NH College Notebook: Memorial grad Beauchemin is top UMass-Lowell hurler
Shane Beauchemin, a sophomore out of Manchester Memorial, and Garrett Cole, a junior out of Bedford and Trinity High School in Manchester, helped the University of Massachusetts-Lowell baseball team close out the season with a sweep of Bentley last weekend.
The River Hawks posted a 30-19 overall record, but just missed the Northeast-10 tournament with an 11-10 mark.
Beauchemin put up a 9-0 pitching record with a 1.53 earned run average for the season and was named to the All-Northeast-10 First Team. In 76 1/3 innings, he struck out 59 and walked 17 and had three complete games with one shutout
"His bulldog mentality on the mound and his ability to throw three pitches at any time kept hitters off balance all year," said Ken Harring, the Lowell coach and the former coach at St. Anselm in a story on the school's web site. "His year is arguably the best year any pitcher has ever had in the history of the program."
The right-hander shined down the stretch for the River Hawks, allowing just three earned runs in his final four starts. In his last game, he allowed seven hits in a 3-1 win over Bentley last Saturday.
On Sunday, Cole gave up two hits in an 8-0 win over Bentley in the season finale.
But Merrimack beat Stonehill that same day and grabbed the last spot in the league tournament with a 12-9 record.
Cole had a 3-7 record and 4.13 ERA for the season.
Pat Parker, a sophomore infielder out of Merrimack, and Luke Reynolds, a sophomore outfielder out of Manchester Memorial and Northern Essex Community College, were among the other New Hampshire players who suited up for Lowell.
Parker started 31 of the 37 games he played in and batted .267 and Reynolds started 18 of his 20 and hit .288.
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Dartmouth's James Pleat of Nashua, who starred at Nashua South High School, completed his collegiate career by tying for fourth place in the Ivy League championships, earning first-team All-Ivy honors in the process.
The Dartmouth captain, Pleat shot 73-73-72-218 in the championships and finished five strokes behind the winner. The Big Green came in fifth.
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University of New Hampshire cross country and track standout Keely Maguire and linebacker Matt Evans collected the Jim Urquhart Senior Student Athlete of the Year Awards at a banquet last week.
Maguire graduates this month with a degree in political science. She leaves Durham with school records in the indoor 3,000, the outdoor 3,000 and the outdoor 5,000 meter runs. The indoor 3,000 mark had stood since 1982.
Maguire won the America East Cross Country individual championship last November,
Evans became the school's al-time leading tackler last fall and finished his career with 460 tackles. He helped the Wildcats to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in each of his four seasons.
He won the Buck Buchanan Award as the best FCS in the nation as a junior and his No. 52 jersey has been retired. His was the fifth number retired by UNH, the first of a defensive player.
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Eric Jensen of Gorham, a senior shortstop at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., has been named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference team for the third straight year.
Jensen has a major in math and economics with a minor in statistics and carries a 3.85 grade point average. He is just the second Wheaton player in program history to earn three such honors.
Jensen leads the team with a .373 batting average and 14 doubles and has 27 runs batted in. He led the Lyons to a 30-10 overall record and their 13th NEWMAC championship in 15 years.
The Lyons make their 12th appearance in the NCAA Div. III New England Regionals beginning on Wednesday in Harwich, Mass.
The tournament field will be announced today.
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It's called the University of Connecticut, but on some days, it might as well be UNH-Storrs.
In a May 3 game at Rutgers, three New Hampshire residents played key roles in leading UConn to a 3-1 victory. Starting pitcher Carson Cross of Brentwood pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run on eight hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. Nashua High South graduate Billy Ferriter started the Huskies' winning rally by leading off the eighth inning with a base hit and scoring the tying run. Another South grad, reliever Dan Feehan, set a UConn record with the 88th pitching appearance of his career and retired the only two batters he faced, one via strikeout.
The victory raised the Huskies' overall record to 9-10 in the Big East, 28-19 overall.
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and its ECAC East Women's Ice Hockey League announced recently that Franklin Pierce University and its women's ice hockey program will join the conference beginning with the 2014-15 season. The announcement was made by ECAC Interim Commissioner Steve Bamford.
Franklin Pierce will once again compete as a varsity independent program in 2013-14, and then take on a full league schedule the following season. In addition to Franklin Pierce, the University of New England was also accepted into the conference, pushing ECAC East to a 14-team league, which makes it the largest women's ice hockey conference in the nation. Scheduling options for the conference in 2014-15 are still to be finalized.
"Franklin Pierce is excited to be joining a great league such as ECAC East," Director of Athletics Bruce Kirsh said. "I would like to thank all of the administrators and ECAC officials for working with us and accepting us into the league. (Head Coach) David Stockdale and all of his players worked extremely hard this past winter during the program's inaugural season. The team continued to get better each day throughout the season and I believe that our program will help to enhance an already strong league."
Franklin Pierce finished with a 7-14 record during its inaugural season of 2012-13. The seven victories were the most by a Division II/III first-year program this season.
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to compete in ECAC East," Stockdale said. "There are a lot of great teams in the league and our program is looking forward to building exciting rivalries which will help to grow the sport of women's college ice hockey."
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Seniors Kaylea Parkin of Red Hook, N.Y. and Darrik Marstaller of Spofford (Keene High School) were recently honored as the male and female Student-Athletes of the Year respectively, headlining the annual Daniel Webster College Athletics Awards Night.
Athlete of the Year accolades were bestowed upon graduate student Vanessa Bosques of North Windham, Conn. and senior men's soccer and baseball player Elliot Kilgore of Milford.
Two recipients shared the Paul D. Labarre Distinguished Service Award, named in honor of longtime College administrator and coach Paul Labarre. Kim and Gary Milliken of Dayville, Conn. were honored for their service and support for Daniel Webster College baseball, while Nashua resident Greg Andruskevich was honored acknowledging nearly two decades of service to the College and the athletics program.
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Four Plymouth State University women's lacrosse players received regional recognition Wednesday when the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced the All-Region Teams for 2013.
Senior midfielder Caitlin Swanson (Holderness/Plymouth Regional) was named Pilgrim Region First Team All-Star this spring for PSU after garnering Second Team honors the past two years. The other three Panthers were Pilgrim Region Second Team selections - junior goalie Lorin Field (Hollis/Hollis-Brookline), senior defender Kristen Guest and sophomore attack Meghan McNabb; Field and McNabb are repeat selections.
All four Panthers were named Little East Conference First Team All-Stars earlier this week after helping the Panthers to a 12-3 overall record and the LEC regular season title.
Swanson had another outstanding season for PSU on both ends of the field, contributing to the offense with a team-high 38 goals and 44 points while helping out the defense with 35 ground balls, 32 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers. She concludes an outstanding career, making her mark in the PSU record books; Swanson winds up her career 11th on the all-time PSU scoring list with 160 points (seventh with 130 goals, 30 assists), and seventh on the all-time PSU list for draw controls with 112.