The Campus Report: Fall 2016 Midseason Update

Hockomock Campus Report
Former Oliver Ames teammates David Stapleton (left, Curry) and Gaston Cetrangolo went head to head earlier this season. (Submitted photo)

The Hockomock Campus Report 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.

Football

Milford’s Jarrod Casey currently leads Assumption in tackles through six games this season. Casey has a team-best 50 tackles (8.3 per game), including two tackles for loss and two interceptions as the team’s starting strong safety. Stoughton grad Brandon Swain-Price is third in receptions for the Greyhounds with 11 for a total of 250 yards and two touchdowns. The former Black Knight is averaging 19.1 yards per catch for Assumption (5-1). Another Milford alum – Patrick Corcoran – has played in five of six of Assumption’s games.

King Philip graduate Sam McDonald has started in all six of Bentley’s games this season and is second in tackles with 32 – best among defensive backs. McDonald has two interceptions, four pass breakups and three tackles for loss on the season for the Falcons. Taunton’s Shane Wellman has played in six games this year with five tackles, Mansfield’s Kyle Wisnieski (four tackles, one interception), Attleboro’s Luke Morrison (two tackles) and Franklin’s Quintin McDermott (one tackle) have all appeared in four games for the Falcons.

Former Franklin Panther Colton Cardinal has made four appearances on the gridiron for Boston College this season. Cardinal, who made two tackles for the Eagles last season, switched to the offensive side of the ball for 2016. From his fullback position, the sophomore has three receptions for 52 yards on the year.

Oliver Ames alum Cameron Williamson has been a steady contributed for the Bridgewater State Bears so far this season. A junior, Williamson has played in all six games so far this season with 19 solo tackles and 21 total. He came away with his lone interception of the season so far in a close win over Western Connecticut and has three pass breakups.

Although Brown is off to a 1-3 start, North Attleboro’s Alex Jette continues to be a bright spot. He leads the team with 25 receptions and has a team-best 271 yards through the air through four games, including one touchdown. He is fourth on the team in rushing as well with 48 yards on six carries (12 yards per carry), giving him a team-high 319 all-purpose yards. Jette is also the team’s punter, averaging 37 yards per punt with a long of 61 and six of his 24 punts landing inside the 20-yard-line.

Franklin’s Craig Anderson has been a key piece as Endicott has bounced back from a slow start to the season. After an 0-3 start, the Gulls have picked up two straight conference wins heading into a trip to Maine Maritime this weekend. Anderson is fifth on the team with 17 tackles and has appeared in all five games so far. Anderson has one sack and six tackles for loss, and blocked a field goal against Nichols. Oliver Ames grad Joe Tepper has two tackles this season and returned a kick for 13 yards.

Canton alum Sterlin Garvin is making an impact during his sophomore season at Fitchburg State. The former Bulldog is second in rushing for the Falcons with 133 yards on 43 carries (3.1 yards per carry). He found the end zone in Fitchburg’s win over Castleton in early September, scoring on a five-yard pass.

A handful of former Hockomock players continue to contribute to Framingham State’s success. On the defensive side of the ball, Attleboro alum Tom Burns is fourth on the team in tackles with 28 with just four of the team’s six games played. Burns has also recorded three pass breakups for the Rams. King Philip graduate Brian Donahue has appeared in all six games as a linebacker for Framingham with 18 tackles, including one sack and a pass breakup. Foxboro’s Derek Gilreath has a pair of tackles in five games played. Offensively, Stoughton’s Joe Wilder, a captain, has started all six games on the left side of the offensive line for the Rams.

A pair of former Kelley-Rex division rivals are now teammates at Nichols College, helping the Bison to two wins so far this season. Attleboro’s Brenden Massey has hauled in a team-high 20 catches this season for 323 yards (16.2 yards per catch). Masssey has also scored two touchdowns this season. King Philip’s Brett McEvoy is second on the team with 44 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss. McEvoy has also forced a fumble for the Bison through five games.

