March 14, 2013

College Connections: Coulombe adjusts to playing with the big girls of the ACC

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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BASEBALL

Boston College senior captain Matt Pare, formerly of Portland and Deering High School, is one of 48 catchers on the initial watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the top Division I catcher. The list will be pared to semifinalists May 16, with three finalists announced June 4.

Pare made eight starts behind the plate for the Eagles (3-11) during their spring trip and is batting .179.

Three other SMAA products are on the BC roster. In eight games, freshman Joe Cronin of Scarborough has played both second and third base and is hitting .182. Cronin also pitched one inning of hitless relief.

Red-shirt freshman outfielder Nick Colucci of Portland (Deering) and freshman right-handed pitcher Luke Fernandes of Eliot (Marshwood) have not played.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Bentley University freshman Nicola Mancini of Falmouth finished her stellar season by becoming an All-American on the one-meter board by finishing eighth at the NCAA Division II Championships in Birmingham, Ala. Mancini, the Northeast-10 champ in both diving events, finished 12th in the three-meter competition, missing the final by four places and 17.20 points. Mancini is Bentley's first All-American in women's diving.

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

Bates College senior James LePage earned All-America status in the 800 meters by finishing fourth in the NCAA Division III Championships in Naperville, Ill. LePage, from Cumberland (Greely), bettered his own school record with 1:51.08. The winning time was 1:50.30 as the top five runners all went under the previous facility record time.

Bates finished fifth in the team competition, won by Wisconsin-LaCrosse for the 16th time.

SOFTBALL

Thomas College senior Kelsey Crowe of Gorham figures to be a stalwart on the mound and at the plate for the Terriers. Crowe led the squad as a junior in doubles (6), walks (13) and RBI (19) while batting .298, and winning six games as a pitcher with a team-leading 94 strikeouts, 95 innings pitched and 4.42 ERA.

Kate Thibodeau of Woolwich (Morse) is a junior infielder/outfielder who played in 24 games as a sophomore.

Husson University sophomore outfielder Kelsey Livermore of Kennebunk and senior infielder Aimee Mortensen of Biddeford each had a hit in a season-opening loss to Washington University last week.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

Thomas College senior midfielder Ceara DiBiase of Westbrook has scored 14 goals with five assists as Thomas has gotten off to a 3-2 start in its non-conference schedule. As a junior, DiBiase was a second-team all-North Atlantic Conference performer with 29 goals and 11 assists. Senior forward Jasmine Ryan of Berwick (Noble) junior Jillian Lambert of Dayton (Thornton Academy) are also key returners. Ryan has five goals and six assists this season, with Lambert contributing four goals and two assists. First-year goalkeeper Brittany Fox of Lovell (Fryeburg Academy) has played every second this season.

Husson first-year attack Anna Wolterbeek of Wells assisted on a late goal as the Eagles edged Norwich, 11-10.

Saint Michael's College sophomore Kate Boyer of Standish (Bonny Eagle), coming off a 17-goal freshman season, started the Purple Knights' season-opening 14-4 loss to Queen's College.

MEN'S LACROSSE

Senior attacker Sean Machin of Brunswick returns to Thomas College after scoring a team-leading 21 goals as a junior on a 4-11 (3-5 in the NAC) squad. Senior Isaac Brown of Kennebunk is a returning defenseman. Freshmen defensemen Zac Crimmin of Westbrook and Zachery Sargent of Denmark (Fryeburg) are among the 11 newcomers to the program.

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