The Campus Report: Recap of Fall 2015

North Attleboro's Alex Jette (7) had a career year for Brown. (Photo: Brown Athletics)
North Attleboro’s Alex Jette (7) had a career year for Brown. (Photo: Brown Athletics)

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.
By Josh Schafer, HockomockSports.com Student Reporter

Football

The New England Football Conference First Team Defense had a Hockomock flavor this year. Craig Anderson of Franklin led Endicott’s defensive line this year and earned all NEFC First Team honors. Anderson found the quarterback nine times this year along with 44 total tackles. He was also named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America Division III football first team with a 3.86 GPA as a criminal justice major.
Oliver Ames alum Dean Soucie led Western New England’s defense in his final season with the Golden Bears, totaling 83 tackles en route to a NEFC Conference Championship and was named to the NEFC First Team Defense. In just his second season with the Bison, Brett McEvoy of King Philip led the Nichols college defense with 96 tackles and two interceptions en route to an NEFC First Team selection.
Several former Hockomock athletes contributed to Bridgewater State’s success this season. The Williamson brothers of Oliver Ames were a dynamic duo once again as Carlton Williamson rushed for over 800 yards averaging 5.2 yards per carry while brother Cameron Williamson shined at the safety position with 37 tackles and 2 interceptions. Senior wideout Michael Viola of King Philip played a major role in the passing game, totaling 35 receptions for 550 yards and six touchdowns this season for the Bears.
Alex Jette of North Attleboro had a standout year for Brown University this season as a wideout and return specialist. Earning All-Ivy League honors, Jette was tops in the league with 136.60 yards per game. Jette led the Bears in receptions with 68 grabs for 928 yards and four touchdowns.
The Castleton State Spartans were led this year by senior Quarterback George Busharis who totaled 2,183 passing yards along with 14 TDs while boasting a 62.6% completion percentage.
The MASCAC also had a lot of Hockomock influence on its conference awards. Stoughton’s Joe Wilder, an offensive lineman for Framingham State, was named to the MASCAC First Team along with Taunton’s Asante Easter. Easter, a standout for Fitchburg Stated, finished off his football career for the Falcons contributing 44 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Senior defensive lineman Anthony LaRose of Canton led the UMass Dartmouth defensive line this season with 45 tackles, including seven sacks. He was named to the MASCAC Second Team Defense.
Fitchburg State’s Ty Spencer (Foxboro) shined in his senior season with the Falcons and was named to the MASCAC Second Team Offense. . Spencer caught 55 balls for 688 yards and six TDs. For his career, Spencer finished with the program’s all time marks in receptions (163), receiving yards (2,270) and touchdown catches (21) and was named the  70th annual Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award winner for Division III for his athletic and academic (3.89 GPA) accomplishments.
Brandon Alves of Stoughton finished up a strong career in Springfield this season with 14 tackles including a sack and a forced fumble.
A pair of former Hockomock standouts were honored with All-Northeast 10 honors for the 2015 season. North Attleboro’s Eric Beckwith and King Philip grad Sam McDonald, both members of the Bentley football team, were named to the All-NE-10 second team. Beckwith, who was also on the second team last season, was an anchor on the offensive line for the Falcons. He started in eight games and had 10 appearances at guard. McDonald had a conference-high seven takeaways with five interceptions and two fumble recoveries. It’s the third straight year that the junior led the Falcons in takeaways. North Attleboro’s Paul Norris was selected to the CoSIDA Division II Academic All-America team. Norris is the sixth Academic All-America in Bentley football and just the third first-team selection after earning a 3.60 grade point average as a finance major with minors in both Spanish and natural and applied sciences.
Paul McCarthy of North Attleboro finished his last season at Trinity College with 30 tackles to go along with five interceptions. The former Rocketeer was named to the NESCAC All-Conference First Team Defense.
Mansfield graduates Dylan Finerty and Aurian Dawkins both had strong seasons for Worcester State this fall. Finerty notched 27 tackles while Dawkins had 35 tackles to go along with one interception.
A Hockomock trio dominated the passing game this season at WPI. Quarterback Dan Eckler of Stoughton threw for 2045 yards and 15 TDs with help from his top two targets, Franklin’s Brandon Eccher and Stoughton’s Marcus Middleton. Eccher led the charge with 41 receptions for 644 yards and seven touchdowns including a 96 yard catch and run against Worcester State. Middleton also contributed heavily as Eckler’s other go to target compiling 27 catches for 305 yards and two touchdowns.

