Back in the summer of 2005, Zach Collett and Joey Royer were two of the key players in the Westbrook all-stars run to the Little League World Series. Next fall they’ll be reunited on the baseball diamond.
Collett, a senior infielder at Westbrook High, and Royer, a senior left-handed pitcher for Cheverus, have signed letters of intent to play baseball at the University of New Haven, a Division II program in the Northeast-10 Conference with Division I dreams.
“We recruit Division I caliber guys,” said Raphael Cerrato, the head coach of the Chargers. “We compete at a high level.”
The New Haven staff first saw the two in Maine’s junior all-star game last year and kept in touch over the summer. They also had some inside help: former Deering players Jack Heary and Taylor Candage.
When Collett and Royer visited the campus, they stayed with them. And, said Cerrato, Heary and Candage had great insights into the players.
“They both helped in the recruiting process,” said Cerrato. “They all knew each other. I talked to our guys about (Collett and Royer). They know our level of competition. We had some good conversations.”
Collett, said Cerrato, could fill a void in the middle of the Chargers lineup. He said, “I thought Zach was one of the best hitters we saw all summer whether you’re talking Division I or Division II.”
Royer is a likely starter for New Haven.
“He was one of the better lefties we saw,” said Cerrato. “And as good as he is now, he will get better.”
Bentley University sophomore Craig Robinson of Scarborough helped the Falcons to a fifth-place finish in the NCAA Division II East regional last Sunday. Robinson complete the 10,000-meter course in 32:35, in 25th place. He was the fourth Bentley finisher. Earlier, Robinson finished 26th to help the Falcons to a third-place finish in the Northeast-10 championships. He completed the 8,000-meter course in 26:06.9.
• Colby College senior Emma Linhard of Brunswick finished 91st of 279 runners in the NCAA Division III championships last weekend. An all-New England selection, Linhard completed the 6-kilometer course at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, in 22:21.7.
• Freshman Emily Attwood of Cape Elizabeth helped Middlebury (Vt.) College win the recent ECAC championships. Attwood finished seventh overall with a time of 22:54.
Colby College senior midfielder Meryl Poulin of Cape Elizabeth was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference second team for the third consecutive year. Poulin led the Mules with 10 goals and three assists, finished her career with 22 goals and 16 assists.
• UMaine-Farmington senior midfielder Emma Deans of Gorham was selected to play in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III senior game. She scored six goals and a North Atlantic Conference-high 13 assists this season for the Beavers, giving her 20 goals, 23 assists and 10 defensive saves in her career.
• Junior forward Hannah Clarke of Falmouth scored five goals and an assist in helping Middlebury advance to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals, where the Panthers lost 3-0 to Ursinus. Clarke scored one goal in the playoffs, helping the Panthers beat Tufts, 3-2.
Freshman defenseman Kevin Hart of Cumberland (Phillips Exeter Academy) has played in every game for 5-5-2 Providence College, scoring two assists. He is third on the Friars with a plus-4 defensive rating.
• Hobart College sophomore goalie Nick Broadwater of Portland (Deering) was named ECAC West Goalie of the Week two weeks in a row. For the season, Broadhurst is 2-3-1 with a 2.99 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.
Seniors Eugene Arsenault of South Portland and Sam McAdam of Portland have been named among the three captains for Clark University’s men’s team. Arsenault missed all of the 2010 season with an injury, but had scored 20 goals in 2009. McAdam made 10 starts on defense and scored eight goals and 10 points.
Wentworth Institute of Technology senior defender Anthony Berntsen of Portland was named an Academic All-American after he was selected to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America second team.
• University of Chicago sophomore midfielder Steven Chase of Cumberland (Greely) was an honorable mention selection on the all-University Athletic Association team. Chase started 16 of 17 matches for the Maroons and had one goal.
• Bucknell senior defender Travis Rand of Westbrook had a strong season for the Bison, who finished 10-9-2 after losing 1-0 in overtime to Penn in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Rand, a captain, had three assists and was considered one of the team’s top defenders the last two years.
• Sophomore Amory Houghton of Cape Elizabeth helped Franklin Pierce University advance to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals, where the top-ranked Ravens lost 1-0 to Dowling. Houghton had six goals and five assists for the Ravens (17-2-2).
LaSalle University sophomore Kyle Goan of Westbrook recently helped LaSalle to its first victory ever over St. Bonaventure, finishing second in the 50 freestyle (21.55 seconds), third in the 100 free (47.87) and swimming on the 200 free relay.
• Freshman Keegan Goan of Westbrook was named Athlete of the Week at Elms College of Chicopee, Mass., after his performance in a recent meet against Colby Sawyer. He won the 50 backstroke (31.45) and the 50 butterfly (a school-record 28.24) and was part of two winning relay teams.
• Gettysburg (Pa.) College junior Matt Libby of Freeport (Cheverus) continues to swim well for the Bullets. In helping Gettysburg improve its record to 3-0 he won the 100 free in 54.95 and swam on a winning relay team.
Senior guard Emily Rousseau of Biddeford is off to a good start for Stonehill College (4-1). She is averaging a team-high 20.4 points with team highs in assists (19) and steals (10). She was recently named to the Stonehill Tipoff Classic all-tournament team.
Freshman goalie Chelsea Meyers of Naples (Lake Region) had a 2-0 record for Division I University of Houston. She made the team as a walk-on and played most of the first two games. She had four saves in a 4-0 win over Sam Houston State and was in goal for a 7-0 win over Texas Southern.
Staff Writer Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at: [email protected]