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October 12, 2012

College Stars: Penney leads powerhouse Stonehill

Our College Stars Michael Muldoon
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Stonehill cross country team, which is 12th ranked in Division 2 nationally, is loaded with local talent.

The area harriers are senior tri-captain Ethan Penney from Haverhill, senior tri-captain Sean Hanlon from Georgetown, junior Scott Waller of Andover, junior Trent Fontanella from Pelham and junior Nathaniel Webber from Atkinson and Central Catholic.

Penney placed third in a 65-runner field with a career-best 24:26.42 at the early-season 8K UMass Amherst Invitational. Hanlon was 12th (24:54.30), Webber 34th (25:36.55), Waller 37th (25:39.08) and Fontanella 40th (25:43.59).

Penney, who smashed his previous personal best by over a minute, was named NE-10 Runner of the Week for his efforts.

Senior tri-captain Caroline McBride of North Reading placed 33rd at New Englands with an 18:08.43 for 5 kilometers.

Sophomore tennis player Thomas Alaimo from North Andover and Central was named the Stonehill Male Athlete of the Week. He is 6-4 at second singles and is 10-2 in doubles, where he was recently promoted to the No. 1 team.

Stonehill junior right-side hitter Kirsten Arvidson of Andover was named co-MVP of the Bentley Invitational. The 6-2 Arvidson leads the Skyhawks with 2.85 kills per set and is second with 3.2 points per set.

Freshman Hunter Tuck from Haverhill and Central Catholic is a reserve middle blocker.

Junior defensive end Patrick Rooney from Salem and Central Catholic has been in on 13 tackles with 1.5 tackles for a loss. Chris Esposito is a reserve junior linebacker.

Junior midfielder Devin Ingersoll of Londonderry has tallied a team-high 10 goals in 14 games for the Stonehill field hockey team.

Davis dazzles for Bates

Junior Kevin Davis of North Andover caught two touchdown passes in Bates’ win over Williams. The 6-3 graduate of St. John’s Prep has five catches for 80 yards in three games.

Other area Bobcats are sophomore lineman Joe DiPalma of Salem (3 tackles), sophomore quarterback Matt Cannone of Windham and freshman defensive back Jimmy Walsh of Andover.

Senior tri-captain Alicia Fannon of Haverhill placed 18th out of 172 runners at the 3.04-mile Saratoga Invitational. She was clocked in 18:24.70. Phi Nguyen of Methuen is a senior on the men’s team.

Three area grads are on the Bates field hockey team. Junior midfielder Sarah Warden of North Andover is a co-captain but has been out since a pre-season injury. Sophomore Jillian Conway of Andover starts on defense and freshman reserve forward Shannon Beaton of West Newbury has scored a goal.

Terrific trio

Robert Palumbo of Kingston scored in OT to lift UNH men’s soccer over Adelphi, 2-1. Charlie Roche of Haverhill scored the other Wildcat goal. In a 1-1 tie with UMBC, Alex Hussein of Haverhill scored off a Palumbo free kick.

All three are starting for the 5-4-3 Cats. Palumbo has scored three goals and Roche and Hussein two apiece.

Renaissance man

Dartmouth offensive lineman Patrick Lahey of North Andover is one of 147 candidates for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.

The fifth-year senior, a sociology major with a 3.37 GPA, is a preseason second-team All-Ivy selection. He is house manager for the Delta Chi fraternity and has worked with the Project Right Choice program.

Goals for Gareth

Gareth Dudney of North Andover has four goals and four assists for 8-3 Franklin Pierce. Timothy Adamchuk from Windham and Central Catholic is a reserve senior back.

Sophomore Joe Trujillo of Derry (27:08.7) placed 19th out of 275 runners and freshman Isaac Fithian of Kingston (27:16.0) placed 25th at the 5K Gordon Invitational.

Freshman Alyssa Lambert from Salem High, freshman Shannon Lozier from Pentucket and junior Kristyn Bliss from Derry are on the women’s team. Lambert and Lozier are the Ravens’ top two runners.

Freshman Jack Manning of North Reading golfs for the Ravens.

Freshman Jared Taylor of Pelham won at first singles and second doubles in the tennis team’s win over Regis.


Junior Rachelle Messuri of Atkinson netted the game’s lone goal with 13:49 remaining as St. Joseph’s field hockey tripped Salem State. She leads the 8-4 Monks with 17 points (6 goals, 5 assists).

Prestigious honor

Dennis Torres of Lawrence and Central Catholic won the Dennis DellaPiana Memorial Award for courage, determination and sportsmanship, which hadn’t been given out by the UMass baseball team since 2009.

A 28th round pick for the Orioles, Torres made two Gulf Coast League (extended spring training) appearances, throwing 2.1 shutout innings with two strikeouts.

Hall of Fame Hutnick

Mike Hutnick of Derry will be inducted into the Southern New Hampshire University Hall of Fame on Jan. 12.

The Pinkerton grad played in all 52 games over his four seasons with the Penmen. The 2006 SNHU grad twice was named a second-team All-NE-10 defender. He ranks fourth in program history with 118 career ground balls.

“Michael Hutnick was a true passionate leader for our program. His leadership was not only on the field, but off the field as well. We always knew that whoever we played, Michael was going to play his best,” said SNHU coach Paul Calkins.

Golfing buddies

Freshman Nicholas Pandelena of Atkinson fired a 77-82-78—237 to help BC tie for second at the Hartford Hawk Invitational.

His buddy, Florida Southern freshman Joe Leavitt of Atkinson, fired a 228 at the Cougar Invitational, highlighted by a final round 70.

Finlayson’s finest

Senior Kenna Finlayson of Derry was named Rivier Student-Athlete of the Month for September. The 5-foot-9 outside hitter, who is the Raiders’ lone captain, leads the squad with 5.7 points, 4.81 kills and 0.66 aces per set.

Junior Nicole Boucher of Windham (1.55 kills/0.64 aces per set) is a starting hitter and freshman Sam LaRosa of Salem is a reserve defensive specialist for the 14-6 Raiders.

Kicking Cavallo

Senior Nick Cavallo of Salem is Plymouth State’s No. 3 receiver with five catches for 106 yards but he’s most valuable on special teams. He had a whopping 10 punts in a 20-14 win over Nichols. Cavallo averaged 39.1 yards a boot with two downed inside the 20-yard line. He also connected on his lone PAT try.

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