After a couple of weeks' absence due to vacation and Hurricane Sandy, the New London sports roundups are back! At this point, most of the fall season sports have concluded but some teams will still be shooting for higher honors through November.
The New London High School girls' soccer team picked up an impressive 8-1 win against the Academy of the Holy Family on Oct. 22 before losing to East Lyme in a 4-0 game on Oct. 25. The team finishes the regular 2012 season at 3-13. Although the boys' soccer team eked out 1-1 ties against Lyman Memorial and Windham on Oct. 15 and 19, respectively, the Whalers were unable to pick up a win this season and close out at 0-14-2. New London's volleyball team (4-11) won its final game against Putnam 3-2. The CIAC tournaments for these sports begin this week.
The game-a-week football schedule is proceeding more slowly, with two more games left in the regular season. The Whalers lost to Fitch 39-27 on Saturday. The setback puts New London at 6-2 for the season as the team prepares to face Ledyard in a 10:30 a.m. away game this coming Saturday.
At the Williams School, the girls' team regular season is at 5-3-5. After a couple of late season games, they're scheduled to play in the SENE and New England tournaments. A 6-0 loss on Oct. 31 to the Rocky Hill School ended the boys' soccer team regular season at 3-12. The field hockey team (2-7) has a final game to play today against Hamden Hall Country Day School before they're scheduled to enter the CISAC tournament on Wednesday.
After wins over Colby and Williams, the Connecticut College volleyball team fell 3-0 to Middlebury to place second in their quest for the NESCAC championship title and finish its season at 24-3. Middlebury also sent the Camels packing in the field hockey championship with a 7-0 sweep that knocked the team (7-8) out of the quarterfinal. The men's soccer team (5-4-6) fell to Williams in a 2-1 result in the NESCAC quarterfinal on Saturday, while the Ephs also defeated the Camels in the women's quarterfinal on Oct. 27; that 3-0 defeat ended the season with a 5-8-2 record.
The Coast Guard Academy defeated their Merchant Marine rivals 42-13 on the football field on Saturday, ending its season 5-4; it is the first time in five years that the academy football team has finished above .500. The Bears' promising volleyball season came to an end at 18-14 on Saturday when Wellesley bumped them from the NEWMAC tournament with a 3-0 victory. The men's soccer team (11-6-1) was also ousted in NEWMAC action when Springfield defeated them 2-0 in the Saturday semifinal; the team might still get a chance to play in the ECAC tournament. The women's soccer team finished the season with a 3-13 record after a 2-0 win over WPI on Oct. 27.
Mitchell College has also been bumped from tournament action in a number of sports. Regis had a 3-1 victory in the NECC volleyball quarterfinal, finishing Mitchell's season and giving them a 6-16 record overall. An overtime goal propelling the Elms men's soccer team to a 3-2 win over the Mariners (7-8) on Saturday in the NECC championship. Elms also defeated the women's soccer team 2-0 in the NECC championship on Oct. 31, dropping their 2012 record to 4-10. The cross-country running teams fared better, with the women placing second and the men third in the NECC championship; a total of three runners from Mitchell will be on the All-Conference second teams.