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Coast Guard wel­comes back 10 play­ers, in­clud­ing eight who played in 70 or more sets last sea­son. The Bears fin­ished 17-12 over­all and 6-4 in the New Eng­land Women's and Men's Ath­letic Con­fer­ence and ad­vanced to the NEWMAC tour­na­ment for the 19th straight sea­son. “We re­turn a trio of se­niors that I have been able to work with for three years and we have cre­ated a great en­vi­ron­ment for new faces en­ter­ing the pro­gram,” said coach Mike Bynon, who en­ters his third sea­son. “We are re­ally happy with the cul­ture that we have built as a pro­gram. Our play­ers have made a com­mit­ment to be­com­ing the best cadets, team­mates and peo­ple they can pos­si­bly be.” Sopho­more An­gelou Dun­ton, who earned Amer­i­can Vol­ley­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion (AVCA) hon­or­able men­tion all-re­gion as well as sec­ond team all-con­fer­ence hon­ors, is the Bears' top re­turner. She led the team with 284 kills and 47 aces and was sec­ond with 208 digs. She ranked fourth in the NEWMAC with 3.26 kills per set and was third in the con­fer­ence with 0.54 aces per set. Dun­ton was one of seven fresh­men on the team last sea­son, six of whom re­turn. Round­ing out this year's sopho­more class are mid­dle block­ers Alexi Deane (125 kills, 41 blocks), Alex Kempf (109 kills, 43 blocks) and Ariel Hall, along with set­ters Makenna Martin, who led the team with 784 as­sists last year, and Kas­sidy Whit­ney. “It was crazy last year, we started three fresh­men in the first match of the sea­son and at one point in mid-Oc­to­ber we have six fresh­men on the court,” Bynon said. “To have six of those seven back who are all go­ing to play big roles al­lows us to keep build­ing on the things we worked on last year.” The Bears also re­turn se­niors Michelle McGill, Emma Saun­ders and Madi­son Scott along with ju­nior set­ter and de­fen­sive spe­cial­ist Macken­zie Everett. McGill, a de­fen­sive spe­cial­ist, is the start­ing libero. She led the team with 356 digs and was sec­ond on the team with 44 aces a year ago. Saun­ders, a right side hit­ter, was sec­ond on the team with 53 blocks to go with her 161 kills while Scott led the team with 83 kills and was third on the team with 179 kills. It won't take long for Bynon to see how the team meshes as the Bears will play al­most a third of their sched­ule, nine matches in nine days, to start the sea­son to pre­pare for the chal­leng­ing NEWMAC sched­ule. Coast Guard opens with four matches at the Cort­land Red Dragon Clas­sic on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Men’s soc­cer

• Coast Guard is look­ing to build on last year's run to the NEWMAC tour­na­ment. With 22 play­ers re­turn­ing, the Bears will look to ex­pe­ri­enced up­per class­men, who will ben­e­fit from valu­able min­utes early on in their ca­reer to com­pete in an al­ways com­pet­i­tive New Eng­land re­gion. Coach Chris Par­sons re­turns for his 16th sea­son. The strength of the team will be found in the de­fense as the en­tire back four re­turns. Last year the Bears recorded eight shutouts and were third in the con­fer­ence in fewest goals al­lowed (18). The back line will be led by se­nior cap­tain Austin Read, who has started 53 games in his ca­reer. He was sec­ond team All-NEWMAC, third team NSCAA All-New Eng­land and be­came the first CoSIDA Aca­demic All-Amer­i­can from the academy since 2014. “AJ (Read) is a re­turn­ing two-time cap­tain," Par­sons said. “In my opin­ion he is one of the top cen­ter backs in the re­gion. I would like to see him get for­ward more out of the back and take a few risks. He is the lynch pin of our back four.” Also re­turn­ing for the de­fense are ju­niors Noah Harper and Greg Burn­ham and sopho­more Brock Has­sett. Cre­at­ing depth for the de­fense are se­nior Ben­nett An­er­alla, sopho­more Wil­son Ni­chols and fresh­man Dan Taglianetti. In goal will be se­nior Jake Soren­son and sopho­more Dakota Harich who split time last sea­son. Soren­son, from Montville, started 11 games, al­low­ing 11 goals with a .99 goals-against av­er­age and a .711 save per­cent­age. Harich started six games, al­low­ing seven goals with an 1.02 goals-against av­er­age and a .708 save per­cent­age. In the mid­field, the Bears will have to re­place first team All-NEWMAC mem­ber Alex Lane, who led the team with seven goals and added five as­sists. Slid­ing into his role in the cen­ter will be ju­nior Pa­trick Palermo-Re (2 goals, 4 as­sists) and se­nior Ryan Dan­dan (2 goals, 2 as­sists). In the hold­ing cen­ter mid­field po­si­tion will be both ju­nior Gar­rett Mag­ill and sopho­more Pryor Miller, who have com­bined to start 41 games. The wing play­ers will be led by se­nior cap­tain Luke Te­lang, who has scored 26 points in his ca­reer with 10 goals and six as­sists. Also on the wing will be sopho­more Taka Len­don, who played well in the spring and dur­ing pre­sea­son and will give the Bears valu­able min­utes out wide. Sopho­more Gio Ot­tomanelli and fresh­men Seth An­der­son and Noa Pa­gat­patan will push for min­utes in that role as well. Up top, the team re­turns ju­nior Alex Hall, while Grif­fin Klages has made mean­ing­ful strides dur­ing the spring and fall. The Bears also have the abil­ity to push Dan­dan up top if war­ranted. “In my opin­ion the team will be very com­pet­i­tive,” Par­sons said. “If we can score goals when we need to and keep some goals out we could have a very good sea­son. There is a fine line, but this is a pretty good team.” The Bears start their sea­son Fri­day at the Husky Fall Clas­sic, meet­ing West­field State.

