Elms College women’s cross country takes second at NECCs
|WESTFIELD #8211; The Elms College women’s cross country team raced to a second place finish at the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship cross country races hosted by Bay Path College at Stanley Park on Oct. 26.|
Sophomore Emma Bernard of Springfield finished 16th overall for the Blazers, finishing the 5K course with a time of 22:55.
Senior Gabrielle Calvanese of Agawam (25:36) and senior Stephanie Konstantinidis of Holyoke (30:08) also competed for the Elms.
Bay Path College sophomore Megan Wise of Chicopee placed 41st overall with a time of 29:37 as the Wildcats took sixth.
On the men’s side, Elms finished fifth. Sophomore Adam Kuzdzal of Chicopee was the first Blazers’ runner to cross the line with a time of 32:46. Freshman Joshua Rolon of Chicopee (35:42) and John Southworth (1:02:45) of Springfield also completed the course.
Owens named MASCAC Rookie of the Week
BUZZARDS BAY #8211; Framingham State freshman running back Aaron Owens of Springfield was named the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Rookie of the Week on Oct. 26.
Owens finished with seven rushes for 68 yards #8211; a 9.7 yards per carry average #8211; in the Rams’ 41-9 victory and scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 25-yard run during which he went untouched to the end zone in the first quarter.
Fitzsimmons named NE-10 defender of the week
NORTH ANDOVER #8211; American International College women’s soccer senior defender Alie Fitzsimmons of West Springfield was named the Northeast-10 defensive player of the for the fourth time this season.
Fitzsimmons netted her first goal of the season against Southern New Hampshire during senior day and homecoming festivities while assisting two others in the teams two 4-0 victories over the Penmen and on the road at Assumption.
On top of her scoring, she helped anchor a defense that gave up zero goals over the 2-0 week.
Rackliffe earns another MASCAC honor
BUZZARDS BAY #8211; Alycia Rackliffe, the Framingham State University women’s volleyball team’s freshman outside hitter from Feeding Hills, averaged 11 kills, an ace and three digs, including 15 kills and six digs in a 3-1 loss to Babson, to earn a spot on the MASCAC honor roll on Oct. 27.
Grant nets two to lift WSU to win
WESTFIELD #8211; Westfield State University (WSU) junior forward Amanda Grant was selected the MASCAC women’s soccer co-player of the week on Oct. 27.
Grant, a local product from Westfield, scored both Westfield State University goals, including the game winner in overtime, as the Owls women’s soccer team beat Worcester State 2-1 on Oct. 26.
Carrington shuts out Western Connecticut State
DANBURY #8211; Kris Carrington of Agawam made four saves to earn a 3-0 shutout victory for the WSU men’s soccer team over Western Connecticut State on Oct. 29.
Dom Cavallini of Springfield netted the game’s second goal at the 36:09 mark in the first half.
Locals compete for New England Golf Championships
BREWSTER #8211; Agawam’s Brian Benson finished tied for 169th with a score of 180 (87, 93) as the Elms College golf team placed 14th overall at the 79th annual New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships, which concluded on Oct. 28.
Ben Mann of Holyoke shot an 83 in both rounds to finish in a tie for 117 for the American International College finished 28th.
SC men win at swim meet
WORCESTER #8211; Pat Geraghty of Holyoke picked up winning times in the 1,000 free (10:29.06) and in the 200 fly (2:04.48) as the Springfield College men’s swimming and diving team opened up the 2013-2014 season with a 166-134 victory over host Holy Cross on Oct. 26.
Michael Normoyle of Springfield, won the 100 breast in 1:00.64 and posted a 2:14.46 in the 200 breast for the victory.
Westfield’s Kelsey Poole won both the 100 backstroke in 1:03.29 and the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:14.13 and was part of a 400-meter medley relay that took first with a time of 4:07.19 for the women’s team, which won 171-124.
Arel’s strong day not enough to lift Owls
BOSTON #8211; Chicopee’s Holly Arel places second in the 50-yard butterfly (30.67) and 100-yard butterfly (1:07.98), but the WSU women’s swimming and diving team dropped a 160.5 to 127.5 decision to Simmons College in its 2013-14 season opener on oct. 26.
Cummings records first collegiate goal
MILTON #8211; Freshman Katelyn Cummings of Feeding Hills put WNE on the board in the 25th minute when her corner kick sailed over the head of the Curry College keeper and directly into the back of the net, her first career collegiate goal, as the Golden Bears settled for a 1-1 draw on Oct. 26.
Elms men take first at relay meet
YONKERS, N.Y. #8211; Senior Aaron Starke of Chicopee was part of a team that won the 200-yard medley relay (1:42.83) and sophomore Kyle Murphy of Holyoke helped win a 200-yard backstroke relay (1:53.73) as the Elms College men’s swim team tabbed a first place finish at the Mount Saint Vincent College Relay Invitational.
The women’s swim team placed third. Madeline Heelon of Agawam was part of the Elms 200-yard backstroke relay squad that finished second (2:27.92).
Welch’s hat trick paces Elms
CHICOPEE #8211; Elms College sophomore forward Melissa Welch of Westfield netted her first collegiate-career hat trick to pace the Blazers to an 11-0 victory over Wheelock College on Oct. 26.
Emily Brown of Agawam, Victoria Cebula of Granby, Ally Witaszek of Feeding Hills and Gina DiGiovanni of Springfield, each netted a goal.
Cebula added an assist while Carmen Marino of Granby and Hannah Spring of South Hadley also recorded helpers in the winning effort.
Elms fired a whopping 44 shots, including 34 on net, to Wheelock’s three.
Welch also scored a goal and Cebula had two assists in a 5-0 win over Becker College on Oct. 29.
Pride falls in overtime
SPRINGFIELD #8211; Ryan Malone of Chicopee registered an assist as the Springfield College men’s soccer team came back from a two-goal deficit to force overtime, but the Pride ultimately fell 4-3 in extra time to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Oct. 26.
Boyer records shutout
SALEM #8211; Salem State University field hockey goalie Michaela Boyer, a South Hadley native, recorded a shutout as the Vikings defeated WSU 2-0 on Oct. 25.
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