May 15, 2013

College Connections: The kindest cut in the long run

By Steve Craig
Staff Writer

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Getting cut from the Tufts soccer team might have been a blessing in disguise for Mitchell Black, whose talent is best suited for running.

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"To me that says that I have the fitness right now to be able to close hard really no matter how the race goes out," Black said.


Bates' LePage and McCauley were again right on Black's heels at last weekend's New England Open Championship 800 meters. LePage ran a 1:50.63 and McCauley, a junior, was fifth in 1:50.90. Both times should be fast enough to make the NCAA championship field.

They were also the second and third fastest times by a Bates 800 runner. LePage and McCauley also helped Bates set the Open New England meet record in the 4x800 relay (and shatter the Bates mark) with a winning time of 7:30.45.

• Craig Robinson of Scarborough, a senior at Bentley, finished 18th in the men's 5,000 meters at the New England Open.

• Tufts senior Matt Rand of Cape Elizabeth was fourth in the NESCAC 10,000 meters race in late April.


Stonehill College sophomore Maria Curit of Biddeford finished eighth in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 11.75 inches at the New England Open Championships. Curit just missed making the final of the 400 meters. She had the ninth-fastest prelim time of 56.57 seconds.


Valparaiso freshman catcher Janelle Bouchard was named the Most Valuable Player of the Horizon League conference tournament.

The 2012 Kennebunk High grad went 9 for 17 as Valpo lost its tourney opener, then won five straight for its second straight league title and NCAA Division I bid. In the clinching 11-9 win against Youngstown State, Bouchard went 3 for 3 with five RBI. After hitting a two-run double off the top of the center-field wall, she dented the center-field scoreboard with a two-run homer and later added an RBI groundout and a double.

For the tournament Bouchard was 9 of 17 with four runs, four doubles, one triple, one homer and 10 RBI. Valparaiso will meet host University of Michigan in its regional opener on Friday night. Central Michigan and California are also in the double-elimination regional.


Wheaton College junior Leila Mills of Brunswick was named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Berkshire All-Region team.

• Guilford (N.C.) College junior Lily Colley of Wells was a second-team pick for the IWLCA All-Chesapeake Region team and was also a first-team All-Old Dominion Conference selection. Colley finished the season among the top 10 in Division III scorers with 6.53 points per game and 111 total points on 72 goals and a team-record 39 assists.

Colley's twin sister, Becca, a three-year starter at midfield, was a third-team All-ODAC pick after her 33-goal, 10-assist season that also saw her among the league leaders in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers.


Wheaton College sophomore Sean Finn of Kennebunk was one of five Lyons named to the Pilgrim League Academic All-Conference team. Selections were significant contributors to the team with a GPA of at least 3.25.


Bentley freshman Malcolm Oliver of Damariscotta (Lincoln Academy) helped the Falcons finish in a tie for 10th at the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Regional last week in Wheeling, W.Va. Oliver's three-day score of 84-78-71-233 tied for 46th in the 108-player field. His par 71 was his low round of the season and Bentley's best round of the tournament.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or at

Twitter: SteveCCraig


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