The Campus Report: Fall Season Starts Winding Down

Taunton graduates Mollie McCaffrey and Alisha Silva had their respective programs go head to head this past weekend. (Courtesy photo)
Taunton graduates Mollie McCaffrey and Alisha Silva had their respective programs go head to head this past weekend. (Courtesy photo)

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 RyanLanigan@HockomockSports.com.
A pair of former Taunton teammates saw their teams go head to head in the Little East Conference’s Women’s Tennis Championship. Mollie McCaffrey and the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs were able to get the 5-4 win over Alisha Silva and Bridgewater State. McCaffrey lost at fifth singles but finished the Fall season at 14-3 overall in singles play and teamed up with Kristen Rose to win at third doubles. Silva lost at second singles but paired with Hayley Anderson to win at first doubles. Silva finished with nine wins with Anderson in doubles play this Fall and the duo was selected to the LEC Second Team.
Foxboro’s Ty Spencer became Fitchburg State’s all time leader receiving leader this past weekend. Spencer hauled in six catches for 176 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ loss. He now has 137 career catches, which is five more than the previous record.
Taunton’s Dan Belair continues to be a workhorse for AIC, a team that shutout New Haven and limited Stonehill to just one goal last week. Belair has played defense in all 16 games so far this season, with 15 starts, as the Yellow Jackets have allowed 1.63 goals per game on average. The junior is just one of three players on the team to have logged over 1400 minutes this season.
Alex Jette continues to have a standout junior campaign for Brown University’s football team. This past weekend, in a 44-24 win over Cornell, Jette hauled in a game-high nine passes for a game high 157 yards. Jette caught a 59 yard touchdown just 36 seconds into the game to give the Bears the lead.
North Attleboro graduate Kelsey Weymouth continues to have success in Easton for Stonehill this year. The former Rocketeer has a team-high 197 kills for the Skyhawks (10-12). Weymouth had nine kills in a 3-0 sweep over Assumption on Tuesday and had a season-high 19 kills against St. Anselm’s back in September.
Former Oliver Ames league all star John Cerce netted his first collegiate goal in WPI’s 6-0 rout of Anna Maria. Cerce took a pass from Frank Ciliberto and fired a shot from 25 yards out to find the back of the net just over a half hour into the game. Cerce has appeared in five games this season for WPI while Canton grad Chris Murray currently leads the team in scoring with six goals and four assists.
Former Franklin field hockey goalie Allison Burke is having a strong year in net for UMass Dartmouth. Burke has started in 16 games this season with an 11-5 record and has a pair of shutouts. Burke has made 85 saves and has a 1.61 goals against average. Taunton’s Katelin Morrissey has three goals and two assists and Attleboro’s Allie Kane has one goal for the Corsairs.
Oliver Ames graduate Kristina Simonson has helped to anchor Babson’s defense, which closed the regular season out on a good streak. Simonson appeared in all 18 of the Beavers’ games this year and had four assists. To close out the regular season, Babson (12-3-3) allowed just five goals in the final eight games and had five shutouts in the span.
Stoughton’s Mikayla Williams closed out the regular season with Coastal Carolina (11-6-1) and finished with two goals for her senior campaign. Williams scored her second goal of the year in a big league match against Winthrop earlier in October. While the Chants prepare for the postseason, Williams has two goals and three assists in her three years at CCU.
Brenden Massey, a former standout for Attleboro football, caught his first career touchdown for Nichols over the weekend. Massey had a pair of catches in the game including a 17 yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Massey has eight catches for 85 yards so far during his rookie campaign. KP’s Brett McEvoy had 11 tackles for the Bison against Salve Regina.
Taunton’s Victoria Floeck has picked up three points since the calendar turned to October for Fitchburg State. The Falcons are having a tough year but Floeck scored her second goal of the season against Rhode Island College and then had her first assist of the year in a 3-0 win over Mass. Maritime, a win that snapped a long winless streak for Fitchburg.
WPI volleyball has had a very strong year, posting a 19-7 record with one regular season match left. Leading the way are sophomore outside hitter Melissa Daigle, a KP alum with 231 kills, which ranks second on the team. Daigle also has 22 blocks this year. Franklin alum Shay Feeley has been WPI’s top setter with a team-best 409 assists (4.7 per set) and also had 159 digs on the season. OA graduate Caroline Meyer is third on the team in assists.
Another King Philip alum, Brigid Murray, is second in assists for Westfield State. The Owls are 12-14 on the season and Murray has 274 assists this year. Murray also has 47 digs and eight aces this year.
Former HockomockSports.com Boys Soccer Davenport Player of the Year David MacKinnon picked up his third shutout of the season just over a week ago when Hartford battled Binghamton to a scoreless draw. MacKinnon made two saves in the Hawks’ 2-2 draw on the road at Syracuse and made four saves in a 1-0 loss to SBU.
Oliver Ames’ Molly Cunha scored the lone goal in the 61st minute to lift LIU Post to a win over Northeast-10 Conference opponent Southern Connecticut State just over a week ago. Cunha scored on a scrum in front of goal with less then 10 minutes to play. Cunha has three goals so far in her freshman year for LIU Post, which has been ranked nationally throughout the season.

