Lancers dominate Spartans in boys lacrosse border battle By Chris Maza firstname.lastname@example.org
LONGMEADOW – When your team scores 11 goals and you factor in on eight of them, it’s clear you’re in a groove. A groove is exactly what
attacker Dylan Kelleher found as the Longmeadow boys lacrosse team dominated East Longmeadow 11-3 on April 26 to remain unbeaten heading into the weekend. Kelleher registered a hat trick
and assisted on five other goals in the contest to lead the Lancers and become the team’s leading scorer on the season. “That’s a really good day,”
Longmeadow Head Coach John Rauseo said with a smile. “He had himself a really good game today. He played really well.” Dan McDonough also had a
hat trick for Longmeadow, while Eric Barsalou and Tom McCarthy both recorded multi-point games. Barsalou had two assists while McCarthy had a goal and an assist. Bennett Leveille, Myles Smith, Zach Lukas and Drew Kelleher also potted goals for the victors. Rob Holden, Mike Wilkins
and Hunter Shea all scored for East Longmeadow with Nick Fraboni assisting on two of East Longmeadow’s three tallies. Longmeadow set the tone early
in the contest, potting the game’s first four goals and holding East Longmeadow’s strong attack scoreless throughout the first 18
minutes and nine seconds of the contest. “We played a really solid game
today,” Rauseo said. “Everyone did their jobs and played well at all the positions.” Drew Kelleher opened the
scoring with a goal at 2:27 into the contest, followed by Dylan Kelleher, who netted his first less than two minutes later. Smith tallied his marker with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter on a feed from Dylan Kelleher to push the advantage to 3-0 after one period. McDonough kept the balanced
early attack going, scoring Longmeadow’s fourth-straight goal just under three minutes into the second period. East Longmeadow finally got
on the board at the 5:51 mark in the second stanza, as Holden buried a shot after carrying it in off the left side.
Along with the goal, East
Longmeadow appeared to have found a way to shut down the Lancers attack, not allowing a marker for nearly seven minutes, but Dylan Kelleher’s second goal of the game at 1:55, assisted by McDonough, extended the lead back to four heading into halftime. East Longmeadow remained
within striking distance early in the second half when Wilkins scored just 32 seconds in, but Longmeadow broke the game open with four consecutive goals in a streak started and ended by
Longmeadow attacker Dan McDonough (33) carries on net while East Longmeadow defenseman Jay Lavoilette pursues during the Lancers’ 11-3 win on April 26.
Reminder Publications photo by Chris Maza
McDonough that extended over nearly 13 minutes and 20 seconds to put the game out of reach. In that time, Longmeadow
goalie Glen LaFountain experienced a scary moment when he took a shot off his throat guard.
“The shot shattered the guard
and cut his neck. I’ve never seen that happen in my life,” Rauseo said. “He was fine and could have come back in to play, but we played it safe.” LaFountain finished with three
saves. Backup goalies Noah Gurzenski, and Matt Graymore stopped two shots apiece. East Longmeadow’s Chris
Frappier had nine saves before getting lifted late in the losing effort.
Longmeadow’s Smith earns CAA Player of the Week honors
AMHERST – Highlighted by a momentum-changing fourth quarter interception leading to a break-away score, Kyle Smith’s three-goal, two assist effort in the 14-13 University of Massachusetts (UMass) men’s lacrosse win over Hofstra earned him Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Week honors as announced on April 23. The win sealed the 2012 CAA regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the CAA Championship tournament for the Minutemen. Smith had two of his goals and
both of his assists in the first half as UMass led 8-5 at the intermission. It was his third goal, however, that had the most impact on the game. After Hofstra took a 11-10 lead
eight seconds into the fourth quarter as part of a five-goal run, Smith intercepted a clearing pass and then scored an unassisted goal to give the Minutemen back the lead for good with 9:52 left in the game. That momentum change allowed UMass to score two more goals, hold off the Pride, and secure the No. 1 seed. Through 12 games as of April
23, Smith had 26 goals, which ranked second on the team and in the CAA. He also had 37 points, which is third-best on the team.
Robitaille, Marrone honored again by MASCAC
BUZZARDS BAY – Carrie Robitaille, a Bridgewater State senior from Ludlow, was named
Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women’s Outdoor Field Co-Athlete of the Week on April 22. She placed second with the fourth highest Division III New England rank to date for the Bears at the Holy Cross Heptathlon with 3,960 points, including a third place finish in the javelin (29.31 meters) and a fourth place f inish in the 800 meters (2:34.08). Springfield’s Katrina Marrone,
a senior at Fitchburg State, was named to the MASCAC weekly honor roll. She posted a third place finish in the 5,000 meters (20:53.86) and qualified for the Division III New Englands with a fourth place finish in the 400 meters (1:01.09) while a running leg of the winning 4-by-100 meter relay (50.85) that qualified for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships for Falcons at the Fitchburg State Eric Loeschner Memorial Invitational.
Regan named Track Co-Athlete of the Week
BUZZARDS BAY – Pat Regan, a Westfield State University senior from Wilbraham, captured top honors in the 1,500 meters (3:58.18) for the Owls at the Springf ield Invitational to earn MASCAC Men’s Outdoor Track Co-Athletes of the Week on April 22.
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SPRINGFIELD – Junior Sanya Foster of Springf ield earned Northeast-10 Honor Roll recognition for her performance at the Springfield College Invitational. Foster won the shot put with a toss of 13.26 meters and won the discus with a throw of 37.41 meters, and took third in the hammer with a throw of 41.66 meters.
Forrest knocks in four in win
HOLYOKE – Freshman left fielder Brady Forrest finished with four RBIs as the Blazers secured an 8-6 come-from-behind victory over Southern Vermont College on April 20.
Willett leads WNE in R.I.
CRANSTON, R.I. – Junior Anthony Willett of Springfield led the Golden Bears with a 118 (78-40) that tied for 12th in the 65-player field as the Western New England University (WNE) men’s golf team tied for
fourth among 13 schools at the Johnson & Wales Wildcat Spring Invitational on April 22. Senior Evan Foley of East Longmeadow had a 119 (80-39) that tied for 18th.
Reardon scores as WNE stays perfect in league
SPRINGFIELD –Midfielder James Reardon of Longmeadow scored twice as the WNE men’s lacrosse team completed a perfect season in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with a 20-5 victory over visiting Curry on April 21.
Nassar wins doubles match SPRINGFIELD – Freshman Peter Nassar of Longmeadow and his teammate Jon-Paul Ouellette won at the third doubles position 8-1 as the WNE men’s tennis team defeated visiting Salve Regina 6-3 on April 21.
Castleman makes huge save, wins
SPRINGFIELD – Freshman goalie Emily Castleman of Wilbraham contributed to the victory by making a clutch save on a point-blank shot with 43 seconds left as women’s lacrosse team ended its regular season with a thrilling 14-13 victory over Curry College on April 21. She had six saves in the game.
Calabrese drives in three in loss
AMHERST – East Longmeadow’s Frank Calabrese went 2-for-4 while driving in three runs, but the Springfield College baseball team had its six-game winning streak snapped on April 24 as it dropped a 19-14 slugfest to Amherst College.
Ogden key to Bay Path victory
LONGMEADOW – Springfield’s Nicole Ogden doubled in two runs in game one of a doubleheader sweep for the Bay Path College softball team over Elms College on April 25.
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