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College Notebook November Edition - TheSportsDept.com

College Notebook November Edition

Jenna Clavette and Katherine Mahoney helped anchor Roger Williams during its successful field hockey season. Clavette, who played for Enfield High, was named to the All-Commonwealth Coast Conference Second Team. She started every game but one and helped drive the offense with her ability to create plays in the midfield. Mahoney, who starred at Suffield High, led the team in goals with 11 and points with 23. The pair led Roger Williams to a record of 8-13.

Eastern Connecticut senior forward Laura Chicorka was named to the All-Little East first team for field hockey on November 10th, making her the program’s second four-time selection in its history. The Enfield native was third on the Warriors and fourth in the conference with eight assists and ranked third on the team in points with 20.  Chicorka led Eastern to a 13-7 finish, good for fourth in the conference and a program record for wins. It advanced to the conference tournament finals before losing to Keene.

Endicott senior Ashleigh Allen was named to the Commonwealth Coast Conference All-CCC team and received the Co-Defensive Player of the Year award. Allen, who starred for Glastonbury high, started every game and led the Gulls in assists with 10 while finishing third in points with 24. She helped Endicott advance to the conference tournament finals and finish with a record of 11-10.

Trio of Players Leading Eastern Men’s Soccer

Xavier Doran, Cooper D’Ambrosio and Ryan Murphy led Eastern Connecticut to a great regular season.

Doran, who played at RHAM, was twice named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week in October. Doran had a hat trick in a win at Southern Maine on the October 17, and earned both a goal and assist in a win at Fitchburg State four days earlier. The next week, Doran scored the game-winning goal against Rhode Island College in the second overtime and scored once in a win against the Coast Guard Academy while also assisting on the game-winning goal. Doran finished the regular season leading the team in goals (10), assists (8) and points (28).       

D’Ambrosio, who played with Doran at RHAM, also had a strong regular season, starting every game and finishing third on the team in goals with four. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Coast Guard.

Murphy, a freshman goalkeeper, had a memorable debut campaign. He recorded six shutouts and averaged more than 4.5 saves per game while obtaining a goals against average of 0.62. Murphy was named the Little East Goalkeeper of the Week four times, most recently for the week of October 19-25, when he shutout RIC.

Eastern finished 14-4-1, losing in the Little East Conference semifinals. It is a candidate for an at-large berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Woodhouse and Picard Help Brandeis Men’s Soccer Succeed on the Field and in the Classroom

Ben Woodhouse, who is the Judges main goalkeeper, helped the team earn a berth in the Division III Tournament. Woodhouse, who played at Suffield High, went 11-2-1 in his 14 starts and recorded eight shutouts. The senior averaged more than three saves per game and obtained a goals against average of 0.63.

Jake Picard, who was Woodhouse’s teammate at Suffield, was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America for his work in the classroom. The senior midfielder has a 3.73 GPA and is a double major in Health: Science, Society and Policy and psychology. Picard started every regular season game and earned six points.

Cross Country

Quinnipiac runner Matt Mensher finished 15th overall at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships on October 30th with a time of 24:29.2. Mensher, who ran for Tolland High, earned All-MAAC honors with his outstanding performance.

Girls Soccer

Quinnipiac starter and Enfield native Jess Fontaine was named to the ALL-MAAC Academic Team. The sophomore finished 2015 with five goals, seven assists and 17 points, leading the Bobcats in assists and finishing second in goals and points. She led the team to a final record of 8-8-1.


Assumption College swimmer Rachel Gagnon continued her strong campaign in the last few weeks. The former Tolland High star performed well at the Catholic College Invitational on the weekend of October 15th, swimming the breastroke for the 400-yard and 200-yard individual medley teams that finished second and third, and placed eighth in the 100-yard breastroke. Two weekends later, the senior won the 100 breast against SUNY Purchase in 1:09.36 and was a member of the winning 200 IM team. Against

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