The Campus Report: Former Teammates Face Off

Framingham State's Joe Wilder and Westfield State's Pat Raeke, friends and former Stoughton teammates, went head to head this weekend. (Courtesy photo)
Framingham State’s Joe Wilder and Westfield State’s Pat Raeke, friends and former Stoughton teammates, went head to head this weekend. (Courtesy photo)

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 RyanLanigan@HockomockSports.com.

Football

It was a matchup of friends and former teammates over the weekend as Framingham State’s Joey Wilder and Westfield State’s Pat Raeke started on opposite sides of the ball. Both members of the Class of 2014 at Stoughton High, Wilder starts at left tackle on the Rams’ offensive line and Raeke starts as a defensive tackle for Owls. Raeke was able to record his second sack of the season but it was Wilder and Framingham that walked away with a 35-7 win for their fifth victory of the year.
King Philip graduate and current Bentley junior Sam McDonald was tabbed as the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week. McDonald had two interceptions in the victory, along with four tackles. His first pick set up a go-ahead touchdown for the Falcons in the second quarter and his second locked up the win with 17 seconds left. McDonald now has 12 career interceptions, which is the most for any NCAA D2 junior in the national and is ninth in program history.
One week ago, Bridgewater State’s Carlton Williamson won the MASCAC Play of the Week for his kick return for a touchdown. Now his 35 yard touchdown run is in the running again this week. The OA alum had 20 carries for 94 yards while KP alum Michael Viola hauled in one pass for 28 yards. Meanwhile, Cameron Williamson had four tackles, including one for a loss, and an interception and 34 yard return. Canton’s Anthony LaRose was strong for UMass Dartmouth in the loss with eight tackles, a pair of tackles and three total tackles for loss while Mansfield David Collins also had eight tackles.
North Attleboro grad Alex Jette continued his stellar start to his sophomore season with one of his best performances in his career. In Brown’s 25-24 win over Holy Cross, Jette hauled in 16 passes (ninth most in program history for a single game) for 216 yards. He ranks fourth nationally in the FCS in receptions per game (8.5) and eighth in in receiving yards per game (111.5). Jette was named the Brown Student-Athlete of the Week.
Castleton’s George Busharis had an efficient day under center, going 19-26 for 184 yards and a touchdown in the team’s 34-14 win over Mount Ida. The former Mansfield standout tossed a 20 yard touchdown in the third quarter. Fellow Mansfield alum James Comer had seven tackles for Mount Idea with one going for a loss of three yards.
Foxboro’s Tyler Spancer had a team-high five catches for Fitchburg State over the weekend while Taunton’s Asante Eater notched nine tackles and had a fumble recovery and an interception and return of 63 yards. Mansfield graduate Aurian Dawkins had three tackles in the loss for Worcester State.
WPI football bounced back from its lone two losses of the season with a close win over Union this weekend. Unsurprisingly, it was a pair of Hockomock alums that guided the way on offense. Stoughton graduate Dan Eckler was 17-33 with 155 yards, rushed for 95 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown and threw for two touchdowns. Both of Eckler’s touchdown passes went to Franklin graduate Brandon Eccher, who hauled in seven catches for 80 yards. Eckler also linked up with former high school teammate Marcus Middleton, who had three catches for 40 yards.

Boys Soccer

Canton grad Scott Levy scored his third goal of the season in the 25th minute of Bentley’s 2-1 victory over Southern Connecticut on Tuesday. He also had a pair of assists on Saturday in the Falcons’ 2-1 win against Le Moyne. Bentley has won three in a row and Levy is second on the team with three goals and tied for first on the team with four assists and 10 points.

Josh Ocel of North Attleboro, a junior midfielder at Brandeis, was named the University Athletic Association Player of the Week for men’s soccer last week. Ocel recorded his second career two-assist game in a 2-1 win against Case Western Reserve (both off corner kicks). His seven assists this season are tied for first in the UAA and in the top 40 across Div. III. He leads the Judges (10-1-1) in scoring and his assist against Mass. Maritime moved him into the school’s top 25 all-time.

Attleboro’s Dominik Machado notched his second goal of the season for Providence College in a 3-0 win over No. 24 Xavier, which was the first Big East win and first win over a ranked opponent this season for the Friars (5-4-1).

