AROUND THE HORN: Meriden’s Gillespie espnW, ACC Player of the Week; Cantlay commits to Travelers; Major League Lacrosse setting up shop in Fairfield; Bees tap Yale for manager

AROUND THE HORN: Meriden’s Gillespie espnW, ACC Player of the Week; Cantlay commits to Travelers; Major League Lacrosse setting up shop in Fairfield; Bees tap Yale for manager



TALLAHASEE, Fla. — After leading Florida State to victories over Louisville and Virginia, Meriden native Kiah Gillespie has been named the ACC and espnW women’s college basketball player of the week.

The 6-foot-2 senior forward was simply a force in both conference games. Gillespie scored 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in a 67-59 upset of the No. 5 Cardinals in Louisville on Thursday. She followed that up with 22 points and eight rebounds in a 66-55 home win over the Cavaliers on Sunday.

The Capital Prep grad leads Florida State in both scoring (15.8 ppg.) and rebounding (9.0).

Gillespie and the Seminoles play on ESPN2 this coming Sunday when they visit Duke at 1 p.m.

Cantley commits to 2020 Travelers

HARTFORD — The 2020 Travelers Championship field grew deeper Tuesday as Patrick Cantlay committed to the tournament where he made history as an amateur.

Back in 2011, at the age of 19, Cantlay shot a 60 at TPC River Highlands. It stands as the lowest score ever shot by an amateur in a PGA Tour event.

Fast-forward nine years and Cantaly is now No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking. His two PGA Tour wins came at the 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and the 2019 Memorial Tournament.

Cantlay’s chief strength is consistency. Since the start of the 2017 PGA Tour season, Cantlay has been made the cut in 56 of 61 starts and finished in the Top 10 on 22 occasions.

In commiting to the 2020 Travelers, Cantlay joins two other players ranked in the world’s Top 10 — No. 1 Rory McIlroy and No. 4 Justin Thomas. Three-time Travelers champ Bubba Watson has also commited to this year’s tourney, which plays the week of June 22-28.

Fairfield lands Major League lax team

FAIRFIELD — Major League Lacrosse is returning to Connecticut.

League Commissioner Alexander Brown announced Tuesday that the Connecticut Hammerheads will join the league this spring for the 2020 season. The Hammerheads will be coached Bill Warder and play at Fairfield University’s Rafferty Stadium.

Major League Lacrosse did have one previous team in Connecticut. The Bridgeport Barrage were a charter team and played in the Park City from 2001-2003 before relocating to Philadelphia.

Fairfield University also has previous experience with the MLL. Rafferty Stadium hosted a 2016 semifinal game between the Denver Outlaws and New York Lizards.

The addition of Connecticut brings the MLL up to seven teams. The Boston-based circuit, in operation since 2001, has franchises in Annapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver and New York.

NB Bees name new manager

NEW BRITAIN — Yale assistant baseball coach Ray Guarino has been named manager of the New Britain Bees, the club announced Tuesday.

Guarino will lead the Bees as they shift from the independent Atlantic League to the Futures Collegiate Baseball League starting with the 2020 season.

Guarino, a West Haven resident, has been at Yale for 10 years. He was aboard for the 2017 Ivy League Tournament championship and back-to-back Ivy League regular season championships in 2017 and 2018.

In joining the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, the Bees filled the void left by the Bristol Blues, who left for the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Along with the Bees, the FCBL has one franchise in New Hampshire (Nashua Silver Knights) and five in Massachusetts (Brockton Rox, North Shore Navigators, Pittsfield Suns, Westfield Starfires and  Worcester Bravehearts).

The FCBL, designed to give college players exposure to pro scouts, is a wood-bat league that plays a 56-game schedule. It has a unique way of deciding tie games: a three-minute, one-round home run derby.

The 2020 season, the league’s 10th, opens May 27. New Britain plays its first home game May 28.

 

 

 


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