Local Athletes Excelling in College

*After posting his second game-winning goal in the last three games, freshman Ryan Taylor, from South Windsor, was named the U-ADE/Northeast Conference men’s soccer Rookie of the Week for the second straight week. Taylor scored the second goal of his career in a 1-0 home victory over Vermont. It was his second game-winner in the last three as he also scored the game-winner in a 1-0 road win over Yale.

*Eastern Connecticut State University’s Tyler Jones, from Vernon, has been singled out for honors by the Little East Conference in its weekly awards program. Jones was selected as Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Jones, a first-year sophomore transfer forward, scored the only goals during Eastern’s 2-0-0 week which included 1-0 shutouts wins over regionally-ranked Gordon College and Little East opponent Keene State College in overtime. During the week, Jones averaged 78 minutes per match and recorded half of Eastern’s 18 shots. Beginning with a 2-1 LEC win at Western Connecticut Sept. 20, Jones has now recorded the game-winning goal in three straight Eastern victories. In eight matches, Jones has scored half of the team’s eight goals and also tops the club with 23 shots.

*Freshman Colin Sauter, of the Central Connecticut men’s cross country team, was recognized by the Northeast Conference after his performance at the Ted Owen Invitational. Sauter, of Tolland, was named NEC Men’s Cross Country Rookie of the Week. Sauter finished in eighth place and crossed the finish line fourth for the Blue Devils in a race that saw all five CCSU scoring runners finish in the top 10. The rookie was the first freshman not only from the NEC, but the entire race to complete the course. He finished the 8k race with a time of 26:39.00 on a 5:22 pace.

*Freshman Cooper Goslin, from South Windsor, of the men’s cross country program represents Eastern Connecticut State University in the Little East Conference weekly awards program. In the fourth weekly cross country report, Goslin becomes the men’s second weekly honoree this fall when he was named Rookie-of-the-Week. The honor is the first in the career of Goslin. Goslin continues to run among the leader for Eastern and as the Warriors’ top freshman. At the CCRI Tri-State Invitational, he was eighth overall among 104 runners who finished the race, averaging a 5:44 mile over 8,000 meters. With senior individual winner Lee Cattanach and Goslin finishing among the top eight, Eastern placed second in a field of nine teams. With Cattanach missing the first three races of the year, Goslin came across the line as Eastern’s top finisher at Keene State College (21st overall in a field of 68), Trinity College (24th among 84), and the Eastern Invitational (7th among 36).

*The Quinnipiac men’s cross country team wrapped up a solid showing at the Monmouth Invitational with a 5th place finish out of eight teams. Four Bobcats placed within the Top 30 overall, led by junior Matt Mensher, as Quinnipiac compiled 106 points on the day. Monmouth picked up the team victory, racing from their home course at Holmdel Park, with 28 points overall. Mensher, from Tolland, continues to excel this season as he finished as the fastest Bobcat in his second straight appearance to open the season. Having already bested his previous career high at the Stony Brook Invitational on Aug. 31, Mensher added to his arsenal with a 13th place finish. Coming into this season placing no higher than third place among Bobcat runners, Mensher has now placed first in two straight meets to open his season. Mensher clocked in at 27:06.4. At the Paul Short Run, a race where Quinnipiac finished third out of 40 teams, Mensher finished in 46th place. Mensher is a much improved runner from a year ago as he crossed the line in 25:56, which is more than a minute faster than his 2013 Paul Short Run result.

Tyler Jones

Tyler Jones

Colin Sauter

Colin Sauter

Cooper Goslin

Cooper Goslin

Matt Mensher

Matt Mensher

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