WPI junior Eva Barinelli and her teammates punctuated the best season in school history by finishing third in the varsity eight race and as a team at the NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida on Saturday. The team finish is the highest of any NCAA team sport in school history.

In the varsity eight grand final, WPI finished third in a time of 6:46.017, narrowly missing out on second place to Ithaca, who finished in a time of 6:44.886 and crossed the finish line just ahead of the Engineers. Bates won the event, going wire-to-wire in a time of 6:40.713.

TRACK-AND-FIELD

An outstanding effort by Stonehill College junior Ashley Colarusso helped lead the Skyhawks to a first place finish at the Northeast-10 Outdoor Championships at Jess Dow Field, hosted by Southern Connecticut State University back on May 4th and 5th.

Not only did Colarusso earn a second place finish in the pole vault with a height of 11’5.25, but she was also part of the 4 x 400 relay team that took home a third place finish in a time of 3:55.91.

It was the third consecutive NE-10 title for the Skyhawks, who scored 248 total points to beat their nearest competitor, Connecticut State University (148.5) by nearly 100 points.

Colarusso followed up her strong effort at the NE-10 Meet with an even faster time in the 4x400 the following week at the NEICAAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, finishing in a time of 3:55.48 to earn a ninth place finish along with teammates Fiona Jordan, Casey Gannon and Krista Fernandes.

Regis College junior Cassie Froio and her 4x400 teammates Bernice Boateng, Payton Fitzgerald and Abby Flaherty teamed up to break a 19-year old school record with a time of 4:17.22, placing 15th in the race at the New England NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships back on May 4.

Froio was also part of the Pride’s 4x100 relay team which earned a 13th place finish at the meet in a time of 52.09.

This performance came on the heels of an outstanding day the week before at the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) Inter-Conference Track-and-Field Championship where she was part of two first place relay teams, the 4x100 and 4x400, and also competed individually in the 100, 200 and 400-meter races during the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) Inter-Conference Track-and-Field Championship meet held at Regis Stadium.

UMass Lowell junior Jessica Amedee earned a tenth place finish at the NEICAAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 100 meter hurdles on May 12, finishing in a time of 14.79. This followed up an even better performance the week before, when Amedee had raced to a sixth place finish in the event at the America East Championships with a time if 14.58.

Amedee’s teammate, UMass Lowell freshman Emily Sessa had a big day for herself at the America East Championships on May 5, earning a fourth place finish in the 4x800 meter relay team in a time of 9:13.89, while also taking a fifth place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in a time of 11:18.80.

On the Men’s side for the River Hawks, UMass Lowell graduate student John Fiorello wrapped up his tremendous college career in style with a pair of impressive performances in his final two meets recently.

Back on May 6, Fiorello won the shot put for the second year in a row at the America East Championships with a throw of 53’6.25, helping to lead the River Hawks to a second place overall finish, their best finish ever at the America East Meet.

Fiorello followed up that great effort with another strong performance the following weekend, closing out his career with a fifth place finish in the shot put at the IC4A/ECAC DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a throw of 52’5.25.

Stonehill College junior Joe Connolly had a huge day at the Northeast-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships back on May 4th and 5th, helping the Skyhawks to a third place finish. Connolly ran the anchor leg for the Skyhawks 4x100 relay team which earned a second place finish in a time of 41.71, while also taking a third place finish in the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.90, and a sixth place finish in the 200 meters in a time of 22.02.

UMass Amherst junior Michael Famiglietti had a pair of outstanding performances in back to back meets for the Minutemen. First at the Atlantic 10 Championship Meet, back on May 5, Famiglietti earned a fourth place finish in the 5,000 meters in a time of 14:44.70. He followed that up with an even better performance the next weekend at the NEICAAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, earning a second place finish in a time of 14:31.29.

Assumption College sophomore William Bennett earned an eighth place finish in the shot put with a throw of 44’4” at the Northeast10 Track and Field Championships back on May 5, while also taking a 15th place finish in the discus at the same meet with a throw of 102’2”.

Franklin Pierce senior Peter Murray earned a ninth place finish in the hammer throw with a distance of 136’5” at the Northeast-10 Track and Field Championships at Southern Connecticut State University back on May 5. Murray also took home a 14th place finish in the shot put with a throw of 41’5.75”.

Murray’s teammate, Franklin Pierce junior Anthony Barinelli earned a 17th place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Northeast-10 Track and Field Championships at Southern Connecticut State University back on May 5.

Nichols College junior Joe Mason earned a fourth place finish in the javelin at the 2018 MIT Final Qualifier last Thursday. Mason's throw of 56.43 meters – slightly down from his season-best 59.14 meters at the J. Elmer Swanson Invitational on April 21 – was the best of six attempts, one of which was a foul.

Prior to his performance at the MIT Meet, Mason had earned a ninth place finish in the javelin with a throw of 56.78 meters at the Division 3 New England Championships back on May 5.

