NH College Notebook: Andrews continues to star at Notre Dame
Milford's Morgan Andrews, a freshman midfielder at Notre Dame, earned three separate honors, including ACC Freshman of the Year, recently.
Andrews also was named to the All-ACC Second Team and was a member of the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Andrews is the 11th Notre Dame women's soccer player to be named conference Freshman of the Year.
On Friday night, Andrews continued her incredible season. She scored twice as the Fighting Irish handed Iowa a 4-1 defeat in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Notre Dame (12-7-1) outshot the Hawkeyes, 32-4.
Notre Dame advanced to play Western Michigan, a 1-0 winner over Marquette, on this coming Friday night. The time and place will be determined following the completion of this weekend's first-round matches.
Keene State College's Nick Riendeau, of Canterbury, was named the Little East men's Runner of the Week for his efforts in the ECAC Division III Cross Country Championships this past weekend. Riendeau took 16th, in 26:30.49 over the 8K course. The Owls finished ninth in the 43-team field.
Two other New Hampshire runners fared well in the race and were honored by the league. Derry's Patrick Chabot, a freshman, was the fourth KSC runner and 96th overall in the ECAC championships, and was thus named Rookie Runner of the Week. He posted a 27:58.83. Also, Katelyn Terry, of Strafford, was the No. 2 runner for Keene State this past weekend in the women's ECAC championships. The freshman ran a 24:32.30 over the 6K course and was named Rookie Runner of the Week.
Keene State College won three of the four major awards for Little East Conference field hockey. Katelyn Simula, of Bridgewater, was named the Defensive Player of the Year; freshman Sami Smith, of Merrimack, earned Rookie of the Year honors, and Amy Watson won Coach of the Year.
Simula anchored a KSC defense that led the conference and was 13th in Division III in scoring margin (2.61). A senior, she ranked third on the team in assists (seven) and fifth in goals (nine).
Smith, a forward, ranked among the conference leaders in points (seventh, 33) and goals (18th, 13).
Watson was voted the top coach for the sixth time in her career, tying the conference mark set by UMass Dartmouth's Nicole Maher. Watson guided KSC to an overall record of 20-3, which included an undefeated league season and a 10th Little East title. The Owls then went on to win the conference tourney crown.
Seniors Aimee Donaruma and Leddy Gallagher and sophomore Lyndsie Rabenius, of North Hampton, joined Simula on the All-LEC first team. Juniors Marisa Lemoine, of Berlin, and Melissa Habelow joined Smith on the All-LEC second team.
Plymouth State, 13-6, had five players selected to Little East All-Conference teams, two of them to the first squad. Senior defender Aisha Rai Thompson and junior forward Nikki Garvey, of Canaan, made the first team. Senior midfielders Lauren Carroll and Jackie Morin were named to the second team and freshman Kaitlyn Wilder was a third team pick.
Katey Stone, a 1989 graduate of the University of New Hampshire and former hockey and lacrosse standout at the school, has been named one of six winners of an NCAA 2014 Silver Anniversary Award.
Stone has 402 wins in 19 years as the women's hockey coach at Harvard and is taking a leave from that job this season to coach the U.S. Olympic women's team in the Sochi Olympics. She has a 402-171-35 record at Harvard.
Stone was a four-year letter winner at UNH in lacrosse and hockey. She was a member of the school's 1985 NCAA championship lacrosse team in 1985 and ECAC championship teams in hockey in 1986 and 1987.
The NCAA gives Silver Anniversary Awards to six individuals each year on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their playing careers.
The other 2014 recipients are Troy Aikman, Rodney Peete, Earl Martin Phalen, George Pyne and Dara Torres.
Molly Wotton, a 6-foot outside hitter/middle blocker at Dover High School, has signed a national letter of intent to accept a scholarship and play at the University of New Hampshire starting next season.
Wotton led Dover High School to an 18-0 record and the Division I championship this fall. She plays club volleyball for the New Hampshire Seacoast Juniors.
"Molly is an incredible athlete sand we are excited she has decided to become a Wildcat," said UNH coach Jill Hirschinger. "It will be fun to see how great she can be once she's challenged at the next level. Her competitiveness and intensity will add to our success immediately."
Courtney Bowman, a 5-11 outside/right side hitter from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Sasha Cucuz, a 6-1 right side hitter from Plymouth, Mich., have also signed letters of intent to accept UNH scholarships for next season.
Two years after verbally committing to Syracuse, former Bedford High lacrosse standout Aleah MacKay last week signed her LOI to join the Orange, who have reached the NCAA Division I final four three of the past four seasons.
After an outstanding freshman season with Bedford, MacKay had her sophomore and junior seasons cut short by injury and illness, but she nevertheless managed to total 108 goals and 97 assists in three years, and she shined in summer showcase tournaments playing with a New Hampshire/Vermont select team.
Named a Brine All-American last spring, she competed for New England in the 2013 Brine National Classic in Maryland, where led the team in assists.
MacKay's family moved to Chester this past summer, and she is now completing her high school credit requirements and doing college-credit work through the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School. She will be eligible to play for Pinkerton Academy of Derry in the spring.
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