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Published April 02. 2013 4:00AM   Updated April 02. 2013 4:41AM

Mariners riding a wave

• Mitchell College freshman Graham Cavanaugh was named New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Week in men's tennis after going 2-1 last week in both singles and doubles in victories over Lesley and Albertus Magnus.

• Two Mariners were rewarded for their performances on the baseball diamond last week as junior Kenneth Olszewski and freshman Neftali Arroyo were named NECC player and rookie of the week, respectively.

Olszewski batted a team-best .667 and had hits in all four games. He finished with four doubles, four RBI and six runs scored for the Mariners, who went 3-1, including a three game sweep of NECC foe Becker College.

Arroyo batted .600 with four extra-base hits, seven runs scored and five RBI. In the series opener against Becker, he hit for the cycle. He reached base 10 out of 12 plate appearances in the three games.

Mitchell (10-7, 6-0) resides in first place in the NECC. The Mariners play at Coast Guard at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Camel highlights

• The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team is ranked 20th in the USILA national poll in Division III. The Camels (5-2) are second in the New England rankings and own a 5-1 record as the leader in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Senior Andrew Freedman leads the team in scoring with 17 goals and nine assists for 26 points while sophomore Chad Sawyer has 19 goals and five assists for 24 points. Junior Thomas Woessner of Old Lyme has four goals and six assists.

• The women's lacrosse team is holding a special event on Thursday when it hosts Roger Williams at 7:30 p.m. on Silfen Field. The Camels will be raising awareness for Green Dot, a campus initiative to prevent power-based personal violence through bystander intervention. They will wear Green Dot apparel and students will distribute information about the program.

"Research tells us that student athletes are cultural change agents on college campuses," said Darcie Folsom, coordinator of sexual violence education and advocacy at Conn College, in a released statement. "And at a college like ours - where one-third of students are varsity athletes - having athletes involved in initiatives that support healthy relationships is critical to our success."

• The sailing program had a busy weekend, placing seventh at the Dellenbaugh Intersectional in Rhode Island. In the A Division, the Camels took sixth, with skipper Atlantic Brugman, Claire Sacco and Bettina Redway leading the way. The coed sailing team finished in a 10th-place tie at the Southern New England Team Race the Thames River in New London.

• The women's water polo team improved to 6-6 overall with wins over Utica (18-5) and Macalester College (10-7) on Sunday in Erie, Pa. Senior Kristin Lampley had six goals, four blocks and four steals while freshman Kelsey Millward added five goals, four steals, three assists and a block and Kate Jacobson had four goals and seven assists.

Tracking the Bears

• Coast Guard Academy junior Adam Scalesse is making his mark on the national track and field scene. He ran the fastest time in Division III in the 110-meter hurdles on Saturday at the Coast Guard Invitational, posting a facility record time of 14.43 seconds. He also set the facility record in the 400 hurdles in 54.11, which also is the fifth fastest time in Division III this season. For his efforts, Scalesse was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week.

Around the region

• Plymouth State senior Rew Wilson, an East Lyme graduate, was named Little East Conference Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career. A right-hander, Wilson pitched a complete game in a 6-1 win over Babson on Wednesday. He struck out a career-best 11, walked just one and allowed one unearned run and three hits, retiring 16 of the final 18 batters. On the season, he is 2-2 with a 3.12 earned run average in four starts. He has a team-high 22 strikeouts.

• St. Bernard graduate Hannah Benoit, a sophomore at St. Michael's College, won her No. 4 singles match in straight sets in a 7-2 loss to Southern New Hampshire on Thursday. The Purple Knights are 6-3 overall, 5-1 in the Northeast 10 Conference.

• Eastern Connecticut State University junior Fred Hewett of New London took second place in the 200 in 22.51 at the Coast Guard Invite. His time qualified him for the New England Division III Championship. He also ran a leg on the second place men's 4x100 relay team (43.71).

• In ECSU women's lacrosse, junior midfielder Taylor Shannon scored three goals and junior attack Christine Lillis had two goals in a 17-6 win over Rhode Island College in Little East women's lacrosse action on Saturday. They are both from Waterford.

• In Rhode Island College's doubleheader sweep (5-1, 1-0) of Southern Maine last week, shortstop Katelyn Sykora, a junior from Waterford, went 2-for-3 in the first game.

Emma Theiler of Waterford scored three goals in the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team's 20-4 win over UMass Dartmouth on Saturday.

• In men's lacrosse action, Ledyard's Ryan Foster scored his team-leading 24th goal in a 12-11 loss to UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday. Goalie Kevin Seery, a sophomore from East Lyme, made 18 saves for the Colonials.

• Trinity senior Matt Cohen of East Lyme scored a goal in last week's 10-3 loss to Conn College in men's lacrosse action.

• Sophomore midfielder Jessica Lillquist has a team-best 24 goals to go with four assists for the Smith College women's lacrosse team. An East Lyme graduate, she led the Vikings to four straight Eastern Connecticut Conference championships.

• St. Bernard graduate Dylan DelaCruz is batting .346 for the Central Connecticut State University baseball team. A junior outfielder, he has five doubles, two triples, a home run and five RBI in 20 games.

- Gavin Keefe

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