Mass. College Sports: Recapping The 2012-13 Season (Program Note)


Good morning to everyone! Hope you had a great weekend and ready for a somewhat short week.

Over the next few days, we’ll be unveiling a variety of blogs that’ll recap the past year of college sports in the Bay State.

As many of you know, our focus has been on basketball, football, hockey and lacrosse for the past few months, which will be the primary themes for these posts. However, we will also recognize the various teams that concluded their campaigns with some hardware, as well as recognize some impressive individual performances, too.

If you’re a sports information director or a coach or a fan or broadcaster or reporter that’d like to recommend games or memories from this past year for our so-called countdown, please feel free to email us at

Thank you again for all your support, and we hope you enjoy our upcoming posts!

Mass. College Sports: News & Links From Across The Web

By Matt Noonan 

As the college sports season slowly winds down, there still remains some news to share, so below are a few links from across the web.

* Tufts University’s women’s lacrosse team will have a new coach next season as the athletic department announced on Wednesday the hiring of Courtney Farrell, who was the Associate Head Coach at SUNY Cortland. For more on the new coach — HOP HERE

* Williams College’s men’s and women’s tennis teams capped their seasons with a national championship. The men’s team claimed their first NCAA Division III crown since 2002, while the women’s team earned their sixth straight title.

* Stonehill College’s Dana Borges (Taunton, MA) and St. Michael’s Chris Moskal (Springfield, MA) are two of three male student-athletes that were selected as finalists for this year’s Northeast-10 Conference Man of the Year Award.

* has a piece on Westfield State baseball coach Ray Arra, who is “calling it quits after 50 years of coaching baseball.”

Assumption’s Colabello Called Up By The Minnesota Twins

By Matt Noonan 

The Worcester Tornadoes may not be playing baseball this summer, but one of their former players, Chris Colabello, will have the chance to suit up for the Minnesota Twins this afternoon against Atlanta, according to multiple reports.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported this morning that the Twins purchased Colabello’s contract from Triple-A Rochester, which will provide the former Assumption College star and Milford High graduate, a spot in Minnesota’s dugout.

Colabello spent seven seasons with the Tornadoes (Can-Am League) and hit .317 with 86 home runs before joining Double-A New Britain last season where he hit .284 with 19 home runs and 98 RBIs in 134 games.

The 29-year-old, who was currently playing for Rochester, was hitting .358 with 12 home runs, 17 doubles and 39 RBIs.

According to the Star Tribune, Colabello will replace Trevor Plouffe, who was placed on MLB’s new 7-day concussion disabled list.

Mass. College Softball: Tufts Wins First NCAA Championship

(Postgame video courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire’s YouTube channel)

By Matt Noonan 

The Tufts University softball team claimed its first NCAA Division III crown on Monday as the Jumbos rallied past SUNY Cortland for a 6-5 win at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire’s Gelein Field.

The Jumbos, who were making their fourth appearance in the NCAA Finals, won all four of its contests in the winners bracket to cap their season with a 46-3 mark.

“That was quite a battle,” Tufts coach Cheryl Milligan said after her team defeated the Red Dragons. “We had a little bit of nerves I think out there, but it was just fantastic to come out on top, so proud of these guys, proud of our seniors for how they carried us, it’s just unreal.”

Excluding their first national title, Tufts also won its second straight NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) crown, eighth overall, and second consecutive NCAA Regional, fourth overall, according to the athletic department’s release.

Tufts became the first New England team to win the NCAA Softball Championship since Eastern Connecticut State University defeated The College of New Jersey in 1990.

The Jumbos softball team isn’t the only team to earn some hardware in the 2012-13 season as the field hockey team won its first national title in the fall.

For more on the Jumbos victory, here are some links from around the web, which we’ve provided below:

* Tufts University Jumbos athletic release

* Boston Globe recap

*’s feature/recap

* NCAA 2013 Division III Softball Bracket

* Tufts University Photography – Photos from the Championship

*’s recap

* Salem News recap

Nichols’ Widdison & Dyakiv Earn Academic Honors


Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about Emily Widdison and Anna Dyakiv that were each named to the 2012-13 Capital One District 1 NCAA Division III First Team:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College senior field hockey student-athlete Emily Widdison (Greenfield, Mass.) and junior women’s tennis student-athlete Anna Dyakiv (Amsterdam, N.Y.) have each been named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic District 1 NCAA Division III First Team.

A member of the 2012 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-America Third Team, Widdison led the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) in goals (24) and points (57) this past season, both of which are Nichols single-season records. In the process, she became the program’s all-time leader in goals (51) and points (134). Widdison – who was also named CCC co-Player of the Year as well as Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year – recorded nine games with at least three points and scored two-or-more goals in seven games – including three against Fitchburg State on Sept. 13.

Widdison graduated last week with a degree in accounting & finance. Last fall, she was named to the NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad for the fourth-consecutive season.

“I am thrilled to hear that Emily Widdison has earned a spot on the Academic All-District First Team,” said field hockey head coach Kristan Mallet. “Along with being a talent on the field, she was impressive in the classroom throughout her four years at Nichols College. I am proud of the person she has become and know that she will continue to strive for success. She has left Nichols College with broken records, has raised the bar for all athletes, and her legacy will remain.”

Dyakiv, meanwhile, was named CCC Player of the Year for the third time in 2012 while adding a third All-CCC First Team singles nod and an All-CCC Second Team doubles selection to her resume. Despite being sidelined with an injury for part of the year, Dyakiv went 4-0 in singles and 5-0 in doubles to help the Bison remain undefeated in conference play for the third-straight year. In the final week of the regular season, Dyakiv posted a 3-0 ledger in both singles and doubles play and teamed with senior Jillian McQuiggan (Weymouth, Mass.) to clinch a key match at Endicott. In three years, Dyakiv has amassed a 21-0 singles and a 22-0 doubles record in CCC regular season competition.

A double-major in sport management and international business, Dyakiv is an ITA Scholar Athlete who was avolunteer at UEFA EURO 2012 and has also worked as a translator for officials from Belarus at Fed Cup. She is also a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, Zeta Alpha Phi, and Delta Mu Delta.