Attleboro’s Brendan Nunes and Franklin’s Danny McDermott are both making plays all over the field for the undefeated Salve Regina Seahawks. McDermott, a junior, has completed a pass, run the ball three times and even hauled in a 20-yard reception for Salve (4-0). Nunes, a freshman, is third on the team in all-purpose yards with 210 after emerging as the team’s primary return man. Nunes (one catch) has returned five kickoffs for a total of 171 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown against Worcester State. Nunes has also made a tackle on defense for the Seahawks.

UMass Dartmouth has three wins so far this reason with four former Hockomock athletes making plays on the defensive side of the ball. Mansfield’s David Collins in second on the team in tackles with 44, including 5.5 that went for a loss. Taunton’s Marcel Flynn has recorded 22 tackles, six of which have been for loss and has two blocked kicks on the season. Mansfield’s Louis Petrella had 18 tackles on the season, including a fumble recovery while Canton’s Anthony LaRose has 17 tackles and a team-high 2.5 sacks for the Corsairs.

Worcester State picked up its first win of the season this past week with a close 17-14 decision over Fitchburg. On the season, Milford’s Eric Nunez is fifth on the team with 28 tackles, including one sack. Mansfield’s Aurian Dawkins has recorded 22 tackles so far in four games played with three tackles for a loss and one interception. Offensively, Milford’s Jay Rodriguez has 37 yards on nine rushing attempts this season.

Men’s Soccer

Attleboro graduate Spenser Powell is having an impressive senior year at Adelphi. Powell has been honored as the NE-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Week three times already this season while the Panthers are now ranked #14 by the NSCAA. Powell has started in all 10 games with a 0.41 goals against average and 34 saves. He has an 8-1-1 record with six shutouts.

Franklin’s Zach Scafati has started on defense in all 11 of Assumption’s games so far this season. The Greyhounds are allowing fewer than two goals per game. Scafati, a captain for the squad, also has four shots this year. Oliver Ames’ Chris Romero has appeared in seven games so far, including the last six straight. Romero recorded his first career point, scoring his first collegiate goal off a rebound.

Over at Brandeis, two former Hockomock players are making an impact for the Judges’ offense. North Attleboro’s Josh Ocel leads Brandeis in points with 11, tying for a team-high in goals (4) and assists (3). King Philip’s Andrew Allen is third in points (7), having netted a pair of goals this season while tying Ocel for the team-high with three assists.

The defending MASCAC champion Bridgewater State Bears have five former Hockomock athletes on the roster this season. The Bears (5-5-1) have Foxboro’s Sawyer Fleck, Riley Fleck and Brian Bortolotti along with Milford’s Justin Borges and Mike Da Silva. Sawyer Fleck is currently tied for third on the time with three points on three assists this season while Bortolotti has scored one goal. Riley Fleck has started in eight games this year while Borges had made three appearances off the bench.

Oliver Ames alum Adam Borbely has been a key player in Colby Sawyer’s 6-4-1 start this season. Borbely has notched one assist by has started in all 11 of the Chargers’ games so far this year. His 722 minutes played ranks sixth most on the team and he has registered two shots on goal.

Wentworth has recorded an 8-2-4 record so far this season with a pair of Hockomock grads contributing. Franklin’s Joe Kalil has started 13 of the team’s 14 games and registered five points – two goals and one assist. Kalil scored in a win at MIT and then again at home against Western New England. OA graduate Gaston Cetrangolo has made six appearances for Wentworth this season.

Keegan Nutt continues to make an impact in Easton, this time for the Stonehill Skyhawks. The former Oliver Ames standout and 2015 HockomockSports.com Best XI selection has played in and started all 12 games for Stonehill (5-7), just one of four players to do so. Nutt netted his first collegiate goal against Franklin Pierce back in September and has two assists this season.

