Longmeadow's Smith earns CAA Player of the Week honors

April 30, 2012

AMHERST — Highlighted by a momentum-changing fourth quarter interception leading to a break-away score, Kyle Smith's three-goal, two assist effort in the 14-13 University of Massachusetts (UMass) men's lacrosse win over Hofstra earned him Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Week honors as announced on April 23. The win sealed the 2012 CAA regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the CAA Championship tournament for the Minutemen.

Smith had two of his goals and both of his assists in the first half as UMass led 8-5 at the intermission. It was his third goal, however, that had the most impact on the game.

After Hofstra took a 11-10 lead eight seconds into the fourth quarter as part of a five-goal run, Smith intercepted a clearing pass and then scored an unassisted goal to give the Minutemen back the lead for good with 9:52 left in the game. That momentum change allowed UMass to score two more goals, hold off the Pride, and secure the No. 1 seed.

Through 12 games as of April 23, Smith had 26 goals, which ranked second on the team and in the CAA. He also had 37 points, which is third-best on the team.

Robitaille, Marrone honored again by MASCAC

BUZZARDS BAY — Carrie Robitaille, a Bridgewater State senior from Ludlow, was named Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women's Outdoor Field Co-Athlete of the Week on April 22. She placed second with the fourth highest Division III New England rank to date for the Bears at the Holy Cross Heptathlon with 3,960 points, including a third place finish in the javelin (29.31 meters) and a fourth place finish in the 800 meters (2:34.08).

Springfield's Katrina Marrone, a senior at Fitchburg State, was named to the MASCAC weekly honor roll. She posted a third place finish in the 5,000 meters (20:53.86) and qualified for the Division III New Englands with a fourth place finish in the 400 meters (1:01.09) while a running leg of the winning 4-by-100 meter relay (50.85) that qualified for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships for Falcons at the Fitchburg State Eric Loeschner Memorial Invitational.

Regan named Track Co-Athlete of the Week

BUZZARDS BAY — Pat Regan, a Westfield State University senior from Wilbraham, captured top honors in the 1,500 meters (3:58.18) for the Owls at the Springfield Invitational to earn MASCAC Men's Outdoor Track Co-Athletes of the Week on April 22.

Foster honored by Northeast-10

SPRINGFIELD — Junior Sanya Foster of Springfield earned Northeast-10 Honor Roll recognition for her performance at the Springfield College Invitational. Foster won the shot put with a toss of 13.26 meters and won the discus with a throw of 37.41 meters, and took third in the hammer with a throw of 41.66 meters.

Forrest knocks in four in win

HOLYOKE — Freshman left fielder Brady Forrest finished with four RBIs as the Blazers secured an 8-6 come-from-behind victory over Southern Vermont College on April 20.

Willett leads WNE in R.I.

CRANSTON, R.I. — Junior Anthony Willett of Springfield led the Golden Bears with a 118 (78-40) that tied for 12th in the 65-player field as the Western New England University (WNE) men's golf team tied for fourth among 13 schools at the Johnson & Wales Wildcat Spring Invitational on April 22. Senior Evan Foley of East Longmeadow had a 119 (80-39) that tied for 18th.

Reardon scores as WNE stays perfect in league

SPRINGFIELD — Midfielder James Reardon of Longmeadow scored twice as the WNE men's lacrosse team completed a perfect season in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with a 20-5 victory over visiting Curry on April 21.

Nassar wins doubles match

SPRINGFIELD — Freshman Peter Nassar of Longmeadow and his teammate Jon-Paul Ouellette won at the third doubles position 8-1 as the WNE men's tennis team defeated visiting Salve Regina 6-3 on April 21.

Castleman makes huge save, wins

SPRINGFIELD — Freshman goalie Emily Castleman of Wilbraham contributed to the victory by making a clutch save on a point-blank shot with 43 seconds left as women's lacrosse team ended its regular season with a thrilling 14-13 victory over Curry College on April 21. She had six saves in the game.

Calabrese drives in three in loss

AMHERST — East Longmeadow's Frank Calabrese went 2-for-4 while driving in three runs, but the Springfield College baseball team had its six-game winning streak snapped on April 24 as it dropped a 19-14 slugfest to Amherst College.

Ogden key to Bay Path victory

LONGMEADOW — Springfield's Nicole Ogden doubled in two runs in game one of a doubleheader sweep for the Bay Path College softball team over Elms College on April 25.

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