Local colleges: Conn College women defeat John Jay 3-1; Springfield routs CGA football
New London — Connecticut College scored a pair of goals with just under 11 minutes remaining to pull away for a 3-1 non-conference women’s soccer win over John Jay on Saturday at Silfen Field.
The Camels (3-3) led 1-0 when Anna Kalapatapu’s lone shot snuck under the crossbar for her first career goal to make it 2-0, and Ella Gazo scored a minute later to make it 3-0.
Conn had taken a 1-0 lead in the first half when Morgan Plouffe scored off a rebound after a shot by Old Lyme’s Mya Johnson was deflected by John Jay goalie Lily Velo.
The Camels dominated play, finishing with an 18-2 edge in shots on goal against the Bloodhounds (2-3).
In other matches:
• Regis College build a 2-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 3-0 victory over Mitchell College in a Great Northeast Atlantic Conference match. Goalie Gemma Landry made seven saves for the Mariners (2-5-1, 0-5-1), who were outshot 10-1.
• East Lyme’s Blane Hart rushed for 96 yards on five carries and scored a pair of touchdowns as Springfield College rolled to a 63-14 victory over Coast Guard Academy in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference opener for both schools. Hart opened the scoring with a 12-yard run and added a 60-yard TD run in the second as the Pride (3-1, 1-0) opened a 35-7 lead by the break.
Springfield, which didn’t complete a pass, finished with 686 rushing yards on 71 attempts, a 9.7-yard average per-carry, with Arsen Shtefan (140 yards) and Jacob Silvester (124) both going over 100 yards and combining for three TDs. Ledyard freshman James Green had one carry for 14 yards.
Coast Guard quarterback Joey Armentrout completed 20 of 44 passes for 272 yards for the Bears (2-2, 0-1), including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Chase Politte. Dennis O’Shea added a 1-yard TD run while Broock Desta had six catches for 108 yards.
• Ryan Jaran’s goal in the 82nd minute broke a 1-1 tie and lifted Conn College to a 2-1 non-conference road win over No. 15 Babson. Jaran’s game-wnner came just a minute after the Beavers had tied the game on a goal by Liam Rhatigan. The Camels (4-0-2) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute when Marco Cerezo headed home a corner kick by Sam Boehm. Peter Silvester made three saves for Conn, which held a 9-4 edge in shots.
• Mitchell and Colby-Sawyer played to a 1-1 draw in the GNAC. Freshman Gianmarco Delacruz scored for the Mariners (2-2-3, 2-2-2) in the 58th minute after the Chargers (2-4-2, 1-2-2) had taken a 1-0 lead in the first half. It was the third goal of the season for Delacruz and was assisted by McWill Adu Asare. Goalie Jesse Jennkins made five saves for Mitchell, who was outshot 16-9.
• Conn College completed a 3-0 weekend by sweeping Westfield State and host Worcester State. Emma Wheeler had 10 kills and four blocks in the 25-20, 25-20, 25--14 win over Westfield while Rae Wartelle had 10 digs, Olivia Dow 20 assists and 10 digs, and Katherine Randall four aces and 10 digs. The Camels (6-4) beat Worcester State 25-19, 25-19, 25-17 as Riley Lord had seven kills and three aces, Caroline Festersen had 17 digs and Randall had seven kills and 16 digs.
• Conn outlasted Bowdoin to pick up a 3-2 victory Friday night in the New England Small College Athletic Conference at Luce Field House. The Camels trailed 2-1 but rallied to capture the final two sets, winning by set scores of 25-11, 25-27, 24-26, 28-26 and 15-7. It marked Conn’s first win over the Polar Bears since 2014. Randall and Lord powered the Camels, finishing with 17 and 14 kills, respectively. Natasha Shrivastava had 42 assists and added 11 digs while Wheeler recorded nine kills and eight blocks.
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