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Connecticut College Sports Roundup

Women's basketball team defeats Hamilton on Friday

The Connecticut College women's basketball team defeated Hamilton College on Friday, while the men's team just missed clinching a victory against the same school. The Tufts University and Middlebury College hockey teams also dealt defeats to the Camels. The following information was provided by William Tomasian, sports information director at Connecticut College:

Women's Basketball: Conn College 57, Hamilton 50

Jeanna Dunleavy (Chatham, N.J.) scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Connecticut College women's basketball team to a 57-50 victory against Hamilton College at Luce Field House Friday.

The Camels improve their record to 16-4 with a 5-3 mark in the NESCAC, while the Continentals fall to 8-12 with a 1-6 mark in league action.

Carlee Smith (Willimantic, Conn.) chipped in with 10 points and three assists for the Camels. Tara Gabelman (Irvington, N.Y.) ripped down a game-high 12 rebounds to go with seven points for the winning side.

Hamilton College junior Eliza Howe (Westport, Conn.) exploded with a game-high 27 points and eight rebounds, shooting 12-for-24 from the field, 1-for-1 from long distance and 2-for-2 on the charity stripe.

Dani Feigin (Scarsdale, N.Y.) chipped in with 17 points, three steals and two assists for the visitors.

Howe and Feigin netted 11 points each in the opening half and the visitors carried a 24-23 advantage into the break.

But the Camels relied on their bench to help them gut out this tightly contested conference tit as the Camel reserves out-scored the Hamilton subs 14-to-8 in the second stanza.

After two ties and three lead chances, the Camels took control with a 7-to-2 run. Gabelman knocked down a jumper with 6:35 remaining to spark the Camels on their rally and Smith capped the rally with a hoop at the 2:35 mark.

Howe was able to cut the Camel lead to 52-48 with 33 seconds left, converting a field goal for th visitors.

However, the Camels were able to put the game away at the charity stripe, converting 5-of-6 their last six attempts on the line to seal the 57-50 victory.

Connecticut College out-rebounded Hamilton College 47-to-37 in the victory.

Men's Basketball: Hamilton 63, Conn College 61

Matt Dean (Franklin, Mass.) made a game-saving block in the low post with just two seconds left to lift the Hamilton College men's basketball team to a 63-61 victory at Luce Field House Friday night.

The Continentals improve their record to 13-8 with a 2-5 mark in the NESCAC, while the Camels fall to 6-15 with a 0-8 record in league play.

Pat Sullivan (Madison, N.J.) poured in a game-high 20 points with four rebounds for the visitors. Ephraim McDowell (Boston, Mass.) scored 12 points with four three-point field goals while junior Eric Benvenuti (Concord, Mass.) finished with nine points and six boards.

Connecticut College sophomore Mason Lopez (Hoboken, N.J.) finished with a team-best 16 points in a 7-for-11 shooting performance. Rob Harrigan (Milford, Conn.) had a big night on the perimeter, shooting 4-for-5 from long distance and a perfect 3-for-3 at the charity stripe en route to his 15 points.

Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) registered a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards for the Camels.

"We played well but our offense dried up in the second half and that put a lot of pressure on our defense," Connecticut College head men's basketball coach Tom Satran said. "Down the stretch, we made a few mistakes on rotations and box outs and when you don't shoot we'll those errors are magnified."

This was a wild second stanza that featured three ties and nine lead changes. Down the stretch, Harrigan sparked the Camels on an 8-to-2 run. With 2:18 to go, the Continentals fouled Harrigan from beyond the arc and the junior sharp-shooter netted his three freebies to put the hosts on top 60-56.

But McDowell banked in a three with 1:52 remaining to make it a 60-59 game. On their next possession, Benvenuti was able to tap out an offensive rebound all the way out to the three point line and Greg Newton (Barrington, R.I.) buried it from the top of the key to put the visitors on top 62-60.

The Camels got one point back at the foul line and had four shots to win the game in the closing moments. But Dean was able to alter the last attempt to win the game with his rejection and Benvenuti recovered the loose ball to seal the victory.

Men's Ice Hockey: Tufts 7, Conn College 1

Sophomore Kyle Gallegos (Westminster, Colo.) scored a hat trick with an assist, and senior goalie Scott Barchard (Reading, Mass.) made 48 saves as the surging Tufts hockey team routed Connecticut College, 7-1, in a NESCAC game at Valley Forum II Friday night.

With Middlebury idle tonight, the Jumbos took over sole possession of fourth place in the conference with 15 points. The top four teams earn home-ice berths into the conference tournament that begins on February 25. Tufts is now 10-7-2 overall and 7-5-1 in NESCAC. They are undefeated in their last five games (4-0-1). The Camels lost for the first time in three games, dropping to 5-11-3 overall and 3-8-2 in the league.

Kevin Reich (Montvale, N.J.) potted his second goal of the season in the second period of action. J.J. McGregor (Wichita, Kan.) and Marc Roper (Moncton, New Brunswick) had the assists.

Connecticut College would finish with a 49-40 advantage in shots. Marcus Calvanico (Flower Mound, Tex.) made 27 saves in two periods and Andrew Margolin (Mahwah, N.J.) had six in the third. The Camels could only take advantage out of one of seven power-play chances. Tufts was one of four with an extra skater.

The teams play again to conclude the home-and-home weekend tonight at Connecticut College. Game time is 7 pm.

Women's Ice Hockey: Middlebury 4, Conn College 1

The Middlebury women's hockey team took game one of a two-game series with Connecticut College (8-8-2, 5-7-1), topping the Camels 4-1 in Kenyon Arena. The seventh-ranked Panthers (14-2-2, 11-2) held a 37-14 shots advantage in the game, getting two goals from Katie Sullivan.

Sullivan opened the scoring just 1:43 into the game, finishing from the crease area after a Camel turnover. Hannah Bielawski earned her team-leading 12th helper of the season on the goal, while Lauren Greer also earned an assist.

Greer made it a 2-0 game 5:30 into the second frame, converting a nice feed from Jennifer Krakower on a one-timer in a two-on-one situation. The goal was her ninth of the season, tying her for the team-lead with Sara Uglade, who later scored.

Ugalde found the back of the net on the power play just 53 seconds into the third period, with Krakower earning her second assist of the game.

The lead grew to 4-0 3:51 into the period when Sullivan scored her second of the game. Greer earned her second helper of the night, feeding Sullivan for her seventh of the year in a two-on-one.

Connecticut College broke up the shutout just 25 seconds later, when Courtney Dumont scored her seventh of the season. Dumont found some space in front of the net, scoring with a backhander up high.

Annabelle Jones made 13 saves in goal to improve to 9-2-2 on the year. Kelsie Fralick made 23 stops in 44 minutes, being relieved by Amy Leichliter in the third, who stopped all 10 shots she faced in 16 minutes of action.

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