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: Hock Soccer Duo Leading The Way


Former North Attleboro grad Alex Jette had a pair of touchdowns this weekend. (Photo: Brown University Athletics)
Former North Attleboro grad Alex Jette had a pair of touchdowns this weekend. (Photo: Brown University 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.

Football

Over the weekend, North Attleboro senior Connor Flynn hauled in a one handed diving touchdown catch and one fan remarked he hadn’t seen anything like that since Alex Jette was a Rocketeer. It was only fitting as Jette was busy making plays in Brown University’s 41-31 win over URI. Jette scored twice, the first an 11-yard reception in the first quarter and the second a 20-yard pass in the fourth quarter that put Brown ahead for good.
With Bentley trailing 13-12 with about one minute left in the third, North Attleboro senior defensive end Paul Norris recovered a fumble on the Pace 46. The Falcons went on to hit a field goal and won the game 15-13. Norris also had seven tackles in the game. Attleboro’s Chris Walsh was the only person to get a reception for Bentley, catching one pass for seven yards.
Attleboro’s Teagan Tirabassi started his third straight game on the offensive line for Plymouth State over the weekend. Tirabassi and Plymouth State were able to edge Westfield State 20-19. The Owls had a pair of former Hock stars starting on their offensive line too as Mansfield’s Andrew Horstmann started at right guard and KP alum Pat Lydon lined up next to him at right tackle. Foxboro’s Alton George started on defense for Plymouth State and Stoughton’s Pat Raeke and Mansfield’s Nick Borsari both started at defensive tackle for Westfield.
Oliver Ames’ Carlton Williamson had a big day in Bridgewater State’s win over Western Connecticut. Williamson rushed for 97 yards on 23 carries, including a 32-yard touchdown run. He also had two receptions for 31 yards and then punctuated his performance with a 77-yard kickoff return. Younger brother Cameron had seven tackles, KP grad Michael Viola had two catches for 34 yards and Taunton’s Devi DeCourcey had a half tackle for a loss.
Foxboro’s Ty Spencer inched closer to Fitchburg’s career touchdown reception by hauling in a 13-yard touchdown in the Falcons’ 36-7 win over Mass. Maritime. Spencer hauled in eight total passes for 67 yards in the win. Taunton’s Asante Easter made four tackles for the Falcons while Mansfield’s Alex Ruddy had four tackles for Mass. Maritime.
Attleboro grad Tommy Burns had four tackles, including one for a loss, and a pass breakup in Framingham State’s 26-14 win over UMass Dartmouth. For UMD, Canton’s Anthony LaRose and Mansfield’s Lou Petrella each blocked a kick while Taunton’s Marcel Flynn had three tackles.
Western New England picked up a big 49-6 win over Nichols over the weekend. Oliver Ames alum Dean Soucie had seven tackles, including a sack and another half tackle for loss. Despite the loss, Attleboro grad Brenden Massey had his best game of his young career with five catches for a team-high 50 yards. On defense, KP alum Brett McEvoy had three tackles for the Bison.

Mens Soccer

Dean has had a great start and its 9-0 record has earned them the #18 ranking in the NJCAA Division I Mens’s Soccer Rankings. North Attleboro grad Justin Freitas has netted 13 goals in his freshman year, which is tied for 14th overall in NJCAA DI. His 32 points are tied for 16th best in the nation. Freitas played the majority of his high school career with the New England Revolution Academy but did don a Rocketeer uniform before the Academy’s rule change. Attleboro grad Kyle Lameiras has also been a big help for the Bulldogs, having started in all eight of the teams games while playing defense and has two assists.
Josh Ocel continues to be a spark for the nationally ranked Judges of Brandeis University. Ocel scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-2 win over Carnegie Mellon, which was the most goals that the Judges had scored in a league game since 2002. Ocel leads the Judges with eight points (two goals, four assists) this season. King Philip’s Andrew Allen has appeared in five games so far this season during his freshman campaign.

Womens Soccer

Stoughton graduate Shelby Sprague has been putting on a clinic for Massasoit so far this season. The freshman has scored 21 goals this season, which is second in the entire nation for NJCAA DIII. Her 44 points put her third in the nation. Sprague netted her fourth hat trick of the season on Monday in a 7-0 win over Springfield Technical Community College. Sprague has won the NSCAA National Player of the Week twice this season.

Field Hockey

Mansfield’s Kelsey Kiely has been on a roll as of late for the Bridgewater State Bears. Kiely, who has appeared in nine games this season, has scored all four of her goals in the last three games. In a 6-3 win over Framingham State, Kiely netted a pair of goals. She had a goal and an assist against Anna Maria and then scored against in a win over Fitchburg State. Mansfield’s Janet Maher is just one of four players that has started in all 10 of BSU’s games so far this year.

