UConn’s Cate signs with Na­tion­als

Five Yale lacrosse play­ers hon­ored

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - SPORTS - By Chip Malafronte

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.

CAPE CODDERS

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.

Mad­die Meyer / Getty Im­ages

Yale’s Ben Reeves was named an All-Amer­i­can scholar by the United States In­ter­col­le­giate Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion.

Michael Dwyer / As­so­ci­ated Press

Yale’s Jason Alessi (45) was named an All-Amer­i­can scholar by the United States In­ter­col­le­giate Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion.

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