The day – Local roundup: Waterford’s No 8 boys rout Enfield in Division II opener
Waterford – Eighth-seeded Waterford overcame a slow start with a big second quarter as the Lancers beat No. 25 Enfield 65-31 in the first round of the CIAC Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament Monday evening.
Waterford (18-6) trailed 10-9 after one quarter but edged Enfield 22-6 in the second to take control.
Sean O’Connell had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Lancers, who host the No. 9 Staples in Wednesday’s second round, while Logan Peabody added 16 points and five assists and Juan Morel finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Staples knocked out Sheehan 70-23.
In other games:
Griswold was ousted by 14th seed Killingly 56-41 in the first round of Division IV. Yianni Barbibeau had 29 points and 15 rebounds for Killingly while Christian Russell scored 11 points for the No. 19 Wolverines, who finished 10-13.
• Top-seeded North Haven was too much for the 16th-seeded Eastern Connecticut Eagles, knocking out Conference champions Nutmeg Hockey 6-1 in the CIAC Division II first round at the Northford Ice Pavilion. Chase Williams (Stonington), assisted by Wyatt Verbridge (Stonington) and Dylan Relaz (Norwich Tech), scored on the power play for the Eagles, who finished 9-13-1, and goalie Cam McCollum (East Lyme) made 28 stops.
• Mitchell College lost two games at the Spring Games in Clermont, Fla., losing 5-1 to Otterbein and 8-0 to Wheaton (Ill.). Jenna Bennett’s RBI single scored Gemma Landry (double) for the Mariners’ lone run of the day. In game two, Brooke Whitmarsh scored a brace for Mitchell (2-4).
• Catholic University handed the Coast Guard Academy its first loss by beating the Bears 3-2 at the Spring Games in Clermont, Florida. Julia Breidenthal and Selena Serna each had an RBI for the Bears (1-1), whose scheduled night game against Ohio Northern was rained.
• Coast Guard rallied in the final innings of both games to sweep a Sunday night doubleheader from Bethany at the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, SC The Bears (3-1) won Game 1 7-6 over Parker Madden’s pinch two-run singles to complete a three-point rally and scored three more in the top of the seventh to win game two, 6-4, the key hit a decisive two-point triple by Blake Carroll.
Freshman Wyatt Duthu was 7 for 8 with three RBIs and three runs scored in both games, including an RBI single that tied Game 1 in the bottom of the seventh. He was also the winning relief pitcher. In Game 2, Duthu’s RBI double tied the game in the top of the seventh before Carroll gave the Bears the lead, and Brock Soletti allowed just one hit in 3.2 innings or relief with three strikeouts to claim the win.
• The Big East has announced its first group of men’s basketball winners. Ryan Kalkbrenner of Creighton was named Defensive Player of the Year, Marquette Justin Lewis was named Most Improved Player, Jared Bynum of Providence won the Sixth Man Award and Donald Carey of Georgetown won the Sportsmanship Award . The Big East’s top awards — player, coach, freshman and varsity athlete — will be announced on Wednesday.
• Mitchell College senior striker Amina Wiley has been named to the New England Women’s Basketball Association regional third team, where she was joined by East Lyme Babson junior guard Megan Bauman.
Wiley, the only honored player in the New England Collegiate Conference, is Mitchell’s first player to earn All-New England honor. The NECC Player of the Year averaged 19.5 points and 10.4 rebounds for the Mariners as they qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time. Bauman, who helped Babson reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament, averaged 13.1 points, 4.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds.
• Mitchell has won five NECC Weekly Spring Awards. Junior Camren Varney was named NECC baseball pitcher of the week, rookie Emily Reynolds was named softball pitcher of the week and rookie of the week, rookie Aiden Messuri was named men’s lacrosse rookie of the week and the rookie Steve Turchetta de Montville was named Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.
Varney pitched six scoreless innings in a 15-0 win over the Coast Guard, walking one and striking out seven. Reynolds went 2-0 with a .50 ERA, pitching five shutout innings against Finlandia and allowing just one run and two hits in a comprehensive win over Mount Mary University. Messuri had a goal, an assist and five ground balls against Russell Sage while Turchetta made 10 saves in 30 minutes.
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