September 21. 2013 11:09PM

NH College Notebook: Milford's Andrews collects ACC award

Milford's Morgan Andrews, seen in action for Notre Dame against Northwestern earlier this season, was named ACC Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 15. (MATT CASHORE)

It's been a year filled with awards for Milford's Morgan Andrews and the hardware has not stopped piling up.

Andrews is a freshman midfielder on the Notre Dame women's soccer team and on Tuesday she was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week.

She became the first Fighting Irish player to earn the award in the program's inaugural season of ACC competition.

Andrews, who also appeared on the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week for the second consecutive week, scored the lone goal on a header in the 22nd minute of Notre Dame's 1-0 victory at No. 1 (and previously-unbeaten) North Carolina last Sunday.

"I'm thrilled and honored to have been chosen as the ACC Player of the Week," Andrews said. "This really wouldn't have happened without my teammates, and it's also just another reminder to keep working hard because we've still got a long way to go this season."

Notre Dame head coach Randy Waldrum was impressed with the game-winning goal.

"The movement of Morgan off the ball when she scored her header was tremendous," Waldrum said. "She initiated a run from a deep position at the top of the 18-yard box, and ran past two defenders to get in between the last pair of defenders. It was also a great service from (sophomore defender) Brittany (Von Rueden) on the right flank, with a world-class finish."

Waldrum went on to praise Andrews' development.

"I think she is the best freshman in the ACC and she continues to get better each week," he said. "She is adjusting quickly to the college game, and is becoming an attacking catalyst for us in midfield."

For the season, Andrews ranks second on the Fighting Irish squad with four goals and nine points. She also leads the team with 25 shots (tied for 10th in the ACC) and two match-winning goals for fifth in the conference.

Andrews is a two-time winner of the Gatorade National High School Soccer Player of the Year award and was the 2013 Gatorade National High School Athlete of the Year. Andrews was the 2012 Red Rolfe New Hampshire Union Leader Female Athlete of the Year and was also an all-state kicker on the Milford football team.

Andrews is considered by many to be the top freshman in the country and her future participation with the U.S. national team seems assured.

It hasn't taken Andrews long to earn praise from her teammates as well.

"Morgan is really a triple threat in that she can create opportunities for herself and her teammates, win the 50/50 balls and find a way to put it in the back of the net," said sophomore forward Crystal Thomas. "Personally, I love working with her because we can just make eye contact and she'll know exactly what to do. She can play me a through-ball from 60 yards away that will land right in stride on my lead foot, or just a simple short textured pass for a quick shot. She's already brought a lot to our team in a short time and I'm excited to see what lies ahead for all of us."

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The University of Rhode Island Rams picked up their first win in more than a season, breaking a 15-game losing streak with a 19-13 win over Albany last weekend.

Right in the thick of things for the Rams was senior linebacker Dave Zocco, a Nashua South product and former New Hampshire Union Leader Player of the Year.

Zocco had 10 tackles in the URI win, building on a nine-tackle performance in the first game of the season.

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Jake Hawkins, a Derry resident, 2010 Pinkerton Academy graduate and Union Leader All-State selection, is a senior on the Air Force Academy cross country team.

Hawkins was named Mountain West Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week, on Sept. 10.

It is the first weekly honor for Hawkins, who won the 5K race at last week's Colorado State Open in a career-best time of 14:55.10, helping Air Force to the CSU Open team title and a 3-0 dual meet record against the other Division I teams.


Another Derry native, Scott Saucier (also a Pinkerton Academy graduate) is a senior midfielder with Springfield College this season and is off to a solid start.

Through Springfield's first five games Saucier had three assists and the Pride were 4-1-0. Saucier is a four-year player and one of the captains of the Pride team this season after battling injuries during his career.

Saucier is a sports management major who has held internship positions with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and New England Revolution. He was named Athlete of the Week by Springfield on Monday.

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Jeff LaCoste, a graduate of Bishop Guertin and a redshirt sophomore on the cross country team at High Point University in North Carolina, placed third in the Furman University Classic last week. LaCoste ran a 23:59 over the 8K course.

Three weeks ago, LaCoste placed fifth in the Western Carolina 5K Invitational with a time of 15:19.90.

College Notebook is compiled by the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News sports staff. Email