Local roundup: Pair of champs crowned at Stafford Motor Speedway Fall Final

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STAFFORD — Cory DiMatteo clinched the SK Light champion and Duane Provost won his second consecutive Limited Late Model championship Saturday to kick off the first day of the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend festivities at Stafford Motor Speedway.

DiMatteo finished fourth in the Saturday feature, which was won by Marcello Rufrano. Provost finished fifth in the Limited Late Model race won by Cliff Saunders.

Johnny Walker won the DARE Stock feature after clinching the second straight series track title last week. Gerald Giordano Jr. won the Mr. Rooter Truck Series feature.

The NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend continues today.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Catholic 20

Coast Guard 14

NEW LONDON — The Bears were held to 188 yards of total offense and Ryan Jones threw three interceptions, including two costly picks in the fourth quarter in a loss to Catholic.

Jones made his first collegiate start in place of Ethan Goldcamp and went 14 of 31 for 152 yards and a touchdown. The Bears (3-2, 1-1 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) garnered just 36 yards on the ground.

MEN’S SOCCER

Mitchell 4

Southern Vermont 1

NEW LONDON — New London alum Brayan Mora and Bacon Academy boys soccer coach Andrew Storton scored in the second half, leading the Mariners to victory.

Griswold alum Christian Urena added an assist and Norwich Free Academy alum Seth Strader made three saves for Mitchell (2-5-1, 1-1-0 New England Collegiate Conference).

Plymouth St. 4

ECSU 1

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Alexander Fazzino scored in the final minute but the Warriors (5-5, 0-3 Little East) allowed four second half goals in the loss.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

ECSU 2

Plymouth St. 1

MANSFIELD — Maggie Bodington scored the game-winning goal at the 79 minute, 19 second mark and the Warriors picked up their fourth win in five games.

Fitch alum Aly Clarke netted the game-tying goal for Eastern Connecticut State (5-4-2, 3-0-0 LEC) at the 71:57 mark.

Dean 2

Mitchell 0

FRANKLIN, Mass. — Jordan Lohneiss stopped 16 shots but the Mariners (1-6, 0-2 NECC) were shut out on the road.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Warriors split

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Eastern Connecticut State split a pair of matches, falling to host Western New England, 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 25-21) before defeating Westfield State, 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-19).

Abby Stern totaled 33 kills and Lyman Memorial alum Michelle Valliere had 43 digs in the two matches for the Warriors (9-6).

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY

St. Cloud State 3

UConn 2

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Justine Fredette and Briana Colangelo scored but the Huskies (1-1) could not hold a two-goal lead and dropped the second game of the season-opening series.

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