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