NH College Notebook: Bow's Poitras honored as ECAC Player of the Week
Rivier University senior Tom Poitras was named the ECAC's Division III basketball New England Player of the Week last week.
The Bow native scored 27 points in each of a pair of Rivier games, a 69-68 win over Norwich and 67-62 loss to Emmanuel. Poitras had seven rebounds against Emmanuel and five against Norwich.
The 6-6 forward was successful on 19-of-26 from the floor over his 64 combined minutes on the week.
This is the first time this season that Poitras has been named the ECAC Player of the Week.
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St. Anselm College hockey freshman Alison Quinn (Canton, Mass.) and head coach Kerstin Matthews were named ECAC Women's East Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, the conference announced Thursday. Four Hawks were named as all-Conference selections.
Quinn racked up 25 points, leading all freshmen in the Women's East with 12 goals and 13 assists. She had four power-play goals and two game-winning goals on the year.
In her sixth season behind the Hawk bench, Matthews led Saint Anselm to a 22-3 overall record and 14-2 mark in the conference for second place. She is 112-39-9 record during her tenure on the Hilltop.
Senior Courtney Winters (Swampscott, Mass.) earned second team All-Conference honors with a team-high 28 points on 10 goals and 18 assists.
The senior defensive pair of Jacqueline Bouchie (Belmont, Mass.) and Andi Foss (Elko, Minn.) each earned honorable mention honors. Bouchie picked up 14 points, including a goal and 13 assists, while Foss led all Hawk defensemen with 15 points on six goals alongside nine assists.
Joining Quinn on the ECAC Women's East All-Rookie team is freshman Alexandra Starzyk (Enfield, Conn.), who had 12 goals and five assists. Starzyk also leads the squad in game winning and power-play goals with five of each category.
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Senior Derrick Sylvester of Franklin and Southern New Hampshire University is on the initial watch list for the 2014 Tino Martinez Award, which annually honors the top player in Division II college baseball. Sylvester is the lone Penmen on the watch list that consists of 125 players all across Division II.
Martinez, who spent the bulk of his 16-year Major League Baseball career with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees, played collegiately at Division II Tampa, where he was a three-time All-American. SNHU righthander Junior Mendez, who was a 16th round draft pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2013, was a semi-finalist for last season's Tino Martinez Award, while Tim Flight, a lefthander who was an eventual draft pick of the New York Yankees, was runner-up for the award in 2012.
Sylvester, a right-handed starting pitcher, started 11 games last year for the Penmen and went 6-2 on the season with 73.2 innings pitched. He totaled 71 strikeouts and a 1.34 ERA, with his ERA good for sixth nationally. Sylvester was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America team.
The Penmen won their season opener on Thursday night over Caldwell, 7-2, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
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Sophomores Abigail MacBeth (Cumberland, R.I.) and Stacey Wojcik (Wrentham, Mass.) of the Southern New Hampshire University women's cross country team were named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II All-Academic Team. The Penmen were named an All-Academic Team for their cumulative GPA of 3.28.
Macbeth, a Justice Studies major with a 3.40 grade point average, finished 46th out of 181 runners at the NCAA East Regional held at Franklin Park in Boston with a 6K time of 24:17. She recorded her career-best 5K time at the James Early Invitational in October (19:33) to finish 15th out of 371 runners.
Wojcik, an Exploratory Studies major carrying a 3.98 GPA, earned USTFCCAA All-Region honors after placing 26th at the East Regional with a 6K time of 23:31, one of three Penmen runners to earn All-Region accolades. She also finished 30th out of 149 runners at the Northeast-10 Championship with a 19:35, and placed 19th at the Earley Invitational with a 19:51 effort.
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University of New Hampshire junior back Maegan Grew of Hampton Falls, was named the recipient of the Susan Kilmister Award, which is awarded to the field hockey team's "unsung hero," for the second consecutive season at the team's banquet.
Grew was an America East All-Conference second team selection and a staple of UNH's defense. She helped the Wildcats rank second in the conference with a 1.72 GAA.
The Joyce V. Hiller '54 Scholarship Award went to sophomore forward Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.).
Flatley was named Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Northeast Region Second Team and America East All-Conference First Team. She recorded 38 points on 16 goals and six assists to lead the team in goals and points.
Junior midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) received the Marisa Didio Award, which recognizes a student-athlete who represents the Extra Mile Theory, for the second straight year.
Joyce made Northeast Region Second Team and America East All-Conference Second Team with 11 points on two goals and seven assists. The Donna Lynne '74 Scholarship Award, which goes to an athlete who makes a substantial contribution to the team through athletic and leadership abilities, was awarded to junior goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.).Tarbell made the Northeast Region Second Team and was America East Goalkeeper of the Year with a 15-7 record and 1.85 GAA amd six shutouts.
Freshman midfielder Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) was named the recipient of the Barbara Bridle Peyser '50 Award that goes to the player that embodies a competitive spirit and, through their improved play, has made a significant contribution to the team's success.
The inaugural Katherine Duffy Sandler '00 and Ross Sandler '98 Athletic Scholarship Award was presented to sophomore back Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.).
The senior class of Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.), Hannah Richard (Hopkinton) and Melissa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) was also honored. The quartet helped the 'Cats to a pair of NCAA tourney appearances and four consecutive America East regular-season titles.
UNH ended the 2013 season ranked No. 16 in the nation, captured the America East regular-season crown for the fourth consecutive year, completing conference play with a perfect 5-0 record for the second straight year.
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Sophomore Jonathan Lupinelli (Mont de Marsan, France) of the national champion Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team was named the winner of the Fall 2013 Northeast-10 Conference men's soccer Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award. He was one of seven fall winners announced by the conference Wednesday morning.
Lupinelli, an International Business major, was a key member of a defense that led the nation in goals-against average (0.45) and allowed just 11 goals in 24 games, posting 13 shutouts along the way. The Penmen finished 22-1-1.
Lupinelli finished the season with a goal and a team-high eight assists. His first collegiate goal was the eventual game-winner in a 2-1 win over Rockhurst University in the national semifinals.
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