Men’s Soccer

Scott Levy of Canton finished up a successful career with the Bentley Falcons this Fall as he earned NE-10 All-League honors and earned a spot on the first team for the second time in his four year career. Levy tied for the team lead in assists with six and also added added goals this season. In his four years Levy started 52 games for the Falcons contributing 46 points with 19 goals and eight assists.
North Attleboro junior midfielder Josh Ocel led the Brandeis Judges into the third round of the NCAA tournament after being named to the UAA Conference First Team. Ocel was selected as a second team All-American leading his squad with four goals and 10 assists, combining for 18 points on the season. Josh Ocel follows his brother Sam Ocel (2013) who was selected as a third team All American. Josh and Sam Ocel are just the second sibling pair in all of Brandies athletics to both get All American recognition.
David MacKinnon of Oliver Ames started 16 games in net for the Hartford Hawks this season. MacKinnon earned a spot on the America East All Academic Team for the third time in his career. MacKinnon had a 1.19 goals against average, including three shutouts and has a 3.93 GPA as an accounting major.
Foxboro alum Sawyer Fleck concluded with Bridgewater State by helping the Bears win the MASCAC Championship game. The Bears qualified for the NCAA tournament but were knocked out by MIT. Fleck played in 20 games and had six assists.
Senior captain Taylor Sjoberg of Mansfield finished up a successful career at Mass Maritime this season. Sjoberg was a rock in the backline for the Bucs over his four years, starting every game this season, and also attributed two goals and an assist in his time as a Buccaneer.
Chris Murray of Canton shined in his final season with WPI this fall. Murray tallied seven goals and 18 points which were both tops on the squad. Murray earned a spot on the NEWMAC All Second Team through his efforts this season.
Former North Attleboro player Justin Freitas broke the Dean College record for goals (24) in a season and for points in a season (58) and was named to an NJCAA DI Third Team All American.

Women’s Soccer

Kristi Kirshe of Franklin led Williams College in scoring this season as the team won the Division III National Title. Kirshe finished the year with 33 points (12 goals and 9 assists) earning second team All-Region.
After transferring to Boston College, Lauren Berman of Canton had an impressive first campaign with the Eagles. Berman finished fourth on the team in scoring with three goals and four assists.
Mikayla Williams of Stoughton played her last games on the back line for Coastal Carolina this Fall..Williams has been a consistent player for the Chanticleers logging over a 1000 minutes a season for the past three seasons and also contributing two goals and four assists.
Another former Black Knight had a standout year at Massasoit. Shelby Sprague was named an NJCAA Second Team All American after scoring 25 goals and picking up 54 total points. Sprague was the first Warrior to get All American since 1991.
Junior forward Victoria Floeck of Taunton led the charge up front this year for the Fitchburg State Falcons. Floeck had two goals and three assists totaling to seven points on the season putting atop the Falcons scoring sheet.
With 27 points (11 goals and five assists) senior Alicia Macomber of Stoughton was electrifying for Worcester State in her final season. Macomber was named the MASCAC Player of the Year for the second straight year after another strong season.

