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Published October 29. 2013 4:00AM

Mariners riding a wave

• Mitchell College men's soccer finished in a three-way tie with Newbury and Elms College for first place in the New England Collegiate Conference regular season. Based on a tiebreaker, the Mariners (7-10, 5-2) received the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 Daniel Webster (8-9-1, 3-4) at 2 p.m. Wednesday in first round play.

In the previous meeting this season, Mitchell earned a 2-1 overtime win on Sept. 21. Senior Zachary Simmons (five goals, four assists) and junior Frank Williams (five goals, one assist) are the team's leading scorers.

• The future looks bright for the women's soccer team. The Mariners (3-11, 3-6) return nearly their entire roster, including top scorers Kate McBride (four goals), Alexandra Mahar (four goals, one assist) and Breanna Poirier (three goals), a Norwich Free Academy graduate.

They are losing starting goalie Kaylee Woodford, who posted a 1.91 goals-against average this season. Woodford, a four-year starter, had a terrific career. She earned NECC top goalie honors in 2011, helped the Mariners qualify for their first NCAA tournament in 2010 and posted 17 careers shutouts.

Tracking the Bears

• New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference tournament berths are on the line this week for the two Coast Guard Academy soccer teams.

The men's team needs to win at Springfield on Saturday in the regular-season finale to qualify for the 15th time in the 16-year history of the league. The Bears stand at 7-7-3, 2-3-1. Junior Richie Burns owns a sparkling 0.95 goals against average and six shutouts.

The women's path to clinching the program's first NEWMAC tournament trip since 2003 is challenging, to say the least. The Bears (6-9-1, 3-4-1) have to win their last two games against Wellesley (9-7-2, 6-1-1) today and MIT (11-2-3, 6-1-1) on Saturday, or need outside help. They've already recorded their most conference wins since 2002.

• The volleyball team already has secured a NEWMAC tournament bid and can clinch a home game with a win over MIT in the regular-season finale Saturday. The Bears (21-6, 5-3) are tied for third with MIT (19-10, 5-3). Postseason play begins on Nov. 5.

Freshman Rebekah Muller was named the NEWMAC Co-Player of the Week on Monday after helping Coast Guard to three wins, including five-set victories against Connecticut College and Vassar. She had a match-best 21 kills, including the game-winner, against Vassar and finished the week with 45 kills and 42 digs.

"She was the force that carried us against Vassar and the single biggest difference-maker in winning the match," coach Aylene Ilkson said in a released statement.

Camel highlights

• Coach Kenny Murphy has built a firm foundation for the Connecticut College men's soccer program.

The Camels (8-3-2) already have secured a winning record for the fourth time in Murphy's five seasons. Prior to his arrival, the program had 11 consecutive losing seasons.

They also will make their fourth trip to the New England Small College Athletic Conference in five years. Heading into the regular-season finale against Wesleyan, they reside in seventh place at 4-3-2. The top eight teams qualify.

As a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Newtown tragedy, the Camels are one of three NESCAC men's soccer teams wearing special green arm bands stamped with a specially designed ribbon. To make a donation, visit newtowncharities.org.

• The women's soccer team is still in the running for one of the last two spots in the conference tournament. The Camels are tied for ninth at 1-6-2 with one regular season game remaining against Wesleyan (1-4-4) on Wednesday.

• The field hockey team held Senior Day on Saturday against Trinity College. Laura Anderson, Kat Barker and Andrea Hoisington were honored. Sanderson scored her 11th career goal in the loss.

• Conn College will host the NESCAC cross country championship for both men and women on Saturday at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford. Senior Michael LeDuc is one of the top runners in the men's 8k race, which starts at 1 p.m. Kelsey McGinnis and Ashley Curran are the Camels to watch in the women's race, which begins at noon.

Robert Spencer has a team-high 52 goals for the men's water polo team. Nick DiLeo has contributed 28 goals and 27 assists for the Camels (3-21).

Around the region

• Stonington High School graduate Brian Sujecki, a junior midfielder, came off the bench to score his first goal of the season and second of his career for the Rhode Island College men's soccer team in a 6-0 shutout of Southern Maine on Saturday.

• Junior Olivia Moore of Salem had yet another big game for the Wentworth Institute of Technology women's soccer team. She had two goals, including the game-winner with about 10 minutes lift, in a 2-1 win over Salve Regina on Saturday. She leads the Commonwealth Coast Conference in goals (15) and points (36).

Moore, an East Lyme graduate, is three points shy of setting the program's single-season scoring record. Kristen Kudlic had 38 points in 2008. Wentworth (6-8-3, 4-3-1) is fighting for a spot in the CCC tournament.

• Graduate student Addison Koelle of Groton scored 12 points for the Northeastern swim team in a loss to New Hampshire on Saturday. She finished second in the 200 butterfly (2:02.77), 200 backstroke (2:06.19) and 100 butterfly (56.61).

• Former Stonington standout Colin Clancy is a first-year graduate assistant on the Temple football staff. He spent last season coaching wide receivers and returners at SUNY Cortland before joining the staff at his alma mater. Temple (1-7) hosts UConn on Nov. 23 in Philadelphia.

• Worcester State sophomore defensive back Brian Gencarelli of Niantic had his team-high tying third interception and made six tackles in Saturday's 55-35 loss to Western Connecticut. A Waterford High School graduate, he has 29 tackles overall in seven games this season.

• Junior Chanel Johnson of New London scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season for the University of Hartford women's soccer team in a 2-1 loss to Maryland Baltimore County. The Hawks (10-5-3, 5-3) qualified for the America East tournament and will host Vermont on Thursday.

• Junior Shannon McBride (Wheeler) and sophomore Brandy LeClair (Fitch) are two of the top runners for the Central Connecticut women's cross country team. McBride was the first Blue Devil to cross the finish line for the fifth straight meet in Friday's CCSU mini-meet, covering the 3K course in 10:27.34 and placing 20th out of 137 runners. LeClair was 57th in 10:56.31.

• NFA graduate Derek French is competing on the CCSU men's cross country team. He placed 36th in 15:46.98 in the CCSU mini-meet.

- Gavin Keefe

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