King Philip graduate Joe Kellett has played nearly every minute of his rookie season so far for the 8-0-2 River Hawks of UMass Lowell. Kellett has started in all 10 of the team’s games (10) – just one of seven players to do so. His 930 minutes played rank fourth on the team and he’s registered four shots on goal.

Women’s Soccer

A trio of Hockomock alum have played in all 13 of Assumption’s games so far this year, helping the Greyhounds to a 6-6-1 record. Taunton’s Tayla Morais, a senior forward, has scored once and started a pair of games. Franklin’s Alexis Stowell has made five starts with a goal and assist while 2015 HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Victoria Stowell has come off the bench in each game so far.

A pair of former teammates and MIAA State Champions found themselves on the same pitch again, this time as opponents when Kristi Kirshe and Williams College hosted Nicole Ellin and Bard College. Kirshe and Ellin were both part of Franklin’s title winning team in 2012. Kirshe notched two assists in the game and the Ephs emerged with a 5-0 win. Earlier this month, Kirshe became Williams’ (defending 2015 NCAA DIII National Champions) all-time leader in points with 102 and was named NESCAC Player of the Week two days later. For Bard, Ellin has started on defense in all 12 of the Raptors’ games this season. Bard is 7-5 overall this season.

North Attleboro’s Jamie Grinavic has been a key piece for Bentley this year as the Falcons are off to a 6-3-2 start this season. Grinavic, a senior midfielder, is fourth on the team in points after registering three assists and scoring one goal for five points. She’s just one of seven players to start in all 11 games so far this season.

Goals have been hard to come by in Bridgewater State’s games this year – both for and against – but a trio of Hockomock alums have helped the Bears in getting points in eight of their 11 matches. Taunton’s Alana Vincent leads BSU in scoring, netting four goals so far this year. The Bears have only allowed seven goals this season with Mansfield’s Katie Bongarzone (11 starts) and Molly Shield (10 starts) being big reasons why.

The Boston College Eagles are off to a 10-4-1 start this year with former Hockomock League MVP Lauren Berman playing a big role. Berman has started all 15 games and played 1,205 minutes, good for fourth on the team. She has netted four goals so far and six assists, good for 14 points, third most for BC this year.

Milford’s Kaley Pratt has been a spark off the bench for Eastern Connecticut State this season and netted the game-winner in overtime against Keene State this past weekend. Pratt has three goals and one assist on the year, which puts her second on the team in points. Stoughton’s Rachel Berkowsky has started eight games so far for the Warriors (8-2-2) with one assist.

Oliver Ames’ Nicole Taylor has helped Endicott to a strong 9-2-2 start this season. Taylor, a senior captain, has started in seven games so far with the Gulls recording a 7-1-1 record in that stretch. The Gulls have limited opponents to just nine goals in those nine games with Taylor being a key piece on defense.

Stoughton’s Shelby Sprague continues to be an offensive juggernaut for Massasoit. After scoring 25 goals last season, Sprague has already scored 22 goals this year for the Warriors.

Providence College women’s soccer is off to a 9-4-2 start and is allowing less than a goal per game so far with two Hockomock alums playing big roles in the Friars’ defense. OA’s Kendall Andrew has appeared in 14 of the 15 games so far for the Friars while Canton’s Hailee Duserick has appeared in 10 games with seven starts.

Canton’s Kim McNally has played a big part in Sacred Heart’s 5-4-3 start this year, playing her usual strong defense but also contributing on the offensive side of the ball. McNally scored her first goal of the season in a 1-0 win on the road at Saint Peter’s in early September and then netted her second goal of the year in a 3-0 win over Robert Morris in early October.

Brianna Duserick has helped Stonehill to an incredible start, one that included the Skyhawks being ranked as high as #4 in the NSCAA Poll. Duserick, a Canton alum, is third in points for Stonehill (10-2-1) with one goal, which came at Franklin Pierce, and five assists, the last two coming in consecutive games against Assumption and Saint Michael’s.

