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Published September 17. 2013 4:00AM

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• Coach Colin Delaney recently took his Montville High School boys' soccer team on a field trip.

The Indians went to watch the Hartford/Holy Cross men's soccer game in West Hartford on Aug. 30.

Two former Montville standouts are playing on the Division I level - former high school All-American Jeff Tryon at Hartford and ex-all-state standout Connor Leeman at Holy Cross. Both are in their freshman seasons.

The Indians thoroughly enjoyed attending the game and seeing their former teammates. Hartford won 1-0.

"It doesn't get much better than that," Delaney said. "It was quite a treat for the program. The kids had a blast."

Tryon, a forward/outside midfielder, has made an immediate impact at Hartford. His first collegiate goal was the game winner in a 1-0 victory over UMass on Sept. 11. He has played significant minutes off the bench while appearing in all five games for the Hawks (3-0-2).

"Jeff is doing great," Delaney said. "I'm proud of him."

Leeman, a defender, has yet to see action for Holy Cross. His brother, Tyler, is a reserve for the nationally-ranked UConn Huskies.

Five players in last year's senior class are playing college soccer this fall.

Zach Foley starts for Emmanuel College while Daniel Pierce has appeared in three games for Lyndon (Vt.) State and Matt Staehle played in three games for Western Connecticut State University.

"They see that and that's where their goals are set," Delaney said of his team.

• Anna Maria College junior captain Cristina Turley of Waterford scored four goals in a season-opening 5-2 win over Wheeler College. She leads the women's soccer team in scoring.

• Norwich Free Academy graduate Kyle Liang is running cross country for Quinnipiac this fall. As a high school senior, Liang was The Day's 2012 Runner of the Year and won the Eastern Connecticut Conference individual title. In his first career meet, he was 21st in the Stony Brook Invitational in 20:25 over 6K, the sixth-fastest finisher for the Bobcats.

• Freshman Ashley Adams, a Fitch graduate, has started five of seven matches for the Eastern Connecticut State University volleyball team. An outside hitter, she has 55 kills and 172 total attacks.

Jaclyn Greenman, a midfielder from Waterford, scored the game-winning goal for the Rhode Island College women's soccer team in a 3-2 overtime win over Worcester State on Sept. 7. Her first collegiate goal came in the 92nd minute.

In an 8-0 win over Mitchell Saturday, Greenman had two assists. She has started all four games.

Freshman defender Cayla Cecchini, a Waterford graduate, has appeared in three games off the bench.

• For the second straight year, East Lyme's Dana Tricarico has been named a tri-captain for the Siena College swimming and diving team.

• Junior forward/midfielder Olivia Moore of Salem has started all five games for the Wentworth College women's soccer team. She has a goal and an assist.

• Senior defender Kevin Esposito, a Ledyard graduate, is a team captain for the Emmanuel College men's soccer team.

Camel highlights

• The Connecticut College women's basketball team is hosting a special fundraising event on Saturday night called "A Night with ESPN's Best: Boston vs. New York." ESPN's Bob Ryan and Stephen A. Smith will discuss the Boston vs. New York rivalries. Award-winning sportswriter Jackie MacMullan will serve as moderator.

The night's festivities will include live and silent auctions

MacMullan's daughter, Aly Boyle, is a member of the women's basketball team.

"The college is fortunate to have a parent like Jackie, who has mustered her colleagues and friends in order to make this event so special," athletic director Fran Shields said.

The event starts at 6 p.m. in the college's 1962 Room. Advance tickets are $35, $25 for students.

• Senior Billy Hawkey has had a scorer's touch so far this season for the men's soccer team, leading the way with four goals and an assist. The Camels are 2-1 overall.

• Junior goalie Becca Napolitano has 19 saves in the first two games for the field hockey team. The Camels are 1-1 overall.

• Through six matches, sophomore Caroline Martin is averaging 3.21 digs and 3.07 kills for the volleyball team. First-year setter Emily Arterbury is averaging 7.95 assists per set for the Camels (3-3).

• Sophomore Carlos Heros is the top offensive weapon for the water polo team, chipping in 15 goals, 19 steals and 14 earned ejections.

Tracking the Bears

• The Coast Guard Academy men's soccer team has jumped out to a strong 3-0-1 start due in part to the fine play of junior goalie Richie Burns.

Burns posted his third shutout of the season in four starts on Saturday, making four saves in a 1-0 win over rival Merchant Marine Academy. His goals against average is a stingy 0.24 and his save percentage an impressive .944.

Coast Guard opens New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference play by hosting Babson at noon Saturday.

• Sophomores Caroline Eastman and Sarah Hills are the top goal scorers for the women's soccer team. They have two goals apiece.

Coach Susan Grant recently talked about Eastman's increased contribution this season.

"She played some time last year as a freshman," Grant said. "We see a difference in her confidence this year. She's doing some great stuff. ? She is making some things happen for us that weren't happening."

The Bears (2-4) need a few more goal scorers to emerge. They've been shut out three times, including suffering consecutive 1-0 defeats to UMass-Dartmouth and Nichols College.

Mariners riding a wave

• Mitchell College women's soccer coach Damian Houlden has had to deal with a number of injuries this season. The short-handed Mariners are winless and goal-less through four games.

Houlden remains optimistic.

"We have some talent this year," Houlden said recently. "We've just had more injuries than we've previously had, so our talent isn't able to shine because it is either hurt or tired. We're not putting in enough players where we can be successful."

- Gavin Keefe

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