EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 21, 2013

Atkinson's Cannon leads Tufts to national title

Michael Muldoon
mmuldoon@eagletribune.com

---- — Junior Anthony Curro of North Andover and St. John’s Prep and senior Nick Forgione of Haverhill and Central Catholic are both again members of the varsity eight for the Holy Cross crew team.

Holy Cross appears to be a popular destination for area scholar-athletes these days.

The women’s crew team includes junior Kristina Giangrande of Andover and PMA, coxswain on the second varsity eight, and sophomore Sarah Moroz of Andover, who competes on the varsity four boat.

Freshman catcher Connor Perry of Haverhill has appeared in 25 games with 11 starts for the baseball team. The Central Catholic grad is batting .250 with 11 RBIs and four runs for the 18-20 Crusaders. He has yet to commit an error.

Freshman midfielder Jersey Burns of Salem has seen action in eight of 16 games for the women’s lacrosse team.

Sophomore catcher Abigail Lang of Londonderry has started 11 of HC’s 34 games.

Freshman Jackie Carroll from Central Catholic has played No. 1 and No. 2 in singles and doubles. She has a 10-16 overall regular-season record.

It’s early in the season but look for some big efforts from a talented bunch of HC tracksters. They include sophomore Mackenzie Arndt of Merrimac and Central Catholic, freshman Hannah Carey of Windham and Central, senior Brittany Gorski from Tewksbury and Central, freshman Dana McManus of North Andover, sophomore Caroline McBride of North Reading, sophomore Lucius White of Andover and St. John’s and junior Ross Davies of Salem.

Dual threat

Eastern Nazarene sophomore outfielder Carissa Ciccolini of Methuen is batting .229 with 7 runs and 9 RBIs. She’s also pitched 30 innings with 19 strikeouts. Teammate Kendra Brasil, an outfielder from Methuen and Whittier, has scored four runs.

Pentucket pride

An update on three former Pentucket baseball stars:

Peter Creamer, a senior DH, is batting a team-high .421 with 26 runs and 31 RBIs through 40 games at Division 2 Eastern New Mexico.

Division 1 Coastal Carolina freshman pitcher Alex Ministeri has a 3.38 ERA in 2.2 innings.

St. Joseph’s of Maine freshman Corey McNamara is 0-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 10 appearances over 16.1 innings. He has a team-high 3 saves and a nifty .175 opponent batting average with 12 Ks.

No. 2 scorer

Senior midfielder Joseph Natale, a 220-pounder from Haverhill, is Curry’s second leading scorer with 32 goals in 13 games.

Curry senior catcher Mikaela Carney of North Reading, a two-year captain, owns a 3.46 GPA as a nursing major. She’s batting .288 with 12 runs and 6 RBIs.

Scholar-athletes

Freshman Ellie Donohue of Andover and Brooks and sophomore Kellie Walsh of Andover and Phillips made the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad. Both play for Colby. Players need a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA.

Dan the man

Sophomore forward Dan Loughlin of Methuen contributed five assists and some stellar forechecking for the Westfield State hockey team, which went 14-9-3, its most wins in the five years since the program was revived. He also made the MASCAC All-Academic team.

Westfield State sophomore track athlete Shawn Fournier is a thrower from Methuen and Central Catholic.

Tri-captain Sadie Graham, a senior midfielder from North Andover, has 14 goals, 2 assists and 22 draw controls for the 8-3 women’s lax team.

Senior Lynsay Wray of North Andover is a middle distance runner and junior Kelsey Garvey of Haverhill is a distance runner for the Owls.

Bashing Barry

Brandeis baseball features three local products. They are junior infielder Kevin Barry of North Andover and St. John’s (11 games, team-high .394, 8 RBIs), junior Zach Bardwell of North Andover and Central Catholic (8 games, .261), and sophomore infielder Brian Allen of Salem and Central (.250, 20 games).

Weight room warrior

Senior offensive guard Patrick Lahey of North Andover and Brooks School won Dartmouth’s Manley Award, given to the player who demonstrates the most improvement through his efforts in the weight room,

Senior southpaw Michael Johnson of Georgetown and Brooks (4-0, 1.57, 32 Ks, 34.1 IP, .172 BA) is off to a brilliant start.

Freshman distance runner Tony Anzivino of Derry won the 5,000 at the four-team Catamount Invitational at UVM in 15:16.85.

Senior Sarah Rutter of North Andover and junior Carly Rauh of Andover, a pair of Phillips graduates, are rowing for the Big Green.

Whit Hagerman of North Andover is an assistant women’s lacrosse coach.

Runner-up runner

There were a lot of strong performances at the 14-team UMass Invitational led by BC sophomore Alanna Poretta from Pentucket, who placed second in the 5,000 in 17:15.97.

Also UMass sophomore Brad Donahue of Methuen and Central Catholic (4th, 200, 22.47), Hartford freshman Eric Tahtamoni of Salem (6th, 400, 49.74), UMass sophomore Patrick Morrow of Andover (7th, 400 hurdles, 57.17) and UMass sophomore Patrick Farnham of Andover (2nd, 4x100, 42.59; 4th, 4x400, 3:20.19).

Wizards of Wheaton

Senior catcher Dan Gusovsky, a co-captain from Andover, is batting .343, with a team-high 29 RBIs, 11 runs and .994 fielding percentage for 22-7 Wheaton.

Sophomore infielder Justin Peluso of North Andover and St. John’s (.272, 15 runs, 9 RBIs) is also contributing.

The Beatons of Groveland, freshman Jim and senior William, have seen some doubles action on the Wheaton tennis team.

Freshman attack Alex Keiver of North Andover and Kimball Union has eight goals and three assists in seven games, five of which were starts. Anya Sokolova of Andover is a junior reserve defender for the women’s team.

Quick on the draw

Junior midfielder Kyleigh Keating of Windham is the Harvard women’s lacrosse team’s fifth leading goal scorer with 13 in 12 games. She has a team-high 46 draw controls.

She’s one of five Phillips grads competing for the Crimson, including four from the town of Andover.

Senior physics major Parker Washburn, a member of the men’s heavyweight crew, was second team All-Ivy last year. Junior Shane Bouchard is on the lightweight crew team. Claire Harmange is a sophomore on the women’s lightweight team.

James Lim is a freshman sprinter on the track team.

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