ICYMI: WNE’S Anthony Service Became All-Time Passing Touchdown Leader

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WNE senior quarterback Anthony Service became the program’s all-time passing touchdown leader yesterday in

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

In case you missed it, Western New England senior quarterback Anthony Service became the Golden Bears’ all-time leader in touchdown passes yesterday by tossing a pair of scores in a 45-0 win over Becker College.

The win over the Hawks bumped WNE’s overall record to 5-2 overall – it was also the team’s second-straight Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) win, too.

Service completed 11 of 21 passes against the Hawks for 205 yards. His first passing touchdown landed in the hands of Jared Wolfe, which provided the Golden Bears with a 7-0 advantage.

His second touchdown pass came early in the second when he connected with Mark Dietrich for a 58-yard strike. The touchdown pushed the Golden Bears ahead, 14-0, with 11:10 remaining in the first half.

In addition to his arm, Service registered 48 rushing yards on nine carries. Alec Coleman led the Golden Bears’ rushing attack with 88 yards on four carries and one score.

WNE is back in action this Saturday, October 28 when they host Salve Regina at 1 p.m. The Seahawks enter the contest 2-0 in conference play after defeating both Endicott and Nichols College.

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

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 Lax: Glover’s Five Tallies Helps Wentworth Top UNE, 12-10

By NoontimeSports.com 

Steve Glover netted five goals, including the go-ahead marker with 12:37 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Leopards defeated UNE in its final regular season contest. Both teams will meet against in the CCC Tournament, which begins on Saturday. Below is the release from this evening’s clash, courtesy of the Wentworth sports information department:

BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Steve Glover (Marstons Mills, Mass.) scored five goals – including scoring the go-ahead goal with 12:37 left in the fourth quarter – and assisted on three others to help pace the WentworthInstitute of Technology men’s lacrosse team to a 12-10 win over the University of New England.

With the win the Leopards improve to 7-8 overall and finish CCC play with a 4-4 record. Wentworth will travel for a CCC Tournament opening round game on Saturday against an opponent to be determined. The Nor’Easters see their season end with a 5-12 (2-6) record.

Glover broke a six-plus minute scoring drought when he scored with 8:52 left before UNE senior Patrick Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine) tied the score 38 seconds later. Junior Michael Cushera (Waltham, Mass.) gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with 6:51 left, however the Nor’Easters responded with a freshman Dan Auger (Nashua, N.H.) goal 1:29 later. Junior Ryan Coakley (Flemington, N.J.), who assisted on Cushera’s goal, scored from Glover with 2:19 left in the quarter to give Wentworth a 3-2 edge.

The Nor’Easters scored the next two goals and took a 4-3 lead with 9:14 left as senior Nick Gross (Kennebunk, Maine) and Wolfe scored 2:25 apart. Coakley scored with 8:59 left in the half and assisted on a sophomore Nick Parent (Windham, N.H.) goal 7:13 left to give the Leopards a 5-4 lead. Coakley’s assist was the 85th of his career, which sets the program record for career helpers. With 2:02 left, Wolfe tied the game at 5-all.

Senior Dan O’Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) gave UNE a 6-5 lead with his goal 34 seconds into the second half before the Leopards responded with four straight goals and took a 9-6 lead on a Glover marker with 8:49 left. Glover scored three of the four goals while senior Chris Kipp (Scarborough, Maine) had the other.

UNE battled back to score the next three goals – all coming in a span of 2:09 – to tie the game at 9-all. Freshman Andy Curro (Niskayuna, N.Y.) scored once and Gross added the next two.

Glover broke the tie with an unassisted tally 2:23 into the fourth quarter before, on a clear attempt, freshman Sean Farmer (Billerica, Mass.) carried the ball into the offensive zone and scored his first collegiate goal with 9:22 left.

Coakley scored from Glover with 5:53 left to make it a 12-9 game before Nor’Easter sophomore Sam Cloutier (Lewiston, Maine) rounded out the scoring with a goal with 4:27 left.

Coakley finished with three goals and two assists while Parent also had a multiple-point game with a goal and an assist. Parent also scooped up seven ground balls. Senior Jeff Bathalon (Harvard, Mass.) made the start between the pipes, making one save in 3:54. Classmate Jared Proulx (Nashua, N.H.) made 16 saves over the final 56:06. Proulx also picked up six ground balls.

