College Corner

By Danny Atkinson 

Another month, another stretch of consistently brilliant play from frontcourt players Olivia Bolden of Albertus Magnus and Hugh Lindo of Eastern Connecticut State University.

Bolden, a junior forward who starred at South Windsor High, was averaging 20.2 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per game for 13-11 Albertus Magnus with one game remaining. She recorded double-doubles in all 14 January games, and scored more than 20 points in eight consecutive contests from Jan. 17th to February 11th. Bolden averaged 26.3 points and 12.7 rebounds in the Falcons three-game win streak from Jan. 17th-21st. Bolden then followed it up by putting up 26 and 17 in a blowout win against Simmons on the 4th., earning her Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors. Bolden grabbed a season-high 23 rebounds against Suffolk on the 8th.

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Bolden again earned conference Player of the Week honors on the 20TH after averaging 20.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in wins against St. Joseph and Mount Ida. She had 16 and 12 in the first triumph, and earned 24 points, 17 boards and three blocks in the regular season finale. Boden ended the season with 19 double-doubles.

The Falcons season came to an end with a 64-51 loss to St. Joseph’s in the GNAC Tournament quarterfinals on 21st. Boden finished with another double-double of 22 points and 14 boards. Her final 2016-2017 stats were 20.4 points and 12.6 rebounds per game.

 Lindo, a senior forward from Enfield, has continued to anchor Eastern Connecticut (16-8) on both sides of the ball. He is averaging 15.3 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, and had double-doubles in all eight January games. For the season, Lindo is ranked seventh nationally in rebounding average for Division III players. Top performances over the past month include 18 points and rebounds and four blocks in a win against Western Connecticut on Jan. 18th., 23 and 16 and five blocks against Keene State on the 25th, and 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks to spearhead a blowout of Rhode Island College on the 4th. Lindo had another double-double with 24 and 10 and added four blocks in the Warriors most recent contest on the 15th against Keene, a 74-53 win. Eastern has one regular  season game remaining before competing in the Little East Conference Tournament.

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Lindo had a great all-around game with 15 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in the Warriors 106-62 blowout of Western Connecticut in the first round of the Little East Conference Tournament on the 21st. Eastern will face UMass-Boston on the 24th in the semifinals.

BASKETBALL

Eastern Connecticut junior guard Tarchee Brown continued his outstanding play in the last month, maintaining a lethal inside-out combo with Lindo. The Rockville High alumni is averaging 18.1 points and has recorded several excellent games. Brown scored 23 against Plymouth State on the 4th and 21 in a battle with UMass-Dartmouth a week later. He also had a double-double in a win against Rhode Island College on the 28th, putting up 14 points and 10 assists.

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Brown ended the regular season on the 18th against UMass-Boston with his best offensive game of the year, scoring 33 points to lead the Warriors to the win. Brown had 25 in the second half and finishing with seven three-pointers. He continued the hot hand against Western in the tournament’s first round, scoring 26 points.

St. Anselm College junior forward Taylor Fortin has been one of the Hawks top offensive players, and had a great January. The former Tolland star is averaging 16 points per game as of the 15th, good for third on the 15-7 Hawks. Fortin is shooting 47 percent from the field and leads St. Anselm with 5.6 assists per game. Fortin averaged 22.8 points in five consecutive wins between Jan. 14th and 28th. He dropped a season-high 28 on the 21st against LIU Post, shooting 6-9 from three. Fortin then recorded a double-double in a victory over New Haven on the 28th with 22 points and 11 assists, shooting 7-11 from the field.

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Fortin ended the regular season by scoring 28 points to lead St. Anselm to a win against Southern New Hampshire on the 21st. The Hawks will face Southern Connecticut in the Northeast-10 Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday.

Emmanuel College sophomore guard Joe Tamburro is the second-leading scorer on the Saints with 11.3 per game.  The former South Windsor standout scored 23 and 18 points in wins against Anna Maria and St. Joseph’s College on the 25th and Feb 1.

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Tamburro had his signature game and moment in the regular season finale against Johnson & Wales on the 18th. He made a game-winning layup with nine seconds remaining in overtime and finished with 22 points and 10 boards to lead Emmanuel to an 87-86 win.

Emmanuel ended the season with a 76-74 loss to Lasell in the quarterfinals of the GNAC Tournament on the 21st. Tamburro ended the year with an average of 11.2 points per game.

Former South Windsor star Kaitlyn LaBonte has been the Western Connecticut’s top player. The junior guard is the 14-10 Colonials top scorer with 11.5 points per game, and is playing her best basketball of the season. LaBonte scored a season-high 28 points in a win against New Rochelle on the 1st, in which she also grabbed seven rebounds and shot 10-20 from the field. LaBonte then dropped 26 against Keene State on the 11th, draining eight three-pointers. The Colonials have one regular season game left.

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LaBonte scores even points in Western’s win over Plymouth in the LEC Tournament quarterfinals on the 21st. It will battle Eastern in the semis on Saturday.

Southern Connecticut State guard Maria Weselyj is having a strong senior season. The Marlborough native is averaging 12.5 points, good for second on the team. Weselyj scored 20 points against American International College on the 7th, shooting 4-6 from behind the arc.

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She had solid performances with 12 and then 16 points in the Owls final two regular season games against Le Moyne and Pace on the 18th and 21st. Southern will face Stonehill in the NE-10 Tournament first round on Friday.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

St. Anselm senior forward Alex Starzyk has been the top player for the 18-2-3 Hawks. The Enfield native leads the team in goals with 14 and is second in points with 30. Starzyk scored twice in a win over Salve Regina on the 3rd, setting the stage for her greatest game as a Hawk on the 11th against St. Michael’s. Starzyk was unstoppable, scoring three goals and providing four assists in the 12-1 blowout. Her seven point-performance was the second highest for a game in program history. There are two regular season games remaining.

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Starzyk scored twice and added an assist in St. Anselm’s win over Southern Maine on the 18th. The Hawks will battle Sacred Heart in the New England Hockey Conference semifinals on Saturday.

Dartmouth University senior defense woman Eleni Tebano leads the Big Green in points with 13 and is second in both points and assists as of the 11th. The Glastonbury native had her first three-point performance of the season (two goals and one assist) in a shutout of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Jan. 14th.

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Tebano earned an assist in Dartmouth’s win against Yale in the season finale. She ended the year with 14 points (six goals and eight assists).

WRESTLING

Roger Williams University heavyweight Kyle Foster, who attended Somers, currently has a record of    11-1 on the season. The senior won matches at 285 pounds against opponents from Johnson & Wales at the New England Duels and Pilgrim Invitational, and also triumphed in a win against New England College on the 11th.

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

Keene State sophomore and Tolland High alumni Alex Medina has been a strong runner for the Owls all season. Medina was a member of relay teams that finished runner-up at the Bates Invitational on the 21st and the Tufts Stampede a week later, with the first being a 4×400 team and the second a 4×800. Medina was also third in the 400-meter dash at the Bates Invitational with a time of 55.08 seconds.

Brown University junior thrower Maxine Offiaeli finished runner-up in the weight throw at the Boston University Terrier Invitational on the 27th. The South Windsor native recorded a toss of 58-03.75.

 

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