Sharon graduate Meg James is just one of seven players to start in all 13 of the University of Vermont’s games this season. A defender, James has been a vital piece for the Catamounts over the years. Check out our feature on James from earlier this year.

Volleyball

Canton graduate Avery Devoe is seeing a lot of action for Ball State University this fall, the Cardinals registering eight wins through 20 matches so far. Devoe has 14 starts and played in 60 sets so far, notching 61 kills and serving over 90% so far. She leads Ball State with a total of 48 blocks so far.

At Bridgewater State, Mansfield’s Alyssa Kelley continues to contribute on defense for the Bears. Kelley has 115 digs and 193 serve receives thus far. Oliver Ames grad Megan Tamasanis has registered 23 kills in 33 sets played this season for the Bears.

Junior outside hitter Lauren Beecher is fourth in kills for the 9-9 Dickinson Red Devils. Beecher, a former Mansfield Hornet, has played in eight of Dickinson’s nine game, twice hitting double digits in kills. Beecher had 10 kills in a 3-1 win over Haverford and then 10 more kills on the road in a 3-2 win at Keystone.

Attleboro’s Michelle Sheehan is making an impact already for Mass Maritime as a freshman. Sheehan is second on the team with 170 assists and has 41 kills (fifth on the team) and has registered 150 digs so far for the Buccaneers.

Two former Hockomock rivals are now teaming up for the Suffolk Rams, who have played 18 matches this season. Canton’s Chidera Nwankwo is third in kills for the Rams with 82, hitting at a team-best .212 clip. Nwankwo also has a total of 28 blocks, which is second on the team. Taunton’s Alyssa Gibson, a freshman, has played in 14 matches so far and registered 18 kills and seven blocks.

Julia Murphy has hit a couple of milestones in her final year with the UMass Boston volleyball team. The Canton alum recorded her 1,000th career kill in a 3-0 win over Western Connecticut back on September 17th and was named Little East Offensive Player of the Week just two days later. In Murphy’s next game, she recorded her 121st career solo block, which set a new program record for the Beacons.

Westfield volleyball has 10 wins already this season with King Philip graduates Brigid Murray and Micaela Murray both factoring in. Bridget Murray leads the Owls with 499 assists this season, ranking fourth in the MASCAC with 6.61 assists per set. Bridget also has 21 aces on the season, tied for fourth on the Owls. Micaela Murray, in her first year, has three kills, four assists and a team high 53 aces, 0.76 per set – good for first in the MASCAC.

WPI volleyball has three Hockomock players to thank in part for its 17-4 start to the season. King Philip’s Melissa Daigle is third on the team in with 114 kills and also has 55 digs and 13 blocks. Franklin’s Shay Feeley is second on the team in assists with 319 and also has 101 digs and 24 aces, first on the team. Oliver Ames’ Caroline Meyer is third in assists with 35.

Field Hockey

Mansfield’s Janet Maher is just one of five players on Bridgewater State to start all 11 games so far, with the Bears posting a 7-4 record. Maher, a defender, has helped limit opponents to 26 goals against while also registering an assist herself. King Philip’s Kathryn Jacobson has appeared in nine games for the Bears and Foxboro’s Jill Delaney has played two games in goal with just one goal allowed.

Attleboro’s Kelsey Wagner has made two appearances for Duke Blue Devils, the #2 ranked team in the country with an 11-2 record. Wagner has played just under 40 minutes so far this season with three saves.

LIU Post is off to an 8-3 start this season and has been ranked as high as #1 in the NFHCA poll. Oliver Ames graduate Molly Cunha has appeared in nine games so far for the Pioneers.

Four former Hockomock players are making an impression for Merrimack (4-6) field hockey this season. Canton grad Mary McNeil is second on the team in points with four goals and four assists while Franklin’s Hannah Magerman is fourth, having scored three goals with two assists. Milford’s Jessica Palmer has appeared in nine games so far with four starts while Canton’s Lindsey Nolte made her first collegiate appearance earlier this year.

