Bridgewater State junior Ryan Bain will be competing at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships this week in Ohio.

The national championship meet will be held from Thursday, May 23rd through Saturday, May 25th at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The University of Mount Union and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission are co-hosting the three-day event.

Bain is seeded 18th in the javelin. He recorded his qualifying mark of 194 feet, seven inches (59.32m) at the 12th Annual Eastern Invitational on April 19th.

Bain tuned up for his date at Nationals with an outstanding performance last Thursday with a first place finish at the MIT Final Qualifying Meet, with a top throw of 182-09.

Bain was honored for his efforts by being selected as Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) GEICO Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week.

Jacksonville University sophomore Lauren Polimeno earned a fourth place finish in the Heptathlon at the Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference Outdoor Championships on May 11, helping the Dolphins to a third place overall team finish.

Polimeno finished with a personal best 4,578 points, narrowly trailing Liberty University's Jamie Gray who was third with 4,646 points. Liberty's Kylie Posgrove won the event with 5,131 points, while Kennesaw State's Jessica Watkins was second with 4,710 points.

On the first day of the heptathlon Polimeno raced to a fourth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 15.73, before she won the high jump and matched her personal best in the event, clearing a height of 1.62 meters (5 feet, 3.75 inches). Polimeno finished the first day with a fifth-place effort in the shot put (10.56m/34 ft., 7.75 in.) and a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash in a time of 26.28.

On day two of the event, Polimeno earned a fourth place finish in the long jump with a distance of 16-05.25, while she was also fourth in the javelin with a throw of 74-00

Polimeno closed out the heptathlon with a tremendous effort in the 800 meters, winning the event in a ASUN Heptathlon record setting time of 2:19.27, a full five seconds faster than the previous record.

Two former Tewksbury High track-and-field stars were among 17 members of the Stonehill College Women's Track and Field team to earn 25 All-East Region honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA).

The awards recognize each region's top five performers in individual events and top three teams in relay events.

Junior Ashley Colarusso ran the third leg of the Skyhawks 4x400-meter relay team that took home a tenth place finish at the New England Outdoor Championships, hosted by Southern Connecticut State University on May 11. Stonehill was the second Division II team to cross the finish line. The quartet which was comprised of Olivia Dexter, Claire Hurtado, Colarusso, and Krista Fernandes finished in a season best time of 3:56.26.

Prior to her outstanding performance in the relay, Colarusso had also excelled as an individual the week before, taking home a first place finish in the pole vault at the Northeast-10 Outdoor Conference Championship Meet on May 4 at Southern New Hampshire University.

Colarusso helped the Skyhawks win their fourth consecutive NE-10 Conference championship with a season best vault of 11-05.75.

The second member is freshman Krista Stracqualursi, also earned All-East Region honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA).

Stracqualursi earned her first-career All-East Region honor with a career best toss in the discus of 130 feet, 4 inches at the Holy Cross Invitational back on April 20.

Stracqualursi also had an outstanding effort in her first appearance at the New England Outdoor Championships, earning a 15th place finish in the discus with a distance of 124'8.

Prior to that, she had earned a fifth place finish in the discus at the Northeast-10 Outdoor Conference Championship Meet the week before with a distance of 126'4 as well as an eighth place finish in the shot put with a throw of 39'4.5.

LACROSSE

Lasell College senior defender David Sheehan recently wrapped up his brilliant career with the Lasers, and the post season accolades have been pouring in ever since, both in recognition of his outstanding season, as well as his tremendous career.

Sheehan started every single Lasell Men's Lacrosse game the past four years. He is two-year captain and the leader of the Lasell defense, which is statistically ranked number six in division III.

He was named this year's GNAC Defensive Player of the Year, earning his third All-GNAC selection and second straight First Team nod. He led the GNAC and ranked 29th nationally with 44 caused turnovers, and has the all-time single season and career records for caused turnovers at Lasell. His 165 career caused turnovers ranks in the top 10 in the NCAA Division III career record book. He helped lead the team to three regular season GNAC Titles, two GNAC championship appearances and one GNAC Title.

Off the field, Sheehan was equally as impressive. He has spearheaded numerous exercises around Domestic and Sexual violence training, not only for his team, but for the Lasell Community. He is a three-time member of the Dean's list and he will graduate with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Sheehan was recently presented with Lasell's Torchbearer Award, which is given to student-athletes in their final season of eligibility who have excelled on the playing field and in the classroom, while making a positive impact on the Lasell Community. The recipients of this award are individuals who exemplify leadership, team spirit, ability and character.

Sheehan is also one of four finalists for the prestigious 'One Love Men's Division 3 YRL Unsung Hero Award'. This national award honors college lacrosse student-athletes for their dedication, integrity, humility, hard work, and community service.

The other Division III men's finalists are John Biello of Albion College, John Tartline of Methodist University and Tanner Brown of William Peace University. There will be six One Love's YRL Unsung Hero Award winners, one from each division (DI, DII, and DIII; men and women). The winners will be announced in late May and will receive a Tiffany bowl and a $250 donation to the charity of their choice.

SOFTBALL

Endicott College sophomore infielder Adrianna Favreau and her Gulls teammates saw their 2019 season come to an end on the second day of the NCAA Division 3 Tournament Union Regional on May 11 at Cougar Field in Union, New York with an 8-2 loss to 13th ranked Kean University.

Favreau closed out her season with another impressive performance in the defeat, going 2-for-4 including a double to cap off what was a sensational sophomore campaign.

Earlier in the day, Favreau had helped lead the Gulls to a 3-2 win over Staten Island going 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored.

Against Staten Island, with the Gulls trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Favreau evened up the score with one swing of the bat when she belted a solo home run to center field for her sixth round-tripper of the season.

