WSU sprinter Madera earns All-New England, MASCAC track honors

May 9, 2013
BUZZARDS BAY – Westfield State University's (WSU) Zack Madera, a senior from Southwick, earned Division III All-New England honors with a fourth place finish in the 100 meters (11.14) and ran a leg of the fourth place 4 x 100 meter relay (42.43) for the Owls at the Division III New England Championships, earning him a spot on the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference honor roll.

Mazza named to All-NECC first team

ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Elms College sophomore attacker Lauren Mazza of Agawam was named First Team All-New England Collegiate Conference (NECC).

Mazza scored a team-high 43 goals during the 2013 season, including a team-high 23 during NECC action. Mazza also scooped four ground balls and won a pair of draws against NECC competition helping the Blazers secure the fourth-seed in the first-ever NECC Championship tournament.

Elms softball places four on All-NECC teams

ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Elms College placed four softball players on the 2013 NECC all-conference teams as announced by the league office on Monday.

Senior third baseman Rachel Butt of Agawam earned First Team All-NECC honors after hitting a team-best .386 during Elms' league slate this season. Butt had 22 hits including a double and a team-high 14 RBI helping the Blazers secure the fourth seed in the NECC Championship tournament.

Senior outfielder Leah Spring of South Hadley, junior first baseman Ally Witaszek of Feeding Hills and freshman pitcher Jamie Miner of Chicopee were each named Second Team All-NECC.

Spring hit .344 in 19 league contests this season with three triples, a pair of doubles and nine RBI. Spring had a .403 on-base percentage as the Blazers' leadoff hitter and a team-best slugging percentage of .453. She was also 9 for 10 in stolen bases against NECC pitching.

Witaszek hit at a .385 clip against NECC foes and connected for 20 hits, a team-best 17 runs scored, legged out a double and a triple and drove in six runs.

Miner was stellar in the circle during the NECC slate, tallying a 4-3 record in nine appearances (seven starts) and pitched 39.2 innings. Miner registered a solid 2.29 ERA and struck out 22 batters in her first season of collegiate softball.

Grassetti named to All-MASCAC first team

BUZZARDS BAY – Worcester State University Sophomore Angela Grassetti of Feeding Hills was named to the All-MASCAC first team, it was announced on May 6.

Grassetti has helped anchor a back-line that set the team record for ground balls in a season (466) and that is just five off equaling the caused turnovers standard (150). The second-year defender is ninth in the MASCAC in ground balls (48) and her 28 draws were tied for 14th.

Foster, Cherutich, Miller fare well at NE-10 Championships

SPRINGFIELD – Senior Sanya Foster of Springfield won the discus with a NCAA provisional qualifying throw of 44.06 meters, was the runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 12.87 meters, and placed third in the hammer throw with a distance of 39.42 meters as the American International College (AIC) women's track and field team placed third overall at the 2013 Northeast-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 4.

Senior Jeptui Cherutich of Springfield won the 5,000-metrer run with a time of 17:57.50 and placed fourth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:37.85. Junior Jenna Miller of Chicopee won the heptathlon with 3,861 points and placed sixth in the high jump after clearing 1.57 meters.

Clark knocks in run, but WNE falls in CCC title game

SPRINGFIELD – West Springfield's Tim Clark went 1-for-2 with an RBI, Western New England University (WNE) baseball team fell in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Baseball Championship to Endicott, 12-3 on May 5.

Clark also recorded an RBI apiece in WNE's 17-1 win over Wentworth and 10-7 victory over Salve Regina on May 4 and went 1-for-3 with two runs scored as WNE cruised to an 11-0 victory on May 2 over Curry in the first round of the tournament.

Paige ends season with victory

SPRINGFIELD – Freshman Harrison Paige of Springfield earned the win on the mound throwing six innings and allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out five in a 3-2 win in game one of the AIC baseball team's season-ending doubleheader sweep of The College of Saint Rose on May 5. Junior Dan Fenton of Agawam recorded an RBI.

Junior Dan Asselin of Chicopee hit a solo homerun to left field in game two, an 8-1 win.

Asselin was also 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI against Saint Rose on May 3.

Elms baseball eliminated

NASHUA, N.H. – Junior designated hitter Sam Farnsworth of Westfield had two hits, but fourth-seeded Becker College earned a 6-1 victory over the third-seeded Elms College baseball team in the iNew England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship tournament elimination game on May 4.

Farnsworth also had two hits, including a three-run home run in the Blazers' 7-6 loss to Mitchell College on May 3.

Regis knocks Elms from women's lacrosse tournament

WESTON – Senior attacker Chelsey Grabowski of South Hadley and sophomore attackers Mazza and Nora McDonough of South Hadley each scored twice for the Blazers in a losing effort as Regis College ousted the Elms College women's lacrosse team from the New England Collegiate Conference playoffs on May 1.

Elms' senior goalkeeper Catherine Leonard of Chicopee, made 15 saves, while sophomore defender Kate Borisova, also of Chicopee, led the squad with four ground balls.

Freshman defender Emily Brown of Agawam notched four draw controls for the Blazers.

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