Locals named to MASCAC baseball All-Conference second team

May 9, 2012

BUZZARDS BAY — Brittany Dussault of Chicopee was named to the 2012 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Softball All-Conference Team on May 3.

The Westfield State University (WSU) catcher led the team's regulars with a .449 batting average, .486 on base percentage and .565 slugging percentage while driving in 18 runs. She was also nearly perfect defensively, posting a 1.000 fielding percentage while gunning down six potential base stealers.

In baseball, Westfield State University's (WSU) Josh Blair of Westfield and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Daniel Gaines of Holyoke garnered second team honors.

Blair was second on the Owls roster with a .356 batting average while knocking in a team-high 28 RBIs.

Blair also batted .500 (4-for-8) during the tournament to earn a spot on the MASCAC baseball weekly honor roll on May 6.

Gaines was the Trailblazers' workhorse pitcher, throwing 63 innings in 13 appearances this season with a 4.00 ERA and 40 strikeouts, while posting a 5-5 record with one save for a team that won 14 games all season.

Schrutt named NEWLA Goalkeeper of the Year

ATTLEBORO— Elms College senior goalkeeper Rachel Schrutt of Chicopee, playing her first season of collegiate lacrosse, was named the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year and First Team All-NEWLA as announced by the league on May 3.

In eight league games, Schrutt registered 134 saves and ranked third in the conference with a .511 save percentage. In addition to her abilities in the net, Schrutt picked up 37 groundballs and caused eight turnovers. Schrutt is currently ranked second on the Blazers' all-time saves list with 236.

Dorsey garners NEWMAC second team honors

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield College's Kelly Gallo of Westfield took home New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Lacrosse All-Conference first-team honors.

Starting in all 18 games, Gallo had a breakout year on attack for the Pride, tallying 54 points on 40 goals and 14 helpers. A very consistent player, Gallo scored a goal in every game this season and had 10 games with at least three points. She previously earned NEWMAC All-Conference honors this fall for field hockey.

Madera earns All-New England track honors

BUZZARDS BAY — Zack Madera, a sophomore from Southwick on the WSU track team, earned Division III All-New England honors with a fourth place finish in the 100 meters (11.11 seconds) while adding additional Division III All-New England honors as a member of the third place 4x100 meter relay squad (42.67) for the Owls at Division III New England Championships.

With the accomplishments, Madera was named MASCAC Men's Outdoor Track Co-Athlete of the Week.

Asselin, Clarn honored by NE-10

SPRINGFIELD — Sophomores Dan Asselin of Chicopee and Dave Clark of West Springfield were placed on the Northeast-10 Baseball Honor Roll for their performances for the American International College men's baseball team during the week of April 23 through 29.

Asselin batted .500 (8-16) with two doubles, one triple, three RBI and four runs scored while slugging .750, while Clark batted .400 (8-20) with three doubles, one homer, six RBI and five runs scored and slugged .700.

Clark followed up the award-winning week with a two home run performance in a 10-3 AIC win over Bloomfield College on May 3. Clark went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Asselin was 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored.

Hampton strong in quarterfinals, but Elms falls in semifinals

CHICOPEE — Elms College softball's senior pitcher Courtney Hampton of Westfield tossed a gem in the circle, surrendering just two hits while striking out 10 batters as the fourth-seeded Blazers outlasted No. 5 Bay Path College 1-0 a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship tournament quarter final game on May 2.

Ally Witaszek of Feeding Hills hit a double in a matchup with No. 1 Lesley and Leah Spring of South Hadley hit a two-run triple in a second game against No. 2 Mitchell College, but Elms College could not win either game and were eliminated from the double-elimination, semifinal of the 2012 NECC Championship tournament on May 4.

Hill key to Owls upset

WORCESTER — West Springfield's Vicki Hill had one of the WSU softball team's two multi-hit games, going 2-for-3 with one run scored to help the fourth seeded Owls to a 3-1 upset victory over top-seeded Worcester State in the opening round of the MASCAC softball tournament on May 3.

Hill also had a hit and two RBIs in a 4-0 triumph over No. 2 Bridgewater State in the semifinals on May 5 before the Owls fell to Salem State in the MASCAC Tournament Championship on May 6.

Hill's efforts earned her a spot on the on the MASCAC softball weekly honor roll on May 6.

WSU falls in NEWLA final

BRIDGEWATER — Carly Keeley of Feeding Hills scored twice, but Bridgewater State University scored off a free position attempt with 14 seconds remaining as the WSU women's lacrosse team fell in a dramatic 6-5 championship game of the 2012 NEWLA Tournament.

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