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• Graduate transfer Cassie Woods, a Fitch graduate, is making an impact in her first season with the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team. She's batting a team-best .575, helping the 12th-ranked Warriors post a spotless 14-0 overall record. She's also first on the team in runs scored with 23 and second in hits with 23.

She was named Little East Conference Player of the Week on Monday. In a 13-12 win over UMass Dartmouth on Friday, Woods belted her first career home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the first game of a doubleheader. She chipped in four hits and scored four runs in a 9-0 win in game two.

Josh Vincent of New London, a senior at Eastern Connecticut State, was named the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Week. Vincent, who transferred to ECSU after two seasons at UConn Avery Point, pitched a six-hit shutout in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against UMass Dartmouth. The righty is 3-0 with an earned run average of 0.53 in 17 innings with 22 strikeouts.

• The UConn Avery Point baseball team is off to an 0-3 start under first-year coach Ian Ratchford, a former player for the Pointers. The roster includes several local players — Old Lyme's Liam Milewski, Griswold's Bryce Mileski, Mystic's Tyler Cady and Thomas Wagner and Groton's Max Grossman, and Lisbon's Dominic Morabito and Jack Espinoza.

• Norwich Free Academy graduate Dylan Chapel and Old Lyme's Michael Kolesnik are members of the Assumption College men's lacrosse team. Both Chapel, a freshman, Kolesnik, a sophomore, play in the midfield.

• Old Lyme's Madison Berger scored two goals in the Endicott women's lacrosse team's 19-4 win over Gordon College on Thursday. A senior attack, Berger has three goals and an assist through the first two games.

• Hamilton College's Hope Worcester, a sophomore member of the women's squash team and Old Lyme resident, made the New England Small College Athletic Conference winter all-academic team.

• Fitch graduate Taylor Wolfgang, a senior catcher, is enjoying yet another strong season playing for the Bucknell softball team. Through 15 games, she is batting .366 with three doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI. She's also walked a team-high tying 11 times.

• Waterford's Payton Sutman, a freshman pitcher on the Holy Cross baseball team, earned his first collegiate win on Sunday, allowing one hit and striking out three in a scoreless inning of relief in a 3-2 win over Bucknell in 10 innings. He's appeared in three games this season. Ben Dellacono, a sophomore from Stonington, is a starting outfielder for the Crusaders.

• Freshman lefthander Trystan Levesque (2-0) of East Lyme continues to be a reliable reliever for the Rhode Island baseball team. In his 10th appearance of the season, he threw 1.2 scoreless innings and earned the win against Hofstra on Friday, walking one and striking out one. He's allowed just one run and four hits in his last six appearances. He's struck out 18 and walked six in 16.1 innings overall.

• Three former Eastern Connecticut Conference players — sophomore catcher Cadin Maynard (Waterford), junior pitcher Ryan Lawrence (Bacon Academy) and freshman catcher Tony Incontro (Lyman Memorial) — are members of the Springfield College baseball team.

• Lyman Memorial graduate Colton Bender, a senior catcher on the Quinnipiac baseball team, is batting .268 through 12 games. He has two doubles, a home run and five RBI.

Mariners riding a wave

• The Mitchell College baseball team opens New England Collegiate Conference play Saturday against Eastern Nazarene (6-6 overall) in a doubleheader at Libby Field in Weymouth, Mass. The Mariners, 7-4 overall, were picked to place first in the conference preseason poll and Eastern Nazarene second.

Montville graduate Dougie DelaCruz, a junior, is second in the conference in RBI with 15 and sophomore Lelo Martinez of New London is second in batting average at .500 (13 for 26).

• Senior midfielder Hannah Corrigan has scored a league-leading 12 goals for the Mitchell women's lacrosse team while junior teammate Daniella Holland is fourth in the NECC with nine goals. They've combined to score 21 of the team's 29 goals overall in five games.

Tracking the Bears

• The Coast Guard Academy women's lacrosse team is 1 for 3 so far this season. The Bears have played one match (a 17-9 win over Emerson March 20) and had two canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. They'll try again this Saturday, hosting Clark (0-2) at 1 p.m. As of Monday, they have only one other regular season game left on the schedule, as they're scheduled to visit Wheaton on April 17.

• Sophomore Blake Carroll is leading the NEWMAC in RBI with eight and senior lefthander Nate Ralph has recorded a league-best 18 strikeouts for the Bears.

• Coast Guard (5-1, 5-1) is right behind first-place Springfield (4-0, 4-0) in the NEWMAC softball standings. The two teams are scheduled to meet on Saturday, April 17, in doubleheader action. The Bears are off to a fast start for the second straight year. They won nine of their first 10 games in 2020 before the pandemic forced the cancellation of the remainder of the season.

Freshmen Isabelle Shroyer (2-1, 1.56) and Amanda Moore (3-0, 2.23) have pitched well, combining to post a 1.93 earned run average.

Camel highlights

• Sophomore Emily Yorns and freshman Julianna Ingrassia have combined to score five of the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team's seven goals in two games this season, notching three and two, respectively.

• The men's lacrosse team plays its NESCAC season opener on Saturday afternoon, hosting Bates. The Camels went 2-0 in non-conference action, beating Nichols (19-10) and Lasell (20-9). Sophomore Jared Rainville has a team-best 11 points (five goals, six assist) and junior Logan Bowdish of Waterford has five goals.

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