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Tracking the Bears

• Coast Guard Academy's Caleb Holdridge, sophomore from Waterford, was selected as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Player of the Year in men's lacrosse. He had a league-best 27 goals and 34 points. Coach Ray LaForte was named Coach of the Year for the second time, guiding the Bears to a share of the regular season title and a 4-1 mark overall. Senior attack Will Iorio, senior midfielder Matty Johnson, junior defender Paul Mamay made the all-conference first team.

Mariners riding a wave

• Mitchell College junior Dougie DelaCruz earned a spot on the D3baseball.com Team of the Week after leading the Mariners to the New England Collegiate Conference championship last weekend. DelaCruz, a Montville High graduate, was named MVP of the tournament. He hit .643 with four doubles, eight runs scored and eight RBI. He had three hits and three RBI in the conference tournament title clinching win over Elms College on Sunday. He broke the single-season school record with 57 RBI (in just 30 games). The Mariners (24-6) will learn its NCAA tournament destination and first round opponent when the field is announced on Sunday, May 23.

Around the region

• Bacon Academy graduate Casey Hart and Waterford's August Stewart, a senior midfielder, are heading to the NCAA Division III men's lacrosse tournament as members of the Lasell University team. A freshman defender, Hart has appeared in 12 games, scoring a goal, and Stewart has played in a career-best nine games. Lasell (10-2), which beat Norwich 15-7 on Saturday to win the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship, will play York (Pa.) in the first round on Saturday.

• Senior Jordan Warecke, who graduated from Old Lyme High School and played at UConn-Avery Point, threw his second shutout of the season for the Saint Peter's baseball game on Saturday. In a 1-0 win in eight innings over Monmouth in the first game of a doubleheader, Warecke went the distance, allowing four hits while walking two and striking out six. He has accounted for two of his team's three wins overall and has a team-high 24 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.

• In the last 15 games playing for Black Hawk College, a junior college in Moline Ill., Ledyard graduate Petey Kiefer is batting .384 (15-for-39), raising his overall average to .293. He has played every inning of all 50 games for 10th-ranked Black Hawk (40-10) and recently reached base on a hit-by-pitch for a school record 20th time.

• Stonington's Ben Dellacono's two-run home run highlighted a four-run eighth inning and helped Holy Cross rally from a five-run deficit to beat Lehigh, 9-7, on Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader. Dellacono finished with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI. He has a team-high four home runs.

• Waterford's Jacklyn Lavoie and Stonington's Kate Johnson were in the starting lineup for the Stetson women's lacrosse team in its Atlantic Sun tournament semifinal against Jacksonville, which posted a 21-6 victory. Lavoie finished her junior season with six goals and an assist in nine games while Johnson, a sophomore, started all nine games for the Hatters (1-8).

Alexis Michon, a freshman from Montville, pitched a complete game, leading Plymouth State past Western Connecticut, 4-2, in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday. Michon scattered eight hits and allowed two runs while striking out six and walking one. She leads the team in wins (nine) and has a .333 batting average with one home run and 10 RBI.

Also at Plymouth, Luke Sokolski, a freshman from Waterford, has had three hits three times over a span of the last five baseball games. He's raised his batting average to .304 and has 12 RBI in 23 games as well as a team-high 14 walks.

• Eastern Connecticut State University's Cassie Woods, a graduate student from Mystic, completed the regular season with a Little East-leading .609 batting average. She also leads the league in runs scored with 40. The Warriors are 26-2.

Also at Eastern, senior Josh Vincent of New London struck out 10 and walked two in five scoreless and hitless innings to earn the win in an 11-0 rout of Keene State on Friday. He improved to 6-1 and lowered his earned run average to a sparkling 0.82. The Warriors are 26-4.

• East Lyme graduate Vann Moffett, who runs for the Stony Brook track and field team, recently set a school record in the 5,000 meters at the America East Championship meet, crossing the finish line in 14 minutes, 8.4 seconds. He beat the previous mark by 11 seconds.

• Endicott College women's lacrosse goalie Alexandra Rose, a senior from East Lyme, was named to the Commonwealth Coast Conference second team. She ranked first in the league in wins (six) and second in saves (50).

• Fitch graduate Taylor Wolfgang had a single, home run, scored two runs and drove in three to power the Bucknell softball team past Colgate, 6-2, in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Wolfgang, a senior catcher, finished the season with a team-best .284 batting average with four home runs and 20 RBI in 30 games.

• Ledyard graduate Ken Turner started and pitched 4.1 innings in Hartford's 11-7 loss to Albany in the first game of an America East doubleheader on Sunday. Turner, a sophomore right-hander, allowed seven hits and four runs, striking out three and walking three, earning no-decision.

• East Lyme's Laura Agbayani, a defender for the New Haven women's lacrosse team, earned a spot on the Northeast-10 all-rookie team. She started all 14 games, scooping up 17 ground balls and forcing nine turnovers. Teammate Kailey Ego, a freshman from Griswold, appeared in two games.

• Wentworth junior midfielder Sarah Galan, a Bacon Academy graduate, was named to the Commonwealth Coast Conference second team for women's lacrosse. She led the team in points (37), goals (31), draw controls (35) and caused turnovers (13). In a loss to Gordon on April 8, she became the fifth player in program history to break the 100-point career mark.

• Grove City junior midfielder Michael LaForte, a Waterford graduate, has a team-high 40 assists to go with 32 goals. He's second on the team in points with 72. In Saturday's Presidents' Athletic Conference championship game, he had three goals and three assists in a 19-6 rout of Westminster, 19-6. Grove City (11-1) visits Cabrini (10-2) on Saturday in Radnor, Pa., in an NCAA Division III tournament first round game.

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