NH College Notebook: Former UNH goalie Ayers to coach with York at Boston College
College hockey's all-time winningest coach, Boston College bench boss Jerry York, will have at least one new assistant coach in the fall when the 2013-14 Hockey East season gets underway. Former New Hampshire goaltender Mike Ayers will be joining the staff at Boston College to replace the departed Mike Cavanaugh.
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Three members of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team have been chosen to participate in the 2013 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Star Game, which will be played Monday at 7 p.m. at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. Senior starting pitcher Jon Massad, junior starting pitcher Junior Mendez and graduate student outfielder Andrew Pezzuto were all selected to the game. A team of Division II and III all-stars will take on a team comprised of players from Division I institutions in New England.
Massad was an ABCA Second Team All-Region and Northeast-10 Second Team All-Conference selection in 2013. He currently ranks fourth in the Northeast-10 with a 1.46 earned run average and finished 6-3 in 11 starts while striking out 57 batters against 14 walks. He ranks ninth nationally in ERA and has held opponents to a .196 batting average this season. In his 2013 debut on Feb. 22 against Chestnut Hill, Massad came within one out of a perfect game, retiring the game's first 26 batters before a runner reached on an error, and Massad finished with a no-hitter.
Mendez, a consensus First Team All-Region selection along with an NE-10 First Team choice, emerged as one of the most dominant pitchers in Division II this season. In 14 appearances (13 starts), Mendez compiled a 1.67 earned run average and 9-3 record while striking out 133 batters in 97.0 innings while walking just 17. He led the Northeast-10 and Division II in strikeouts and has struck out at least 10 batters seven times, including a career-best 15 batters in a no-hitter against University of the Sciences on March 3.
Pezzuto, like Mendez, was a consensus First Team All-Region selection and also garnered Honorable Mention All-America accolades from Daktronics. He led SNHU and ranked second in the Northeast-10 with his .365 batting average. He scored 45 runs and drove in 31 runs batting in the No. 2 spot. Including his 35 walks, Pezzuto posted a .471 on-base percentage, also good for second in the league. On the basepaths he established, along with teammate Brendan O'Brien, the program's single-season stolen-base record with 40, going 40-53. His 40 steals were tied for the lead the NE-10. Southern New Hampshire's Brendan O'Brien also stole 40 bases.
The following players with New Hampshire ties were also named to the NEIBA All-Star teams:
University Division, First Team: Matt MacDowell (C) Dartmouth, Matt Parisi (2B) Dartmouth, Nick Lombardi (3B) Dartmouth, Jeff Keller (Of) Dartmouth, Joe Purritano (DH) Dartmouth, Michael Johnson (P) Dartmouth.
University Division, Second Team: Ennis Coble (OF) Dartmouth, Thomas Olson (P) Dartmouth.
College Division, Division II: Zach Mathieu (1B) Franklin Pierce, Casey Cotter (OF) Merrimack/North Hampton, Trevor Graham (P) Franklin Pierce, Shane Beauchemin (P) UMass-Lowell/Manchester, Robert Kelly (UT) Saint Anselm.
College Division, Division III: Tucker White (OF) Southern Maine/Deerfield, Rich Lizotte (UT) Daniel Webster, Eric Jensen (SS) Wheaton.
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Gorham's Eric Jensen, a shortstop at Wheaton College, has earned Capital One Academic All-America First Team honors for Division III baseball as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Jensen, the seventh Academic All-American from Wheaton College, was voted to the Capital One First Team for his athletic and academic accomplishments.
The 2013 NEWMAC Player of the Year, Jensen hit .373/.437/.485 in 44 starts this season with a team-high 41 runs scored, 14 doubles, one triple, one home run, 31 runs batted in, 11 walks and 18 stolen bases. A three-time NEWMAC All-Conference selection, Jensen ranks first all-time in program history in assists (619), 146 more than the second-best fielder, and third in runs (164), hits (247) and stolen bases (66).
Overall in his career, Jensen ranks fourth all-time in games played (175) and games started (173) to go along with a career .357/.406/.470 slash line, 164 runs, 52 doubles, four triples, six home runs, 136 RBI, 66 stolen bases and a .940 fielding percentage. Jensen is second all-time in most chances (973), fifth in doubles and total bases (325), sixth in RBI and tenth in batting average.
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Nashua's James Pleat (Dartmouth) and Gilford's Chris Houston (Penn State) are among the 155 Division I PING All-Region honorees for men's golf, which were announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Pleat, a graduating senior, earned the regional distinction for the second straight season after an impressive top-four finish at the Ivy League Championship. By tying for fourth place at the conference tournament, he received All-Ivy recognition for the first time.
In eight starts in the fall and spring, Pleat had a scoring average of 74.9, and recorded a pair of top-ten finishes. In 21 rounds Pleat carded 76 or better 15 times.
His second best finish of the season came at the Century Intercollegiate in his penultimate tournament with Dartmouth. At the event, Pleat carded a two-round total of 153 (76-77) to earn a share of 10th place.
Houston, a freshman, had a breakout performance at the Colleton River Collegiate, where he finished tied-for-first individually, shooting a 228 (80-77-71). Houston averaged a 75.85 throughout 20 rounds of play in seven different tournaments.