Shea, Parzich earn MASCAC awards as WSU wins James Early Invitational

Oct. 17, 2013
BUZZARDS BAY – Westfield State University (WSU) sophomore Tim Shea of West Springfield was named the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men’s cross country runner of the week, and freshmen Ben Parzich of Agawam was accorded conference rookie of the week honors for their performances in the 18th Annual James Earley Invitational at Stanley Park on Oct. 12.

Shea placed third out of 347 runners during the 8K race, clocking of 26:08.20 to lead WSU to the championship in the 35-team field. Parzich placed sixth with a time of 26:29.89.

Adam Kuzdzal and Joshua Rolon, both of Chicopee, finished with respective times of 34:00 and 36:56 for Elms College.

On the women’s side, Emma Bernard (23:54) and Kerry Ashe (24:34), both of Springfield represented the Blazers.

Grant earns MASCAC honor

BUZZARDS BAY – WSU junior forward Amanda Grant of Westfield was selected the MASCAC women’s soccer player of the week.

Grant tallied two goals and an assist in Westfield’s big come-from-behind conference victory at Salem State on Oct. 12. The Holyoke Community College transfer assisted on the game-tying goal and scored the game-winning goal with 12:26 remaining.

Elms College places third at ECAC golf championships

BERNARDSTON – Chris Miele of South Hadley recorded a two-day score of 169 (83, 86) and Brian Benson of Agawam carded a 178 (98, 80) as Elms College finished third at the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Men’s Golf Championships, which concluded on Oct. 13.

Malone leads Pride soccer to seventh-straight victory

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield had four different goal scorers, led by Ryan Malone of Chicopee with a goal and an assist for a three-point day as the Springfield College men’s soccer team won its seventh-straight game on Oct. 12, 4-1 over conference rival WPI.

Malone also assisted one of teammate Danny Amato’s two goals in Springfield College’s 4-0 men’s soccer win over Framingham State on Oct. 9.

Axton scores first goal since 2010 in WNE soccer win

SPRINGFIELD – Senior defender Jon Axton of Chicopee scored on a direct free kick from about 45 yards out just 54 seconds into the contest for his first goal since 2010 as the Western New England University (WNE) men’s soccer team earned a 3-2 victory Saturday over visiting Wentworth on Oct. 12.

Locals lead Owls in romp over Salem State

WESTFIELD – Kevin Bengle of West Springfield began the scoring barrage by finding the back of the net just a minute and 37 seconds into the game, Dom Cavallini of Springfield scored at the 4:37 mark with an assist from Eric Andreski of Westfield, and Springfield’s Dave Anderson assisted another score as the WSU men’s soccer team struck for thee goals in the opening 12 minutes in a 4-0 win over Salem State on Oct. 12.

WSU football falls in heartbreaker

WESTFIELD – Trailing late, the WSU football team nearly tied the score as they drove 69 yards in eight plays, capped by a sensational 18-yard touchdown reception by Chicopee’s Sam Laurin to make the score 17-15 with 46 seconds remaining, but couldn’t complete the two-point conversion, losing a heartbreaker to Framingham State University on Oct. 12.

Locals compete at New England Championships

BOSTON – Jennifer Kapinos of Feeding Hills finished in 21:45 at the New England Championships at which the Springfield College women’s cross country team finished 38th as a squad on Oct. 12.

Jenna Miller of Chicopee ran a 22:14 for American International College, which finished 37th.

Elms women’s soccer shuts out Newbury College

CHICOPEE Elms College junior midfielder Carmen Marino of Granby scored a goal the Blazers downed Newbury College 3-0 on Oct. 12.

Christina Goodchild, also of Granby, assisted the game’s first goal in the 35th minute, while Feeding Hills’ Ally Witaszek assisted Marino’s tally on a corner kick.

Callini scores in HCC’s win over SC junior varsity

HOLYOKE ­– Nikki Callini of West Springfield scored a goal as the Holyoke Community College women’s soccer team topped the Springfield College junior varsity team 3-1 on Oct. 12.

Jess Teodore of Southwick registered two assists.

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