UConn’s Cate signs with Nationals
Five Yale lacrosse players honored
Manchester’s Tim Cate, the UConn lefty drafted by the Washington Nationals in the second-round last week (65th overall), has signed a professional contract, the Nationals announced Wednesday.
Cate, a junior out of Cheney Tech, received a signing bonus of $986,200, as reported by Jim Callis of MLB.com, which is the full slot value for the 65th overall pick of the draft. He went 5-4 with a 2.97 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 52.2 innings despite missing close to two months of UConn’s season with arm tightness.
Earlier this week, Southington’s Zac Susi, a 12thround pick last week, signed a deal with the Pirates. He’d been the Huskies starting catcher and leading hitter this spring at .335.
CHAMPS AND SCHOLARS
Two weeks after winning the national championship, the Yale men’s lacrosse team is still raking in individual awards.
The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced its annual list of scholar All-Americans. Yale, with five players, had the most honorees of any team in the country.
Seniors Jason Alessi, Tyler Warner, Christopher Keating, Conor Mackie and Ben Reeves all had at least a 3.0 grade-point average while distinguishing themselves as lacrosse players.
Reeves, a three-time All-American, was the Tewaaraton Award winner as the nation’s top player. Warner was a second-team All-American; Mackie and Keating third-team AllAmericans. Alessi, also an all-Ivy League football player, also won Yale’s Molly Meyer Humanitatian Award.
Yale capped its historic season by beating Duke on May 28 at Gillette Stadium to win the program’s first NCAA national title.
ANOTHER ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
Trumbull’s Simon Whiteman, a junior shortstop on the Yale baseball team,
was named a first-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Whiteman was the only Ivy League player named to the team this year.
As a chemical engineering major, he had a 3.99 GPA. He’s interested in a career in energy production, specifically solar energy and photovoltaics. The Fairfield Prep product moved from second base to shortstop this spring and was one of the top defensive players in the league. He also had 53 hits, 31 runs scored and 31 RBIs.
Whiteman is playing for the Valley Blue Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League this summer.
CHIN TO ENTER HALL
Debbie Chin, who spent 40 years as a coach and athletic administrator at the University of New Haven, will be inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame on June 30 in Washington, D.C.
Chin retired in February 2017 after serving as New Haven’s athletic director for 24 years. She began intercollegiate athletics at the school in 1975, coaching volleyball, basketball, tennis and softball in the early years.
Other inductees this year are Warner Alford, University of Mississippi; Ron Case, Rowan College at Gloucester County; Ed Matejkovic, West Chester
University; Ed Farrington, Western Connecticut State University; Mike Jacobsen, Utah Valley University; Steve McCarty, Stephen F. Austin State University and Brian Quinn, Cal State Fullerton.
Yale’s Benny Wanger and Wallingford’s Sal Gozzo will both play in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League, which gets underway this week. Wanger served as the Bulldogs’ starting first baseman and closer last spring. He’s on the roster of the Chatham Anglers. Gozzo, a sophomore infielder at Tulane, will play for the Orleans Firebirds.
Yale’s Ben Reeves was named an All-American scholar by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Yale’s Jason Alessi (45) was named an All-American scholar by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.