Kyle Gaudet certainly left his mark on the Husson University football program.
Gaudet, a Gilford resident, recently wrapped up his college career when Husson dropped a 38-14 decision to RPI in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. As a senior, Gaudet set school records for receptions in a season (66), receiving yards in a season (1,031) and touchdown catches in a season (13). He is the program’s career leader in receptions (114) and receiving yards (1,666), and caught 19 TD pass in 34 collegiate games.
Earlier this week Gaudet was named to the New England Football Writers (NEFW) DII/DIII All-New England Team.
“Just had a tremendous career here,” Husson coach Gabby Price said. “He got better each year. We knew he was a great high school player when we saw him at Gilford, but did we know he was going to be All-New England and break all the school records? Probably not.
“He’s always been a terrific blocker. He’s very unselfish in that respect. He’s someone who’s dangerous running after the catch because he’s very powerful. Breaks a lot of tackles. He’s an excellent student, too.”
Gaudet, who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, caught a season-high nine passes for 93 yards in the loss to RPI. His best game this season came in a victory over Gallaudet, when he made seven receptions for 249 yards and four touchdowns.
After he graduated from Gilford High School, Gaudet caught five passes for 190 yards and three TDs to help New Hampshire beat Vermont 27-12 in the 2015 Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. He still owns the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl record for receiving yards in a game.
Husson, which finished with an 8-3 record this season, won the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference and qualified for postseason play in each of Gaudet’s four seasons with the program.
“He’s certainly been a very good player,” Price said. “He played with great confidence this year. You should play your best at the end and he certainly did.”
Senior defensive back Mitch Banuskevich (Milford), junior defensive back Matt Shea (Windham), sophomore defensive lineman Zac Garside (Londonderry) and sophomore tight end Max Osgood (Nashua) are among the Plymouth State football players who received postseason recognition from the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) last week.
Banuskevich made the All-MASCAC First Team Defense and the All-MASCAC Second Team Offense as a kick returner. Shea and Garside were named to the All-MASCAC Second Team Defense, and Osgood made the All-MASCAC Second Team Offense.
Banuskevich entered the season 10th among PSU’s career rushing leaders, but made a seamless transition to defensive back. He finished fourth on the team with 48 tackles (32 solo) and led the PSU defense with two interceptions.
As a returner he finished tops in the MASCAC with a 29.1 yard average on kickoffs and a 13.3 yard average on punts.
Shea led Plymouth State with 77 tackles and 48 solo stops. He added a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, one interception and was second on the team with three pass break-ups.
Garside was a regular on the defensive line, playing in all 10 games. He led the team with 2.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for a loss. Garside finished the year with 26 total tackles (14 solo) and added two pass break-ups.
In addition to being a superb blocker, Osgood finished third on the team with 184 receiving yards and second with four receiving touchdowns.
Nashua’s Emily Durette, a midfielder at St. Michael’s College, is among the 21 Northeast-10 players who were selected to compete in the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Senior Bowl, which will be held Dec. 1 (noon), at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.
Durette, who attended Nashua South, scored a career-high three goals this season, two of which came in 1-1 ties against the University of New Haven and Bentley University. Fifteen of her 16 appearances came in the starting lineup. She started 57 times in 66 career contests, and never missed a game.
Windham’s Connor Hopkins, a member of the Saint Michael’s College swimming and diving team, was named the Northeast-10 Conference Swimmer of the Week for the week ending Nov. 18.
Hopkins won seven times in seven tries while contributing to five school records and helping Saint Michael’s win the North Country Invitational. Hopkins won the 50-yard freestyle (21.14, first in NE-10), 100 free (47.70, second in NE-10) and 200-yard backstroke (1:57.00, first in NE-10).
Hopkins also helped set a school record by anchoring the 400 free relay (3:13.78). He led off in the 400-yard medley relay (3:36.88), which set a school record with the second-best time in the NE-10. His opening 100 back leg (52.12) also set a school record and topped all NE-10 competitors this season. His opening 50 back (24.69) during the 200 medley relay (1:39.58) was second in the conference, and the relay team’s time was fourth. Hopkins anchored the 200 free relay’s (1:28.20) school-record finish, which was the third-best showing in the conference.
Hopkins, who raised his career win total to 52, has team highs of 13 overall wins and six relay victories this season. He is tied for first on the squad with seven solo triumphs.
Hampton’s Zach Waterhouse, a freshman guard on the Emerson College men’s basketball team, is averaging 16.6 points per game through five contests this season. Waterhouse is a Winnacunnet High School graduate.