Local athletes named to All-NECC teams

Nov. 7, 2013
ATTLEBORO – Elms College women’s soccer players Ally Witaszek of Feeding Hills and Melissa Welch of Westfield were named to the All- New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Team on Nov. 4. Witaszek was named to the first team while Welch earned second team honors.

The anchor of Elms defense, Witaszek helped the team post five league shutouts while recording a pair of scores and helped on three others against NECC competition. Welch led the team in scoring with six conference goals and three assists.

Both were also named to the All-Tournament team after the Blazers fell 1-0 to Lesley in the final on Nov. 2.

Forward Ziggy Jonathan of Springfield was also named to the men’s NECC first team.

Jonathan scored four goals and added an assist during league play this season.

Elms College women’s volleYball junior middle hitter JC Pickett of Chicopee was named Honorable Mention NECC and the Blazers received the team sportsmanship award.

Pickett led the Blazers in kills with 181 during conference play, averaging 2.06 kills per set. She also had 209 digs, which was second best on the squad and averaged 2.38 digs per frame. Pickett was also solid from the service line as she led the team in aces with 39.

Elms College field hockey forward Kristina Kopyscinski of Agawam was named first team All-NECC after she led the team in goals scored with five during conference play and had two assists.

Bay Path College defender Elizabeth Deane of Agawam was also named to the first team.

Gallo to play in Front Rush/NFHCA all-star game

SPRINGFIELD – Kelly Gallo of Westfield will represent the Springfield College field hockey team at the 2013 Front Rush/NFHCA Division III Senior Game on Nov. 23.

The two senior was selected by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association to play in the all-star game that will take place at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in Virginia Beach at 4 p.m.

Gallo was among 60 Division III student-athletes around the country to be chosen to play in the game. Just six players from the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) received the honor.

The Pride is one of just four teams in New England with two players selected for the honor.

Gallo led the Pride in scoring this season with eight goals.

Rieker helps Elms to second straight NECC title

CHICOPEE – Conor Rieker of Agawam headed in a cross at the 40:59 mark to set the score at 3-0 in favor of the Elms College men’s soccer team and the Blazers earned its second consecutive New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship title with a 5-0 victory over second-seeded Newbury College on Nov. 3.

Anthony Nitri of Feeding Hills and Brendan Reynolds of Springfield helped anchor an Elms defense that pitched a shutout.

Locals pace Springfield College in tri-meet split

SPRINGFIELD – Michael Normoyle of Springfield had a strong showing the breaststroke events, producing winning times of 1:00.37 in the 100-yard and 2:14.15 in the 200-yard races as the Springfield College men’s swimming and diving team split a tri-meet with Coast Guard (lost, 170-126) and the University of Rhode Island (URI) (won, 251-38) on Nov. 2. He also finished second in the 200 -yard individual medley (IM) in 2:03.36.

Pat Geraghty of Holyoke touched second in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:23.37, and was also the runner up in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:01.13.

Kelsey Poole of Westfield swam to a second-place time of 2:14.88 in the 200-yard backstroke as the women’s team breezed past Coast Guard 238-58 but was edged by URI 150-149.

Parzich places second at MASCACs, named ROY

GORHAM, Maine – The Westfield State University men's cross country team captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) championship with a dominating performance on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The Owls placed five runners in the top six and 11 in the top 14.

Earning MASCAC rookie of the year honors by placing second was freshman Ben Parzich of Agawam with a time of 26:37.63.

Junior Jenn Holley placed ninth with a time of 20:39.30 for the women, who captured its 10th straight MASCAC championship.

Dunne hauls in touchdown in WNE comeback

SPRINGFIELD – Holyoke’s Adam Dunne caught four passes for 38 yards and a touchdown as the Western New England University football team earned a 38-27 comeback victory over visiting Curry College on Nov. 2.

Werbicki’s assist caps AIC soccer regular season with win

SPRINGFIELD – Forward Alyssa Werbicki of Chicopee assisted the game-winning goal as he American International women's soccer team earned a 2-0 victory today against the Franklin Pierce Ravens in the final game of the 2013 Northeast-10 regular season schedule on Nov. 2.

Williams registers assist on Senior Day

SPRINGFIELD – Westfield’s Courtney Williams celebrated her senior day with an assist to give the AIC field hockey team a 3-0 edge as the Yellow Jackets defeated Saint Michael's 4-0 in the season finale on Nov. 2.

Elms swimming tops Gordon

CHICOPEE – Aaron Starke of Chicopee was part of a winning Elms College 200-yard medley relay team as the Blazers men's swim team captured a 133-114 victory over Gordon College on Nov. 2

Kyle Murphy of Holyoke helped the 200-yard freestyle relay team to a win .

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