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Local college roundup: Conn's LeDuc wins NESCAC cross country title

Published November 03. 2013 4:00AM
Photo Courtesy of Frank Poulin
Connecticut College's Michael LeDuc sprints to the finish to win the New England Small College Athletic Conference men's cross country championship on Saturday at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford. LeDuc broke the 8K course record by 18 seconds, finishing in 24:36.

Waterford - Connecticut College's Michael LeDuc won the New England Small College Athletic Conference men's cross country championship on Saturday at his home course, Harkness Memorial State Park.

LeDuc covered the 8K course in 24 minutes, 36 seconds - a course record by 18 seconds - and defeated Colin Cotton of Williams by seven seconds. Coby Horowitz of Bowdoin, the defending champ, finished third in 24:52.

"Mike ran his race according to plan today," Conn coach Jim Butler said after LeDuc became the first Conn runner to ever win a NESCAC individual title. "He's in very good shape right now as we head towards regionals."

LeDuc helped the Camels finish eighth overall with 201 points. Williams beat Middlebury 51-62 for the team title.

Other place-winners for Conn were Patrick Dermody (35th, 25:48), Ben Bosworth (48th, 26:13), Billy Barnes (26:32) and Brad DeMarco (26:47).

Women's cross country

• East Lyme's Brianne Mirecki, a senior at Williams, placed 16th overall to help the Ephs finish second in the NESCAC championship race at Harkness Memorial State Park. Mirecki finished the 6K course in 22:14 in helping Williams finish second behind Middlebury, 29-51. Mirecki's teammate Kaleigh Kenny was the individual winner in 21:20.

Conn College finished seventh in the team race with 188 points. The Camels were led by Kelsey McGinnis in 14th place (22:12) while Conn's other place-winners were Ashley Curran (27th, 22:39), Isabella Franz (48th, 23:40), Ariana Beers (49th, 23:43) and Emily Winter (50th, 23:44).

Men's soccer

• Kyle Grell scored with just 1:53 remaining in the second overtime to give Coast Guard Academy a 2-1 victory over Springfield College and a berth in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference tournament.

The Bears (8-7-3, 3-3-1) earned the fourth seed for the tournament and will host No. 5 Springfield (13-5, 3-4) in the first round of the five-team tournament on Wednesday.

Robert Copeland gave Coast Guard a 1-0 lead in the 64th minute, but Scott Saucier tied the game for the Pride 11 minutes later. Goalie Richie Burns made nine saves, including a great save on Ryan Malone that would have ended the game early in the first OT.

• Conn College was ousted from the NESCAC tournament, losing 1-0 to Wesleyan in the quarterfinals. Max Jones scored in the 71st minute to give No. 2 Wesleyan the win. Max Nichols made five saves for No. 7 Conn (8-5-2).

Women's soccer

• Ambika Krishnamachar had two goals and three assists to lead MIT to a 5-1 victory over Coast Guard. Despite the loss, the Bears (6-10-2, 3-5-2) earned a NEWMAC tourney bid for the first time since 2003. Freshman Terry Netusil scored the lone goal for the Bears in the 40th minute.

Coast Guard, as the No. 7 seed, will visit No. 2 Wheaton in the first round on Tuesday at 1:30 .m.


• Conn College went 3-0 over the weekend, beating Brandeis 3-2 and Endicott 3-0 on Saturday after beating Colby 3-0 in a NESCAC match Friday.

Ella Johnson had 12 kills and 13 digs and Gabi Taylor had eight kills and 19 digs against Brandeis, Caroline Martin had 12 kills and six digs and Anelise Hohl had nine kills against Endicott. Against Colby, Kaitlin Cunningham had 28 assists and Martin had 13 kills for Conn (15-11, 6-4).

Up next for the Camels is a trip to the NESCAC tournament on Friday at Williams. Conn is seeded fifth and will play No. 4 Tufts in the the quarterfinals at 8 p.m.

• Coast Guard ended its regular season with a 25-22, 25-14 and 25-21 loss to MIT in the NEWMAC. The Bears (21-8, 5-5) will be the sixth seed in the NEWMAC tourney and will play at No. 3 Babson in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Babson beat CGA 3-2 in the regular season.

Kelsey DePorto led the Bears with 10 kills while Samantha Marmolejo had 14 digs and Maggie Hine added 24 assists.

Field hockey

• No. 8 UConn routed Temple 7-0 in the Big East and claimed a share of the regular season title.

Marie Elena Bolles scored a career-high four goals for the Huskies (14-4, 6-1), who shared the title with Louisville and Old Dominion, and goalie Sarah Mansfield earned her seventh shutout.

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