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UNH, Dartmouth football players named All-New England

December 08. 2013 12:22AM

NEW HAMPSHIRE is well-represented on this year's FCS All-New England Team. Ricky Archer, Manny Asam and R.J. Harris of the University of New Hampshire, and Cohle Fowler, Dominick Pierre and Michael Runger of Dartmouth College all received regional honors from the New England Football Writers' Association.

Runger also was honored as a second-team academic all-American. The senior linebacker is an economics major with a 3.77 grade-point average.

Harris is a repeat selection from last season while Archer, who was sidelined a year ago, was feted in 2011.

Archer, a senior offensive lineman, was named to the 2013 All-Colonial Athletic Conference second team last week. Before Saturday's action, he had started all 12 games in the offensive trenches at right guard, helping the UNH offense average 32.2 points per game.

Asam, a senior safety, was an all-conference third-team selection this season. He ranks third on the team in total tackles (76) with 52 unassisted tackles and 24 assisted tackles. He is credited with five pass breakups and has registered six tackles for a loss.

Harris, a junior wide receiver who was tabbed to the all-conference first team, ranks second on the team in receptions (54), receiving yards (776) and receiving touchdowns (five) despite missing three games due to injury and being hampered early in the season by another injury.

A two-time All-Ivy first-team performer, Runger, a linebacker and a repeat selection from last year, finished his Dartmouth career leading the team in tackles for a second straight season with 85, which ranked third in the league. Four times he had at least 13 tackles in a game, including three of the final four contests.

Pierre, Dartmouth's second-leading rusher all-time with 2,638 yards, became the fifth player in the program's 132-year history to run for 1,000 yards in a season. The workhorse took the handoff 214 times - far and away the most in the league - to compile his 1,064 yards to rank second in the Ivy League.

Fowler, a 6-5, 315-pound offensive lineman, was an All-Ivy first-team honoree. He started every game at right guard, helping to plow the way for Pierre to attain his statistical achievements.

Panther prizes

Two members of the Plymouth State University men's basketball team earned weekly recognition from the Little East Conference after their performances last week. Sophomore Uche Nwokeji and freshman Curtis Arsenault of Berlin were named LEC player and rookie of the week, respectively. They were the top players as the Panthers won their only game of the week, a non-conference victory over Castleton State College.

Nwokeji posted his first double-double of the season in the win over Castleton. He scored a career-high 19 points and hauled in a season-best 16 rebounds to lift the Panthers to an 83-80 triumph. Arsenault finished one rebound shy of his first double-double of the season in the victory over Castleton. He tossed in 17 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and pulled in a season-high nine rebounds.

Marro lights it up

Junior Emilee Marro of Bedford is the New England Collegiate Conference's most recent Player of the Week. A former Trinity High of Manchester star, she helped lead Regis to its first victory of the season, 75-62 over Colby.

Marro, playing in her first game since returning from injury, scored a game- and career-high 29 points on 9-for-16 shooting in the win. The third-year guard also added nine rebounds, five assists, six steals, and one block in the victory.

A Keene sweep

Keene State College swept the Little East women's cross country awards.

Sophomore Samantha Goldsmith, of Derry, was named the Runner of the Year while freshman Rachel Klaski, of Chesterfield, was selected as the Rookie of the Year. Peter Thomas was voted Coach of the Year to mark the fourth time in the past seven editions that the Owls have garnered all three major awards.

The major awards were selected by a vote of the seven conference coaches, while the All-Little East first-team was determined by the order of finish at the annual conference championship.

Goldsmith is the sixth Keene State student-athlete to be elected as the top runner in the Little East. She crossed the finish line first in five out of her seven meets this fall and posted a personal record in the 6-kilometer distance at the NCAA Division III New England Regional and recorded the 15th fastest time in Little East Championship meet history to become the 14th Keene State runner in the past 15 years to stand atop the awards podium.

Klaski is the second Owl runner to be chosen as the top rookie. Klaski was the top rookie finisher in the conference championship. Two weeks later, she was the No. 2 Little East rookie at the 2013 NCAA Division III New England Regional with a 6-kilometer time of 23 minutes, 16.02 seconds.

Simula an All-American

Keene State College's Katlyn Simula of Bridgewater has been named to the Synapse Sports Division III Field Hockey All-America team.

A third-team selection, Simula, the Little East defensive player of the year, anchored an Owl defense that led the conference and was 17th in Division III in scoring margin (2.12) and 10th in shutouts (11), while ranking second in the Little East in goals against average (1.26). In 11 conference matches, Keene State allowed nine markers and held seven opponents scoreless. Simula, a starter in all 25 matches, ranked third on the team in assists (7), while fifth in goals (9) and points (23). She registered the decisive marker three times on the campaign, including the game-winner in the 2013 Little East Championship against intra-state rival Plymouth State.

Keene State (21-4) set a program record for wins and advanced to the second-round of the NCAA tournament.

Levesque named all-region

Massachusetts Maritime sophomore goalkeeper Katie Levesque of Wilmot was named to the second team of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire NCAA Division III All-New England Region squad.

Levesque, a graduate of Kearsarge Regional High School, led the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference for a second straight season with 175 saves, including a school-record 27 stops against Westfield State on Oct. 5.

Over the past two seasons, Levesque has set all of the Buccaneer single-season and career goalkeeping marks, as she has started in all 29 matches played while making 344 saves and posting seven shutouts.