Southern Connecticut State senior forward Jacqueline Johannes (Pomperaug) has been named as the university's female Athlete of the Month for December.
Jacqueline is having a career year and has emerged as one of the top forwards in the Northeast-10 Conference this season. In December she averaged 14.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game and led the conference in rebounding at 11.8 boards per contest.
She was named as the NE-10 Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week on December 7 and was tabbed for the conference Weekly Honor Roll the following week.
On Saturday afternoon, the Owls ran into a determined Bentley squad and lost, 66-48, and Jacqueline was defensed well - she had a team-high eight rebounds but did no scoring. She made two assists and blocked a shot and made one steal. Southern is 8-6 (5-4 NE-10).
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Haverford College wanted a better start for the new year, but ended up dropping its first contest of the new decade after getting outscored in overtime 12-2. McDaniel College won the game, 76-66.
Sophomore guard Danielle Harrison (Westover) had two defensive rebounds for the Fords, made two steals and had an assist. Haverford is 3-7 (1-6 Centennial).
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Cornell University freshman forward Clare Fitzpatrick (Southbury/Canterbury) scored nine points and brought down seven rebounds last Wednesday night in a 69-55 loss to Bucknell.
It was the fifth loss in a row for the Big Red. Clare is fourth in points and rebounds for Cornell in her first season.
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Lynchburg College senior guard Jeff Langrock (Pomperaug) took over the game with Bridgewater College Saturday afternoon. He scored nine of the first 13 points of the second half as the Hornets cruised to a 99-78 win.
On the afternoon, Jeff had 12 points, a game-high eight points and five assists, plus he blocked a shot and made a steal. Got to love that senior leadership.
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Muhlenberg College won its seventh in a row, and is ranked 10th in Division III in the country, Saturday afternoon, besting Johns Hopkins, 79-65. Senior starting forward Alexis Bates (Masuk) had five points and three points in the win. The Mules are 8-1 (6-0 Centennial).
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Eastern Connecticut State needed a late charge to run past UMass/Boston Saturday afternoon, working hard for a 67-63 win. Junior Jordan Levy (Nonnewaug) grabbed one rebound, had one steal and made an assist for the Warriors, who are 9-3 (2-1 Little East).
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In a head-to-head meeting of Little East Conference heavyweights in New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon, Western Connecticut State played just a little better in the second half and earned a 75-70 win.
WestConn junior guard Heather Lee (Seymour) pumped in 18 points, collected six rebounds and contributed three assists. Heather leads all Colonial scorers with 202 points so far this season (15.5 points per game), and she's third in rebounds (46) and assists (35).
WestConn is 11-2 (3-0 LEC). Plymouth came into the game 10-2.
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Manhattanville College sophomore starting forward Carol Ortiz (Naugatuck) scored five points, and grabbed one rebound in limited action Saturday afternoon as the Valiants used a big first half to sit on Wilkes College, 71-61. Manhattanville is 7-4 (2-0 Freedom).
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St. Anselm got a huge win for its program Saturday afternoon, manufacturing a lead and hanging on for a 78-69 triumph over 25th-ranked Adelphi.
Junior guard John Mariano (Naugatuck/Trinity Catholic) had one assist and one rebound - he didn't take a shot - in the win. The Hawks are now 8-6 (4-5 NE-10); Adelphi drops to 14-2.
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The two-game win streak Franklin Pierce College enjoyed ended Saturday afternoon with an 82-73 loss to College of Saint Rose.
Senior guard Marcus Wellman (Monroe/Hamden Hall) got limited action, scoring one point, grabbing two rebounds, making three assists and two steals. The Ravens are 6-7 (2-7 NE-10).
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Sacred Heart University dug a hole for itself in the second half against Mount St. Mary's and despite a furious last-minute rally, couldn't catch up, losing 69-65.
Sophomore guard Steve Zazuri (Masuk) played just eight minutes but managed to grab a rebound, make two assists and grab a steal. The Pioneers are 9-6 (2-2 Northeast Conference).
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Elms College broke an eight-game losing streak and got its second win of the season on Saturday, using a big second half to build up its best point total of the year so far and knock off Newbury College, 73-55.
Blazer sophomore guard Katie Condon (Newtown) had a very solid game - six points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Elms is now 2-8 (1-0 New England Collegiate Conference).
The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team recorded it's first-ever program win against the No. 5-ranked Harvard Saturday afternoon, 1-0, as junior forward Kelley Davies (Gunnery) scored the only goal of the game.
The win improves Quinnipiac's record to 9-7-6 (6-3-5 ECAC).
Kelley punched in her fifth of the season at 17:12 in the second period. While streaking up the right side, she collected a pass from Kate Wheeler at center ice and carried it into the offensive zone.
Just inside the right face-off circle, Kelley ripped a shot between the pads of the Harvard goaltender.
