WATERFORD — Eighth-seeded Waterford overcame a slow start with a great second quarter as the Lancers defeated No. 25 Enfield 65-31 in Monday night’s opening round of the CIAC Division II boys’ basketball tournament.
Waterford (18-6) trailed 10-9 after a quarter but beat Enfield 22-6 in the second and took 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 added eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots graduated
Staples eliminated Sheehan 70-23.
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Griswold was edged out in the first round of Division IV by Killingly in 14th place, 56-41. Yianni Barbibeau had 29 points and 15 rebounds for Killingly, while Christian Russell had 11 points for the No. 19 Wolverines, who finish 10-13.
• Mitchell College lost two games at the Spring Games in Clermont, Fla., losing 5-1 to Otterbein and 8-0 to Wheaton, Illinois. Jenna Bennett’s RBI single scored Gemma Landry (doubles) for the Mariners’ only run of the day. In the second game, Brooke Whitmarsh had a double for Mitchell (2-4).
• Catholic University gave the Coast Guard Academy their first loss, beating the Bears 3-2 at the Spring Games in Clermont, Fla. Julia Breidenthal and Selena Serna each had an RBI for the Bears (1-1), whose scheduled night game against Ohio Northern was rained out.
• Coast Guard rallied in the last inning of both games to wrestle a double-header from Bethany at the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach Sunday night. SC The Bears (3-1) won the opener 7-6 after Parker Madden’s tackle run single to complete a three-run rally and scored three more in the top of the seventh to win game two 6-4 , the key was a two-run tie by Blake Carroll.
Freshman Wyatt Duthu was 7-for-8 with three RBI and three runs scored in the two games, including an RBI single that ended the first game at the end of the seventh. He was also the winning pitcher in relief. In the second game, Duthu’s RBI double tied the game at the top of the seventh before Carroll put the Bears ahead and conceded just one hit for Brock Soletti over 3.2 innings or relief with three strikeouts to earn the win.
• The Big East announced its first batch of honors in men’s basketball. Creighton’s Ryan Kalkbrenner was named Defensive Player of the Year, Marquette Justin Lewis was named Most Improved Player, Providence’s Jared Bynum won the Sixth Man Award and Georgetown’s Donald Carey won the Sportsmanship Award. The Big East’s top honors – player, coach, freshman and scholar – will be announced on Wednesday.
• Mitchell College senior forward Amina Wiley was named to the New England Women’s Basketball Association third-team all-region team, where she was joined by Babson junior guard Megan Bauman of East Lyme.
Wiley, the only player honored by the New England Collegiate Conference, is the first Mitchell player to receive the All-New England honor. The NECC Player of the Year averaged 19.5 points and 10.4 rebounds for the Mariners, who 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 won five weekly NECC Spring Awards. Junior Camren Varney was named NECC Baseball Pitcher of the Week, freshman Emily Reynolds was named Softball Pitcher of the Week and Rookie of the Week, freshman Aiden Messuri was named Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week, and Montville freshman Steve Turchetta 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 knocking out seven. Reynolds went 2-0 with a .50 ERA, throwing five innings of shutout against Finlandia and allowing just one run and two hits in a complete game win over Mount Mary University. Messuri had a goal, an assist and five ground balls against Russell Sage while Turchetta made ten saves in 30 minutes.