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: Beginning of the Fall 2015 Season

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

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.