Katie Notarangelo is just one of five players to have started all 11 games of the season for MIT. The Engineers are off to a 9-2 start with Notarangelo playing a big role in midfield. The Foxboro alum has scored twice this season, once in a win over UMass Dartmouth and again in a win over WPI.

Regis College is off to a 6-5 start this season with a pair of former Hockomock players playing a big part. Oliver Ames’ Yvone Abate has started in every single game for the Pride so far. Stoughton’s Ashley Chipman has played in all 11 games with four starts and has netted a pair of goals. For her efforts, Chipman was named NECC Rookie of the Week earlier this month.

Former HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Hannah Friend picked up her second NE-10 Rookie of the Week honor earlier this week, helping Saint Anselm’s to a 10-2 start. Friend leads the Hawks with seven goals and two assists for a team-high 16 points. Franklin’s Maddie Bressler and North Attleboro’s Rose Mooney each have a pair of goals and assists for six points. Franklin’s Elizabeth Alie, a senior defender, has started in all 12 games for the Hawks this season while Canton’s Mary Nee, a freshman, has appeared in 11 games and registered one assist.

Former Franklin Panther Sammy Rondeau is second in points for the 7-5 Simmons field hockey squad. Rondeau has potted six goals and notched four assists for the Sharks. Rondeau has scored twice in two games this season, in home wins over Nichlos and Wheelock in September.

Springfield College’s field hockey team has picked up five wins in its first 12 games this season with a pair of Hock alums factoring in. North Attleboro’s Emily Knobel is tied for fifth on the team with five points, scoring once with three assists. Knobel scored against Husson and had assists against Keene St., Husson and Saint Joseph’s. Mansfield’s Allie Skinner has started in all 12 of the Pride’s games so far with one assist.

Taunton’s Katelin Morrissey is tied for second in points for the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth (4-10). Morrissey has scored six goals and added one assist for a total of 13 points. Franklin’s Allison Burke has started five games in net and played more than 400 minutes so far. She has a team-high 48 saves with a 2.33 goals against average.

Oliver Ames graduate Carly Cidado is making an impact in her first year at WPI. The freshman has started all 12 games this season for the Engineers, registering two goals and three assists for seven points – tied for fourth best on the team. Cidado scored in her first ever game and then netted another in a win over Clark last week. She had assists against Bridgewater State, Elms and Smith.

Cross-Country

Former Milford standout Jenise Madden has had an incredible start to her collegiate career, being named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Cross-Country Rookie of the Week an astounding four times already. Madden was the Bears’ top runner at the James Earley Invitational at Westfield State, finishing in 23:14.83 (22nd out of 459).

Also at Bridgewater State, another first year runner is turning heads. Taunton’s Trevor Wysong was named the MASCAC Men’s Cross-Country Rookie of the Week for the third time this season. Wysong was 50th out of 432, finishing in 27:00.24 at the James Earley Invitational.

Golf

Oliver Ames’ Nick Carter has played in three matches for Saint Anselm’s this season. In the season opening Bowdoin Invitational, Carter shot a 153 to finish ninth overall. At the NE-10 Championships, Carter was 56th with a 169 and then finished 36th at the St. Rose Shootout with a 161.

North Attleboro’s Eric Marchetti has played in three tournaments so far this season for the University of Rhode Island, finishing in the top 65 in each of them. At the Doc Gimmler at Bethpage State Park, Marchetti tied for 35th with a 216, just six strokes over par. At the Hartford Hawks Invitational and the Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge, Marchetti finished 61st overall both times.

Former Sharon Star Has UVM Poised for Big Season

Meg James
Senior co-captain Meg James, a former standout at Sharon High, has UVM women’s soccer poised for a run at the America East crown. (Courtesy of UVM Athletics)

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The Catamounts were so close to history in 2015. The University of Vermont women’s soccer team was an inch away from its first trip to the America East tournament final, but the shot in overtime came back off the crossbar and the University of Albany found a double overtime winner to end UVM’s season.

