Botta named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week for Marist

Sept. 4, 2012
EDISON, N.J. — In the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's (MAAC) first player of the week awards announcement of the season on Aug. 27, senior defender Chelsea Botta of East Longmeadow, Mass., was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Week. She earned the honor, the first of her career, in recognition of her outstanding week of play.

In the Marist College Red Foxes' three games of the opening week, the senior defender led the team with seven combined points on goals in three consecutive contests. Coming up from the defensive third either on free kicks or overlapping runs, the senior proved to be a weapon for Marist on its way to a 2-1 week.

In the team's first game of the year versus Wagner, Botta's leaping and heading ability was on display as she assisted on an Amanda Epstein goal with a flicked header and netted the game-winner off of a high, Rycke Guiney free kick chip.

Prior to this season, Botta had only registered three goals and two assists total. Both her goal and point totals currently rank her first in the MAAC.

Pride football to be aired on ESPN Radio

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield College (SC) has once again partnered with ESPN 1450 The Hall to broadcast its five home football games for the upcoming 2012 campaign.

Last year marked the inaugural year of the partnership, with four home football games hitting the airways. Coupled with SC's increased video-streaming efforts, the partnership provides families, friends, and fans of SC athletics another opportunity to follow the football team this season.

In addition to being able to listen on 1450 AM, the games will be audio streamed on as well as on the college's website,

Anchoring the play-by-play again will be SC faculty member Kyle Belanger, who will be assisted by several students from the communications/sports journalism major. Those students include Sam Dostaler, Jimmy Kelley and Samantha Read.

SC men's gymnastics, women's lacrosse excelled in classroom

SPRINGFIELD — The SC men's gymnastics team finished fourth in the nation as a team in the College Gymnastics Association listings academically in 2012. In addition, SC senior Alex McCabe was among 12 student-athletes named First Team All-American Scholar-Athlete with a GPA of 3.9 or above.

From a team standpoint, SC finished with a 3.163 GPA, fourth among all men's gymnastics teams in the country. William & Mary took the academic crown with a 3.53 team GPA, followed by Temple (3.479), Minnesota (3.204), Springfield (3.163), and Stanford (3.104). The second five included Michigan (3.096), Nebraska (3.083), Penn State (3.078), Army (3.058), and Oklahoma (2.982).

The women's lacrosse team was recognized as a 2012 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Squad for their success in the classroom last year.

To qualify for recognition, teams had to have achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher for the 2011-2012 academic year. Sixteen of the teams that participated in the 2012 NCAA Championship were named Academic Squads.

The Pride was one of 61 teams from across the nation to earn the honor. Including Springfield, the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference had five teams recognized, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mount Holyoke, Wheaton, and Wellesley.

Elms men's basketball to host skills clinics

CHICOPEE — The Elms College men's basketball program recently announced its "Grow Your Game" fall clinic dates beginning on Sept. 16 on the campus of Elms College.

The clinics will take place on five Sundays during the fall, including Sept. 16, 23 and 30, and Oct. 7 and 14. Cost of the clinic is $25 per day or $100 for all five.

Each clinic date will consist of two sessions: Session 1: Boys and girls grades two to six from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; and Session 2: Boys and girls grades seven to 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Each session will be directed by Todd Dean, Blazers' head men's basketball coach, and his coaching staff, as well as current members of Elms' 2012-13 squad. Areas covered during the clinics include ball handling and dribbling, shooting technique and drills, footwork, passing and point guard play, finishing the play, speed, agility and quickness.

Those interested in running a team clinic or for more information contact Dean at 265-2328 or via email at

The Elms College baseball program will host its fall prospect clinic on Sept. 30 at MacKenzie Stadium in Holyoke from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The clinic is for players ages 15 to 18 and the cost is $75 per participant.

The format for the day will include instruction, skill evaluation and a modified game. All participants will also receive a camp T-shirt.

For more information, contact coach Nathan Bashaw at or call 265-2433.

WSU to host field hockey clinic

WESTFIELD — The Westfield State University varsity field hockey team is hosting a clinic for youth in grades 3 through 8 on Sept. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Westfield State's Alumni Field. National Field Hockey Day. For more information, call Jessica Bergen at 860-899-7677 to register for this free clinic.

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