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NH College Notebook: Manchester's Lambert earns All-America

May 28. 2016 7:30PM


Manchester's Alyssa Lambert is the first woman in Franklin Pierce University history to earn All-America honors.

Lambert, a senior, ran a time of 4:29.11 in the 1,500 meters to finish fourth in the first of two heats on Thursday at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships in Bradenton, Fla. The time qualified the Salem High graduate for Saturday's night's final, meaning she is an All-American.

Lambert's time ranked eighth among the 12 women who advanced to Saturday's final.

Assumption's Avard named to All-District Team

Manchester's Rachel Avard, a junior at Assumption College, was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Track and Field and Cross Country Academy All-District Team, reconizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Avard, a Manchester West grad, was a 2016 Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference selection in indoor track. At the 2016 NE-10 Outdoor Championship, she finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:26.07 to break the Assumption record by 12 seconds. She also finished sixth in the 5,000 at the NE-10 Indoor Championship and holds the indoor school record in the 3,000 meters.

Beeson is All-New England

Nik Beeson, a 2012 Trinity High graduate and a senior catcher/pitcher at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, was named to the All-New England Region team. He was a third-team selection.

Beeson, a three-time first team All-North Atlantic Conference honoree, was the team's top hitter with a .401 average (55-of-137), 11 doubles, two triples, 29 RBIs, 22 runs scored and two stolen bases. Among NAC players, he ranked second in hits and batting average, third in total bases (70), fourth in doubles and slugging percentage, and sixth in triples an on-base percentages.

In league play, Beeson hit .447 in 24 games, with a .506 on-base percentage and a .592 slugging percentage.

Beeson also made eight appearances on the mound for the Terriers, starting four games. He posted a 4-1 record with a 2.16 earned-run average, two saves and two complete games.

Freitas finalist for America East award

UMass Lowell senior field hockey midfielder/back Kelly Freitas, of Manchester, is one of three finalists for the 2016 America East Woman of the Year Award.

The 2016 America East Woman of the Year will be unveiled at the conference's annual meeting on Tuesday, June 7.

A four-year member of the field hockey team and a 2015 co-captain, Freitas, a Manchester Memorial grad, is a two-time recipient of the athletic department's Laurie A. Mann Award for academic and athletic excellence, leadership and service. Freitas is also a four-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree and three-time America East Fall Honor Roll selection. In her final season, she earned a spot on the 2015 America East All-Academic Field Hockey Team, as well.

Griffin stars for Trinity

Senior co-captain midfielder Martha Griffin, of Exeter, notched two goals, including the 200th of her career, and three assists to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 11-6 victory over the College of New Jersey in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament. Trinity improved to 18-3 and advanced to the NCAA final four for a fifth year in a row, and were scheduled to face Franklin and Marshall College in the semifinals on Saturday.

Griffin, out of Phillips Exeter Academy, had a hand in three of the game's first four goals and six of Trinity's eight tallies in the first half, as the Bantams took control early to take a 8-1 lead into halftime.

SNHU's Bedell honored

Southern New Hampshire University sophomore Alexa Bedell, of Londonderry, was named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-America Second Team.

Bedell racked up 80 points on 50 goals and 30 assists while starting all 18 games. Bedell, a Londonderry High grad, ended the season with a point in 15 straight contests, amassing 42 goals and 25 assists for 67 points during that stretch. The midfielder closed the regular season ranking fourth in the league in assists and fifth in points.

Chapdelaine, Delea All-New England

Franklin Pierce sophomore midfielders Brad Chapdelaine, of Goffstown, and Sean Delea, of Hampstead, were named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division II All-New England Team.

Chapdelaine, a Goffstown High product, was named to the first team; Delea, out of Pinkerton Academy, was named to the second team.

Starting all 13 games this season in the midfield, Delea recorded 36 total points, including a team-leading 25 goals. Chapdelaine also started all 13 games and collected 30 ground balls, ranking third on the team, to go with 12 caused turnovers.

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