Saturday, March 8, 2014
By Steve Craig firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The four remaining regular-season games are league games, including Saturday’s match in Biddeford against the University of New England.
If his history against Maine colleges is an indication, expect Hoxsie to find his scoring touch.
He had two goals earlier this year at home against St. Joseph’s. The last time he played at UNE, as a sophomore, he had three goals and an assist.
Another local having a strong season for a top team in the CCC is Gordon senior goalkeeper Tim Hardy of Gorham. Hardy has started 11 of 14 games for the Fighting Scots, who are 13-1 overall and 4-1 in the CCC.
Hardy is 10-0-0 and has a .72 goals-against average in his first season as the primary keeper. Hardy did suffer a recent injury.
Elsewhere around the CCC, Curry College senior midfielder Ethan Wajer of Newcastle (Lincoln Academy) has made 10 starts this season with one assist for Curry (6-5-3, 2-2-2). ... At Nichols College, junior midfielder Daniel Snyder of Kennebunk and freshman back Aaron Sinclair have played limited roles. Snyder does have five starts for the Bison (8-1-4, 3-1-1) ... Wentworth Institute of Technology junior Connor Gullifer of Scarborough has started every game for the Leopards (2-11) in the midfield.
• Bryant University sophomore goalkeeper Chris Knaub of Yarmouth picked up his second straight shutout and third of the season in a 1-0 win against Robert Morris last Friday. Knaub has allowed two goals in his last four games to lower his GAA to 1.44.
• Southern Maine Community College forward Nicholas Oram of Topsham (Mt. Ararat) and defender Jacob Smith of Gorham helped the Seawolves improve to 8-4-1 overall and 7-2-1 with a win against Central Maine CC.
Bentley University sophomore defensive lineman Jeff Amell of Bar Mills (Bonny Eagle) was in on four tackles, including one for a loss, in a 56-13 victory at winless Pace on Saturday.
Bentley’s defense held Pace to 59 rushing yards on 33 carries.
Stonehill sophomore Analise Kump of Falmouth won her singles match 6-0, 6-0 and was part of a winning doubles team as Stonehill beat LeMoyne College, 9-0. Kump is 7-1 in singles, having moved from No. 4 to No. 3 in the order, with six 6-0, 6-0 wins. She and teammate Meryl Lawrence are 6-3 in doubles, mostly as the No. 2 team.
• St. Michael’s College sophomore Charlie Merry of Kennebunk played in the singles and/or doubles lineup in all four fall matches. Saint Michael’s went 0-4. Merry was 0-3 in singles playing at No. 4 and 5 with a pair of three-set losses and was 0-2 at third doubles.
Bentley sophomore Malcom Ayres of Damariscotta (Lincoln Academy) had the second-best round on the second day of competition, a 4-over 74, to finish tied for 10th at the St. Rose Shootout at Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland, N.Y.
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