Week 8 of the Blue Devils’
Drive to the Commissioner’s Cup.
It was another great weekend for the Blue Devils!
The Blue Devils held on for a 24-23 victory on the road at Bryant on Saturday, and remain unbeaten in league action (6-1 overall, 4-0 NEC). The win sets up a showdown this Saturday at home against Albany at 12 p.m., the winner will have sole possession of first place. On Saturday, senior James Mallory scored his ninth touchdown of the season with under a minute to play to break a 17-17 tie, as Central won for the fifth straight week. The sixth win ensures the Blue Devils of their sixth straight winning season, dating back to 2004. It is the longest streak of winning seasons for CCSU since the 1970’s when they had seven straight. The five game win streak for CCSU is the longest for head coach Jeff McInerney with the Blue Devils and the longest for Central since they won five straight during the 2004 season.
Central secured a spot in the upcoming Northeast Conference Tournament with a pair of victories this weekend, including a key first-place showdown at Monmouth on Friday. They are now 9-6-2 overall and atop the league standing with a 7-0-1 NEC mark. The Blue Devils traveled to West Long Branch and defeated Monmouth 1-0 on Friday in a battle of the unbeatens, and claimed sole possession of first place. Senior keeper Caity Casey made 11 stops in net in the win and junior Beth Lloyd scored the only goal. Central then traveled to Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday and won 3-1, behind goals from Ciara Crinion, Brittany Jackson and Leah Blayney. Central finishes the regular season on Friday and Sunday at home this week. The NEC Tournament will take place on Nov. 6 and 8, at the site of the highest seed.
The Blue Devils suffered a pair of double overtime losses at home this weekend, and are now 6-7-1 overall and 1-5-1 in league action. On Friday, Central dropped a 3-2 double overtime decision to St. Francis (NY) as the Terriers scored with eight seconds remaining to play. Raphael Guimaraes and Robert Cavener each scored for CCSU in the game. On Sunday, the Blue Devils met a similar fate as Long Island posted a 1-0 win in double overtime, this time the winning goal came with under a minute to play in the second overtime. The Blue Devils take to the road this weekend facing Monmouth on Friday and Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday. They will finish the regular season with a home game against Quinnipiac on Friday, Nov. 6.
The Blue Devils rebounded from a 3-1 loss at Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon and swept Fairleigh Dickinson 3-0 on the road on Sunday to move to 7-2 in Northeast Conference play. They are 13-12 overall this season. The 7-2 league record is currently good for third place in the NEC, they have seven league matches remaining, the next five of which are at home. Central hosts Robert Morris on Saturday at 4 p.m. and hosts St. Francis (PA) on Sunday. Central also dropped a 3-1 decision on the road at Rhode Island on Wednesday night of last week, their final non-conference match of the season.
Women’s Cross Country
The women's cross country team competed in the final meet before the Northeast Conference Championships, placing 5th out of 11 teams at the CCSU Mini Meet on Saturday morning at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain. Junior Katherine Bossardet led the Blue Devils with a 15th place finish, crossing the line in 10:46.86 on the three kilometer course. The Blue Devils now head to the NEC Championships being held on Saturday at Quinnipiac.
Men’s Cross Country
Freshman Craig Hunt was the top finisher for the Blue Devils for the first time in his career, as the CCSU men's cross country team placed second out of 11 teams at the CCSU Mini Meet on Saturday morning. Hunt took fourth place overall, crossing the line in 15:19.08 on the five kilometer course at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain. The Blue Devils now head to the NEC Championships being held on Saturday at Quinnipiac.
Junior Chelsea Woods and freshman Stephanie Bednar tied for 22nd place, as the CCSU women's golf team took sixth out of seven teams at the CCSU Fall Invitational. Woods carded an 89 in round one and scored an 87 during the second round for her total of 176. Bednar shot 88 in both rounds this weekend to score 176 for the Blue Devils. Central finished with a total score of 719.
Sophomore Kevin Josephson tied for sixth place overall to lead CCSU to a runner-up finish at the New England Championships on Tuesday. The Blue Devils recorded a 36-hole score of 588 to place second on the par 72 Captains Golf Course in Brewster, MA. Josephson shot 71 on Monday and carded a one over par 73 to finish in 144 on Tuesday.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
The swimming and diving team competed at the Sonny Werblin Invitational this weekend. Six different Blue Devils recorded top 10 finishes, while freshman Taylor Friedmann led the way placing in the top ten five times. She also had the best individual finish of the weekend, taking silver medalist honors in the 500 freestyle, touching in at 5:06.22.