Mass. College Lax: Nichols Names Beal Head Women’s Lax Coach


Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about Kathryn Beal, who was named the women’s lacrosse head coach:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College Director of Athletics Charlyn Robert has announced the hiring of Kathryn Beall as women’s lacrosse head coach. Beall replaces Damir Pesa, who stepped down to become the head of equipment operations.

Bell was a four-year standout lacrosse student-athlete at nearby Assumption College, from which she graduated in May with a degree in marketing. A two-year captain for the Greyhounds, Beall was named to the Northeast-10 Second Team this past season after tallying 22 points (19-3-22), 38 draw controls, 25 ground balls, and 14 caused turnovers. Earlier this month, she participated in the IWCLA/DeBeer Division II North/South Senior All-Star Game.

For her career, Beall appeared in 63 games (60 starts) and graduated as the program’s all-time leader in draw controls with 175. She also collected 124 ground balls, which is No. 10 in program history.

“We are very excited to have Kathryn Beall on staff as our head women’s lacrosse coach,” said Robert. “She has had a great career at Assumption College and, as a IWLCA Senior All-Star, we look forward to her sharing her passion for the game with our players.”

Pesa – who will remain head coach of the women’s soccer program – saw his lacrosse squad match the program’s highest single-season win total in 2014, his fifth as head coach. In his new role, he will assist longtime equipment manager Bates Craver.

Mass. College Hoops: Bentley’s Battista Earns NE-10 Woman Of The Year & NE-10 Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete Awards


Courtesy of the Bentley University Sports Information Department, here’s last night’s release about Lauren Battista, who was named both the Northeast-10 Conference Woman of the Year and NE-10 Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete:

     WALTHAM, Mass. – Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS), who led the Bentley University women’s basketball team to a 35-0 season and the NCAA Division II national championship, has added both the Northeast-10 Conference Woman of the Year and NE-10 Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete awards to her already impressive list of honors.

The recent Bentley Summa Cum Laude graduate received both awards Monday night during the conference’s annual year-end banquet at the Essex Spa and Resort in Essex, Vt.

“Congratulations to Lauren for being named the NE-10 Woman of the Year and NE-10 Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year,” said Bentley Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach Barbara Stevens. “To be recognized by the member institutions of the NE-10 Conference for outstanding achievement on the court and in the classroom is a tremendous honor.  In a year full of outstanding accomplishments for Lauren, these NE-10 awards cap off a storybook season and an exceptional career.  We are extremely proud of her.”

Battista distinguished herself both on and off the court during her four years at Bentley.  Her senior year, which culminated with a come-from-behind 73-65 win over West Texas A&M in the national championship game, saw her recognized as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II Player of the Year, the Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America of the Year and the women’s basketball nominee for the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards DII Woman of the Year.

The three-time WBCA All-America totaled a school-record 2,112 points while leading the Falcons to a four-year record of 124-11, including a remarkable 96-6 over the last three seasons and 93-6 in conference play (regular season and tournament). She earned All-Conference recognition four times, including three straight first-team nods, and was the conference’s Player of the Year in both 2012 and 2014. Her four straight NE-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player awards is unprecedented in conference history, in any sport.

“Since my team’s national championship victory, I have been approached by aspiring athletes, fellow students, faculty, alumni, and other fans who have showered me with praise and admiration for being a positive role model and ambassador for women’s college athletics,” said Battista.

The success carried over into the classroom with Battista graduating with a 3.96 GPA while majoring in both marketing and liberal studies. She earned Capital One Academic All-America honors three times, including first team recognition the last two years, and was the NE-10 Sport Excellence Scholar-Athlete for women’s basketball three times.

In the community, Battista has volunteered with Team IMPACT, Habitat for Humanity and Bentley’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).

“My roles as a scholar and as an athlete have defined critical components of my character, but my experience giving back to others has had the biggest influence on the person I am today,” said Battista. “Through my work with Team IMPACT, I have been able to foster a relationship with a young girl battling leukemia and her family. Her optimism and strength inspire me daily. The experience has taught me to be grateful for everything I have been blessed with in life and that no challenge is too big to overcome.”

As the NE-10 Woman of the Year, which was selected by the conference’s Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) Council, Battista will now be considered for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Mass. College Football: Assumption’s Bates Earns NE-10 Man Of The Year Award


Courtesy of the Assumption College Athletics Communication Office, here’s last night’s release about senior football defensive back Mike Bates, who was named the 2014 Northeast-10 Co-Man of the Year Award:

Essex, Vt. (June 2) — Assumption College senior football defensive back Mike Bates (Holden, Mass./Wachusett) has been named as the 2014 Northeast-10 Co-Man of the Year, as selected by a panel of administrators from the Northeast-10 Conference member institutions. Bates becomes the first Assumption student-athlete to receive the Man of the Year Award, which was established in 2013.

The award was presented at the 2014 Northeast-10 Conference Year-End Awards Banquet, which was held on Monday evening at the Essex Spa and Resort in Essex, Vt.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Mike and I am extremely proud of him for being recognized with this award,” said Nick Smith, director of athletics and recreation. “Mike has excelled on the football field as an All-Conference athlete, but has showed that same commitment in the classroom and in the community. To be able to balance so many different areas and achieve at a high level in each, it is a sign of a student-athlete with tremendous character and work ethic who is truly deserving of this award.”

Bates, the winner of the 2014 Rev. Armand Desautels Memorial Award as the College’s “Premier Senior Student-Athlete,” is a three-time Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference selection and a three-time All-Conference selection for his performance on the field. A First Team honoree and a Worcester Area Football First Team All-Star in 2013, Bates led the team and ranked fourth in the league with 96 tackles. At the 2014 Assumption Senior Student-Athlete Awards Night, Bates was also honored with the Steve “Merc” Morris Memorial Award, which is given to the College’s “Top Four-Year Student-Athletes.”

A Preseason All-American and team captain this past season, Bates claimed the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Football Sport Excellence Award, which is awarded to the top student-athlete in each of the conference-sponsored sports.

In addition to his work on the field, Bates is an active member in the community as he volunteers his time to a number of worthy causes both on and off campus. One of his biggest contributions was his work initiating a relationship with Team IMPACT over the last three seasons as the Hounds football program adopted Yan and Jose Perez onto the team. His other community service work includes the Mentors in Violence Program (MVP), Red Watch Program, Toys for Tots and more. With the MVP Program, he acted as a lead mentor for the national program in 2012-2013.

An accounting major, he is a four-time recipient of the Assumption College Student-Athlete Director’s Citation for a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a four-time member of the Assumption College Student-Athlete Honor Roll. He was also inducted into the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society following the 2014 season.

Bates is a four-year recipient of the Milleret Merit Scholarship from 2010-2014 and received the 2013 St. Augustine Scholarship, which is given annually and voted on by the College’s faculty, staff and administration, to six junior class students that “most notably embody the characteristics of leadership, academic excellence, service and overall commitment.”