October 18, 2013

College Connections: Hoxsie leads Scarborough contingent at Roger Williams

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Trevor Hoxsie admits that he’s enjoying “living the life” as a senior at Roger Williams University, sharing a house that overlooks Narragansett Bay.

“It’s a great location. The second you get on campus you’re taken over by it,” said Hoxsie, one of the three Scarborough High grads on a team that improved to 12-2-1 with Wednesday’s 3-0 nonconference win against a tough UMass-Dartmouth opponent.

Hoxsie’s best friend “for a long time,” Andrew Nigro, is a senior defender who has seen limited time this year after a knee injury cost him his starting spot and entire junior season. The Scarborough pair became a trio when freshman Trevor Sparda came aboard. Sparda has quickly developed into a starting midfielder and first-rate sniper. He scored his fifth goal against UMass-Dartmouth on just his 14th shot (10 on net).

“Trevor Sparda is having a great year so far as a freshman,” Hoxsie said. “It’s fun to play with someone that I played high school with for one year.”

Hoxsie’s been doing all right himself.

Coming off a junior season when he was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year, he’s matched his junior-year goal total already with 12 (second-best in the CCC) and leads the league with 27 points despite constant double-teaming.

“There’s not a coach in New England that doesn’t know him,” Coach Jim Cook said of Hoxsie. “He’s double-teamed by everybody we play.”

While Hoxsie is in a personal goal-scoring drought of four games, there have been times that even the double teams can’t stop him, Cook said.

“We’ve won some huge games this year because of his individual talents,” Cook said.

The prime example was his game-winner with four seconds left in double overtime for a 2-1 win at Babson on Oct. 2.

In the waning seconds a corner kick bounced to Hoxsie.

“Trevor’s strong foot is his right foot. The way it bounced out to him, the only way he could hit it was with his left foot. He just readjusted his body and cracked it and drove it into the top right corner,” Cook said. “There aren’t many players anywhere that could have made that shot.”

Hoxsie spent his freshman year at Utica College and made an immediate impact with nine goals, but the distance from home and upstate New York in general were “very depressing,” Hoxsie said.

His three years back in New England have been a pleasure he said.

This year he’s come out of his naturally laid-back approach a bit as one of Roger Williams’ three captains.

Cook admitted that he had “concerns” about Hoxsie being a captain because of his naturally relaxed approach.

“He basically told me after last year, ‘I want to be a leader on this team.’ He ended up being one of our tri-captains and the three of them have been great,” Cook said.

A finance major with a musical background – “I wouldn’t call myself a musician but I play piano and guitar,” he said – Hoxsie knows that living the college life is nearing its expiration date.

“My dream would be to work in the music industry somehow,” he said.

In the meantime there is unfinished business.

The River Hawks are just 2-2-1 in the CCC after winning the regular-season title in 2012.

“You hate to say this but really all that matters is the playoffs. That’s when you really need to give it your all in the field. Whoever wins the CCC makes it to the NCAAs,” Hoxsie said.

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