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November 23. 2013 2:17AM

College Notebook: NH athletes receive fall accolades

With the fall seasons drawing to a close or already concluded, all-conference, all-region and all sorts of other awards are piling up in athletics departments around the state.

Here's a roundup a look at some of the recipients:

Field hockey

Keene State College's Katelyn Simula, of Bridgewater, and Aimee Donaruma were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association New England West all-regional team. Simula, the Little East Conference defensive player of the year, anchored an Owl defense that notched 10 shutouts. She also scored three game-winning goals.

Plymouth State University junior forward Nikki Garvey, of Canaan, earned second-team honors in the New England West Region. She is the first PSU field hockey player to earn all-regional honors since Amanda Gutowski in 2008. Garvey led the Little East with 25 goals and 57 points.


Megan Bozek, Casey Pohlmeyer and Carlie Tarbell of the 16th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Northeast Region first team. Meg Flatley and Kellie Joyce were selected to the second team.

Bozek, Pohlmeyer and Tarbell, all of whom were 2013 America East all-conference selections, advance to the ballot for the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America team, which will be announced Dec. 2.

New Hampshire has had at least one representative on the all-region first team each of the last seven years.

Men's basketball

Daniel Webster College's Ray Farmer, a freshman forward from Nashua, was named the New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Week. A forward, Farmer averaged 11.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and five assists in three Eagle wins.

Cross country

High Point University's Jeff LaCoste, of Amherst and Nashu'as Bishop Guertin High, capped an excellent season with a 16th-place finish in the NCAA Division I Southeast Regionals in Earlysville, Va. LaCoste fashioned a 29:35.2 in the 10K race. There were 239 runners competing.

Football

Three members of the Plymouth State University football team were recognized for their outstanding performances this fall, earning selection to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) All-Conference Teams for 2013.

Junior placekicker Rob Giles of Pinkerton Academy of Derry was named to the All-MASCAC first team, while senior linebacker Josh Morgan and junior return specialist Chris Smith of Merrimack were second team selections.

A 5-foot, 10-inch, 163-pound kicker, Giles was 26-of-27 on extra point kicks and 12-for-14 on field goal attempts, establishing a new school standard for field goals in a season. He also equaled the PSU standard for field goals in a game (three), accomplishing the feat twice, against both Framingham State University and Fitchburg State University.

A 6-1, 218-pound linebacker, Morgan led PSU and ranked sixth in the conference this season in tackles (72), which included 7.5 tackles for lost yardage and one sack. Morgan was a standout on special teams, making numerous tackles and blocking three kicks.

A 5-9, 186-pound defensive back, Smith averaged 30.6 yards per kick return, including an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Senior running back Keith Charles, junior wide receiver Justin Bernard and freshman quarterback Yianni Gavalas of the Saint Anselm College football team each garnered Northeast-10 All-Conference recognition.

Charles was selected to the Northeast-10 all-conference first team, rushing 180 times for 793 yards (4.4 ypc) and 14 touchdowns, while catching 59 passes for 709 yards and five more scores.

Bernard joined Charles on the first team for the second straight year. Entering the season needing just 35 receptions and 155 receiving yards to own career, single-season and single-game records in catches, receiving yards and touchdown grabs, Bernard eclipsed those mark and re-wrote a chunk of the single-season record book as he made 111 catches for 1,146 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Gavalas, the two-time Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week, was chosen for the Northeast-10 All-Rookie team. Gavalas played in just seven games, including four starts, and completed 141 of 197 passes for 1,714 yards with 15 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

In his four starts, Gavalas was 135 of 186 for 1,608 yards and 14 touchdowns.

"College Notebook" is published weekly in the New Hampshire Sunday News. Submissions may be emailed to sports@unionleader.com.


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