EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 22, 2013

Sports in a Minute

By Bill Burt
bburt@eagletribune.com

---- — Big chasm ON RED SOX

Jose Iglesias has hit well with the Red Sox since being recalled in late May.

But to really understand how, you want to compare him to the guy he replaced, Will Middlebrooks.

Middlebooks’ average was .196 heading into last night’s game, with 39 hits in 199 at bats.

Iglesias remarkably has one more hit than Middlebrooks but in 105 fewer at bats, which puts his batting average at .426.

Middlebrooks would have to go 211 for 388, or average .544 to catch Iglesias by the end of the season. Or Igleslias would have to go 0-for-107 to be averaging .196.

Red Sox wrecking rookies

The Red Sox are 8-3 in 11 games this season when the opposing starter is a rookie.

Those rookies have combined to go 1-7 with an 8.72 ERA — 42 earned runs in 43.1 innings — against Boston, and none completed the sixth inning.

NA host lax school

The North Andover Lacrosse School for boys 9-16 will be this Monday through Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the turf fields at North Andover High.

The cost is $125, which includes a jersey.

The drills are run by the North Andover High coaching staff, including Ryan Connolly, Ross Marchegiani, Steve Connolly and Ron Pollina. There will also a specialized clinic by MLL professional’s players Jim Connolly (Ohio Machine) and Craig Bunker (Boston Cannons).

For more information, contact Community Programs at 978-794-3080.

UMass Lowell soccer hits road

The good news for the UMass Lowell men’s soccer team is that it returns nine starters and 25 veterans from a squad which went 15-6-1 and advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Division 2 Tournament.

The not-so-good news is all but four matches in 2013 are away in its inaugural Division I season.

That type of schedule is typical of a college making the transition to NCAA Division I competition. The River Hawks will be eligible to play in the NCAA Tournament and America East Conference Tournament in 2017.

On the docket this season are two NCAA Tournament teams, two conference tournament and regular season champions, as well as three of the top seven teams in the neighboring Northeast Conference. The River Hawks open the season with a two-match swing in Florida — Aug. 30 at Stetson and Sept. 1 at Florida Atlantic.

Bergeron’s lucrative picture

At the CLASS Inc. of Lawrence annual golf tournament, which is now entering its third decade, one of the auction items was a photo of the Bruins celebrating after Patrice Bergeron scored the overtime game-winner against the Maple Leafs.

The 16x24 photo, signed by Bergeron, was expected to net about $500.

It raised $1,000. In other words, the Bruins are red hot around here.

Austin Prep honors

Four local students were honored at the Austin Prep Spring Athletic Awards Night.

They were sophomore Elijah Harris, of Haverhill, who received the Boys Tennis Award of Excellence.

Sophomore Isabella Pandolfo, of North Andover, who was named a Catholic Central League All-Star in girls tennis.

Freshman Jake Reid, of North Andover, who received the Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse Award of Excellence.

And junior Stephanie McQuaid of Windham, who was named varsity softball MVP.