Bridgewater State sophomore Ryan Bain earned a seventh place in the javelin with a throw of 180’8” at the MIT Division 3 Qualifying Meet on May 17. This followed a 15th place showing in the event with a distance of 174 feet at the NEICAAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships back on May 11.

The week before that, Bain had earned an 11th place finish in the event at the New England Division 3 Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a distance of 177’10.

After earning a first place finish at the MASCAC/Alliance Championships the week before, Westfield State sophomore Shea Hiltz and his 4x800 teammates had a another strong performance at the New England Division 3 Track and Field Championships back on May 5, earning a 14th place finish in a time of 8:13.76.

SOFTBALL

St. Anselm senior first baseman Shannon McLaughlin closed out her great career with the Hawks on Monday afternoon with a pair of losses to Southern Indiana University in the Division 2 Softball Championship at the James J. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia.

The two losses ended the greatest season in the history of St. Anselm softball, as the Hawks won the program's first ever East Regional title to earn their way to the Division 2 Women's College World Series in Salem.

Saint Anselm posted back-to-back walk-off victories against No. 8 Southern Arkansas and No. 25 Saint Leo. After an 11-5 loss to Southern Arkansas, the Hawks edged the Muleriders by a 3-0 margin in the rematch on Sunday to earn the right to take on Southern Indiana for a national title in a best-of-three series.

McLaughlin was a huge part of the Hawks success this season, with one home run, five doubles, 14 runs scored and 12 RBI in 56 games played. In the 8-3 loss to Southern Indiana, she had a walk and a run scored.

McLaughlin finished her career with the Hawks with a .242 batting average, 20 doubles, four home runs, 49 RBI and 44 runs scored, playing in 150 games. She also record 1,067 putouts at first base, the second most in school history.

Endicott College freshman second baseman Adrianna Favreau and her Gulls teammates recently capped off an outstanding season by advancing to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship. The Gulls defeated Eastern Nazarene by a score of 4-3 in the semifinals back on May 5, before finally being eliminated by Western New England by a score of 8-5 in the championship game later the same day.

Favreau finished her freshman season leading the league in batting average at .439, while also blasting three home runs and adding 25 RBI. For her efforts she was named the CCC Rookie of the Year, as well as making it to the All-CCC Second Team squad.

Framingham State sophomore utility player Kirsten Dick and the rest of the Rams recently captured the MASCAC Tournament championship with a 1-0 win over Westfield State, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division 3 Tournament where they won a first round game over UMass Boston before being eliminated by Tufts University.

Dick, who was 1-for-3 in the Rams 8-4 win over UMass Boston, finished the season batting .280, with one home run, ten RBI, 21 runs scored and six RBI.

Plymouth State sophomore infielder Nora Butler and her Panthers teammates won three games in the Little East Tournament recently before being eliminated by UMass Boston. Prior to their loss to the Beacons, Plymouth State had defeated Eastern Connecticut, Western Connecticut and UMass Dartmouth.

Butler wrapped up her sophomore season with a .307 batting average, to go along with ten RBI, ten runs score and two stolen bases.

WPI sophomore catcher Leila Camplese was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the Engineers 8-3 victory over Coast Guard Academy in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Tournament back on May 4.

The Engineers saw their season come to an end the next day with a 6-0 loss to MIT in the tournament championship game, wrapping up a 29-13 campaign in which Camplese saw action in 22 games, finishing with five runs scored and five RBI.

BASEBALL

Curry College senior outfielder John Cave wrapped up his final college season with the Colonels by batting .312 with one home run, 11 RBI, 15 runs scored and two stolen bases. Cave was second on the team in runs scored and fourth in batting average.

Cave finished his career with a .276 batting average, 24 RBI, 35 runs scored and two stolen bases.

Lasell junior catcher Rob Cutone had a big day for the Lasers in their recent 16-3 win over Norwich in the first round of the GNAC Tournament, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and an RBI.

The Lasers were eliminated in the next round by St. Joseph’s (Maine), closing out a season that saw Cutone bat .297, with ten doubles, ten RBI and 12 runs scored.

LACROSSE

Lasell College junior defender David Sheehan was recently selected to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Conference First Team. Sheehan’s selection comes following a season where he helped lead Lasell to a share of the GNAC regular season title with an 8-1 league record.

Sheehan was one of the top defenders in the country for Lasell, leading the GNCA and ranking fifth in Division III with 3.06 caused turnovers per game. He also ranked second on the team with 58 ground balls. Sheehan matched the program record with five caused turnovers four times, then established a new mark by causing seven turnovers in a 13-12 win over rival Mount Ida. He now owns the program record with 49 caused turnovers in a season and 121 in a career. Sheehan is an All-Conference First Team choice this season after earning Second Team honors last season.

Salem State junior attack Chelsea Smith had three goals and an assist for the Vikings in a 19-13 loss to Bridgewater State in the first round of the MASCAC Tournament recently. Her three goals in the tournament game gave Smith a team high 39 on the season to go along with five assists for a team high 44 points.

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