The Campus Report: Taunton’s Bryce Garners NEC Honors

Dawson Bryce NEC Baseball
(Merrimack Athletics)

By Jack Campbell, HockomockSports.com Student Reporter

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Merrimack freshman and former two-time Hockomock League All Star Dawson Bryce earned his third Northeast Conference (NEC) Rookie of the Week as well as his first NEC Player of the Week recently. Starting in 25 out of 26 games so far, Dawson has been no short of what we remember from his high school days. He is batting .320 with five home runs as well as 22 RBIs. His former teammate at Taunton is also having a lot of collegiate success. Freshman Braden Sullivan earned Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week at the end of March after recording a .600 batting average, a .625 on-base percentage, and a 1.067 slugging percentage on nine hits and two home runs and eight RBI. He’s the first Minuteman to earn the honors since 2019.

Foxboro alumAbby Hassman continues to shine at the collegiate level earning herself Coastal Athletic Association (CAA) Cross Country Runner of the Year for the second straight year She also placed 94th at the NCAA Championships with a time of 20:38.6 becoming the first woman in Northeastern history to qualify, adding to her laundry list of accomplishments in her four-year stint at Northeastern.

Former Red Rocketeer Zoey McDonough has started off her career hot at Assumption. McDonough picked up her first win as a Greyhound pitching 5.0 innings, racking up five strikeouts, and only letting up one run against Post in a 7-1 win, earning her NE10 Rookie of the Week.

Tyler Stewart, a former Taunton basketball standout, capped off his junior year at Wentworth where he was the first player in program history to be named 1st Team All-Commonwealth Coast Conference. He averaged 19.6 PPG, 9.9 RPG, and 3.9 APG, leading the team in all three major categories and recording the first-ever triple-double in program history. He led the CCC in field goal percentage and blocks as well as reaching 1,000 career points.

Sean O’Leary of UMass Lowell had a monster opening night for the River Hawks. The former three-time Hockomock All Star went 2-4 with a walk and an HBP, as well as sending High Point University packing with a grand slam, his first home run of his career, in the top of the 11th to seal the game for the Hawks. More recently for the River Hawks, Franklin alum and former Hockomock League MVP Alfred Mucciarone showed out against New Jersey Institute of Technology pitching in 6.1 innings while striking out seven batters for his second career win.

King Philip graduate Brendan Sencaj has had a big year for Bentley so far. Appearing in 22 games he is batting .314, has 24 RBIs, and has racked up a total of six home runs in 70 at-bats. Another former Warrior, Rudy Gately has been terrific on the mound for Bowdoin. In five appearances — four starts — Gately is 3-0 with only four earned runs allowed in a team-high 21.2 innings, striking out 18 with just one walk.

Mansfield’s Abby Wager enjoyed a successful freshman campaign playing for the Southern New Hampshire women’s basketball team. In her first year with the program, she became just the sixth Penmen to secure a spot on the NE10 All-Rookie Team. The reigning HockomockSports Defensive Player of the Year averaged 7.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists while hitting 39.6 percent (67-169) from the field. Also starring for the Penman was former Attleboro standout Meghan Gordon, who was named to the HockomockSports First Team in 2022. Gordon was one of three players on the team to start in all 28 games, finishing third on the team with 11.6 points and second with 7.4 rebounds.

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