Women’s soc­cer

• Coast Guard re­turns 17 play­ers from last sea­son's team which went 6-8-4 over­all and 2-6-2 in the NEWMAC. With the ad­di­tion of eight fresh­men, the Bears will look to re­turn to the NEWMAC tour­na­ment for the first time since 2014. Coach Su­san Grant re­turns for her 11th sea­son. Re­turn­ing in goal will be ju­nior Rachel Boohar, who has started 35 games in her first two years. She fin­ished last sea­son with six wins, a 1.55 goals-against av­er­age and a .787 save per­cent­age. The back four will be a strength, with tri-cap­tain ju­nior Ri­ley Cas­sidy on the out­side and sopho­more Lizzie Miller in the mid­dle. Join­ing the de­fense will be ju­nior Janissa Arzie, sopho­more Va­lerie Hines and fresh­men Kat Retz, Sab­rina Robertson and Karina Jensen. In the mid­field, sopho­mores Rachel Samo­tis, Ly­dia VanWin­kle and Madeleine Khoil­ian have per­formed well in pre­sea­son. The mid­field will also fea­ture fresh­man Kylee Bal­lard, who has played well early on and will com­pete for play­ing time. Coast Guard re­turns its points-leader from last sea­son in sopho­more Claire Hur­ley of Water­ford, who fin­ished with 12 points on five goals and two as­sists. Se­nior tri-cap­tain Gabrielle Auzen­bergs will join Hur­ley up top, mak­ing the two an ef­fec­tive com­bi­na­tion. Auzen­bergs led the team with three as­sists and was third on the team with two goals and seven points. Join­ing Auzen­bergs and Hur­ley in the at­tack­ing third will be ju­nior Kali Bor­den and fresh­man Feli­cia Lom­bardi, who will help give Coast Guard a wealth of speed. The team will once again open the sea­son on the road, with the Bears trav­el­ing to Hack­ettstown, N.J., for the Cen­te­nary Cy­clone Kick­off Clas­sic. Coast Guard meets Drew in the sea­son opener Fri­day. “This early-sea­son trip al­ways helps with team ca­ma­raderie,” Grant said. “It gets the team off cam­pus to­gether and the two com­pet­i­tive games will get our sea­son off to a good start . ... Our non­con­fer­ence sched­ule is chal­leng­ing once again this sea­son, which will pre­pare us for our al­ways dif­fi­cult NEWMAC games.”


Water­ford’s Claire Hur­ley, right, was the points-leader for the Coast Guard Academy women’s soc­cer team last sea­son as a fresh­man with 12 (5 goals, 2 as­sists). Coast Guard opens the sea­son Fri­day at the Cen­te­nary Cy­clone Kick­off Clas­sic in...

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