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.

The Campus Report: Franklin Alum Shine Bright

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

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.

Captain Falcons: Former Rocketeers Lead Bentley

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Former North Attleboro players Paul Norris (5) and Bob Richman (92) are captains on the Bentley football team in 2015.

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

WALTHAM, Mass. – The turf radiates heat and, with temperatures already soaring into the low 90s, near the field it was stifling in the late afternoon sun. At least it was for the onlookers standing on the sidelines. The players on the field showed no effects from the heat.

Every tackle was followed by jawing and cheering, every huddle was loud and excited, even the end-of-practice kicker competition had the players amped up. It was the type of energy that you would expect from a team that expects a lot from itself and is happy to be back in pads.

One of those players, fifth-year senior Bob Richman, understands better than most how special the opportunity is to be part of the team and preparing for a new season. Richman nearly had his football career come to an end last year when he tore his ACL in the third game of his senior season.

According to staff at Bentley, if it had happened one game later, Richman would not have been able to ask the NCAA for another season. But, after surgery and months of rehab, he says that he is 100 percent and he is ready to go.

“It was tough,” said Richman on the sidelines after practice. “I had been playing with that senior class for the past four years, so it was tough to see them go and not be able to be out there with them, but it’s great to be out here and I’m blessed for the opportunity.”

Richman was selected as a captain in 2014 and again in 2015 and this year he is joined in that role by his former North Attleboro teammate and fellow defensive lineman Paul Norris, who remembered being only five feet away when his friend was injured.

“When he went down that struck a chord with me and the rest of the D-line,” said Norris. “But, he’s always been the hardest worker in our group.”

The fact that he’s able to come back this year, makes our group that much stronger. Coming off a great year last year, we’re only going to be stronger for it.Bob Richman

After four wins in the final five games of 2014, the Bentley Falcons have momentum heading into this season with hopes of turning around the overall 5-6 record and make a push for an NE-10 title and a postseason berth.

If Bentley does have a strong season, the Hockomock League will be playing its part. Ten former Hock players, including a third Rocketeer, junior lineman Erik Beckwith, are currently on the Bentley roster. Players that have been rivals since Pop Warner days now suiting up for the same team.

“We have a lot of guys from the Hock playing here at Bentley,” explained fifth-year senior Bob Richman, “and at other teams in the league as well so there’s a lot of familiar faces and it’s great to have not only that college rivalry but also that hometown rivalry.”

“It’s like I never left high school,” said Norris with a laugh.

“When I finished my senior year, I never really thought I’d have quite the same feeling when I played with all the kids I grew up with, but coming here with Bob and Erik [Beckwith], and all these kids from the Hockomock…It’s like I have the same feeling all over again.”

Norris is coming off a season in which he was selected second team All-NE-10 and with the addition of Richman the defensive line is considered one of Bentley’s strengths coming into the season.

“I don’t feel pressure,” said Norris. “I feel like we have something to prove because last year we were a little thin and now we’ve got guys that can keep the ‘ones’ fresh. We have very high expectations to meet.”

Of course it helps having two leaders that have been playing together since childhood to keep everything in order.

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Richman added, “Me and Paul are able to communicate, being captains together we’re always on the same page, and we know how to work together. There’s a lot of times we’re working stunts and movements together and it’s just great to have that connection.”

The role of captain is one that both players take seriously. Having been leaders in high school, they understand the importance of setting the right tone and example for the team.

“We have plenty of leaders on this team,” said Richman, “but with the group that we have it’s an honor to have the title and to have that respect from the teammates.”

All the talk about the upcoming season is abruptly derailed when the pair is asked about North Attleboro and the new high school playoff system. Suddenly, all the talk is about Big Red.

“I’d love to suit up in red another time,” said Richman. He smiled and shook his head, before adding, “I played on some great teams with some great guys at North and just couldn’t get to the playoffs.”

“Losing to Mansfield my senior year keeping us out and seeing Jeff Hill come out on the Bentley squad the next year was pretty exciting.”

“Bringing up some bitter memories,” added Norris with a wry smile. “Losing to King Philip my senior year and Sammy Mac [Sam MacDonald] is out here now…rivalry never ends.”

As sophomore quarterback Tim Walsh walks by in the background, Norris adds, “I want them to know that the rivalry is very active here with the Attleboro guys.”

The former Rocketeers, Bombardiers, Warriors, and Hornets will all be Falcons on Saturday, when the team gets the season started at Mercyhurst.