Field Hockey

Senior Abigail Tepper of Foxboro will be missed in a big way next fall. Tepper led the team with 68 points (30 goals, 8 assists). Her outstanding senior campaign landed her on the First Team All-Region squad and was named Player of the Year for the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
Franklin’s Allison Burke had a solid year between the posts for UMass Dartmouth this Fall. She finished the year with 1.62 GAA including two shutouts.
Mansfield’s Janet Maher helped lead the back line for Bridgewater State this year. In her only her second season as a Bear, she was named to the Little East Conference All-Second Team.
Earning a spot on the Coaches Association All New England East Region All-Star Team Katie Notarangelo of Foxboro led the midfield for MIT this past season. Notarangelo also contributed two goals and an assist this season.
Sammy Rondeau of Franklin proved consistent this season for Simmons College as she averaged just over a point a game for the Sharks. Rondeau finished the year with 23 points (nine goals, five assists).
Fellow Panther alumni Elizabeth Alie found her stride this fall at Saint Anselm College. Alie led the backline for the Hawks as the team boasted their boasted GAA in program history. Alie earned NE-10 All Conference First Team honors along with second team All-American honors.

Volleyball

It was a banner year for Babson volleyball and Franklin graduate Alicia Wilde played a vital role. Wilde had 273 kills, third on the team, for the Beavers who tied the program record for wins in a season. Playing for coach Eric Neely (brother of current Franklin boys basketball coach CJ Neely), Wilde finished her career with 944 kills and 569 digs.
Former North Attleboro star Kelsey Weymouth concluded a strong four-year career for Stonehill. The two-time Hockomock League MVP finished her career with 707 kills (224 coming her senior year) and 839 digs.
It was another year of Hockomock alums playing a big role for WPI volleyball. King Philip graduate Melissa Daigle was second on the team in kills with 250 (just one kill behind the team-leader) while also adding 148 digs. Franklin’s Shay Feeley was the team leader in assists with 441 and added 166 digs and 12 kills while Oliver Ames’ Caroline Meyer had 42 assists.

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.

Old Friends Carry Success From Canton to College

Scott Levy Chris Murray
Chris Murray (left) and Scott Levy helped Canton reach historic levels and are both finding success at the next level as well. (Courtesy of WPI Athletics and Bentley Athletics)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

From 2008 to 2011, the Canton boys’ soccer team went on an incredible run that saw the Bulldogs take home four straight Hockomock League titles (including two Davenport crowns), reached four straight Div. 2 South semifinals, won the 2010 South title, went unbeaten for 42 straight games against league opponents and, maybe most impressive of all, went four years (from Oct. 2007 to Sept. 2012) without a single loss at World War II Veterans Memorial Field.

“Even now I stand in the locker room at Bentley and my buddies ask, you really didn’t lose a game at home in high school?” said Scott Levy, one of the stars of that Canton team.

“I’ve sat in Coach [Danny] Erickson’s office countless times and he’s got all four of those plaques of us winning the Hock and winning the Davenport and we just sat there and are like, are you kidding me?”

Two of the main cogs in that four year run were Levy and his classmate and longtime friend Chris Murray, who remains the program’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 18 goals and 34 assists. The pair started playing soccer, basketball and baseball in the Canton youth leagues (with tiny nets and reversible jerseys, according to Levy) and continued on the pitch together through club teams, soccer camps, and eventually donning the Canton green and white.

“With two older brothers, I was always around the high school program ever since I was in middle school and even younger,” said Murray, whose brother Matt is currently an assistant coach and was also in the top 11 leading scorers in program history.

“I think [Coach Erickson] really saw potential in me when I was younger and he really helped me grow as a player even before I was in high school.”

The two good friends joined a team that was already successful. The Bulldogs had already begun the home winning streak that would extend until 2012, won the league title in 2006 and reached the South final in 2007. When they took the pitch for Canton High, they never doubted that they would be successful.

“[Coach] told us all four years that we were a special group and he expected great things from us,” said Levy. “At the time, I don’t think we really thought about it, we just expected it and that’s what should happen.”

Murray added, “I think at times we may have even taken it for granted because we came into a culture that was already a winning culture and had already won a few Hock titles before us. We almost just expected it out of ourselves.”