It was a difficult way to end an otherwise successful season for a program that was only one year removed from going 3-12-2. The Catamounts finished 8-8-2 in 2015, which was their most wins in a season since 2005. Expectations are even higher for 2016 and UVM has mostly lived up them in the non-conference schedule, currently sitting at 5-3-1 after Tuesday’s overtime loss to Dartmouth. Tuesday’s defeat ended a three-game win streak and a four-game unbeaten run.

America East play gets underway on Sunday and senior defender Meg James, a former Hockomock all-star at Sharon, believes that this year’s squad of Catamounts is ready for the challenge.

“I think coming into preseason this year, the team as a whole had a completely different mentality,” James explained, “and we really wanted to come out strong and definitely going into conference play next week we’re really anticipating doing well because we know we can. We just have to prove it to ourselves.”

James, who was selected as a co-captain this year, said that the program has been building for the past three years and that the current crop of seniors wants to finish their careers with a title.

“It’s really important to us,” she continued, “and I think everybody who’s coming in after us has felt the same way. Everyone hates losing. Just the chemistry we have this year and everybody’s attitude this year is different and a lot more driven towards winning and that’s great to see.”

There is a lot of talk about attitude as James describes UVM’s chances this year. She describes the conference as being balanced “soccer-wise”, adding that it will come down to which team “wants it more” every game. As the captain and one of the leaders in the middle of the back four, James wants to set the tone for her teammates.

“There’s been days where we should’ve won,” James said, “but we didn’t show up to the game the way we needed to, especially in conference, so I think the majority of the team has a lot of experience with that kind of situation. We’re really looking forward to being there physically and mentally every single conference game.”

If anyone would know how much the team has changed in the past three years, it would be James. After three all-star seasons with Sharon and three Region I Championships with her club team, Scorpions, James became a starter for UVM from the first moment she stepped on the pitch in Burlington. James has started all 53 games that UVM has played the past three years and the first eight of this fall. She has logged more than 1,500 minutes for the Catamounts.

“As a freshman,” James recalled, “I was playing with three senior defenders, so it was definitely an experience and I was really lucky to have that happen. I think they gave me a ton of advice and were good role models for me, so then as sophomore I had a ton of experience under my belt and that’s really helped me the past couple of years.”

She credits her time in high school, as captain of the Eagles, for molding her as a leader today as captain of the Catamounts. “That definitely gave me the foundation to what being a leader is and while it’s very, very different in college soccer I do think some of the groundwork is the same,” James explained.

It is no surprise that James considers herself “a completely different player” than she was at 18 when she first arrived at UVM, but there has also been a significant shift in her style as a center back over the past year. Head coach Kristi Lefebvre, now in her sixth year, moved the Catamounts to a more possession-based formula in 2015 and that has made James one of the first outlets for goal kicks.

James laughed and added, “That’s a huge change for me because I did a hundred times more dribbling than I’ve done in my life and I’ve gotten to touch the ball way more in that style of play. It’s kind of an adjustment for me, but it’s definitely exciting. I feel like I’m way more involved in the offense.

“When I have space to dribble from my 18 to midfield and I know I’m not as offensively-talented as everybody else, it’s a little nerve-wracking but my coach has done a really good job of making me feel secure and confident.”

Regardless of how she feels on the pitch, James knows that she sets the mood for the team and is more aware than ever of her impact on her teammates.

“Being on the field is emotional and now, as a captain, I really have to not focus on my emotions but how I affect the team as a whole,” she reflected. “As a captain, I have to keep focusing on my energy and my body language and making sure it’s all positive.”

It has been a positive start to the season for James, who was named to two early season all-tournament teams. That was all a prelude to the conference schedule, which begins this weekend. James and the rest of the seniors want to ensure that their final season ends “with a bang.”

