The Campus Report: Winter Season Rolls On

Below is an update on former Hockomock League athletes currently competing in collegiate sports. If you would like to submit an update, please e-mail info@HockomockSports.com.
Mansfield graduate and Merrimack freshman Aidan Friend was named the Northeast-10 Conference Track Rookie of the Week. Friend finished second in the 60M with a time of 7.09, which was a personal best and ranks fourth on the school record board. That time is also the fourth-fastest recorded in the event in the NE-10 so far this season according to Merrimack.
Franklin graduate Sam Bohmiller has averaged 8.2 points a game over the last six contests for Babson, who is 5-1 in that stretch. In wins over Coast Guard and Wheaton, Bohmiller pulled down four rebounds and had three assists. In the Beavers’ win over WPI, Bohmiller netted 10 points, the second highest total of the season. Also in that WPI game, Bohmiller’s former teammate Chris Rodgers came off the bench to score 10 points for the Engineers, including a layup to make it a two point game with 19 seconds left. Rodgers has been solid option for WPI this season had just last week had a game-winner. With 0.4 seconds left and WPI trailing by one, Rodgers floated one for the go ahead bucket.
Merrimack freshman Maeve McGowan had a first place finish in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.82 against Bentley. The Mansfield alum was also first in the 200 backstroke by nearly 10 seconds, finishing in 2:21.95 and first in the 100 butterfly in 1:26.26.
Bridgewater State is an ever 3-3 over its last six games, the last being an overtime win over MCLA fueled by former Hock players. OA’s Ryan Carney came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points, Taunton’s Fawaz Mass finished with 12 points and three steals and Mansfield’s Rocky DeAndrade had eight points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals. In overtime, all but one point for BSU was scored by a Hockomock alum. Carney had seven of his points in the extra period, Mansfield’s Greg Romanko had a three, Mass and DeAndrade each hit a pair of free throws and Milford’s Michael Soares had a dunk.
Former Canton standout Quinn Merrigan is 14-3 for Gettysburg wrestling so far this season. A sophomore, Merrigan has won five straight matches and 13-1 since a 1-2 start to the season. A year removed from a 22-15 campaign as a freshman, Merrigan – who wrestles at 149 – has been a vital part of the Bullets’ 5-4 season this year.
Stoughton alum Aaron Calixte had his best scoring day of his collegiate career on Wednesday night. The sophomore scored a career-high 23 points to lead Maine to a 105-100 overtime win on the road at Hartford. Calixte scored the Black Bears’ first four points in the extra period to keep pace with the Hawks. He finished with five assists and four rebounds in the game. On the season, Calixte is fourth on the team with 9.4 points per game.
Boston University has a trio of former Hockomock swimmers making a splash for the Terriers. Freshman Michael Choate came in first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:54.45 to get nine points for BU in a win over Bryant. Choate was second in the 1000 free and sixth in the 200 butterfly. Another KP alum also played a big role in the win as Stephanie Nasson was first in the 500 free by over six seconds and was second in the 200 free for four points. North Attleboro’s Sarah Hargrave was less than a second behind Nasson in the 200 free to finish third and she also was second in the 200 breaststroke, finishing just 0.15 seconds behind first place.
Former Mansfield 1,000 point scorer Ryan Boulter has reached double-digits in the scoring column over the past two games, including a career-high 18 points in Merrimack’s loss to Adelphi. Boulter played a personal high 34 points, hitting four three pointers and seven field goals in total. He also hauled in a career-high six rebounds in the game. Boulter, a freshman for the Warriors, had 11 points and three rebounds in a 105-81 win over American International earlier this week.
Mansfield’s Kevin Conner scored a season-high 17 points and shot 60% from the field as Mount Ida scored a big win over Anna Maria for the first time since 2012. Connor also had a season-high four assists and hit a pair of three pointers for the first time this year as the Mustangs picked up a 21 point win.
Northeastern had a massive win over UMass this past weekend. A pair of Hockomock alums both had important finishes for the Huskies in the win. King Philip’s Carly Schnabel had a trio of individual top five finishes, finishing 4th in the 50 free (24.19), 4th in the 200 free (1:53.57) and fifth in the 100 backstroke (59.49). Oliver Ames’ Jacquelyn Gover was 4th in the 3 meter diving with a score of 234.00 and sixth in the 1 meter diving with a score of 237.65.
Franklin’s Marcus Giese has worked his way into RPI’s starting lineup as a freshman. After coming off the bench for the first 13 games, Giese has started the last two games. He’s shot 50% from the field between the two games with 16 points and combined for 14 rebounds. RPI, which won both games after a four game skid, is now 9-7 overall.
Stoughton’s Chrystal Holland had one of her best games of the season earlier this week as AIC rolled to a big win over Merrimack. Holland came off the bench, shooting 60% for six points. The Yellow Jackets are an impressive 16-4 in Holland’s senior season.
Taunton grad Dylan Schrama has impressed in his first year for Clark University. In the Cougars’ most recent meet against WPI, Schrama was fourth overall and first for Clark in the 200 free. In the 100 free, he finished fifth in 52.36.
Stoughton’s Tahira Peralta cracked the starting lineup for the first this season late last week for Salem State. The senior has started the past two games, shooting nearly 50% for 17 points. She had a pair of rebounds in each game – both wins – as the Vikings snapped a three game skid.
Meg Ronaghan continues to dominate for UMass Dartmouth. The North Attleboro product, who scored her 1,000th career point earlier this season, was named the Little East Conference and the New England Women’s Basketball Association Player of the Week. She had a career-high 37 points – only two off the program record – and 20 rebounds in a win at Rhode Island College. She’s leading the Corsairs with 18. points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game. Over the past four games, Franklin’s Alicia Kutil has averaged 10.3 games for UMass Dartmouth, who went 3-1 in that stretch.
Milford alum Natasha Gonzalez has started all but one game for Worcester State so far this season. Over the past five games, she’s averaged 7.2 points per game, including 11 points against Keene State. In her two starts this year, Gonzalez has combined for 13 rebounds and seven assists.
King Philip’s Olivia Sugrue had a pair of wins for Bridgewater State in its meet with Bentley. Sugrue won the 100 butterfly in 1:10.77 and won the 200 IM in 2:41.54. She also placed fourth in the 100 backstroke. KP’s Emily Garven had a pair of third place finishes for the Bears. In the 200 butterfly, the freshman earned the Bears three points with a time of 2:56.07 and in the 100 butterfly, she finished in a time of 1:15.97. Mansfield’s Abbie Grant won the 500 free in 6:00.21 to get nine points for BSU and was third in the 200 free.
 

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