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April 22. 2013 10:13PM

Dartmouth hires men's soccer, women's basketball coaches

Dartmouth College Athletics Director Harry Sheehy announced the new coaching hirings for women's basketball and men's soccer Monday.

Chad Riley will serve as the 10th head coach of the soccer program and Belle Koclanes will guide the basketball program.

Riley, who served as a top assistant coach at Dartmouth, replaces Jeff Cook, who left after 12 seasons to pursue a coaching opportunity with the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.

Before arriving at Dartmouth, Riley served as an assistant coach for six years at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, under former Dartmouth head coach Bobby Clark.

Koclanes comes to Dartmouth following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at American University of the Patriot League. She was also recruiting coordinator at American, where she helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back winning records.

During her first season, American posted the first undefeated Patriot League record (14-0) in conference history.


Honors

Plymouth State: Two Plymouth State University lacrosse players were honored Monday by the Little East Conference.

Lorin Field of Hollis was named LEC women's lacrosse goalie of the week, and senior Justin Vercruysse was selected LEC men's lacrosse defensive player of the week. Field is recognized for the third time this season and sixth time in her career, while Vercruysse is a weekly honor recipient for the first time in his career.

Field posted a 1-0 record in two starts last week with an 8.93 goals-against average. She made four saves in 41 minutes of action Tuesday in a win over Keene State, and she stopped 12 shots in PSU's 14-7 win Saturday over Western Connecticut, holding the Colonials to six goals below their season average (13.65).

The returning LEC defensive player of the year, Field leads the conference this spring with an 8.11 goals-against average and a .538 save percentage.

Keene State: The Keene State College's Mariah Crisp of Greenland, a freshman, was honored as the Little East Conference's softball pitcher of the week and rookie of the week. In five appearance, she posted a 4-0 record with a 0.29 earned run average and 47 total strikeouts. She pitched two shutouts. Other honorees this week for the Owls were: Taylor Jette, the men's lacrosse offensive player of the week; Alex Sharp, the men's lacrosse goalie of the week; Kaitlin Nolan, the women's lacrosse rookie of the week, Alan Schiff, the baseball pitcher of the week, and Ryan Widzgowski, the men's track athlete of the week.


Softball

Assumption 2-4, Franklin Pierce 1-3: Lauren Medeiros hit a three-run walkoff homer to lift the Greyhounds to a doubleheader sweep in Worcester.

Jess Underwood of Hudson pitched 5 1/3 innings in the opener for Assumption.

In the second game, Rachel Hedge of Manchester pitched 3 1/3 innings.

Assumption is 13-24-1, while Franklin Pierce dropped to 6-26.



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