Local college notes

Gavin Keefe, The Day, New London, Conn.
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May 4—Tracking the Bears

— It's a busy tournament weekend for Coast Guard Academy.

The men's lacrosse program hosts the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference tournament championship game, facing Babson at 1 p.m. in New London. The two teams didn't meet during the regular season. The Bears (4-0) are shooting for their first conference tournament title.

In softball, the fourth-seeded Bears (6-6) begin their best-of-three semifinal series against top-seeded Babson (9-1) with a home doubleheader on Saturday. First game starts at noon. If necessary, a deciding third game will be held on Sunday at Babson. The two teams split the regular season series, with Coast Guard losing 6-1 and winning 6-3 in eight innings on April 3.

The third-seeded baseball team visits No. 2 Wheaton (12-2) at noon on Saturday, playing two to begin a best-of-three semifinal series. If necessary, a deciding game will be played on Sunday. Coast Guard (3-5) lost the two regular season meetings, 10-4 and 18-3. Wheaton is ranked 14th in the country.

The NEWMAC tennis championship will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m., with No. 2 Coast Guard visiting No. 1 Babson in Babson Park, Mass. Babson eked out a 5-4 win over CGA in the regular season finale on Saturday.

— Addy Bass was selected as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year in women's lacrosse while senior goalie Mary Budri, senior midfielder Haley Howard and freshman defender Mia Becker made the All-Conference first team.

Bass had a team-high 12 goals and added three assists in four games. Budri, who also was a first team pick in 2019, ranked second in the NEWMAC with an 8.28 goals against average. Howard had six goals and seven assists as well as a team-high ground balls and Becker was second on the team with 10 ground balls and led the team with eight caused turnovers.

— Freshman Myles Decoste made the NEWMAC weekly honor roll in men's tennis. In a 5-4 loss to Babson Saturday, Decoste won at No. 1 singles and combined with Sean Dreher to earn a victory at No. 2 doubles.

Mariners riding a wave

— The New England Collegiate Conference baseball tournament begins Friday at top-seeded Mitchell with three games. Mitchell (21-6) will play No. 4 Becker (6-18) at 9:30 a.m., followed by No. 2 New England College (15-13) facing No. 4 Elms College (8-12) at 12:30 p.m. The two losers will meet at approximately 3:30 p.m. Two games are scheduled for Saturday, with the championship round on Sunday at noon. It is a double elimination tournament. New England College is the defending champion.

— In other news, senior Anthony Diaz was selected as NECC Player of the Week after batting .500 with three home runs and 16 RBI last week. He hit safely in all six games. Roland Thivierge was named the league's Pitcher of the Week, going 2-0 with a 1.50 earned run average. He struck out a career-high 11 while pitching a complete game in a 5-2 win over New England College and then went five innings in a 16-1 rout of Elms College in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.

— Mitchell softball ends its season with a doubleheader at Elms College on Wednesday. The Mariners (8-17, 5-11) have improved in recent weeks, going 5-3 in their last eight games. Freshman Hannah Lemke is the team's top hitter with a .391 batting average while senior Laurissa Amaker leads the way in RBI with 17 and senior Maliah Pabellon has a team-best three home runs.

Camel highlights

— The Connecticut College women's soccer team played five games, including two exhibitions, during an abbreviated spring schedule. The Camels officially went 3-0 overall and split two exhibition games. Mya Johnson of Old Lyme led the team in scoring with eight points on three goals and two assists. Alexa Blaney and Claire Williams had two goals apiece.

Around the region

— Montville's Rachel Marchini, a starting center back for the UConn women's soccer team, is recovering from a knee injury that she suffered during the second game of the spring season. She had surgery about a month ago. "I should be ready for the fall," she said last week.

— Lasell University junior Averie Greeley, a Ledyard graduate, finished first in the 5,000 meters in 26 minutes, 16.25 seconds, at the UMass Boston dual meet on April 25. In tri-meet at Brandeis last month, she took second in the 3,000 in 15:29.03.

— Griswold graduate Max Gregory had two hits to help the Western Connecticut baseball team beat UMass Boston, 5-4, in the second game of a doubleheader last week. He's batting .298 in 13 games.

— Margaret Berger of Old Lyme and Alexandra Rose of East Lyme were honored during the Endicott College women's lacrosse team's senior day last week. Rose made five saves in a 25-2 win over Gordon College in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament semifinals.

— Abby Rogers, a Fitch graduate, is in her first season on the track team at Wheaton College. She ran on the winning 4x100 relay team that posted a time of 49.49 seconds against Springfield College on April 24.

— Ashley Burdsall of Waterford was part of the Western Kentucky cheerleading team that recently captured a national title in the All-Girl Division 1A at the UCA Collegiate National Championship in Orlando, Fla.

— Eastern Connecticut freshman Chris Malcom of East Lyme slugged his first career home run in a 12-1 win over Castleton University in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. The Warriors are ranked first in New England and 17th in the nation with a 26-4 overall record.

— Also at Eastern, Scott Galbo, a freshman midfielder from East Lyme, was named Little East Defensive Player of the Week in men's lacrosse. He had seven ground balls in a road win at Castleton.

— Freshman reserve goalie Molly Bresnahan, a Fitch graduate, is heading to the NCAA tournament as a member of the Western Connecticut women's lacrosse team. WCSU (9-0) will play Johnson & Wales Saturday at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. In an interesting twist, Johnson & Wales is coached by Jennifer Thomas, a former three-sport athlete at Waterford High School. Thomas served as coach at Western before changing jobs.

— Stonington graduate Kevin Ferrer has hit in 12 straight games for the UConn baseball team, raising his batting average to .346. He has nine RBI during that stretch. He's appeared in 23 games, starting 19 for the Huskies (20-14).

— Hartford freshman right-hander Jared Burrows of Waterford earned his first collegiate baseball win against UMass Lowell on Sunday, allowing one hit in two scoreless innings of relief while striking out two and walking two for the Hawks (14-12).

— Junior Jacklyn Lavoie of Waterford scored her sixth goal of the season in Stetson's 13-8 loss to Coastal Carolina on April 25.

— Stonington's Cam Whalen ran a leg on Central Connecticut's winning 4x100 relay team at last weekend's Northeast Conference championship meet. The quartet finished in 41.34 seconds. The Blue Devils placed second overall.

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