New London — A goal by Jake Creus with just 39 seconds remaining lifted top-seeded Connecticut College to a dramatic 1-0 victory over No. 7 Colby College in the semifinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference men’s soccer tournament on Saturday at Freeman Field on Harkness Green.
The Camels (14-3) will host No. 3 Tufts, a 1-0 winner over No. 4 Middlebury, in Sunday’s championship at noon. Conn handed Tufts (12-1-3) its only loss during the regular season, 2-0.
The Camels will be playing in the NESCAC final for the first time in program history. Sunday’s winner will earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III tournament, although the loser is expected to receive an at-large bid.
The winning play was set in motion when Bruce Doyle found Creus just inside the box with space and time. He took a touch, was able to turn, and blasted a shot past Colby goalie Noah Jackson into the right side of the net.
The Camels dominated play and possession against the Mules (7-8-1), holding a 19-5 shots edge with 11 corner kicks to Colby’s one. Jackson finished with five saves while Conn goalie Sam Maidenberg was forced to make only one.
• Second-seeded MIT defeated No. 3 Coast Guard Academy 25-23, 25-14 and 25-19 in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference semifinals. The Bears, who finish 17-8, were led by Sophia Galdamez with nine kills while Amanda Dake added eight, Kaela France finished with 18 digs and Noelle Tursky had 28 assists.
• All-Americans Tony Ulaszek and Paul Detwiler each recorded pins in under a minute as Coast Guard opened its season with a 36-6 victory over WPI. The Bears are ranked No. 11 in the season-opening Division III national poll. Ulaszek (157 pounds) need only 45 seconds to win his match while Detwiler (197) pinned his opponent in 51 seconds.
Another All-American, Montville’s Noah Caskey (149) won by technical fall (18-1, 4:17) as did Joe Chapman (165), 16-1 in 7:00, and Phil Rogers (184), 17-2 in 5:07. Kenji Beato (133), Anthony Martin (141) and David McCullough (174) each won by decision.
• Amina Wiley had 23 points, 17 rebounds, four steals and three assists as Mitchell College opened its season with a 66-44 win over Wentworth Institute. Le’Sandra Turner added 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Mariners while Alexia Watson finished with nine points. Mitchell outrebounded Wentworth 34-12.
• No. 8 Hostos Community College beat No. 7 UConn Avery Pont 83-60 in the season opener in matchup of nationally ranked teams. Freshman Trinity Angel had 13 points and 16 rebounds in her debut for the Pointers while Adeline Smith had 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Julia Fenn finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
• Tyler Bland won two individual races and was part of both winning relay teams as Coast Guard improved to 4-0 with a 173-127 win over WPI. Bland won the 100 breaststroke (59.21) and 200 breaststroke (2:12.77). He joined Connor Shenk, Bland, Derek Ledford and Bobby O’Donnell to win the 400 medley relay in won in 3:31.18, then teamed up with Jake Kim, Bland, Colin Twiss and O’Donnell to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:12.67. Twiss added wins in the 500 free (4:45.35) and 1,000 free (9:56.41) while Sean Lyman won the 200 backstroke (1:55.86) and the 200 IM (2:00.01), O’Donnell the 200 free (1:46.21) and Ledford the 100 butterfly (51.38).
• Coast Guard had three double-winners during a 196-87 win over Wheaton on Friday night. Bland won the 50 free (21.90) and 200 breaststroke (2:12.52) while Twiss won the 200 free (1:44.86) and 500 free (4:52.60), and Parker Inman won the 1-meter board (218.90 points) and 3-meter board (210.53). John Feliz (1,000 free, 10:17.58), Shenk (100 backstroke, 54.45), Ethan Di Egidio (100 breaststroke, 1:03.38), Lyman (200 butterfly, 1:59.94), O’Donnell (100 free, 48.51), CJ Omweg (200 backstroke, 1:59.54) and Ledford (100 butterfly, 52.43) also won for the Bears.
• Taylor Young broke the 1-meter diving school record (253.12 points) and added a win on the 3-meter board (243.97) as Coast Guard defeated WPI 196-98. Tailyn Schaufelberger won the 100 breaststroke (1:08.50) and 200 breaststroke (2:30.58) for the Bears (3-2), Isabel Robey won the 200 backstroke (2:13.20) and 200 IM (2:17.31), and both joined Katie Dennin and Lindsey Blake to win the 400 medley relay (4:05.27). Lucy Smutny was also a double winner in the 500 freestyle (5:26.57) and 1,000 free (11:09.33). while Grace Keogh won the 200 free (2:01.97), Dennin the 100 backstroke (1:01.07), Meghan Bolin the 200 butterfly (2:18.29) and Ashley Fuller the 100 butterfly (1:02.31)
• Young won swept the diving competition during Coast Guard’s 188-104 loss to Wheaton on Friday night. She won the 1-meter event (220.95 points) and 3-meter competition (229.50). The Bears also won the 200-yard freestyle relay with Clare Brinkman, Dana O’Brien, Mia Martinelli and Ariana Guillory finishing in 1:47.12.
• Ryan Tverberg scored a pair of goals and added an assist while Jachym Kondelik provided the game-winner in the third period as UConn beat Maine 4-3 in a Hockey East road game on Friday night. Vladislav Firstov added a goal (on the power play) and assist for the Huskies (5-3, 3-1), who have won three straight.