Published May 07. 2013 4:00AM
Mariners riding a wave
• The Mitchell College men's lacrosse team received an ECAC New England Division III tournament berth for the second time in program history Monday.
The Mariners (9-3), the third seed, will visit No. 2 Wentworth Institute of Technology (10-6) in Boston on Wednesday (7 p.m.) in the semifinals. It will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Top-seeded University of New England (13-5) hosts the winner for the title at 1 p.m. Saturday.
It is the second ECAC appearance for third-year coach Derek Marks, who led the Mariners to a postseason bid in 2011.
The Mariners captured the inaugural New England Collegiate Conference title and tied the school record for wins. Junior midfielder Demetre Lyras was named the conference player of the year while freshman defender Maxx Crowley earned top rookie honors and junior Peter Eshenfelder of Waterford received the goalie of the year award, posting a 7.42 goals-against-average.
All-NECC first team selection David Klapp (27 goals, 14 assists) and Lyras (26 goals, five assists) fuel the Mariner attack. Sophomore Jordan Cook of Groton has 19 goals and eight assists and junior Chris Joy of East Lyme, an All-NECC first team pick, has a team-best 102 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers.
• Three women's softball players earned NECC awards. Junior pitcher Tricia Tomaselli and sophomore Lindsey Romagnino made the second team while junior Ariel Hallisey was an honorable mention.
Tomaselli went 5-5 with a 3.24 earned run average and batted .390 with nine RBI. It was Romagnino's second consecutive second team honor, as she led the team in batting average (.396) and RBI (15) in conference play.
Hallisey appeared in all 18 NECC games and batted .300 with eight RBI. She was third in the conference with 10 stolen bases and tied for fourth in walks with 11.
• Outfielder Neftali Arroyo was named NECC rookie of the week for the second time this season. He batted .353 with seven RBI and two runs scored in four conference tournament games, as the Mariners reached the championship round before faltering. He had a single, double, home run and five RBI in a 11-2 win over Daniel Webster on Saturday. On the season, he is batting .310, leading the team in RBI (38), extra base hits (17) and home runs (three).
Connecticut College suffered a disappointing ending to an overall successful season on Saturday, losing to Tufts, 14-11, in the New England Small College Athletic Conference men's lacrosse semifinals.
The 16th-ranked Camels finished 12-4 overall and tied for first in the conference with Middlebury. They've had 10 or more wins in four of the last six seasons.
Saturday was the final game for an impressive senior class that helped the Camels earn two NCAA berths during their careers. Andrew Freedman, an All-NESCAC selection, ranked fifth in the conference in goals (35) and points (51) this season. In his career, he has 107 points on 72 goals and 35 assists.
Senior John Lyons leaves the program with 64 goals and 43 assists for 107 career points and senior specialist Brendan Schrader ranked third in the league with 152 face-off wins this season.
Other seniors on the roster this season: Stephen Eicher, John Gallagher, Mike Brennan, Brogan O'Connor, Tyler Corcoran and Andrew Berry.
Around the region
• Wheelock College sophomore Emma Marrs of Old Lyme capped an impressive season by being named to the NECC first team for women's lacrosse. Marrs had a program-record 53 points with 39 goals and 14 assists.
Marrs still managed to finish ranked sixth in points (22) and goals (17) in NECC action despite missing a match due to injury. In one two-game stretch, she tied a school record for points in a game with 14 (eight goals, a school-record six assists) against Anna Maria and then had seven goals and three assists against Daniel Webster.
• St. Michael's College junior Tyler Wild, a St. Bernard graduate, had a single and triple in a recent 12-2 loss to Franklin Pierce. He finished the season batting .250 with three doubles, one triple and eight RBI.
• Michael Lee, a New London High School graduate, is making his mark as a member of the Southern Connecticut State University track and field team. He helped pace the Owls to the Northeast-10 outdoor track and field title, winning the triple jump in a meet record 48 feet, 11¾ inches and placing third in the long jump in 23-3½. His triple jump distance provisionally qualified for the NCAA meet.
• Two Stonington High School graduates helped Becker College reached the NECC women's lacrosse championship game on Saturday.
Junior Christina Boucher scored two goals in a 9-8 loss to Regis College and made the all-tournament team. She finished the season with 20 goals and four assists.
Junior Katelin Burdick, a starting defender, was named an All-NECC honorable mention. She had two goals, 48 ground balls and a team-best 23 caused turnovers.
• Senior Chelsea Lipp of Old Lyme recently became the first Drew University women's tennis player to receive All-Landmark Conference honors in all four years. She was selected to first team singles for the first time. Playing at the No. 1 spot, Lipp had a 4-2 singles record in conference play and 5-4 overall. She went 26-13 in her career. She graduated from the Williams School.
• Kelsey Barlow took over ownership of the Central Connecticut State softball career home run record this season. She has a team-high nine this season to give her 28 in her career.
A senior from Montville, she helped CCSU grab a share of the Northeast Conference regular season title and post a school single season record 32 wins overall. She is batting .287 with a team-high tying 35 RBI. CCSU will open play in the NEC tournament on Thursday.
• Quinnipiac University's Montara Tomasetti, a freshman from Waterford, recently picked up a major award as a member of the school's acrobatics and tumbling team. She took home NCATA rookie of the year honors. She helped Quinnipiac reach the NCATA national championship. At Waterford High School, she was a state champion and all-state selection in gymnastics.
- Gavin Keefe