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Brown University sophomore defender Jeff Buvinow (Gunnery) got his fourth assist of the season on the Bears' lone goal of the second period Friday night when Dartmouth eased to a 9-4 win.
The score was 4-0 before Harry Zolnierczyk, a Canadian, took Jeff's feed for the score. The Bears are 5-10-1 (3-5-1 Ivy).
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Holy Cross scored in every period to blaze past Nichols, 5-0. The unbeaten Crusaders are 12-0-1 (9-0-1 ECAC). Senior wing Kathryn O'Connor (Gunnery) took four shots but didn't hit the netting.
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Utica College senior forward Sean McKevitt (Gunnery) had an assist on what turned out to be the game-winning goal on Saturday as the Pioneers spotted Cortland a 2-0 lead before reeling in the Red Dragons and getting a 4-2 victory.
Sean's assist, his second of the season, came on Sean Timkey's goal at the outset of the third period and broke a 2-all tie. Utica is 5-6-3.
The Bucknell women's swim team lost a close meet to Colgate on Saturday, 156-142, despite a super effort from Bison senior Abby Atkinson (Newtown).
Abby won the 200 freestyle (1:55.98), was second in the 50 free (24.65) and fourth in the 200 backstroke (2:10.49). She also swam the outbound first leg of the second-place 400 free relay (3:32.83).
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Elms College won a squeaker of a meet with Mount Saint Mary College on Saturday, 102-95, with junior Theresa Pitassi (Naugatuck) an important part of the happy outcome for the Blazers.
Theresa won the 100 free (1:08.11), swam the first leg of the winning 200 free relay (1:59.71), and took second place in the 200 free (2:27.27). Can't do much better than that. The Blazers are 3-3 in dual meets.
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And in another tight meet, Western Connecticut State's women got a 90-84 win over John Jay College on Wednesday.
Sophomore diver Nicole Olmstead (Pomperaug) scored 159.37 points off the one-meter board and 177.95 points from the three-meter board. She was diving without competition.
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The University of Scranton swim team was no match for the Mariners of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday, losing 126-76.
Junior Rob Honrath (Masuk) did his best to get points for the Royals - he was fourth in the 500 free (5:45.79) and sixth in the 1,000 free (11:45.79). Scranton is 5-2.
Mariner sophomore James O'Connor (Newtown) competed in one event, the 50 free (25.72).
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Nazareth College is still winless in four dual meets after getting powdered by the University of Rochester on Saturday, 192-92. Golden Flyer junior Paul Thompson (Seymour) swam to fifth-place finishes in the 200 free (1:57.64) and the 500 free (5:21.37), and was sixth in the 50 free (24.28).
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Four local athletes were in the water for Springfield College on Saturday as the Pride men and women got separate wins over Hartwick and Union Colleges.
Sophomore Jaclyn VanWaalwijk (Newtown) swam the second leg of the winning 400 free relay (3:44.71), and took the anchor for the third-place 400 medley relay (4:16.29). She was also seventh in the 50 free.
Freshman diver Kenny Pancoast (Masuk) was third in the one-meter event (226.65) and fourth off the three-meter board (222.65).
Freshman Travis Morse (Shepaug) swam the outbound leg of the second-place 400 medley relay (3:40.94), was fourth in the 200 backstroke (2:07.40) and took ninth in the 200 free (1:53.85).
Junior Dave Schupack (Pomperaug) swam the anchor leg of the sixth-place 400 medley relay (4:06.12), took the outbound leg of the eighth-place 400 free relay (3:55.75), and was 11th in the 50 free (25.29).
Cornell University junior Andrew Corridore (Naugatuck) ran to a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.75) Friday night at the hometown Southern Tier Collegiate Open.
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Holy Cross College senior Olivia Pruszko (Masuk) was named the Crusader of the Week for December 14-20 after she led the women's indoor track and field team to a strong showing at the Boston University Mini Meet.
Olivia had the second-fastest time of all female runners in the 400-meter dash (59.58) and was third in the 200-meter dash (26.59). At the Mini Meet on December 26, she ran a 1:00.14 in the 400 meters and a 26.93 in the 200 meters.
At the Yale Collegiate Invitational on Saturday, Olivia finished fifth in the high jump (1.55 meters) and ran the third leg of the fifth-place 4-by-800-meter relay (9:52.12).
Yale junior Erica Mansson (Masuk) ran the second leg of the winning distance medley relay (12:19.05).
Sacred Heart sophomore Sara Pollock (Newtown) ran the third leg of the ninth-place 4-by-800-meter relay (10:27.20).
Central Connecticut State sophomore Harrison Katz (Pomperaug) finished 14th overall in the mile run (4:34.31).
Cortland opened its gymnastics season on Saturday at Brockport, losing 176.325-166.00. Red Dragon junior Lauren Pytel (Naugatuck/Holy Cross) was seventh in the uneven bars (8.10).
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