Girls Soccer

A trio of former Stoughton players are leading Massasoit women’s soccer towards a New England Championship game appearance. Shelby Sprague scored a pair of goals on Monday in an 8-0 win against Monroe College JV and her former teammates Courtney Wagner added a pair of assists and Emily Morgan made her ninth start in 10 games played in the Massasoit defense. Massasoit is poised for a return to the title game to face Holyoke Community College.

Another former Stoughton player, Alicia Macomber, scored a goal in Worcester State’s 3-0 win over MCLA on Saturday. Macomber, the reigning conference player of the year, also scored in a 2-1 overtime loss to Keene State three days earlier. She is tied for the team lead with five goals and leads the Lancers with 11 points.

Canton grad Kim McNally scored her first career goal for Sacred Heart in a 3-2 loss to Robert Morris last Friday. McNally hit a first time shot off a corner kick into the top corner to tie the game at 2-2. A sophomore defender, McNally has played in all 13 games this season and started 11.

Sharon grad Meg James has started all 13 games in defense for the University of Vermont, making it 48 straight starts for the former Eagle. James was named to the America East Honor Roll last year and has helped the Catamounts to a 6-5-2 start and 3-1-1 in the league, which is the program’s best start in the America East since 2001.

Volleyball

Alicia Wilde recorded 14 kills to lead Babson to a five-set win over Emerson on Tuesday. The Beavers rallied from two sets down to get the win, which was the 100th for head coach Eric Neely (brother to Franklin boys’ basketball coach C.J. Neely). On Saturday, Wilde had nine kills and three blocks as the Beavers beat Colby-Sawyer in four sets. She is second on the team with 164 kills on the season.

Julia Murphy led UMass Boston with 10 kills and .474 hitting percentage in a three-set win over Southern Maine. The former Canton player added 12 kills and three blocks in a win against Plymouth State. The junior middle hitter is second on the team with 145 kills and leads with 25 blocks.

Melissa Daigle was named the NEWMAC Volleyball Player of the Week, becoming the first WPI player to earn that honor since 2010. Daigle totaled 59 kills in a 4-0 week for the Engineers, including a five-set win over Babson. The sophomore from King Philip had highs of 18 kills against Babson and 17 against Smith and added 20 digs and six blocks this week. Daigle is second on the team with 175 kills to help WPI to a 15-5 record.

Freshman Chidera Nwankwo recorded 19 kills on Tuesday with a program-best .760 hitting percentage to help Suffolk University beat Pine Manor in four sets, The middle hitter from Canton recorded the most kills by a Suffolk player in more than two years. Nwankwo is the team-leader with 122 kills this season.

Field hockey

Salve Regina field hockey tied a program record with its eighth straight win on Tuesday, The Seahawks are led by former Foxboro player Abby Tepper, who scored her 20th goal of the season in Tuesday’s win against Bridgewater State. That breaks the program’s single-season record for goals, which Tepper set last season when she totaled 19. Lindsey Venuto, also of Foxboro, added a goal for the Seahwaks, her sixth of the season. On Monday, Tepper was also named the CCC Offensive Player of the Week for the third straight week. She scored four goals and had two assist in a pair of conference wins and became Salve Regina’s all-time leading scorer in a shutout of Western New England. She is third in the country in Div. III for goals per game at 1.58.

Another former Warrior scored her second goal of the season for MIT to help the Engineers to a 5-0 win over Clark University. Sophomore Katie Notarangelo had her one-timer from a corner deflected by a defender’s stick into the back of the net for what turned out to be the game-winner.

Madeline Hoffman of Mansfield scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime to lead Fitchburg State to a 3-2 win at Framingham State. The junior hit a one-timer off a corner to give the Falcons the win. Hoffman is tied for second on the team with four goals this season.

The UMass Dartmouth field hockey team has won its last two games and several former Hockomock players have contributed. Sophomore goalie Allison Burke of Franklin made one big save to preserve a 2-1 win over Westfield State and two saves in the shutout of Framingham State. In the 6-0 win over the Rams, junior Katelin Morrissey (Taunton) and Allie Kane (Attleboro) each scored goals. Morrissey also led the team with five shots in the game.

Golf

Chestnut Hill College golf won the Griffin Invitational for the second time in as many years on Tuesday, Canton alum Sam Riemer shared the lead with the low round of 70. The sophomore was one of the reasons that Chestnut Hill pulled out a 16-stroke win. Riemer shot a 159 over two days of the Revolutionary Collegiate Classic, including an eagle in the final round. Chestnut Hill came from behind to win the tournament by six strokes.

Oliver Ames grad Nick Carter shot a season low 71 on Saturday to help St. Anselm golf take 10th place in the Saint Rose Shootout in Albany, N.Y. The sophomore matched the low round of the season for the Hawks.