“I want to win an America East championship more than anything,” James said. “I think that for us to win that would be my entire college career goal.”

She has also spoken to some of her former club teammates, including former Canton star and current Boston College midfielder Lauren Berman, about the experience of playing in the NCAA tournament and it only adds more motivation to extend this final season as long as possible. But, James is content with where she is and the growth the team has made in the past three years and she is enjoying the final weeks and months of her college career.

“I’ve been playing soccer since I was three years old and it’s insane that as a 21-year-old, my college career is almost over,” James remarked. “Soccer has been such a huge part of my life that I look back on every single high school game, every single Sharon Rec game, every single club game and see how far soccer has taken on me and how much of an impact it’s had on my life.

“I’ve been thinking about that a lot as a senior and it’s sad that it’s almost over but it also makes me want to win even more because I’ve worked my whole life for this that I might as well end it with a win.”

Meg James and the Catamounts will start their quest for an America East title on Sunday when they take on the University of Maine.

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.

The Campus Report: Hock Alums Go Head to Head

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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

Bridgewater State started off their league schedule with a big Worcester State and there were Hockomock ties all over the field. In the Bears’ 34-28 win, King Philip alum Michael Viola hauled in three passes for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns and OA grad Carlton Williamson had nine carries for 48 yards and three catches for 61 yards for a team-high 125 all purpose yards. Defensively, Cameron Williamson was third on the team with seven tackles, three of which were for a loss, and also forced a fumble. Stoughton grad Manny Chery and KP’s Christian Flaherty each had a tackle for BSU and OA’s Nick Cidado had six punts for 213 yards (35.5 average) and locked the Lancers inside the 20 once. For Worcester State, Mansfield’s Dylan Finerty finished with eight tackles (second on the team), Milford’s Eric Nunez had three tackles, including one for loss and Sharon’s Adrian Lingo had a 35-yard field goal, an extra point and a pair of tackles.
Former Oliver Ames standout St. Clair Ryan had his best game of the season for Anna Maria. In a 23-16 setback to Curry, Ryan had 33 yards on the ground on 10 carries and also had a 10 yard kickoff return. In the win, King Philip alum Christian Vellante had three tackles.
Former North Attleboro star Paul Norris had a big game for Bentley over the weekend. Norris, a captain for the Falcons, had five tackles including an 11-yard sack. Norris forced a fumble and also had a fumble recovery. Attleboro’s Chris Walsh had four receptions for 20 yards and also got a pair of rushes.
Brown opened up its season with a 20-16 setback to Bryant over the weekend but a former Hockomock League All Star still made an impact. North Attleboro’s Alex Jette hauled in a team-high seven receptions for 84 yards, including a 23 yard reception. Jette also had a rush for 10 yards.
Salve Regina picked up a 32-14 home win over Castleton over the weekend and there were former Hockomock players on both sides. For Salve, Franklin’s Dan McDermott picked up a tackle and also had a rush. Franklin’s Robert Dellorco also saw time in the game for Salve. For Castleton, Mansfield’s George Busharis went 18-29 for a 165 yards and also had a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
In game that involved over a dozen former Hockomock stars, Attleboro’s Tommy Burns came up with his biggest game yet for Framingham State in the Rams’ 34-21 win over Fitchburg. Burns had two interceptions in the game and also had four tackles. Foxboro’s Derek Gilreath recorded a tackle while King Philip alum Brian Donahue and Stoughton’s Joe Wilder also saw time for the Rams. For Fitchburg, Taunton’s Asante Easter had a pair of tackles, Canton’s Sterlin Garvin notched one tackle while Foxboro alums Gerard Darcy and Ty Spencer both played.
Springfield picked up a dominant road win at Mount Ida on Saturday afternoon. There was plenty of impact on the defensive side of the ball from Hockomock alum with OA’s Colin Lozzi leading the way with four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Taunton’s Nick Ruiz had three tackles and a half a sack and Stoughton’s Brandon Alves also had a half a sack. For Mount Ida, Manfield’s James Comer had five tackles and a forced fumble.
Former Hockomock League All Star Brett McEvoy was named to the New England Football Conference Honor Roll. An alum of King Philip, McEvoy led the Bison with 12 tackles (seven solo), including three tackles for loss (TFL) and 1.5 sacks, in a loss on Friday night. McEvoy leads Nichols in both tackles (31) and TFL (6.0) this season.