Hayley Arduini followed with a solo shot of her own in the second inning to make it 2-1 before Lauren Misiaszek added to Endicott's lead with an RBI double in the third, scoring Favreau who had singled earlier in the inning.

The two hit game was the 13th multi-hit game of the season for Favreau, who finished the season with a .377 batting average, which was third best on the team, to go along with six home runs, 31 RBI, 30 runs scored and five stolen bases.

Favreau's totals put her second on the team in home runs and stolen bases, and third on the team in RBI and runs scored.

Favreau was at her best in the post season for the Gulls. Overall in the playoffs, counting the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament (CCC) Favreau batted .435, with seven runs scored, three home runs, two doubles and four RBI.

The Gulls finished their season with an overall record of 33-7, including a 16-0 CCC regular season record, while also winning the CCC Tournament for the 11th time in school history with a 10-0 win over the University of New England back on May 5th.

The Gulls never lost back-to-back contests all year and rattled off an 18-game winning streak from April 2 to May 3. Endicott's 18-game winning streak started off with a 2-0 victory over then-No. 23 nationally ranked Tufts University. It was the first win over a nationally ranked opponent since a 7-5 win over Illinois Wesleyan on March 18, 2010.

Framingham State junior third baseman Kirsten Dick and her Rams teammates closed out their successful season with a 4-1 loss to Cortland in an elimination game of the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Tournament at the Cortland Regional at Dragon Field in Cortland, New York.

The Rams (24-21) had earned their spot in the NCAA Tournament by winning the MASCAC Tournament back on May 4 with an 8-0 win over Bridgewater State. It was the third straight MASCAC Tournament title for the Rams.

The loss wrapped up an impressive junior season for Dick, who batted .348, with three home runs, 22 RBI, 29 runs scored, 13 doubles and four stolen bases in 45 games. She also had an OBP of .441 and a slugging percentage of .539.

Dick finished third on the team in batting average and fourth in runs scored, while she was second in doubles, OBP and slugging percentage.

WPI junior catcher Leila Camplese wrapped up her season back on May 11, playing in a pair of games in the NCAA Division III Medford Regional in Worcester.

Senior Caraline Wood was 4-for-4 with a triple, a home run and three RBI while sophomore Marissa Gonzales batted 3-for-4 with a double and a triple as WPI eliminated St. Joseph (CT), 12-3 from the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Championship in game four of the Medford Regional. Later in the day, the Engineers were then ousted by Tufts, 4-3, in game five Saturday at Spicer Field.

In the 12-3 victory over St. Joseph, Camplese want 1-for-2 with a run scored.

The Engineers (33-11) had earned their spot in the NCAA Tournament by winning the NEWMAC Conference Tournament back on May 4, sweeping three games on the day to win their second NEWMAC title in the past four seasons.

The Engineers started their day with a 3-2 win over Wellesley, before taking two straight from MIT by scores of 2-0 and 5-4 respectively, to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Camplese ends her junior season with a .200 batting average, to go along with two RBI, ten runs scored and one stolen base in 25 games played

ROWING

WPI senior Eva Barinelli was one of four WPI student-athletes to earn NEWMAC Rowing All-Conference First Team accolades.

Barinelli, who was also the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship honoree, was joined on the First Team by teammates Kinsey McNamara, Madison Healey and Christine Hovermale.

The WPI varsity eight is undefeated this spring, including a nail-biter versus defending national champion, and then-No. 1, Bates on April 14. The Engineers took back the Jennifer McLaughlin Cup versus Smith, Wesleyan and Colby for the first time since 2011 in the spring opener. A week later, WPI knocked off Williams to deny the Ephs a 15th-consecutive win in the Donahue Cup. The Sunday prior to the varsity eight hoisting the NEWMAC trophy for the first time following a close race with Wellesley, WPI earned the Bernie Brown Cup for the second consecutive year versus Tufts.

The Varsity Eight also captured the program's first NEWMAC Championship back on April 26 on Lake Quinsigamond. In addition to snapping an eight-year reign by Wellesley, the Crimson and Gray earned an invitation to the NCAA Division III Championships May 31-June 1 in Indianapolis.

WPI (6:52.04), the No. 1 crew in Division III and in the NCAA Division III New England regional rankings, defeated No. 6 Wellesley (6:55.58) by 3.54 seconds in the varsity eight to win the NEWMAC title. No. 5 Smith (7:01.83), who was third in the regional rankings, was 9.79 behind the Blue to claim third. No. 15 Mount Holyoke (7:14.14) was followed by Clark (7:22.44).

In addition to her athletic exploits Barinelli is also getting the job done in the classroom. Barinelli recently earned NEWMAC Academic All-Conference laurels for the spring 2019 season. Paced by 14 three-time honorees, 55 WPI spring student-athletes have garnered NEWMAC Academic All-Conference status.

Honorees must have met the following criteria: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2018 fall semester, achieved second year academic status at her institution, and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.

ICE HOCKEY

St. Michael's senior forward Patrick Doherty was recently named as one of three winners of the Victor V. LeMieux '35 Award.

The Victor V. LeMieux '35 Award, which was established in 1964, is presented annually to the St. Michael's varsity athlete best displaying loyalty and leadership in their program, both on and off the field of competition.

Doherty overcame a mid-season injury to turn in a career year as an assistant captain for the men's ice hockey team, as the hardworking forward netted three goals with four assists while accumulating a plus-5 rating and blocking 11 shots despite missing eight games.

Away from the rink, he made a major impact through the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Student Support Network, and as co-chair of the College's chapter of Hope Happens Here, helping to establish new chapters around the Northeast-10 Conference and at Vermont high schools. A business administration major, Doherty has been recognized five times with conference academic awards, including qualifying for the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll on four occasions.

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