College Corner: Multiple Athletes Win Conference Awards

Five local athletes were recognized for their great play this season with awards from the conferences their teams compete in andadditional organizations .

Lacrosse player Olivia Kosilla (Western Connecticut State) and baseball player Alex Zachary (Eastern Connecticut State) both won player of the year awards.

Kosilla, a junior midfielder who starred for Ellington High, was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year. She finished the season as the Little East’s leader in total points with 93. Kosilla scored 53 goals and recorded 40 assists, good for fifth and second in the conference. She also tied for first in draw controls with 63, and finished with 30 ground balls. Kosilla scored multiple goals in 13 games for the 9-10 Colonials, with a high of 6 against Eastern Connecticut on April 22nd.

Zachary, who plays center field, was named Little East Conference Player of the Year. The senior and former Enfield High star ranked among the top three in the LEC in hits (61), runs (41), batting average (.404), RBI (42), home runs, extra-base hits (25) and stolen bases (25). Zachary tied for the conference lead in homers with nine. He set a new program record for a hitting streak with 35.  The Warriors finished the season 21-16.

Babson College senior infielder Jack Halpin was one of the top players throughout the season for the Beavers, which won the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Tournament and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Halpin, who starred at Glastonbury, was named to the D3baseball.com All-New England third team.  Halpin had a .342 batting average for 29-15 Beavers, third on the team. He led them in runs batted in with 39, runs scored with 64 and hits with 65. Halpin was also arguably Babson’s top fielder, having made just three errors while starting every game.

Halpin finished his Babson career first in program history with hits (201), third in both RBI (124) and total bases (282) and eigthh in batting average at .354.

Halpin had an outstanding NEWMAC Tournament for the Beavers. In the best-of-three semifinal series against Wheaton on April 29th, he drove in five runs in two wins. Halpin drilled a three-run home run in the opening 6-4 win, and later went 2-5 with a double and two RBI in the afternoon blowout. In the championship series against MIT, he helped Babson secure the tournament championship on the 7th by driving in three runs in their final 14-8 win, hitting two RBI singles.

Manchester native Tim Cate is having a strong season as a member of UConn’s starting staff and has pitched especially well recently.  The sohomore earned First Team All-American Conference honors on the 22nd after going 4-4 with a 2.94 ERA in ll regular season starts for the 32-23 Huskies. He is averaging nine strikeouts per start and has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.5 to one, best among UConn’s regular starters. Cate’s ERA and 98 strikeouts both ranked in the top five in the American Conference. Cate threw his first complete game shutout performance against East Carolina on the 18th, allowing just five hits while striking out eight batters. He had a disappointing start on the 25th for the Huskies in the American ConferenceTournament against Houston, giving up five runs on eight hits in a 7-6 loss.

Wellesley College senior midfielder Courtney Peterson, who played at Glastonbury High, was named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference All-Conference as a member of the Second Team. Peterson set career-highs in goals and points with 31 and 42. She was third on the team in both categories. Peterson also earned career-highs in ground balls and draw controls with 49 and 33, leading Wellesley in the first category. She forced 33 turnovers for the Blue, and was recognized for her strong defensive play with NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Week honors on April 10th. Peterson finished with nine multiple-goal games.

 

SOFTBALL

University of Bridgeport pitcher Kaitlyn Lajoie concluded her Knights career with a strong senior season. The former Rockville High star was Bridgeport’s No. 2 starter throughout the year. She finished 8-11 for the Knights, but with a 2.90 ERA. Lajoie struck out 103 batters in 113.1 innings, while allowing just 39 walks. Her final win came on April 27th at Mercy College, where she threw a complete game while allowing just one run and six hits.

LACROSSE

Western New England sophomore attacker and former Ellington standout Kristen Breen had a strong season for the Golden Bears, who finished 6-12. Breen scored 15 goals and 21 points in the 18 games, tied for fourth on the team in both categories. Breen scored two goals and recorded three points in Western’s final win at Wentworth on April 22nd, and did the same in the season finale against the University of New England a week later.

TRACK ANDFIELD

Brown University freshman Kendra Offiaeli has built on our indoor track success during the outdoor season, with great performances at two competitions in the last month. Offiaeli, who competed at South Windsor, first won the shot put at the Ocean State Invitational on April 15th with a throw of 49-7. She then ha a great premier performance at the Ivy League Outdoor Track & Field Championships on the 7th, earning runner up in the shot put with a throw of 47-25.05.

 

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