It certainly helped having two players that were close on and off the pitch to sustain the levels that Canton had previously reached and then take the program a step further by reaching the Eastern Mass. final against Concord-Carlisle in 2010. The chemistry of Levy and Murray sparked an unprecedented run through the league by the Bulldogs.

“There were times when I would hit a ball,” explained Levy, “and I for some reason knew that Chris was going to get there or he had this massive long throw and I would either hang at the back post or go near post this time and somehow the ball would literally land on my foot.”

“It wasn’t anything that we said, the ball would just be on my foot or my head.”

Both players credited Erickson for building a program that had high expectations and one that instilled the desire to do well not only for personal success but also for teammates and the town.

“There’s definitely a culture around it that geared you to win and geared you to a good season,” said Murray. “It really felt like a soccer club.”

In fact, unlike many players in the current climate of high school soccer, the guys used the club season to prep for playing on the high school team, rather than the other way around. Levy said, “We used club as the off-season, which I think is just something that Danny instilled in us and the guys above us. Those players had the same attitude and it just kind of trickled down.”

After all the success at Canton, neither is surprised to see their good friend playing well and at the next level. Murray is a senior captain at WPI, while Levy is in his second season as the captain at Bentley. Murray currently leads the Engineers with five goals and three assists and WPI is off to a 3-1-1 start in the conference. Meanwhile, Levy has three goals and four assists for a Bentley team that has won four straight and making a late push for the postseason.

“I don’t think I’ve ever met someone that works harder than him,” said Murray of Levy. “He’s the first one on the field, he’ll get up and make sure he gets his touches before he goes to work, he just has a work ethic that you really don’t see, especially at a young age.”

When asked what made Murray such a success, Levy responded, “He probably hates losing more than he likes winning. He’s one of the most competitive people I’ve ever met and he demands perfection out of each and every player.”

Even during a busy college season the friends still keep in touch, although Levy explained that after all this time they could not talk for three months and “just pick up where we left off.”

Recently, Levy and a few other Canton friends went to see Murray and WPI take on Wentworth. Levy laughed and said, “He’s just the same fiery, Irish Chris Murray that I know. He’s so competitive and it doesn’t surprise me that he’s popping in goals.”

Murray admitted, “It’s still kind of weird because you’re watching him play on a different team when you’re used to being out there with him.”

Neither player wants to think about the future with several more weeks of their college careers still ahead of them, but no matter what the connections that were built during a historic run at Canton will continue beyond their playing careers.

Murray said, “We both had a passion for soccer that we were always playing all year long and we were always working hard and we really pushed each other to get better.”

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

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Football

Bentley suffered a one point loss to New Haven over the weekend that saw a lot of former Hockomock players in action. King Philip grad Sam McDonald had seven tackles with a pass break up and an interception. North Attleboro’s Paul Norris had a tackle for the Falcons while Mansfield’s Kyle Wisnieski and Taunton’s Shane Wellman each fielded a kick return. Franklin alum Andrew Parent saw some time for New Haven in the win.
Former Franklin star Colton Cardinal notched his first two career tackles for Boston College over the weekend. In the Eagles’ drubbing of Howard, Cardinal had two tackles that were both for losses. His first was for a loss of three yards and the second for a loss of two yards. BC is now 2-0 on the season with just three points against.
Bridgewater State fell on the road on a trip to New Jersey but got some Hockomock alums made an impact. King Philip grad Michael Viola was the team’s leading receiver with four catches and 20 yards. Oliver Ames’ Carlton Williamson had a team-high 17 carries for 65 yards on the ground. OA’s Cameron Williamson was one of the top players for the Bears’ defense with five tackles.
It was a defensive battle between Mount Ida and Plymouth State over the weeknd and a pair of two Hockomock alums played their part. For Mount Idea, Mansfield alum James Comer recorded three tackles. For Plymouth State, Foxboro’s Alton George had four tackles, including a sack and a forced fumble.
A handful of former Hockomock athletes made their way onto the box score in Springfield’s win over UMass Dartmouth. For Springfield, Oliver Ames grad Colin Lozzi had three tackles and Stoughton alum Brandon Alves had one. For UMass Dartmouth, Mansfield’s Lou Petrella had seven tackles, Taunton’s Marcel Flynn had six tackles, Canton’s Anthony LaRose had five tackles, including one for a loss and Mansfield’s David Collins had one tackle.
Western New England picked up a huge win over Westfield State, 31-0. For WNE, Foxboro’s Balaz Busznyak got his first touch of his collegiate career with a four yard rush, OA’s Dean Soucie had six tackles, a forced fumble, two tackles for loss and a pass break up. For Westfield, Mansfield alum Nick Bosari had nine tackles, including a half a sack, King Philip’s Pat Lydon notched a tackle and Stoughton’s Pat Raeke had a tackle.
It was the connection between two former Hockomock stars that lead WPI to another victory over the weekend. Stoughton’s Dan Eckler tossed for 381 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown pass came in the first quarter on a 96 yard connection to Franklin’s Brandon Eccher, who finished with eight receptions for 168 yards. Stoughton grad Marcus Middleton caught a pair of passes from Eckler for 34 yards, including a 27 yard reception. Check out the video of Eckler’s pass to Eccher, courtesy of WPI athletics.

