for Coast Guard (6-2).

H.S. girls' basketball

• Williams School lost to Christian Heritage 42-24 in its opener. Olivia Kaplan scored 20 points for Williams.

H.S. boys' basketball

• Williams opened its season with a 59-21 loss to Christian Heritage. Grayson Guinan led Williams with 11 points.

Women's hockey

• Senior captain Ashley Carbone score her first two career goals and had an assist as Conn College beat William Smith 5-0 in a nonleague game. Sammi Estes, Erin Healy and Natalie Witkowski scored goals, Carly Denora made 16 saves and Lauren Helm and Erin Dillon had two assists each for Conn (5-3).

Men's hockey

• UConn outshot Vermont 36-21 en route to a 3-1 win a Hockey East game. Ruslan Iskhakov, Vladislav Firstov and Jachym Kondelik scored goals and Tomas Vomacka made 19 saves for UConn (6-6-3, 3-4-2).

• Ronnie Lestan scored twice as Bowdoin beat Conn College 3-1 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game. Kyle Shero scored a goal, Josh Chapman and Younghoon Choi assisted on it and Connor Rodericks made 37 saves for Conn (2-5, 1-4).   


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