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Published February 04. 2014 4:00AM

Mariner highlights

• Mitchell College senior Joshua Ford picked up his fourth New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week honor in men's basketball this season. Ford averaged 26 points and 14 rebounds last week while leading Mitchell to three league wins. A frontrunner to repeat as NECC Player of the Year, Ford is first in the conference in scoring (22.9 points) and rebounding (13.0) while ranking fourth in blocks (21) and fifth in assists (66).

With four NECC games remaining on their schedule, the Mariners (15-4, 11-1) reside in first place. They set a single-season school record for wins in Division III with a 104-87 rout of Wheelock on Saturday. They play at second-place Elms College (11-10, 9-3) on Feb. 19, and in what could be an interesting game, Mitchell visits Connecticut College on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The Mariners have never beaten the Camels.

• The Mitchell women host their biggest game in recent years on Thursday, as NECC leader Regis College (16-4, 13-0) visits New London for a 6 p.m. game. The second-place Mariners (12-7, 12-1) are riding a 10-game winning streak. The two programs will meet twice in Mitchell's final five games. Mitchell visits Regis in the regular season finale on Feb. 19 in Weston, Mass. The Mariners haven't lost a conference game since falling to Elms in OT on Dec. 5.

• Several Mariners made the NECC All-Academic team for the 2013 fall season. To qualify, a student-athlete needed a minimum of 3.40 and be at least a sophomore. Those honored include: Jordan Cook of Groton, Rick Lusk of Montville, Zack Rocheleau, Zachary Simmons, Norwich Free Academy graduate Breanna Poirier, Chenelle Campbell, Carly Paterson of Gales Ferry, Drew Castagna of Westerly, Norwich Tech graduate Michael Edwards, Chris McKeon, Bridget Burns, Savannah Boyle, Matt Grudgen, Montville gradate Chris Heller, John McGowan, Michael Pinkerton and Taylor Zaldivar of Waterford.

Tracking the Bears

• Coast Guard Academy sophomore Ben Morseth was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season. Morseth won three individual events - 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 IM - and swam the lead leg on the wining 200 medley relay team in a 172-108 win over Wesleyan last weekend. The Bears will compete in the NEWMAC Championships from Feb. 20-23 at WPI.

Camels in the spotlight

• Senior Matt Vadas averaged 19 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists while helping the Connecticut College men's basketball team post a 2-1 record last week. He now has 1,586 career points and needs 71 points to break former All-American Kareem Tatum's all-time scoring record at Conn. Zuri Pavlin leads the New England Small College Athletic Conference in rebounds per game with 11.1. The Camels are 9-9 overall, 2-4 in the conference.

• Senior Tara Gabelman was honored before Conn College's win over Bates on Saturday for scoring her 1,000 career point earlier this month. She received a commemorative basketball. In the NESCAC, she ranks first in rebounds per game (11.4) and fourth in scoring (14.2). She also is shooting a league-best 93 percent (68-for-73) from the foul line. The Camels (12-7, 4-2) are tied for fourth place in the NESCAC and attempting to qualify for the conference tournament for just the second time in program history.

• Senior goalie Mike Petchonka played well in goal last weekend for the men's hockey team, allowing only two goals in two games. He made 33 saves in a 2-1 win over Middlebury on Saturday and stopped 31 shots in 1-0 loss to Williams on Friday. He lowered his goals against average to 2.82 per game. Junior J.C. Cangelosi is the team's leading scorer with 10 goals and nine assists. The Camels are 5-12-1, 4-8.

Around the region

• The UConn baseball team suffered a major loss with the news that American Athletic Conference preseason Co-pitcher of the Year Carson Cross will need shoulder surgery and miss the 2014 season. He went 9-5 with a 2.44 earned run average last season and made the All-Big East second team. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery on Cross at a date yet to be announced. Cross will have one year of eligibility left.

• UConn senior Shabazz Napier was named to the AAC weekly honor roll for the seventh time this season. He is the top scorer in conference games, averaging 21.5 points.

• St. Joseph of Hartford's Rachel Mauthe, a freshman from East Lyme, earned Great Northeast Athletic Conference women's Swimmer of the Week honors for the third time this season after winning two individual events and swimming a leg on two winning relay teams in a meet against Western New England on Saturday. She took first in the 200-yard freestyle (2:10.16) and 500 freestyle (5:45.99). Mauthe and sophomore Samantha Nichols of Norwich will compete in the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association championships on Feb. 14-16 at the University of Rhode Island.

Dana Tricarico of East Lyme continues to have a stellar senior season swimming for Siena College. She placed second in the 50 freestyle and competed on the winning 400 freestyle relay in a win over Assumption. A team captain, she was on the winning 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay teams and took second in the 50 freestyle in her senior day meet against Sacred Heart. Tricarico will compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships later this month in Buffalo, N.Y.

• Wheelock College junior Emma Mars of Old Lyme was named to the NECC All-Academic team for the fall semester. Mars played field hockey.

• Bay Path junior Kacie Bayreuther of East Lyme, a member of the volleyball team, also earned NECC All-Academic team honors.

• St. Michael's College forward Alexa Long, a junior from Waterford, is ranked fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference in rebounding at 9.4 per game. She leads the Purple Knights (3-15) in scoring at 13.4 points.

• Fitch High School graduate Addison Koelle will be one of the athletes honored during Senior Day festivities before Northeastern's meet against Rhode Island on Saturday.

- Gavin Keefe

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