Boys Soccer

Canton’s Chris Murray noticed a pair of assists to help WPI continue its undefeated start of the season. Against Framingham State, Murray linked up with Pav Christidis in the first half and then set up Ryan Tropeano for the game winner just minutes before the final whistle. Through six games, Murray has a team-best six points with a pair of goals and two assists.
Former HockomockSports.com Boys Soccer Kelley-Rex Player of the Year Zach Scafati netted her first goal of the season for Assumption, but the Greyhounds suffered a 2-1 loss to LIU Post. Scafati finished off a corner at the back post. It was Scafati’s second career goal for Assumption after he scored his first last year at Saint Rose.
North Attleboro’s Josh Ocel helped to deliver Brandeis head coach Michael Coven his 500th career victory against Babson – literally. Ocel’s free kick found the head of senior Jake Picard in double overtime to give the Judges the win. Ocel’s perfectly placed free kick into the area was headed home to the near post for the win. It was Ocel’s second assist of the season and second in the last three games.
There was a lot of Hockomock influence in Wentworth’s 2-1 double overtime win over Mass. Maritime last week. It was Franklin’s Joe Kalil who tied the game in the second half to open up his 2015 account. For Mass. Maritime, Mansfield’s Taylor Sjoberg and Attleboro’s Eoin Grimes each started while Mansfield’s Alex Thompson made an appearance off the bench.

Girls Soccer

Bentley picked up its biggest win of the season last week with an 8-0 throttling over Concordia. In the win, North Attleboro grad Jamie Grinavic scored her first two goals of the season inside a seven minute span. First Grinavic converted a breakaway and then just over six minutes later she slotted home her second.
The matchup between Boston College and Providence over the weekend featured some of the Hockomock’s best talent from recent years. Canton grad and former Hockomock League MVP Lauren Berman picked up an assist for the Eagles. However, it was Canton alum Hailee Duserick and Oliver Ames grad Kendall Andrew and Providence that got the win. Andrew has started all of the Friars’ games while Duserick has started four and appeared in all eight.
Former Stoughton standout Rachel Berkowsky netted her first goal of the season earlier this month in Eastern Connecticut State’s 5-1 win over Johnson and Wales. It was Berkowsky’s third career goal so far as the Warriors are off to a 3-1-1 start.
The 2013 HockomockSports.com Girls Soccer Kelley-Rex Player of the Year Kristi Kirshe scored a game winner in overtime for Williams on Sunday to complete the Ephs comeback against Castleton. Kirshe’s goal marked her second of the weekend after she opened her 2015 account on the road at Trinity. Against Castleton, Kirshe put her shot into the side netting in the 99th minute for the win.

