As we head Off the Post once again a quick update that missed last week’s posting. On Monday, Oct. 28 in women’s soccer, Holy Cross got a goal from Freshman Katie Quinn (Wachusett Regional), assisted by Jenna Barnes, to tie Lafayette 1-1. The game was originally called as a no-contest after 56 minutes of play the day before due to field conditions following heavy rain, which wiped out what would have been Quinn’s first collegiate goal. So Quinn scored her second “first collegiate goal” in as many days to give her squad the tie.
Tuesday, Oct. 29 saw Clark University’s volleyball squad continuing their late-season winning ways as the Cougars downed WPI 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-16) to notch their fifth consecutive victory during a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference tilt. Sophomore Margarita Perez-Maza and first-year Cameron Gill (Shrewsbury High) provided a dynamic attack for Clark as the duo contributed 17 and 12 kills, respectively, in the win. Junior Sophia Torino recorded a match-high 37 assists to facilitate the offense, while sophomore Marimo Oka came up with a match-high 22 digs on the defensive end. In women’s soccer, Clark University earned a comeback victory as senior captain Megan Marocco delivered the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute, lifting the Cougars to a 2-1 double overtime win over Emerson College in a NEWMAC match up. Junior Inonge Kaloustian tied the game for Clark in the 52nd minute. Maya Mashkuri assisted on both Cougars tallies. In men’s soccer, Assumption College got goals from Kevin Hernandez, Jeremy Martin and Jason Lages for a 3-0 win over the University of New Haven in a match-up of Northeast 10 rivals. Sebastian Jimenez picked up his fifth clean sheet with the win. Worcester State got a goal from Ethan Melia (Shrewsbury High) as they edged out the Keene State Owls, 1-0. Henri Guilmette made 14 saves for his third clean sheet of the season. In field hockey, Assumption scored early and often to seal the 5-0 win over Molloy College in their last home game of the season to finish the campaign undefeated on their home turf. Summer Walsh scored twice for the Greyhounds, while Kileigh Hynes (Auburn High), Deirdre Burchill, and Shannon Quinlan each added a goal. Kylie Gargiulo advanced her record to 11-4 and earned her ninth shutout on the season. In men’s ice hockey, Assumption got two third period goals to defeat New England College 4-3. Devan Sheth had two goals, including the game winner at 17:24 of the third, and two assists to lead the Greyhounds. Robert Holyoke added a goal and two assists while Michael Zampanti had the fourth Assumption tally and also added a helper. David Zulauf made 32 saves for the win.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30 in women’s soccer, Emily MacDonald and Brooke Shatney both scored in Assumption’s 2-2 tie with the University of New Haven. Alexis Nason made eight saves and moved to 5-4-3 on the year. Worcester State got goals from Ali Maldonado (Wachusett Regional) and Leah Fitzgerald (Nipmuc Regional) to secure a 2-0 victory over UMass-Dartmouth. The game was the 500th in the history of the Worcester State women’s soccer program. Ashley Spellman (Nashoba Regional) got her third clean sheet for the season in net for the Lancers making eight saves. In field hockey, junior Abby O’Sullivan’s stand-alone goal in the 19th minute proved to be enough as WPI went on the road and defeated Clark, 1-0, in a NEWMAC contest. Kaitlyn Hess had the assist on the play. It was goalkeeper Ali Gannon’s sixth shutout on the season. Thanks to goals from Anne Melanson (Grafton High) and Abigayle Celata (Narragansett Regiona) Anna Maria College topped Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) rival Rivier University, 2-1. Lauren Lapierre (South High) and Chayna Bingham-Hendricks had assists for the Amcats. Hannah Tobey made two saves on the afternoon for Anna Maria and improved her record to 7-3
With nothing scheduled for Halloween we move on to Friday, Nov. 1 in men’s soccer, where Assumption scored two unanswered goals in the second half, including the game-winner at the 76:36 mark, to take down the Bentley Falcons, 2-1. Jason Lages netted the game-tying goal at the 60:50 mark on a through-ball into the box, finishing a nice kick to tie the game. Jeremy Martin then netted the game-winner just 15:46 later when he took a shot from the corner and played a Bentley-deflection into the back of the net. Sebastian Jimenez made six saves and improved to 9-6-0 on the year. Katherine Pawlak and Molly Silsby helped the WPI Women’s swimming and diving team start out the month on a positive note as each won a pair of events to propel the host Engineers to a string of sizable victories in a five-way meet that also included Babson, Brandeis, Smith and Simmons to move to and early 4-0 record. WPI beat its closest competitor, the Beavers, by a 183-110 score, also topping Simmons (203-95), Brandeis (218.50-74.50) and Smith (223-76), as the Engineers (4-0) won 6 of the 16 events and finished runner-up in 5 events. Local swimmer Cailin Gonyea (Southbridge High) was third in the 500-yard freestyle (5:35.32) and 1,000 free (11:20.70). For the WPI men, Sid Williams led the way with a pair of second-place finishes in the Engineers’ home-opening meet versus Babson and Brandeis. WPI (0-2) fell to the Beavers, 154-117, and to the Judges by a 140-131 score. In Women’s ice hockey Becker sophomore Clare Conway scored a shorthanded goal at 17:09 of the opening period and Freshman Shelby Reaugh netted her first career goal in the middle stanza but Chatham University would tie the game in the third and get an overtime strike to defeat the Hawks, 3-2. Amber Lee made 27 saves for Becker. In Men’s ice hockey Worcester State opened its 2019-20 season in style, defeating rink-sharing rival Becker College, 4-2, in non-conference action at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center. Kevin Drevitch had two goals for the Lancers, while Nick Pennucci (Worcester, Mass native) and Brendan Ronan added single strikes. Matthew Manning added two assists. Ryan Hoff (13 saves) and Josh Reinstein (22 saves) split the goaltending duties for the Lancers. Shawn Peckham and Romain Wild scored for the Hawks, with Grant Martens making 32 saves in the loss. Anna Maria took down Chatham University, 4-1, with four different Amcats finding the back of the net. Quinn Chevers-Whoms, Sam Cry-Ledoux, Nolan Shaw, and Nick Kukuris were the goal scorers for Anna Maria, and Brendan Boncore had 24 saves for the win. In volleyball Becker concluded their regular season by posting a three-set victory (25-19, 25-14, 25-17) over visiting Lesley University. Gillian Criddle posted a dominant night at the net, tallying eight kills, hitting .538 and throwing down four solo blocks. Sofia Cullina led a stellar defensive effort with 14 digs, adding three kills and two aces. Junior right side Yesenia Aviles (Southbridge High) sparked the offense, going six-for-six on her attacks and adding three aces and six digs.
