Weekly College Notebook: Softball Pitchers Star Over Weekend

University of Bridgeport softball junior hurler Kaitlyn Lajoie has been on a tear lately, winning four consecutive starts to move to 8-8 on the season for the Knights. The Vernon native started her streak off last Wednesday against Queens College by throwing seven innings of two run ball in a 3-2 win. Two days later, Lajoie entered in relief against Goldey-Beacom and threw 4.2 innings, helping Bridgeport win 9-7. At Molloy College on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader, she pitched one of her best performances of the season, giving up no earned runs and fanning seven in a 3-2 win. Finally, Lajoie obtained her eighth win against Dowling College on Sunday, allowing four runs in seven innings.

Roger Williams University senior Meghan Maliga earned the win in the first game of a doubleheader at Eastern Nazarene College Saturday, as the Hawks won 9-0. Maliga, who starred at Suffield High, allowed no runs and just three hits in a six-inning game, striking out four. She also had two hits and scored two runs.

University of Maine sophomore and Rocky Hill native Erika Leonard had a solid game last Thursday against Harvard in a loss, going 2-4 with an RBI single.


Fairfield University junior infielder Michael Conti had an excellent series against Niagra this past weekend, helping the Stags sweep. The Glastonbury native scored two crucial runs in the opening game 3-2 win on Friday, getting on both times via a walk. In that night’s 9-3 win, Conti drove in runs on a first-inning single and a bases loaded walk. Finally, he obtained the game-winning hit in Saturday’s 4-2 triumph, driving in the deciding two runs on a single up the middle.

Manchester native Tim Cate, who played at Cheney Tech, twirled a career-high seven innings of one run ball for UConn on Saturday in a win against Houston, allowing just one run and three hits and striking out six. The freshman has an earned run average of 1.77 in six starts.

Women’s Lacrosse

Quinnipiac senior attacker and former Glastonbury High star Kathleen DeVito had both a goal and assist against Iona College last Wednesday and assist against Marist University on Saturday, both losses.


Saint Anselm freshman Daniel Kmetz, who played for RHAM, helped the Hawks defeat rival Saint Michael’s on Thursday by defeating Sam Laves 7-6, 6-8, 6-4 in the third singles position. Two days later in a loss to Stonehill, Kmetz and doubles partner Adam Weinstein provided the Hawks a bright spot by taking down Tom Buckley and Gerard Tierney 8-3, improving to 5-2 this season as a pair.


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