SPRINGFIELD – Western New England University women’s lacrosse senior Emily Castleman of Wilbraham was named Defensive Players of the Week by the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).
Castleman, a goalkeeper, posted an 8.75 goals-against average after collecting 14 saves in a 2-0 week for the Golden Bears. In a 19-8 win over Gordon on Tuesday, the elementary education major recorded eight saves. Then in a 21-9 triumph two days later over Bridgewater State, she had six saves. She totaled three ground balls.
On the season, Castleman’s CCC ranks are first in wins (9), third in GAA (10.37), fifth in saves (66) and eighth in save percentage (.431).
Castleman previously was named CCC Defensive Player of the Week on April 21, 2014.
BUZZARDS BAY – Westfield State University women’s lacrosse attack Brooke Williams of Wilbraham was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference’s (MASCAC) Rookie of the Week on April 6.
Williams registered nine points on five goals and four assists in a 2-0 week for the Owls. She scored three straight goals to secure the 16-11 victory over Fitchburg State and added a pair of goals with three assists in the 19-9 win over Smith College.
BUZZARDS BAY – Alexandria McMahon, a senior at Worcester State University from East Longmeadow, was named to the MASCAC women’s track and field honor roll on April 6.
McMahon finished third in the 400 meter hurdles with a Division III New England qualifying time of 1:07.87 while also adding fifth in the 100 meter hurdles (17.66) at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet.
NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Lauren Kennedy of East Longmeadow threw the javelin 117 feet, five inches to secure a victory for Connecticut College at the Amherst College Spring Fling on April 4.
Kennedy earned an invitation to the New England Division III Championship for the Camels.
SPRINGFIELD – Senior attack Michelle Dorsey of Wilbraham recorded five points including three goals and two assists as the Springfield College women’s lacrosse team defeated Mount Holyoke College 16-3 on April 4.
On April 1, Dorsey paced Springfield with a six-goal effort as the Pride cruised to a 17-1 victory over the Coast Guard Academy.
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Elizabeth Footit of Wilbraham earned points for the Pride in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 5:14.88 to help the Springfield College women’s track and field team to a first place finish at Middlebury College on April 3.
SPRINGFIELD – Nate Weissman of Longmeadow earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 5 singles and Chris Unger of Westfield earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 6 singles as the Springfield College men’s tennis team started off New England Women's and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 9-0 victory over Emerson College.
SPRINGFIELD – Longmeadow’s PJ Nassar teamed with Andres Otero to earn an 8-5 victory at first doubles as the Western New England men’s tennis team swept Curry College 9-0 on April 1.
SPRINGFIELD – Junior attackman Brendan Boss of West Springfield posted a career-best six point outing, including four goals and two assists, as the Springfield College men's lacrosse program scored 18 of its 20 goals in the first half, as it cruised to a 20-7 victory over the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on April 4.
Chris Santaniello, also of West Springfield, started the contest and finished with a team-high four saves and Ben Menard of South Hadley also found the back of the net.
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Alex Niemiec of Chicopee led the way for the Pride with two first-place finishes as Springfield College men’s track and field program took second-place at Middlebury College on April 3. In the high jump, the sophomore had his peak at the 6-06.00 mark, he then nabbed first in the long jump with a 23-04.75 performance.
BOSTON – Collin Ritter of Feeding Hills had 47 assists, six digs, and two blocks as the Wentworth Institute of Technology men's volleyball team defeated Emerson 3-0 in the first round of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament on April 7.
Ritter also had 33 assists in a 3-0 loss to Rivier College on April 4.
SPRINGFIELD – Ryan Malone of Chicopee led the Pride with six blocks as the Springfield College men’s volleyball team defeated New Paltz 3-1 (21-25, 26-24, 25-23, 19-25, 15-10) on April 4.
Malone also posted a match-high seven digs in a 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-19) sweep of Ramapo College on April 3.
SOUTH HADLEY – Senior attack Colleen Keeley of Agawam scored a goal and registered an assist as the Springfield College women’s lacrosse team topped Mount Holyoke College 16-3 on April 4.
Keely also assisted a goal in a 17-1 win over the Coast Guard Academy on April 1.
LUDLOW – Western Mass Pro Soccer Club was informed by the American Soccer League (ASL) that the games against member club Ironbound Soul will be cancelled. The Ironbound Soul are suspended for the spring season due to violation of league rules.
“The ASL contacted us and said our home opener versus Ironbound Soul on April 25, along with the away game on May 23 are both cancelled by the league,” Director of Soccer Operations Steve Scott said. “All we know is that the Ironbound Soul will not be competing in the ASL 2014-2015 spring season due to violation of league rules, and that both games are immediately cancelled.”
With the April 25 game cancelled, the Western Mass home opener will now be May 2, 7:30 p.m. versus Mass United. Mass United and Western Mass tied both games they played in the fall part of the season.
SPRINGFIELD – The Valley Blue Sox will host their annual kickoff party April 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the bar La Quinta Inn & Suites, 100 Congress St., Springfield.
Refreshments will be on hand with a cash bar and free tp beer as partygoers take in the Red Sox-Phillies game. Free door prizes will be handed out every half inning.
Also upon request, you can get a tour of the Blue Sox 'War Room' in their offices upstairs. There you will the quick scoop on our players, how they get them and you'll even be able catch a glimpse of some of the things we use to help make decisions.
Admission to the event is free.
Individual game tickets go on sale April 15.