Wolfe and Gross had three goals apiece for UNE, while Auger and Curro had a goal and an assist each and junior Jeff Bruno (Durham, Conn.) had two assists. O’Gorman and freshman Connor Leggett (Sunderland, Vt.) won nine and eight face-offs, respectively. Leggett had nine ground balls and O’Gorman eight. Cloutier caused three turnovers. Sophomore John Dusel (Wilbraham, N.H.) made 17 saves.

UNE held a 39-36 shot advantage and a 47-40 advantage on ground balls.

Mass. College Hoops: Gordon, Nichols To Meet In CCC Conference Championship

By NoontimeSports.com 

Gordon College and Nichols College will contend for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown tomorrow when the Bison host the Lord Jeffs for a 1 p.m. tip-off in Dudley. Below is a game preview, courtesy of the Nichols sports information department:

DUDLEY, Mass. – The Nichols College men’s basketball team will play for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship for the first time in school history Saturday afternoon when they host Gordon College at 2 p.m. at the Nichols Athletic Center.

Fresh off last night’s thrilling 83-80 overtime win against No. 4 seed Salve Regina, the top-seeded Bison welcome a Fighting Scots team which defeated Roger Williams in the quarterfinals on Tuesday and Wentworth in the semifinals last night. Gordon – which is seeded No. 3 in the tournament – brings a record of 16-10 to Dudley.

Nichols, meanwhile, is riding a seven-game win streak and continues to extend its program-record for wins, which stands at 22 entering tomorrow’s tilt. The Bison defeated Western New England 73-54 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday before rallying from a 10-point second-half deficit to eliminate the Seahawks, who ended the Bison’s season in both 2009 and 2012. Senior and CCC Player of the Year Ryan Sheehan (North Attleboro, Mass.) poured in a team-high 24 points while classmate Sam Horning (Falmouth, Maine) added 14 points – including the go-ahead three-pointer midway through overtime.

The Fighting Scots are led by junior and CCC Defensive Player of the Year Hans Miersma (Whittinsville, Mass.), who tallied eight points and 11 rebounds against the Leopards. Junior Jason Dempsey (Wallingford, Conn.) led all Gordon student-athletes with 18 points while senior Park Thomas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) registered 12 points and seven dimes.

The winner will receive the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Nichols is asking all fans to wear black and help ‘Blackout’ the gymnasium.

Mass. College Hoops: Nichols’ Sheehan Named To Academic All-America Second Team

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s today’s release about Ryan Sheehan, who was named to the Academic All-America Second Team:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College senior captain Ryan Sheehan (North Attleboro, Mass.) has been named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Men’s Basketball Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Sheehan – who holds a 3.86 grade point average (GPA) in international business – was named to the 2013-14 CoSIDA Division III Academic All-District 1 Team for the third-straight season last month. He began the week leading the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) in scoring at 18.4 ppg. Sheehan has scored at least 10 points in 19 of the Bison’s 23 games this season, highlighted by a 37-point effort in the season-opener at Lasell. This past weekend, Sheehan poured in 24 first-half points as the Bison won their program-record 18th game of the season.

Sheehan entered the season No. 6 in program history with 1,556 points. He enters tonight’s contest at Eastern Nazarene in second place with 1,980 points, which is 20 shy of 2,000 and 34 behind Billy Collins’ school-record of 2,014. The Bison have two regular season games remaining, plus at least one conference playoff game.

Off the court, Sheehan has been named to the Deans High Honors list in each of his first seven semesters at Nichols and is a member of the Zeta Alpha Phi Honor Society. A three-time Nichols College Male Athlete of the Year, Sheehan is the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a volunteer with the Miracle League, and a Big Brother at the Webster Boys & Girls Club. Last summer, Sheehan completed an internship with LGC Genomics.

“Ryan carries his academic success over to the basketball court, and vice versa,” said Nichols head coach Jeff Lindgren. “GPA and athletic success go hand-in-hand, and Ryan is a perfect example of that. We’re going to miss him when he graduates in May.”

Sheehan is joined on the Second Team by James Lazarcik of Beloit, Alex Longi of Denison, Gordon Lyons of Geneseo State, and David Thompson of Case Western Reserve.

Nichols tips off with Eastern Nazarene at 7 p.m