Volleyball

WPI is off to a 5-1 start this season and a couple of Hockomock graduates have been a big reason. Franklin’s Shay Feeley leads the team with 83 assists, averaging 4.37 assists per set. Feeley also has four kills, 12 aces and 14 digs. Offensively, King Philip grad Melissa Daigle has 40 kills, which is second on the season. Her 49 digs rank third on the team and she also has six aces.
Former Franklin star Alicia Wilde has helped Babson start with a 6-1 record this season. Wilde, playing for head coach Eric Neely, brother to Franklin hoops coach CJ Neely, is currently tied for second on the team with 46 kills, averaging 2.19 kills a game. Wilde has nine aces so far, which is second on the team and has 53 digs, which is also second on the team.
Mansfield alum and former Hockomock League All Star Lauren Beecher has played a big role for Dickinson so far. Despite the team’s 3-7 record, Beecher has been strong with 57 kills, 13 blocks and 12 digs.
Meanwhile at Stonehill, senior Kelsey Weymouth has helped the Skyhawks to a 4-3 start. Weymouth, a former North Attleboro Rocketeer, has a team-high 76 kills (3.04 kills per set), 10 blocks and 79 digs. In Stonehill’s 3-0 sweep of Dominican College, Weymouth slammed home a match best 12 kills with a 41% attack percentage.

Field Hockey

A pair of the 2014 Kelley-Rex winning Mansfield Hornets have helped Springfield off to a bright start. The Pride has gone 3-1 this season, allowing just five goals. Former Hockomock League MVP Allie Skinner has played in all four of Springfield’s games while fellow former Mansfield alum Hannah Boylan has appeared once.
Former Hockomock League MVP Katie Notarangelo has played a bigger role for MIT in her sophomore season so far. Notarangelo scored her first goal of the season back at the beginning of the month when the Engineers beat Lasell College 6-3.
The 2013 HockomockSports.com Field Hockey Player of the Year Kellie Stigas has only started one game for Northeastern this season but she ranked fourth on the team in points. Stigas has appeared in all six games so far and netted her first goal in a 2-1 win against Dartmouth.
Franklin alum Samantha Rondeau is one of Simmons top players are just a sophomore. Rondeau has three goals and an assists for seven points. Simmons is off to a 5-1 start this season and Rondeau scored a gaol in a 2-1 over MIT and then added a pair of goals and an assist in a 9-0 blanking of Wheelock.

