Published March 03. 2013 4:00AM
Holyoke, Mass. - The UConn-Avery Point women's basketball team advanced to the NJCAA Region 21 finals for the second straight year, beating Massasoit Community College 66-52 in the semifinals Saturday.
Avery Point (12-6) faces Roxbury, ranked fourth nationally, in the final today at 2 p.m. Kim Bouten scored 18 and Mikayla Wells had 11 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Pointers. Also scoring in double figures for Avery Point were Jackie Riera (14), Haley Cooper (12) and Ryanne Paige (11).
• Middlebury scored twice in the third period, pulling away for a 4-1 win over Connecticut College in the semifinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament. Madeline Joyce scored twice for Middlebury (17-6-2). Amanda Bogue scored a goal, Courtney Dumont assisted and Kelsie Fralick made 34 saves for Conn (14-11-1).
• David Klapp scored 46 seconds into overtime, lifting Mitchell College to an 11-10 win over Becker College in a New England Collegiate Conference match.
Demetre Lyras scored four goals, Aaron Sladyk scored twice and had two assists, Klapp had two goals and three assists and Jordan Cook and Dan Digioia had a goal and an assists each for Mitchell (1-1, 1-0). Ledyard High graduate David Deschenes scored three goals for Becker (1-1, 1-1).
• Coast Guard sophomore Sara Cantrell qualified for the nationals by placing sixth overall at the NCAA Division III Diving Regional at Springfield College. Cantrell was fifth in the 3-meter event, breaking her own school record (444.5 points) and placed eighth in the 1-meter event (406.65). The NCAA Division III Championships will take place March 20-23 in Shenandoah, Texas.
In the men's event, CGA freshman placed 13th on both boards, scoring 416.10 points on the 3-meter board and 403.35 on the 1-meter board.
Men's indoor track
• Coast Guard Academy's Clay Kosack broke a school record in the heptathlon (4,476 points) en route to a fifth-place finish at the ECAC Division III Championships at the New York Armory. Kosack, who earned All-ECAC honors, set personal bests in the 60-meter hurdles (9.36 seconds), pole vault (13 feet, 1½ inches) and 1,000 (2:41.83).
Coast Guard had three other All-ECAC performances. Junior All-American Adam Scalesse placed third in the 60 hurdles (8.32), the 4x400 relay team of Ben Hannon, James Dawkins, Fred Higgins and Scalesse finished third in 3:19.88 (their top time this season) and the 4x800 team of Jordan Lee, Zach Kearney, Brad Pienta and James Martin placed sixth in 7:52.82.
• Conn College's distance medley relay team of Tristan Cole, Geoff Phaneuf, Andrew Duarte and Mike LeDuc placed sixth (10:13.99) during the Last Chance Invitational at Tufts.
Women's indoor track
• Conn College sophomore Kim Bolick set a school record in the mile (4:59.34) to finish third at the ECAC Division III Championships at the New York Armory. She earned All-ECAC honors along with senior Sarah Matthews, who placed eighth in the 500 (1:19.26).
Coast Guard's 4x800 relay team of Rachel Hill, Beth Gollin, Kristin Euchler and Meghan Kalinowski placed fifth (9:36.45), also earning All-ECAC honors.
• Sophomore All-American Nate Giorgio and junior Luke Taylor advanced to the semifinals and four wrestlers are still in contention at the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional tournament at WPI.
Giorgio, the top seed at 125 pounds, cruised to a pair of tech fall wins beating Mike Arangio from Southern Maine 18-0 and No. 8 Paul Fields of Cortland, 16-0. Giorgio faces No. 4 Tom Casper of Springfield in today's semifinals.
Taylor, the fifth seed at 174, pinned Tim Curtin-White of Bridgewater State in just 51 seconds and decisioned No. 4 Connor Nelson of Johnson & Wales 9-4. Taylor wrestled No. 1 Jules Doliscar of Ithaca in the semis.
Freshman Mike Shermot (165) and sophomore Mike Giorgioi (141) each won their first match, lost the second and a now wrestling out of the consolation bracket.
• UConn-Avery Point opened its season by splitting a doubleheader at Mercer Community College in New Jersey, winning the opener 5-4 and losing the second game 3-2.
The Pointers scored three runs in the top of the seventh to rally from a 4-2 deficit in the opener. Alex Miller's two-run double tied it and Tyler Tavares' sacrifice fly gave Avery Point the lead. Shawn Nadeau was the winner in relief, Matt Greene had three hits and scored twice and Miller had two hits. Pat Rogers had a two-run double in the second game.
• UConn won its fourth straight, beating Central Michigan 6-2 at DeLand, Fla. L.J. Mazzilli and Tom Verdi had three hits each and Jon Testani homered for UConn (5-3). Carson Cross (2-0) allowed three hits and no runs over six innings for the win.
• Philkwan Tate finished with 22 points in UConn-Avery Point's 78-68 loss to Roxbury Community College in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region 21 tournament in Holyoke, Mass. Mike Martin added 16 points for Avery Point, which finished the season 10-15. Malcolm Simmons had 13 points and Tyler Barnes 12.