Fall Sports in Brief

Posted on October 11, 2011 by


Staff Report

WSU Women's Soccer Senior Danielle Clifford

WSU Women's Soccer Senior Danielle Clifford

Women’s Soccer

Following a 0-2-1 start to the season, the women’s soccer team would win six of seven for a 6-3-1 record (2-1 MASCAC) at the midway mark. Most recently, Worcester State defeated Keene State for the first time since 2007 in a 3-1 triumph before they were blanked by Bridgewater State, 2-0.

Nine of WSU’s 20 goals this season have been netted by senior Danielle Clifford, freshman Alyssa Sawyer and classmate Therese Morss. Fourth-year keeper Angiezaka Syschtysz has also backstopped the team with a 0.98 goals against average and four shutouts.

The Blue and Gold will play two regionally ranked opponents at home in the next week starting with Western Connecticut on Tuesday and conference opponent Westfield State on Saturday at 2 o’clock.


Field Hockey

After beginning their schedule with a 6-2 start, the field hockey team has dropped its last two contests this past week. WSU was handed a 7-3 setback to defending Little East Tournament Champion UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday and a tough 2-1 loss at Bridgewater State. They are now 2-3 in LEC play.

The squad is led by Sarah Cozzens who is second in the Little East in points with 11 goals and four assists as teammate Samantha Janda is tied for third in the conference in the same category with nine goals and four helpers. With eight games remaining in the schedule, the senior classmates are chasing the school record of 16 goals, which is held by four former players – three of whom are in the Lancer Hall of Fame.

The field hockey team travels to Western Connecticut on Tuesday before they take on Keene State on Saturday at 11 AM at home.

Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team comes off a strong 2-1 win against Bridgewater State at home on Saturday following a 3-2 overtime setback to Clark this past Wednesday.

Sophomore Alex Wolfel leads the team with three goals while senior Justin Beila has pitched in two tallies – including the game winner against the Bears this weekend. Fourth-year keeper Evan Wilga has also posted a 0.96 goals against average to raise his career shutout total to 12.

With an overall record of 3-5-1 this season (1-1-1 MASCAC), the Blue and Gold play Western Connecticut at home on Wednesday and will head to Westfield State on Saturday for a 6 PM matchup.

Cross Country

The women’s cross country team has had a strong start to their season as they have posted  two meet victories in their first four meets this season. Most recently junior Erin Donohue captured the Tri-States Invitational individual title with a time of 21:57 on host CCRI’s 3.25 mile Lincoln Campus Course. Two weeks ago, third-year teammate Brittany Grueter took home fourth place with a strong time of 21:33 at the Worcester City Meet which was hosted by WSU at the 5k Moore State Park in Paxton.

The male harriers were paced by sophomore Pat Daley who placed fourth with a time of 27:10 to pace the Lancers to second at the six-team Tri-State Invitational while junior Tim Mazkieka added 12th (30:08) at the five mile Worcester City Meet.

Two competitions remain before Worcester State competes at the MASCAC Championships next month. In the next week WSU will run at the James Early Invitational hosted by Westfield State at nearby Stanley Park.

Women’s Volleyball

In their only contest last week, the women’s volleyball team lost their first conference match of the season to Westfield State in a 3-0 setback as the squad is now 7-9 overall and 2-1 in the conference standings.

Junior Becky Lebel leads the Blue and Gold with 106 kills and 134 digs while freshman Alyssa Jasper has been consistent with 95 kills and a team-high 20 service aces. With no experience up front, senior Joanne Grenier has stepped in as the team’s primary setter with 311 assists and classmate Juliana Tyo has a squad-best 20 blocks (11 solo).

Worcester State has a home match against Simmons coming up before they head to the Crabtree Classic hosted by Eastern Connecticut. After WSU plays the host Warriors and the University of New England in the upcoming week they will take on Wheaton and Bridgewater State.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team is 3-4 overall (1-1 LEC) and comes off a 7-2 triumph over Anna Maria this past Friday after they were shutout by UMass Dartmouth, 9-0, on Tuesday.

Freshman Miranda Biron and sophomore Laura Sarkis are both 5-1 to start off the season for WSU. Biron is 4-0 at fourth singles while Sarkis is 3-0 at fifth singles. Biron has also teamed with second-year Brooke Michanczyk for a 2-1 mark at second flight doubles.

The squad will play three matches in the next week starting with a road trip to Western Connecticut on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Lancers take on Bridgewater State at Shrewsbury High at 3:30 and they close out their home schedule by playing Plymouth State on Saturday at 1 PM at Assumption.


Men’s Golf

Entering the final stretch before competing in the NEIGA Championships at the end of October the men’s golf team looks to play with more consistency in their last two tournaments this season.

In their last competition, the Lancers placed 18th as a team at the competitive Williams Invitational. They were paced by sophomore Joe Belanger who fired a two-day total of 168 (+26) followed by junior Chris Ellis who handed in a card of 169 (+27).

This week, the squad will play at the Westfield State Invitational at Tekoa Country Club and at the Nichols Bison Invitational at the Green Hill Golf Course.

Editor’s Note: This report contain information on all games as of October 2 .


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