Trinity Hockey's Greason Named D-III Coach Of Year
Trinity College hockey coach Matt Greason has been honored as the United States College Hockey Online (USCHO.com) Division III Coach of the Year. Greason, a 2003 graduate of Trinity, guided the Bantams to their first NCAA Division III championship. Trinity was 25-3-1 and went 16-1-1 in NESCAC play to finish atop the regular season standings and earn the No. 1 seed in the league postseason tournament for the second straight year. The Bantams ended the season with highest winning percentage and the longest current unbeaten streak of any team in the country. This year, Trinity made its second appearance in the Frozen Four and its fourth appearance overall in the NCAA Tournament after receiving an at-large berth. In their run to the national title, the Bantams defeated Nichols and Plattsburgh in front of their home crowd at the Koeppel Community Sports Center before taking down Adrian and Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the Frozen Four. The team ended the season ranked No. 1 in both the D3Hockey.com poll and the USCHO.com poll. Since taking over the program, Greason has led Trinity to a 70-30-6 record with four straight postseason appearances. ... The Yale University men's lacrosse team (8-2) is No. 7 in the Cascade/Maverik media poll and 11th in the USILA coaches' poll. Fairfield is ranked 20th in both polls. ... Post University will add men's and women's hockey for the 2015-16 academic year. The athletic department will have 21 varsity athletic programs and three equestrian teams. ... Two members of the Central Connecticut softball team earned Northeast Conference weekly honors after their performances last week. Senior Laura Messina was named the NEC pitcher of the week for the third time this season and freshman Tori Constantin picked up her second NEC rookie-of-the-week honor this year. ... Eastern sophomore second baseman Gina Georgetti was named player of the week and sophomore Samantha Valentine pitcher of the week in softball by the Little East. Eastern is 13-3. ... Sophomore lefty Orlando Gonzalez (Montville) was named Little East pitcher of the week.
Albany 2, Hartford 1: Hartford freshman third baseman Ben Bengtson went 3-for-5 as the Hawks dropped a 2-1 decision to Albany on the road Monday. The Hawks and Great Danes both finished with seven hits. The other Hawks' hits came from different players, including a single up the middle from sophomore first baseman David MacKinnon, who has now hit safely in his past four games. Hartford's record is 9-16, 4-3 in the America East.
Eastern 9, MIT 3: Catcher Tim Budd went 2-for-5 with four RBI to lead Eastern to a 9-3 win over MIT Monday afternoon in Cambridge, Mass. Ron Buchetto (1-0), got the win; Tim Zhong (0-1) took the loss.
Rock Cats' Roster Set
The New Britain Rock Cats have announced their Opening Day roster, which features four players with major league experience, the Rockies' No. 1 prospect, and two first-round picks. The Rock Cats will start the season with 13 pitchers and 12 position players. Pitchers Yohan Flande (Colorado), Justin Miller (Detroit), Jose Ortega (Detroit) and Gus Schlosser (Atlanta) each pitched in the majors in 2014. The Rockies' top prospect, outfielder David Dahl, has made the Double-A club for the first time after a breakout season last year. The Rock Cats open the season Thursday in New Hampshire. Their home opener is April 16 at 6:35 p.m. The Rock Cats manager is Darin Everson, 43, in his third season in the Rockies system after serving as hitting oach for the Tulsa Drillers for two years. ... Boston Celtics playoff tickets for the first round will go on sale Wednesday at 11: a.m. Tickets will be available at Celtics.com, 1-800-462-2849 or at the TD Garden box office.