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    Sports Report: Fall wrap-up

By Frank Mastrandrea ’88

Field Hockey
The two-time defending Patriot League champions ran into a tough stretch to begin the 1999 season, opening with a 2-8 record. But the team rebounded into form, winning six of its final eight games heading into the Patriot League tournament. A 4-2 loss to Lafayette ended their attempt for a three-pete with an 8-11 mark, but served notice that the Crusaders are here to stay. Senior goalkeeper Maquel Salley (Waterville, Maine) finished her career with 10 shutouts and the 1999 Patriot League Tournament MVP earned Second Team All-PL honors this year. Junior Annie Lavigne (Sullivan, N.H.) was HC’s only First Team All-Patriot League selection, adding First Team All-Northeast Region to her list of awards after the season. Also returning next year will be sophomore Lifon Huynh (Patterson, N.Y.) and junior Colleen Schmitt (Amherst, Mass.) both of whom earned Second Team honors this year.

Football
The Crusaders finished with a 3-8 record, but were transformed over the final four weeks of the season, thanks to the emergence of freshman quarterback Brian Hall (Dallas, Texas). Hall, who earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors despite starting just four games, led a Crusader offense that averaged nearly two touchdowns more per game with him as starter. He also became the first player in school history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game, accomplishing the feat against Colgate in the season finale. Along with Hall, the 2000 Crusaders will also return a pair of First Team All-Patriot League players in senior captain David Puloka (Arlington, Mass.) and senior punter Frank Traupman (McKinney, Texas). Senior captain Patrick Quay (Cincinnati, Ohio) also returns after earning Second Team All-Patriot League honors as a center last year, his second consecutive year earning All-League honors.

Soccer (M)
The Crusaders posted a 9-4-4 record, including a 5-0-1 mark in Patriot League play, earning the right to host the 1999 Patriot League Tournament. A heartbreaking 2-1 double overtime loss to eventual champion Lafayette, however, ended their season short of their goal of their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. A pair of seniors—Jeff Carroll (Thornton, Col.) and George Maillis (Nassau, Bahamas)—led the way by earning All-Patriot League honors last year. Carroll was chosen to the First Team (after earning Second Team honors in 1998) and finished his career ranking sixth all-time in HC career scoring with 48 points. Maillis earned Second Team honors for the third consecutive season. And while Maillis and Carroll will be departing, head coach Elvis Comrie—who was chosen as the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the second time in his career—will return a pair of freshmen who earned All-League honors in Rusty Guidici (Highlands-Ranch, Col.) and Matt Ney (McLean, Va.). Guidici started every game and was one of just two freshmen in the League to be chosen First Team. Ney finished the regular season as the team’s leading scorer with 18 points (eight goals, two assists) and led the squad with three game-winning goals.

Soccer (W)
It was a banner season for the women’s program, as its 12-6-1 mark accounted for the second-best winning percentage in school history, and is tied for the most wins in school history. In addition with a 22-11-4 mark over the past two years, head coach Mary Curtis has led the Crusaders to the best two-year stretch in the program’s history. All this, and it could get better. The Crusaders had just two seniors on the team last fall, and will return three All-Patriot League players next year. Freshman Caitlyn Lynch (North Easton, Mass.) who was HC’s lone First Team All-Patriot League player, while junior Colleen Cushing (Dudley, Mass.) and sophomore Kate O’Shaughnessy (Marion, Mass.) both earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors. The key to the season was excellent defense; the Crusaders allowed just 16 goals in the entire season, and finished the year with 10 consecutive shutouts prior to losing to Colgate in the Patriot League tournament. Junior goalie Tiffany DeCoff (Danvers, Mass.) had a sparkling 0.98 goals against average and 12 shutouts.

Cross Country (M & W)
The National Catholic Championships provided the Crusaders with one of the highlights of the fall, as the combined finish for the men’s and women’s squads was the best ever by a Crusader team. The women finished sixth in a deep field, while the men finished ninth of 29 schools. Senior Sarah Johnson (Medfield, Mass.) and sophomore Emily Hogan (Northboro, Mass.) were HC’s top two finishers at 19:08 and 19:10 respectively. Freshman Sean McCarthy (Chelmsford, Mass.) and senior captain Steve Turner (Portland, Maine) ran 1-2 for the Crusaders in a tight pack. Only 47 seconds separated the Crusader women’s top five finishers, while just 25 seconds separated the men.

Volleyball
The Crusader volleyball team finished with a 4-23 mark in the third year of head coach Peter Viteritti’s tenure in that position, but again showed signs of moving in the right direction. The team has gone 2-20, 4-29, and 4-23 under Viteritti, but has seen its individual games won total climb from 12 to 22 to 31 last year, boding well for a team that will return intact from 1999. Junior outside hitter Katie Lynch (Wantagh, N.Y.) was the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, and continued her excellent play last fall. Lynch set school records for digs in a season (430) and in a career (1085) last season.

 

 

 

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