Alex Hall's College Notebook: Sky's the limit for soaring St. Anselm field hockey team
Londonderry's Kelsey Leblanc, and Meagan Halligan, Allia Connolly, Colleen Sears and Derry's Canada Stewart celebrate a Leblanc goal earlier this season. St. Anselm was 5-1 entering weekend play. (Jim Stankiewicz/St. Anselm Athletic Communications)
A member of St. Anselm's field hockey team leans to get control of the ball during recent action.
Due to their impressive start to the season, the Hawks were ranked No. 9 in the poll this week for the first time in the 14-year history of the program.
"I think one of the big things for us is chemistry. We have 26 players, including nine freshmen that have done a really good job," the Hawks coach said. "We've been building on teams prior since I've gotten here ... it's a thrill to have depth and talented depth."
"Kasey is currently our center midfielder, which is such a crucial position and one that doesn't get a ton of recognition," King said of the sophomore. "She's commanding the center for the field. As a freshman, she played significant minutes and this year she stepped into an important role."
"Megan and Jess are part of our defensive backfield, which is probably the strongest aspect of our team," King said.
Every game remaining on the Hawks' schedule is against a Northeast-10 opponent. The team will also play rematches again LIU Post, Merrimack College and Stonehill before the season concludes.
"Our goal is always to make the playoffs but I have higher expectations," King said. "If we play as well as we can play, we can secure a home game (in the playoffs) and make it to the final four."
"No matter what your seed is, anything can happen. We're thinking playoffs. We just have to get in and then do some damage," King said.
The North Atlantic Conference named Colby-Sawyer's Nick Austin the defensive player of the week last Tuesday. He has six clean sheets for the Chargers so far this season. Colby-Sawyer did not allow a goal in wins against Becker and Castleton Sept. 30 and Oct. 4.
Former Spaulding of Rochester and Wheaton College baseball player Rob Jenkins has been named as one of three assistant coaches for the Fitchburg State University baseball team under manager Ryan Parker. Jenkins, a 2011 Wheaton graduate, helped the Lyons to three New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference championships.
Former Southern New Hampshire goaltender Tyler Holske signed a professional contract with Eindhoven Kemphanen of the Eredivisie League in the Netherlands.
"I would like to thank the SNHU community and the men's hockey program for everything they have done for me for the past four years," Holske said in a statement. "I cannot thank the coaching staff, my teammates, and the entire athletic program for preparing me for this opportunity to pursue my dream."
Alex Hall compiles the college notebook for the New Hampshire Sunday News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @AlexKHall.