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Football

Three Hockomock alums were on the winning side as WPI edged out MIT over the weekend. Stoughton’s Dan Eckler threw for 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns, completing nearly 80% of his passes. On the ground, Eckler ran for 58 yards and a touchdown. Just like last year, Eckler’s favorite target was Franklin graduate Brandon Eccher, who caught six passes for a team-high 63 yards and a touchdown. WPI junior Marcus Middleton appeared on the gridiron for the first time since high school and caught a pass for 16 yards. For his efforts, Dan Eckler was named the Liberty League’s Offensive Performer of the Week.
Taunton’s Devi DeCourcey had six total tackles, including a sack, and added a pair of pass break ups to help Bridgewater State beat Curry 42-21. OA grad Nick Cidado completed his first collegiate pass and had four punts, including a long of 48 yards. Fellow OA grad Carlton Williamson was the leading rusher for the Bears with 80 yards on 13 carries.
Mansfield’s George Busharis completed 26 passes for 280 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Castleton’s 21-10 season opening win over Plymouth State. Foxboro’s Alton George played for Plymouth State and recorded a tackle for loss.
A trio of former Hockomock players played their way onto the box score in Framingham State’s 42-6 win over Endicott. Foxboro’s Derek Gilreath made his debut and hauled in his first career catch on a 14-yard play. Mansfield’s Greg Donahue notched a tackle for the Rams. On the other side, Franklin’s Craig Anderson had three total tackles and had a sack.
Foxboro’s Ty Spencer hauled in two touchdown passes for Fitchburg State for his 16th and 17th career touchdown catches. His 17th career TD catch is now tied for 2nd on the Falcon’s all-time receiving touchdown list. Taunton’s Asante Easter had three total tackles for the Falcons while Canton grad Sterlin Garvin made his collegiate debut with a 19 yard kickoff return.
There were a lot of Hockomock alum that made an impact in UMass Dartmouth’s 41-6 win over Mount Idea. Canton’s Anthony LaRose was one of the more productive players on defense with six tackles, a sack and three tackles for loss. Mansfield’s Lou Petrella added a pair of tackles with 1.5 sacks. Taunton’s Marcel Flynn had five tackles and Mansfield’s David Collins had a tackle. On offense, Taunton’s Terrence Gibson’s first college game saw him get eight carries for 30 yards. For Mount Idea, Mansfield’s James Comer had a tackle.
In Westfield State’s big 44-21 win over Nichols, Stoughton graduate Pat Raeke registered five tackles for the Owls. Mansfield alum Nick Bosari made his college debut with a pair of tackles. For Nichols, Brett McEvoy started his sophomore year with a team-high 14 tackles and had three tackles for loss. McEvoy also had punting duties for the Bison, with six punts, a long of 51 yards and two punts placed inside the 20.
Canton’s James Bourikas made his collegiate debut, register a tackle in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s 37-0 blanking of Norwich football.
Worcester State suffered a 41-28 setback to Salve Regina over the weekend. For the Seahawks, Franklin grad Robert Dellorco had a tackle. For Worcester State, Mansfield’s Aurian Dawkins had six tackles and fellow former Hornet Dylan Finerty had five tackles and a tackle for a loss. Recent Sharon grad Adrian Lingo made his collegiate debut with a pair of tackles.
Western New England opened up their 2015 campaign with a 34-14 win over Springfield and one former Hock alum was a big reason for the Golden Bears’ strong defensive performance. Former OA standout Dean Soucie recorded eight tackles and also recovered a fumble. For Springfield, OA alum Colin Lozzi had three tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss. Stoughton’s Brandon Alves had a pair of tackles as well.

Men’s Soccer

Former Canton standout Scott Levy assisted on the game winning goal for Bentley in 3-1 win over Caldwell.
North Attleboro graduate Josh Ocel converted a penalty kick in the 105th minute to give Brandeis a 2-1 win against Hardin-Simmons in Texas. It was Ocel’s first goal of the season
Foxboro grad Sawyer Fleck recorded his first assist of the season, setting up the Bears’ opening goal in a 3-1 win. Fleck’s direct kick found the head of Jonathan Pires for the opener. Sawyer’s younger brother Riley Fleck (FHS 2015) made his collegiate debut in the game.
A pair of Hockomock alums have helped the Curry men’s soccer team to a 3-0 start to the season. OA grad David Stapleton scored a goal and had an assist in an 8-0 win over Lyndon State. Before that, Stoughton’s Steven DePina had a goal in the Colonel’s 10-1 over Wheelock.
Canton graduate Chris Murray collected his first two goals of the 2015 season as WPI cruised to a 4-1 win over Worcester State. Murray’s first goal came in the 21st minute off a free kick and then added his second in the 52nd minute.

Women’s Soccer

Oliver Ames graduate Kristina Simonson picked up two assists for Babson over the weekend. The Beavers notched a 6-0 over Simmons as Simonson had an assist in each half.
Former Hockomock League MVP Lauren Berman scored her first goal for Boston College last week. After transferring from Maryland to Boston College this season, Berman scored in the 30th minute and BC went on to beat Harvard 2-1. Berman assisted on a goal for the Eagles over the weekend but BC suffered a 2-1 setback to St. John’s in overtime.
Mansfield alum Kelly English tied a career-high with 12 saves in net for Nichols women’s soccer team and the Bison picked up a 4-1 win over Mount Holyoke. In Nichols’ 2-1 setback to Clark, English made nine saves in net.