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    Sunday, March 03, 2024

    Local roundup: Ledyard boys’ soccer finishes regular season at 15-1

    Portland — Ben Crowe and Peyton Luther each had two goals and an assist and the Ledyard High School boys’ soccer team finished the regular season Thursday with a 4-0 victory over Bacon Academy at Oakwood Soccer Park.

    Ledyard, which claimed a dramatic 1-0 overtime win Wednesday over Stonington, ended the regular season 15-1 overall and 8-0 in Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II with a division title.

    Sam Hopkins also added an assist for the Colonels and Paulo Templeton made 11 saves for the shutout.

    Bacon is 5-10-1, 2-6.

    Sebastian Fieldsend scored the game-winning goal for Ledyard on Wednesday night in the win over Stonington, striking six minutes into overtime. Stonington finished the regular season 9-7 overall, 4-4 in ECC Division II.

    In other games:

    • Waterford’s Jaydev Villa scored the game-winner in the 73rd minute Wednesday as the Lancers edged Bacon Academy 2-1 in ECC Division II. Colby Butterfield opened the scoring for Bacon (5-9-1, 2-5) with a penalty kick in the 24th minute. Griffin Neal tied the score at 1-1 with 14 seconds remaining in the first half on a pass from Ethan Stelik. Villa’s game-winning goal was assisted by Neal. Waterford is 10-6, 4-4.

    • John Fitzgibbons scored at the 11:35 mark of the second half to lift Killingly past Lyman Memorial 1-0 Wednesday. James Hiltz had eight saves in goal for Lyman (4-11).

    H.S. girls’ soccer

    • Waterford, ranked third in the state in the most recent Class M/S poll, defeated Killingly 3-1 to finish the regular season at 13-1-2 overall, 7-1 in ECC Division II. The Lancers finished the Division II portion of their schedule tied with Bacon Academy. The team to finish higher in the upcoming ECC tournament will claim the title; if both teams lose in the same round, a tie will be declared. Paige Jessuck scored twice for Waterford, Angeles Pina Rodriguez had one goal and Payton Smith (2) and Adyson Wiseman were credited with assists. Victoria Sturm made two saves in goal. Killingly goalie Erika Horne made 14 saves.

    • Lilah Hart, Samantha Rodes and Juju Guarraia all scored for East Lyme in a 3-1 win over Woodstock Academy in ECC Division I. East Lyme finished the regular season with a record of 11-4-1 overall, 4-1-1 in the division.

    • Griswold’s Hannah Service made 16 saves and Lyman Memorial’s Phoebe Carpenter made three as the teams tied 0-0 after two overtimes in ECC Division III. Lyman Memorial is 12-2-1, 6-1-1 in the division, while Griswold is 4-9-2, 0-6-2.

    • Westbrook scored two first-half goals to beat Wheeler 2-0. Wheeler finished the regular season 8-8 overall.

    H.S. field hockey

    • Kate Erikson scored three times and added an assist as East Lyme won its Senior Night game 6-0 over Waterford in the ECC. Gracie Lloyd had two goals and two assists and Lily Gibson added a goal for the Vikings (10-3-2, 10-1-1). Waterford is 8-8, 6-6.

    • Ada Ellis scored twice and Izzy Ash added a goal for Fitch in a 3-0 win over Woodstock Academy in the ECC. Esme Carlebach made three saves to earn the shutout for Fitch (9-6, 8-4), which led 1-0 at halftime.

    • Annabelle Seder scored twice in unbeaten Canton’s 4-0 victory over Westbrook/Old Lyme. Canton is 13-0, Westbrook/Old Lyme 6-6-2.

    H.S. volleyball

    • Danica Agsalud had 29 assists in Waterford’s 25-16, 25-20, 25-18 victory over Valley Regional. Jennifer Macca-Barnes had three aces and 11 kills for Waterford (17-3), Lucy Walker had nine kills and Ava Majeski 14 digs.

    • Taylor Roberts had 24 digs as Norwich Tech defeated Wheeler 25-17, 11-25, 25-20, 14-25, 16-14. Autumn Hanks added 10 assists and two aces for Norwich Tech (7-12) and Abby Ulrich had 12 kills and six aces. Abby Butremovic had 35 digs and three aces for Wheeler (8-11), Allison Needham had 12 assists and five kills and Addison Stanley had eight kills and three aces. Sixth-seeded Norwich Tech will play in the CTC tournament quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Monday at No. 3 Wolcott Tech.

    • Ruby Logan had 14 digs and an ace as Griswold topped Sports Sciences 25-16, 25-13, 20-25, 25-15. Kierra Neilson added 10 kills, six blocks and eight digs, Abby Matheson had five kills, five aces and 13 digs and Gretta Domkowski finished with six kills, 11 digs and three aces. Griswold is 12-7.

    H.S. swimming

    • Natalie Bezanson won the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 backstroke in NFA’s 71-60 victory over Suffield on Wednesday and Mercedes Aleksjuka also won a pair of indvidual events, taking the 50 and 100 freestyles. Sawyer Levine added a victory in the 500 freestyle for the Wildcats (3-7) and Catie Wigfield won the 200 freestyle.

    College men’s basketball

    • UConn’s Alex Karaban was named as one of 20 watch-list members for the 2023 Karl Malone Award, which goes to the top power forward in Division I men’s basketball.

    A redshirt sophomore, Karaban took over the starting role at power forward one game into the 2022023 season and never looked back, starting the final 38 games and helping lift the Huskies to their fifth national title.

    The 6-foot-8 Karaban averaged 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, while shooting 47.6%. He led UConn in minutes played last season with 1,128 and was named Big East Freshman of the Week six times, being named to the league’s All-Freshman Team.

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