AROUND THE HORN: Wesleyan falls in national semis; Spartans compete at Nike regionals; Wallingford’s Deming tapped for Hall of Fame

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Cinderella run of the Wesleyan women’s soccer team hit midnight in the NCAA Division III final four on Friday.

The Cardinals fell to The College of New Jersey 1-0 in a national semifinal game at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

The winning goal came in the 64th minute.

The game was as even as the score indicates. The College of New Jersey had a 15-14 edge in shots. Wesleyan had an 8-6 advantage in corner kicks.

The College of New Jersey advances to face Christopher Newport in the national championship.

Wesleyan, playing in its first-ever NCAA D-III tournament in women’s soccer, saw its season end at 18-2-2. Meriden’s Bill Dudzik is an assistant coach with the Cardinals

Maloney runners compete at Nike meet

MERIDEN — Building on what’s becoming an annual tradition, the Maloney competed in this year’s Nike Cross Country Northeast Regional Race at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, New York.

The Spartans had a few welcome additions from the girls soccer team. Bria Benigni, Maloney’s top distance runner during the spring track season, turned in a fifth-place time of 21 minutes flat. Mia Carbone was ninth in 21:30.

Yet another soccer player running for the Lady Spartans was Elli Cloutier (23:42).

Jack Curry had the best time for the Maloney boys. Meriden’s 2021 cross country champ clocked in at 18:51 and placed 56th overall.

The Spartans also got times from Tristyn Barnes (19:14), Griffin DePalma (20:13), Robert Blount (21:51), Taylor Bello (22:04) and Jack DePalma (22:07).

Additional times for the girls were recorded by Savannah Vasquez (23:46), Mae Browne (24:25) and Cadence Browne (27:55).

Wallingford’s Deming inducted into Hall

NEWTON, Mass. — Wallingford native Carol Deming has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the New Agenda – Northeast, an organization that honors women who have committed themselves to girls and women in sport in the New England states.

Deming, who went to Lyman Hall, was a long-time teacher, coach and athletic director at the now-defunct Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury.

Deming had previously been inducted into the the Lyman Hall High School Hall of Fame (1995), Connecticut Scholastic and Collegiate Softball Hall of Fame (2006) and Chase Collegiate Hall of Fame (2019).

She played field hockey, basketball and softball at LH, then continued playing softball at Southern Connecticut State.

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