Boys Soccer

Former Taunton standout Dan Belair is one of just three players for AIC that has played all 462 minutes this season for the Yellow Jackets. AIC is off to a 3-2 start and Belair is apart of a defense that has picked up two shutouts so far this year.
North Attleboro’s Luke Albertini is just one of six players who has started every single game this year for Central Connecticut State University. Albertini, a sophomore, has patrolled the midfield for the Blue Devils and has a shot on goal this season. Albertini spent the majority of his high school career playing for the New England Revolution Academy.
Adam Borberly has started in all eight of Colby-Sawyer’s games this season and has played 525 minutes, which is third most on the squad. Borberly plays in the midfield as the Chargers have picked up three wins so far this season.
Another former Tiger from Oliver Ames is having yet another stellar season this Fall. David MacKinnon has started in net for all seven of Hartford’s games this season and has picked up 22 saves. He’s notched two shutouts and has allowed 1.17 goals on average.
Freshman Matt Rodrigues is just one of two first year players that has started all six of UMass Dartmouth’s games so far this year. The former Hockomock League All Star at Attleboro has helped the the Corsairs to a 4-1 start this Fall.

Girls Soccer

Stoughton’s own Mikayla Williams has been one of the mainstays on the field for Coastal Carolina this Fall. Williams has started in six of CCSU’s eight games and has logged 609 minutes, which is second on the team. She’s also netted one of the team’s 13 goals.
Former Taunton standout Victoria Floeck is one of seven players for Fitchburg State that has been in the starting lineup for all six games this season. Floeck also has netted one of the team’s three goals as the Falcon are 2-4 this season.
A pair of former Hockomock All Stars and rivals turned teammates have played big roles in Providence’s 7-3 start. OA graduate Kendall Andrew has started in nine of the Friars’ 10 games and has an assists on the season. Canton’s Hailee Duserick, a freshman with the program, has started in six games and appeared in all 10.
Hailee’s older sister Brianna Duserick has started in all seven of Stonehill’s games so far this year. The Skyhawk are off to a 2-4-1 start and Duserick has seen time in the midfield and in the back. She has one assist this season with two shots on target.
A former Sharon star and former Hockomock League All Star is just one of five players who have made the University of Vermont’s starting line up every game this season. Meg James has started in all eight games for the Catamounts as they are off to a 3-4-1 start. James, who is in her sophomore year, started in all 17 games during her freshman season last year.

Volleyball

Bridgewater State isn’t having the strongest of starts but Mansfield’s Alyssa Kelly has been a bright spot during her freshman year. Kelley has 74 digs so far, which is fourth on the team, in 38 sets played. Kelley has appeared in 11 of the Bears 12 games so far this season.
Former King Philip star Brigid Murray continues to set Westfield State up for success this season. The Owls are 4-6 this season and Murray leads the team with 132 assists. Murray also has six aces and a kill in 29 sets played.
Canton graduate Julia Murphy continues to be a rock for UMass Boston despite the Beacons slow start to the season. Murphy is second on the team in kills with 86 and also has 25 digs. Murphy has reached double-digit kills in each of the last three games for UMass Boston.

Golf

Oliver Ames graduate Nick Carter has been one of St. Anselm’s top golfers so far this Fall. In the Queen City Challenge, Carter shot an 80 to place 10th. In the Bowdoin Invitational, Carter carded a 156 over two days to get 17th and at the Dowling Shootout, he shot 157 over two days for 38th overall. He’s the only golfer for the Hawks to place in all three events.