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Matroni earns Player of the Week award

Date: 10/30/2015

WESTFIELD –  Westfield State senior forward Kate Matroni of Hampden was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer Player of the Week.

Matroni had a huge game on Oct. 24, scoring one goal and assisting on two more as Westfield posted a 3-0 road win over league-leading Bridgewater State University, which had been unbeaten in league play to that point.

Matroni’s cross in the 31st minute lead to a header goal from teammate Nicole Gay to give Westfield an 11-0 lead. She tallied her own marker in the 53rd minute, knocking home the rebound of a teammate’s shot, then sent a cross to teammate Amanda Magri for the Owls third goal to help seal the win.  

Matroni leads the Owls in scoring this season with 13 points on five goals and three assists.

Westfield State has a record of 8-6-1 overall and stands in third place in the MASCAC standings with a 4-1-1 mark in the league for 13 points.

The Owls will host Keene State in a non-conference game on Wednesday at 7 p.m., then play their final regular season match with a 6 p.m. kickoff against Mass Maritime on Halloween Night.

Cloonan leads BU scoring

BOSTON – East Longmeadow native Ryan Cloonan backhanded a rebound over UConn netminder Rob Nichols to give the Boston University men’s hockey team its first lead of the game in a 4-2 win over the Huskies on Oct. 24.

Cloonan also assisted a goal in the Terriers’ 5-2 loss to UConn on Oct. 27.

As of Oct. 27, the freshman has 2 goals and 3 assists to lead BU with 5 points. He is also fifth in Hockey East in scoring by a freshman.

Vatrano tops among AHL rookies

PROVIDENCE – East Longmeadow native Frank Vatrano potted a goal and assisted another in the Providence Bruins’ 5-3 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Oct. 23.

With 10 points (8 goals, 2 assists) in seven games, Vatrano is third in the American Hockey League in scoring and first among rookies as of Oct. 27.

Kelleher paces UNH’s offense

DURHAM, N.H. – Tyler Kelleher of Longmeadow assisted four goals in the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team’s 6-6 tie with UMass on Oct. 23.

He followed up that performance with a game-winning goal and two assists against Union College on Oct. 24.

As of Oct. 27, Kelleher ranks first in Hockey East in scoring with 3 goals and 8 assists for 11 points in five games. His 8 assists are also tops in the conference.

Voight’s hat trick propels Elms College to victory

CHICOPEE – Brie Voight of Springfield netted a hat trick as the Elms College women's soccer team registered its 12th victory of the season, the Blazers’ highest win total since the 2006 season, with a 5-0 shutout victory over Wheelock College on Oct. 24.

Voight scored the Blazers’ first three goals at 17:07, 25:05 and 27:50 in the first half.

Groux wins women’s 1 and 3 meter diving

BOSTON – Monique Groux of Agawam claimed the 1 and 3 meter diving titles but the Westfield State University women’s swimming and diving team fell to Simmons College 194-90 in the season opening swim meet for the Owls on Oct. 24.

Pride wins final home game of 2015

SPRINGFIELD – Mikayla Wysocki of Longmeadow assisted a goal as the Springfield College field hockey team earned a 4-0 win over Salem State on Oct. 27 in the Pride's final home game of the 2015 season.

Alvaro scores again

SPRINGFIELD – Luke Alvaro of Chicopee potted team-leading 12th goal of the season in the Springfield College men's soccer program’s 6-0 win over Fitchburg State on Oct. 27.

Elms golf places 17th at NEIGA Championship

BREWSTER – Mike Fleury of West Springfield finished tied at 63rd with a 165 (86-79) as the Elms College men's golf team finished 17th overall at the 81st annual New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Division III Championship on Oct. 17.

WNE earns national ranking

SPRINGFIELD – The undefeated Western New England University football team has earned its first national ranking in program history, entering the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches' Poll this week at No. 21.

WNE is coming off a 35-3 victory at MIT that extended its program-best start to 7-0 (4-0 New England Football Conference).