Sports Briefs

Posted on March 17, 2012 by

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Women’s Indoor Track

 

The women’s indoor track and field team enjoyed tremendous success under head coach Mat Lemaire who was named the USTFCCCA New England Regional Women’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.

 

After winning their third-straight MASCAC Indoor Championship, the Lancers placed sixth at the New England Division III Championships led by junior Briana Wise who won the 60 and 200 meters while sophomore Christy Deininger earned first in the 60 meter hurdles. Freshman Amanda Caldarone placed eighth in the long jump as the 4×200, the 4×400 and distance medley relay squads all scored points.

 

Wise would win the 200 meters at the Open New England Championships and the ECAC Division III Championships while she representedWorcesterStateat the NCAA Division III Championships in the 60. Wise placed 12th in a field of 15 entrants with a time of 7.81, just 0.01 of a second away from qualifying for the finals.

 

 

Ice Hockey

 

The ice hockey team defeatedFitchburgState, 4-1, in the opening round of the MASCAC Tournament on February 25 to win their first post-season game in 35 years, but the Lancers would be ousted by eventual championPlymouthStatein the semifinals three days later.

 

This year’s squad was paced by senior John Cahalane who scored seven goals and added 13 assists for a team-best 20 points as freshman Nathan Stanley impressed with 18 points for the second-highest total for a first-year player in the MASCAC.

 

Cahalane and classmate Nick Asterito both ended their careers on the 75-point club and senior Bryan Kalczynzki set single-season records for goals against average (2.65) and save percentage (.916).

 

Women’s Basketball

 

The women’s basketball team upended Westfield State, 61-52, in the first round of the MASCAC Tournament before they fell to Bridgewater State, 74-59, in the semifinals.

 

In their triumph over the Owls in the conference tournament, the Lancers outscored their opponents 41-27 in the second half and went 19-for-20 from the free throw line in the final frame. Both senior Kaleigh Charette (10-for-10) and sophomore Meaghan Burns (8-for-8) tied a school record hitting each of their attempts from the charity stripe. Freshman Shannen El-Qasem also led the effort with 17 points and 11 boards.

 

Charette propelled the team with a career year that included 12.8 points per game and 7.9 rebounds en route to All-MASCAC first-team honors.

 

 

Men’s Basketball

 

The men’s basketball squad was ousted from the quarterfinals of the MASCAC Tournament in a 73-65 setback by MCLA at home.

 

The Trailblazers led by as many as 18 points with 10:12 remaining before Worcester State got within six points at the 5:21 mark and five with 47 seconds left, but the visitors sank eight of their last 12 shots at the line to seal the win.

 

With a team-best 16.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, sophomore Robert Hunter earned a nod to the All-MASCAC first-team while senior Frank Stephenson broke the career mark for free-throw percentage (.809 – 178-for-229).

 

Men’s Indoor Track

 

The men’s indoor track and field team placed second at the MASCAC Championships and put up their highest-ever point total for fourth place in the New England Alliance standings. Junior Todd Paquin captured conference titles in the 60 and 200 meters and the long jump to highlight the Lancers at the meet.

 

The 4×400 meter relay team of junior Jon Parrella, freshman Stephen Gannon along with sophomores Ramses Rafael and Kevin Maciel earned All-Division III New England and All-ECAC accolades. Second-year Andrew Johnson was the runner-up at the DIII Championship meet in the high jump and lost the individual title in a jump-off.

 

 

Baseball

 

The baseball team has started the year 0-4 after getting swept by SUNY Purchase and Bates. Despite pitching well, junior teammates Nick Bonofiglio and Alex Teal have been tagged with the losses in both double-headers.

 

Freshman David Ruggeireo leads the team with a .412 batting average (7-for-17) and first-year teammate Dan Ubele is hitting .375 with two doubles and solid defense at third-base. The squad has been without the injured junior Nick Gezotis, who slugged at a .293 clip with 12 doubles and 23 RBIs in 2011.

 

After 10 games down inFloridaover the spring break, the Lancers will play three straight days after the break starting with Endicott on Tuesday, WPI on Wednesday and UMass Boston on Thursday. All three contests will start on the new on-campus field at 3:30.

 

 

 

Softball

 

The defending MASCAC Tournament champion softball team earned a #10 preseason ranking in the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association poll.

 

Third-year Hannah Everson, who went 10-3 with a 1.53 earned run average and 86 strikeouts in 90 innings, returns to anchor the rotation. Seniors Erica Cordio, Ashley Howe and Lauren Besozzi along with junior Aimee Lamoureux also return to the squad after batting .300 or better.

 

The squad will play 10 games down inFloridabefore returning to campus on March 29 for a double-header againstRhode IslandCollege, who faced the Lancers in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

 

 

Women’s Lacrosse

 

The new-look women’s lacrosse team will play six of their first eight games at home including this Wednesday against Plymouth State at 4 PM and Husson on Sunday, March 18 at 12. After the break, the Lancers take on UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, March 27 at 4 o’clock andSalemStatethat Saturday at 6.

 

The squad will be paced by senior Megan Sheehan who contributed 13 goals and seven assists while sophomore Vicki O’Brien picked up 23 ground balls and added four caused turnovers. Senior Haley Erickson stopped 119 shots for the third-highest save total in the NEWLA.

 

Freshmen Jaclyn Lawlor, Michelle Tully, Anglela Grassetti and Samantha Erwin all figure to make immediate contributions on this year’s team.

 

 

Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track

 

The men’s and women’s outdoor track and field team will host the annual Worcester City Meet at Coughlin Field on Saturday, March 31. It marks the second

 

During the break, Wise and Deininger will compete inNorth Carolinato get some solid splits for the upcoming outdoor season and NCAA Division III Championship rankings.

 

 

You can follow all the action from the upcoming spring season at wsulancers.com, on twitter @lancerathletics and on facebook at facebook.com/worcesterstatelancers.

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