Merrimack eyes women’s hockey
A Division 1 women’s program may be in Merrimack College’s future.
During Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Volpe Expansion Project, Merrimack president
Dr. Christopher Hopey
mentioned a potential women’s program several times throughout his speech.
Currently, Hockey East’s women’s conference is home to Boston College, Boston University, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Providence and Vermont. Per Hockey East bylaws, any member of the men’s conference that adds a women’s program will be automatically granted membership into the women’s league.
“It’s been discussed and analyzed here a lot,” Merrimack College interim director of athletics
said. “We love our association with Hockey East on the men’s side and to have that for our women’s program is something we feel is part of the future. … It’s something we brought up with Hockey East and if we get to the point where we officially announce it they are supportive.”
The second annual Knights on the Run 5K race will take place on Oct. 20, with proceeds going directly to the North Andover Athletic Association. With proceeds from last year’s run, the Association continued its ongoing support of the athletic department, updating championship banners, sponsoring scholarships and helping cover stadium landscaping. The group was also able to upgrade the public address system at Walsh Stadium as well as purchase a new portable PA system for track meets.
You can register online at KnightsRun5K.com
Waldie sets Merrimack record
Merrimack junior forward Candace Waldie
of North Andover found the back of the cage on a career-high six occasions, propelling the No. 7 Merrimack field hockey team to a 7-0 shutout in its home opener against Saint Michael’s.
The local product enjoyed an unheralded performance, doubling the previous single-game record of three goals with a remarkable six markers, finishing the game with a career-high and single-game record 12 points to help the Warriors improve to 3-1 on the young season.
Last week’s Houston Astros’ win over the Cincinnati Reds drew a miserable 0.05 rating on its home affiliate, Fox Sports Houston. The average viewership was a measly 1,092 people.
Maybe the Astros really do need
In every quarter-hour measured, the game did not appear on more than 0.18 percent of the region’s 2.1 million televisions.
Mayweather wins big on Pats
plunked down $100,000 on the Patriots to cover a -3 spread in the first half of last week’s season opener. With the Pats up 21-3 at halftime, Mayweather pocketed a cool $90,909.10, which should help at least make a small dent in the $3 million loss he took in the Michigan-Alabama college opener just two weeks ago.
Mayweather says the Michigan bet is just a rumor, but he also plopped $200,000 on the Cowboys this weekend, so we know he’s a big spender.
Lombari makes debut
Kristian Lombari of Methuen will make his professional MMA debut Saturday night for Global Fight League at Latitude Sports Club on Rt. 1 in Peabody. Lombari will face Billerica’s Jason Barrett,
or as pro wrestling fans know him, Flex Armstrong, in the main event. The action gets underway at 7 p.m. with tickets costing just $35. You can visit www.gflmma.com for more information
Killer instinct Missinf
Jon Jones, who forced the cancelation of UFC 151 earlier this month by refusing to fight a replacement fighter after his original opponent, Dan Henderson, was injured, spoke of his last title defense against former teammate Rashad Evans
on Tuesday as part of a conference call for UFC 152, where Jones will defend his title against Vitor Belfort, sort of halfway saying he took it easy on Evans.
“With Rashad, I think a part of me saw a guy that I had sparred against,” Jones said, “and I don’t know, some of those elbows were definitely malicious but my killer instinct was just not there for some reason.”