On Saturday in local college football, MIT’s Mark Wright drilled a 41-yard field goal on the final play of regulation to force overtime and Keithen Shepard pulled down a 23-yard TD pass in the back of the end zone in the second extra session to lift MIT to a 28-22 home win over previously undefeated WPI. The result denied WPI (7-1, 4-1 NEWMAC) the chance to match the undefeated 1983 team as the only one in the 130-year history of the program to start a season 8-0. Local Nick Ostrowski (Shepherd Hill Regional) posted 15 tackles.
In other collegiate sports on Saturday, Clark University closed the 2019 campaign on a positive note as the Cougars topped Smith College in volleyball 3-1 (16-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-19) in a NEWMAC bout to pick up their sixth straight victory. Junior Sophia Torino has been pivotal during the stretch with the setter notching her fifth straight 30-plus assist outing on Saturday, leading the team with 30 helpers in the victory. First-year Cameron Gill (Shrewsbury High) continued her strong play as well, finding the floor for 12 kills, while sophomore Margarita Perez-Maza aided the offensive attack with 11 kills of her own. Sophomore Marimo Oka led the way defensively, coming up with a match-high 23 digs for the Cougars. In women’s soccer, Assumption and Adelphi University battled to a 0-0 draw. Alexis Nason made seven saves for the Greyhounds to earn her second clean sheet of the season. WPI’s Sofia Orrico and Annika Keck registered second half goals the Engineers rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat host Springfield, 2-1, and earn a home game in next week’s NEWMAC Championship Tournament. Mandy St. Germain (Nipmuc Regional) made eight saves and upped her record to 14-4-1 with the win. Worcester State got goals from Madison Rotti (Wachusett Regional), Tsara LeBlanc and Ali Maldonado (Wachusett Regional) to defeat the Bridgewater State Bears 3-1. Ashley Spellman (Nashoba Regional) had five saves in the win. In men’s soccer, Senior Luke Reiniger scored the game-winning goal, his fourth goal of the season in the 71st minute to lift visiting WPI over Clark in the final regular season NEWMAC contest for both teams. Mark Calnan had the Engineers first goal, while freshman Griffin Smith scored his first collegiate goal in the 81st minute for Clark. In field hockey, WPI scored three unanswered second-half goals, two by Carly Cidado, en route to a 3-1 NEWMAC win over visiting Mount Holyoke College. Abby O’Sullivan scored the eventual winner, her 21st goal of the season, tipping in a shot from senior Shannon Hynes (Auburn High) in the third quarter for the Engineers. Freshman keeper Gabrielle Acquista made two saves for WPI. Worcester State locked up the top seed in the Little East Conference Tournament defeating Western Connecticut State University, 3-1, in the team’s regular season finale. Sophia Monopoli (Holy Name) had two of the Lancers goals while Olivia Antonelli added a late insurance marker. Sophomore goalkeeper Jess Hopkins made five stops for the Lancers to pick up her 15th win of the season in goal. In women’s ice hockey, Becker got goals from five different players to a split of a two-game weekend series with a 5-2 win over the Chatham Cougars. Gabby Petrisin, Nikki DeCola, Clare Conway, Katie Puumala, and Cameron Payne were the goal scorers for the Hawks, with Kylian Kelly (Shrewsbury High) picking up two assists. Freshman Madelyn Morgan made 40 saves for the win in her first start for the Hawks. In Men’s ice hockey Anna Maria won their second straight game against Chatham University at Horgan Arena, 5-3. Gavin Proeh had two goals for the Amcats while Quinn Chevers-Whorms, Michael Padgeon, and Quinn Tucker had single strikes. Brendan Boncore made 24 saves to improve his record to 2-0. In Men’s cross country Worcester State placed third at the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Moore State Park. Sophomore Drew Fottlerwas Worcester State’s top finisher, crossing the line of the five-mile course in a time of 27:39 for a fourth place finish. The second Lancer finisher was sophomore Wayne Carey (Shrewsbury High) with a sixth-place finish and a time of 27:59. Worcester’s third finisher was sophomore Patrick Carleton, placing eighth with a finish of 28:02. The trio was all named MASCAC All-Conference for their performances. For the Women Worcester State placed third. Sophomore Ryann Molinari (Grafton High) was Worcester State’s top finisher, crossing the line of the 5k course in a time of 19:52 for a fourth place finish. The second Lancer finisher was sophomore Kasey Clark (Shepherd Hill Regional) with an eighth-place finish and a time of 20:48. Both were named MASCAC All-Conference for their performances.
Now this is where we usually post a topic for the week, but a busy weekend and a bad back have put me on the shelf the last couple days, so we’ll skip it for this week. I promise to better next time.