WSU Sports in Brief

Posted on May 7, 2012 by


Women’s Track


The women’s track team avenged a nine-point loss last season as they captured their second-ever MASCAC Women’s Outdoor title by scoring 226 points. The squad also broke seven meet records and had 10 first-place finishes at the meet held atWestfieldState this past Saturday.


Junior Briana Wise continued to lead the way for the Lancers as she shattered competition marks in the 100 meters (12.16), the 200 meters (25.17) along with helping the 4×100 meter relay team to a new record (48.17).


The 4×400 meter relay team that included sophomore Megan Taylor and freshman classmates Brittany Hodgerney, Kim West and Alexandria McMahon who broke the school and meet standard with a time of 4:03.48.


Other top finishers who broke records included sophomore Christy Deininger in the 100 meter hurdles (14.86), Taylor in the 400 meter hurdles (1:05.05) and first-year Katie Cataldo in the javelin (132-05). Freshman Alyssa Jasper was a double-winner in the shot put (37-05) and the discus (116-09). Brittany Grueter also won the 10,000 meter run with a time of 42:02.46.


Next week the Lancers will compete at the Division III New England Outdoor Championships at MIT.





Despite dropping their final two games of the regular season to Trinity on Monday evening, the softball team captured their first outright MASCAC Regular Season title since 1987 with a sweep of Mass Maritime on Saturday and they have earned the right to host the conference tournament as the top seed with a record of 12-2 in league play.


Prior to Monday, the Lancers had gone on a 14-2 tear as they were led by sophomore Carolyn Hassett who had been batting .477 with 10 runs and 21 base-knocks with a 14-game hitting streak. Junior Hannah Everson has also been instrumental with a 9-0 record and a 0.93 earned run average with 66 strikeouts in 58 innings.


The Lancers will open the four-team tournament with a 5 PM match-up againstWestfieldStateon Thursday at home before entertaining everyone in the remaining three games of the double-elimination competition on Saturday.





The baseball team posted a 5-1 record to close out the season this past week. Leading the way for the Blue and Gold was freshman Cody Osburn who batted .579 with seven runs scored and 11 RBIs to go with five hits and four runs driven in a 3-2 and 11-2 sweep of Fitchburg State, a 3-for-3 performance with a pair of doubles in a triumph against Newbury while he also crossed the plate four times and finished with four RBIs in a 8-3 and 11-4 sweep of Mass Maritime.


In their wins over the Falcons last Tuesday, freshman teammates DJ Colbert and Joe Perlak had a pair of seven inning complete games where they both used under 90 pitches in both of their appearances.


Junior Nick Bonofiglio only gave up three runs (two earned) in his seven-frame win over the Buccaneers and teammate Alex Teal fanned five to go the distance against MMA and finish the season with 52 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings.


Despite ending the 2012 campaign with a record of 15-24 and missing the MASCAC Tournament for the first time since 2007,WorcesterStatewould stand alone in fifth place with a record of 6-8 in conference play.



Men’s Track


The men’s track & field team placed third at the MASCAC Championships this past Saturday atWestfieldStateas they finished the meet with 146 points.


The 4×100 meter relay (42.31) and 4×400 meter relay (3:23.24) both earned first-place finishes while junior Jon Parrella won the 400 meter hurdles (55.67) and freshman Terrence Gibson blazed the track with a top time in the 200 meters (22.82). In the field, sophomore Matthew Begley won the javelin (184-02) with a toss that was less than a foot away from the school record while sophomore Andrew Johnson cleared first in the high jump (6-02.75)


The 4×400 squad that was made up by Parrella and classmate Tim Mazeika along with sophomore’s Kevin Maciel and Ramses Rafael qualified for the ECAC Division III Championships while the 4×100 mark broke the school record and is currently one of the best inNew England.


18 individuals and a trio of relay teams will run at this week’s Division III New England Championships at MIT.



Women’s Lacrosse


Leading the way for the 3-12 women’s lacrosse team was freshman standout and team MVP Jaclyn Lawlor led the squad with 32 goals and nine assists for 41 points and the highest total for a first-year player since Ann Clark accomplished the feat in 2004 with 93 points (84 goals).


After defeatingBeckerCollege16-7 on April 21 andElmsCollegelast Wednesday, the Lancers dropped their final game of the season toWestfieldState, 18-3.


The squad broke the school record for ground balls while senior Meagan Sheehan finished her career 10th on the all-time scoring list with 67 points (40 goals – 27 assists). Junior Stacey Doherty was also one ground ball shy of tying the school record in the category which was set in 2004 by Ann Clark.



Men’s Golf


Junior Joe Belanger led the way for the men’s golf team, who placed third overall at the MASCAC Championships on April 17 at the par 72 Blackstone National. Belanger tied for sixth with a score of 83 (+11) while sophomore James Letourneau added 10th place (86; +14).


At the Johnson and Wales Wildcat Invitational, the Lancers placed 12th as a team and Chris McCarthy led the way with a two day score of 119 (+13) to tie for 18th.


Editor’s Note: All statistics and information as of April 30, 2012

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