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November 09. 2013 12:46AM

College Notebook: Season looks bright for NH's Division II men's hoop teams

St. Anselm Coach Keith Dickson, left, and SNHU coach Stan Spirou share a light moment prior to a game last year. (David Lane/UNION LEADER FILE)

Former Manchester Central High guard Christiana Bakolas, recovered from recent knee surgery, is back in the rotation for Bentley University, the No. 1 team in Division II women's basketball. ¨ ¨ COURTESY 

It's as easy as 1-2-3 for the St. Anselm, Southern New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce men's basketball teams.

The Hawks, Penmen and Ravens have been picked to finish first, second and third, respectively, in the eight-team Northeast Division in the Northeast-10 Conference preseason coaches' poll. St. Anselm collected 105 points and 14 of 15 first-place votes, while the Penmen earned 85 and the Ravens 84. FPU grabbed the other first-place vote. Coaches cannot vote for their own teams.


New Haven earned top preseason honors in the Southwest Division.

St. Anselm won the league's regular-season title last season. SNHU beat FPU in the NE-10 tournament championship game.

The Northeast-10 Conference women's preseason poll shows Franklin Pierce fourth, Southern New Hampshire sixth and St. Anselm eighth in the eight-team Northeast Division. Bentley, with Manchester's Christiana Bakolas and Souhegan's Jane White, is ranked first nationally in two polls and is the preseason pick to win the Northeast Division. Bakolas, a senior guard, is captain of the team.

LaCoste wins meet

High Point University's Jeff LaCoste, a Souhegan High grad, won his first college cross-country race on Oct. 18 as the top collegiate finisher at the Blue Ridge Open in Boone, N.C. LaCoste covered the 8K course in 24:37. There were more than 220 runners competing in the event.

On Nov. 2, LaCoste won the silver medal at the Big South Conference Cross Country Championships with a time of 25:52:84 at Virginia Military Institute. LaCoste was second only to teammate Patrick Crawford. High Point finished second to Liberty University.

LaCoste's next race will be the NCAA Division I regionals on Nov. 15 in Charlottesville, Va.

Gridders honored

Two seniors on the Plymouth State University football team were honored by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) for their performances in last Saturday's 34-31 victory over Worcester State University. Senior linebacker Josh Morgan was named MASCAC Special Teams Player of the Week and senior running back Andrew Foglia was a selection on the MASCAC Weekly Honor Roll. Morgan is the third Panther this season to receive the MASCAC Special Teams Player of the Week award while Foglia is receiving weekly recognition for the third time this fall.

Former Souhegan star Tyler Ford, a freshman at Bentley, was named Northeast-10 special teams player of the week for his punting efforts against Southern Connecticut State. Ford punted five times for an average of 43.8 yards against the Owls. It marked the fifth straight game he's averaged at least 42.

Volleyball kudos

Stafford's Emilee McBride, a senior at Colby-Sawyer College, was named North Atlantic Conference volleyball player of the year in a vote of the league's coaches.

McBride, who was a three-time player of the week, led the conference in hitting percentage (.571), kills per set (3.12) and total kills (53).

Colby-Sawyer senior defensive specialist Ally Le-Bruno was honored as the NAC's defensive player of the year for the third straight season.

Lyndon State College's Morgan Diltz, of Moultonborough, was named to the All-North Atlantic Conference volleyball second team. The senior outside hitter collected 137 kills, 16 assists, 57 service aces, 174 digs, four blocks and three block assists.

Tops in soccer

Litchfield's Ian Hutchinson, a midfielder for the Daniel Webster College soccer team, was named to the New England Collegiate Conference second team. Hutchinson, a freshman, scored a pair of goals this season, both of which were game-winners.

Milford's Kendra Bonczar of the St. Anselm College women's soccer team was named Northeast-10 rookie of the week. She scored a pair of game-winning goals in a 2-0 week for the Hawks.

Freshman Rick Prindiville of Hooksett, a freshman at Colby-Sawyer College, earned second team All-North Atlantic Conference (NAC) accolades as determined by a vote of the conference coaches. The Manchester Central product anchored the defense and scored three goals this season. Colby-Sawyer's leading scorer, Alex Ortega, made the first team.

Fougere stars

Warner's Anne Fougere, of St. Joseph College in Standish, Maine, was selected as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference swimmer of the week. Fougere, a sophomore, posted individual wins in the 50 breaststroke (37.43) and 100 breaststroke (1:22.68) and swam a leg for the winning 200-medley relay team.

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