New London – The Coast Guard Academy football team lost a 24-17 decision to Catholic University on Saturday in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference game.
The teams were tied 14-14 at halftime, but Catholic (4-3, 3-0) took a 17-14 lead on a 35-yard field goal from Fabrizio Reilly midway through the third quarter and increased his lead at 24-14 on a 3-yard touchdown by Kevin Licciardi and an extra point from Reilly with 2:40 left in the third quarter.
Coast Guard (2-5, 0-3) could only score a 24-yard field goal by Finnegan Hall in the second half, with the kick coming 13:15 from the end of the game.
Catholic led 14-0 on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Nico Casares in the first quarter and a 12-yard touchdown pass from Casares to Jared Colletti in the second quarter.
Coast Guard’s Spencer McMillion, who missed last week’s game against Springfield with an ankle injury, returned and put the Bears on the scoreboard with a 1-yard run with 1:09 to play in the first half.
The Bears defense stopped Catholic and with 14 seconds left in the first half, the Bears tied at 14-14. Joey Armentrout threw a 27-yard touchdown pass for Broock Desta and Hall’s extra point tied the game.
Armentrout was 19 of 36 passes for 190 yards, Desta caught eight passes for 108 yards, McMillion had 75 yards on 23 carries and James Patz caught five passes for 46 yards. Ryan Vigo led the defense with 14 tackles and Nico Berrios and Connor Healy had eight tackles apiece.
Men’s Cross Country
• Host Connecticut College placed two runners in the top 13 and finished eighth in the 23-team Conn College Invitational Blue Race at Harkness Memorial Park. MIT took the team title with 46 points and Conn had 270. Williams’ Elias Lindgren won the 8k race in 23:43. Matt Carter led Conn with fifth place in 24:15, Jeffrey Love was 13th (24:34), Brendan Mellitt was 67th (25:40) and Harry Harwood was 90th (25:57). Coast Guard raced the White Run and finished fourth, led by 10th place Paul Hobb (26:36).
Women’s Cross Country
• The Coast Guard finished 13th and the Host Camels finished 22nd in the Conn College Invitational Blue Run at Harkness Memorial Park. MIT won the team title and New York University’s Vivian Kane won the 6K race with a time of 21:18. Claire Semerod led the Coast Guard with a ninth-place finish in 10:00 p.m. Lauren Mellon (60th, 23:06) and Sophia White (99th, 23:35) also made the Coast Guard’s top 100. Julia Curran led Conn with a 17th place finish (22:16).
• Charles Fish scored twice in the first half as the Coast Guard beat Springfield 2-0 in the NEWMAC. John Flood assisted on second base and Josh Hudson made five saves for the Bears (8-2-3, 2-2-1).
• Conn College lost to Colby, 1-0, in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Ethan Fabricator scored in the 59th minute for Colby (5-2-7, 2-2-5). Peter Silvester made a save for Conn (6-5-2, 2-5-1), who edged Colby 21-8.
• Rafael Romero made three saves as Eastern Nazarene beat Mitchell College 5-0 in the New England Collegiate Conference. Former Stonington star Joey Rosa made seven saves for Mitchell (5-7, 1-1).
• Conn College beat Colby 2-0 in the NESCAC. Jamie Scarpantonio scored in the first half and Old Lyme’s Mya Johnson scored in the second half for the Camels (8-4-1, 4-3-1).
• Sadie Recht scored three goals as Wheaton beat the Coast Guard 5-2 in the NEWMAC. Chase Merrick and Karagan Bulger scored goals, Riley Vicinanzo had an assist and Emily Scharnitzky made seven saves for the Coast Guard (5-6-2, 2-4-1).
• Mitchell and New England College tied 0-0 in the NECC. Gemma Landry made 11 saves for Mitchell (4-6-2, 0-1-1).
• Kendall Arnold scored three goals as Conn College beat Colby 4-1 in NESCAC. Bridget McCann had a goal and an assist and Sydney Cresta had an assist for Conn (3-9, 1-7).
• The Coast Guard swept Emerson in the NEWMAC, winning 26-24, 25-18, 25-19. Noelle Tursky led the Bears (16-5, 4-3) with 18 assists, 16 digs and 10 kills. Maeve Duffin had 26 assists, Shannon Shaw 14 kills, Carmen Zipf 17 digs and Kaela France 19 digs.
• Trinity lost the first set but rallied to beat Conn College 3-1 in the NESCAC. Emma Wheeler and Katherine Randall had 11 kills each and Julia Dailey had 18 digs for Conn (6-10, 1-8).
• Ty Amonte scored twice as UConn beat Ohio State 6-1 in a non-league game. Matthew Wood had a goal and two assists and Ryan Tverberg, Jake Percival and Jake Flynn had goals for the Huskies (5-0-1) and Hudson Schandor had two assists.