The 2019 season did not go the way anyone in the American International College men’s lacrosse program may have wanted.
But the program will not soon forget the contributions made by graduating senior Quinn Caesar.
Caesar, a graduate of Wahconah, wrapped up his collegiate career last month when the Yellowjackets ended an 0-16 campaign.
Look beyond those numbers, though, and you see an impressive story.
Caesar set a school record with 63 games played in four years and finished as AIC’s all-time leading scorers among midfielders with 56 goals, and he is eighth on the school’s scoring chart at his position with 79 points.
He scored his final collegiate goal in his final game, at Bentley, where he brought his season total to 19 goals, matching his career high.
Caesar won’t be the last Berkshire County product making an impact at the Springfield school
Taconic High graduate Sal Amaral scored six goals and started six games as a freshman this spring at AIC. Taconic’s Devon Walker, who transferred to American International from DI St. Francis, was a freshman in the lax program this year.
Goalie Vinny Orlandi, another Wahconah graduate, redshirted this season at AIC.
Berkshire County products abound on collegiate lacrosse rosters this spring in venues as close to home as Williams College and as far away as Ohio’s Oberlin College.
At the latter, Mount Greylock graduate Cal Filson wrapped up his junior season with 11 saves in a 14-6 win over Wabash. Filson finished the season with a record of 4-9 between the pipes, stopping 51 percent of the shots he saw and making just fewer than 12 saves per game.
At the former, the season continues for senior Matt Hogan and the Ephs. Hogan, a Mount Greylock graduate, has appeared in three games this spring for Williams, which goes to Medford on Saturday to face rival Amherst in the NESCAC semi-finals.
Jeremy Girard (Wahconah) and the UMass Boston Beacons are in the Little East semi-finals and will face Plymouth State on Friday. Girard, a freshman, is fourth on UMass Boston with 20 points and second in assists with 10 in 17 games (four starts).
In the New England Collegiate Conference/North Atlantic Conference Alliance tournament, a trio of Mount Greylock graduates have put New England College in the title game. Reilly Parker had four goals in a 12-3 semi-final win over SUNY Delhi; he is third on his team with 42 points and first with 22 assists going into Saturday’s title game against SUNY Canton in Northern New York. Patrick Storie is right behind Parker on the team’s scoring table with 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists). Liam Chenail has appeared in 16 games for the Pilgrims, collecting a goal and 10 assists.
At Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, Mount Greylock graduate Hoby MacWhinnie made 10 starts as a freshman this spring, finishing second on the team in points (13) and tied for first in assists (four) for the 1-9 Terriers.
Nichols College and Mount Greylock graduate Thomas Astle lost a heart-breaker, 14-13, to Curry College in the Commonwealth Coast Conference quarter-finals. Astle, a sophomore, had four goals and 10 assists in 16 games for the 10-7 Bison.
Mount Greylock graduate Lucy Barrett scored a goal and set up two more Thursday to help Westfield State to a 14-8 win over Bridgewater State in the MASCAC Tournament semi-finals. Barrett has 11 goals and 14 assists this spring for the Owls (10-9), who will travel to top-seed Framingham State on Saturday to play for the league title.
Bri Lancia (Hoosac Valley) and the Becker College women are alive in the New England Collegiate Conference tournament after Thursday’s win over Southern Vermont. Lancia, a freshman, has 10 goals and six assists for 13-1 Becker, which hosts the conference final on Saturday.
Alyssa Kelly (Lee) and the Mount Ida women’s lacrosse team lost Wednesday in the semi-finals of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, dropping a 17-8 decision to Lasell. Kelly finished her junior season with a team-high 80 points and 43 assists, which tied for the team lead.
Caroline Flynn (Mount Greylock) finished her freshman campaign at Mount Holyoke with 35 goals and 49 points, good for second on the team in both categories as the Lyons went 7-9.
Freshman Emma Polumbo (Mount Greylock) finished with a goal in two games for the St. Lawrence women, went 4-12.
Macalester College freshman Tenley Smith (Mount Greylock) helped the school’s women’s golf team place second last weekend at the season-ending St. Mary’s University Invitational in Lake City, Minn. Smith carded a 90 to place 11th in a 35-player field.
American International freshman Michael Kays (Taconic) tied for 34th with a 77 at Concord, N.H.’s Beaver Meadows last weekend as the Yellowjackets placed ninth at the Penmen Spring Invitational. AIC, which placed third in the fall’s New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships, had its best finish of the spring at the St. Joseph’s Spring Invitational in early April, where it finished third out of nine teams.
Alie Hunt (Pittsfield) went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Thursday to help the Rensselaer Polytechnic softball team to a 4-2 win over Rochester in the Liberty League tournament in Ithaca, N.Y. Hunt is hitting .371 with a .468 slugging percentage this spring.
Bentley College sophomore Ashley Keegan (Taconic) had an 8-5 record with a 2.84 ERA in 18 appearances this spring.
Devan Galli (Mount Everett) appeared in 19 games as a freshman for Clark University, where Dean’s List honoree hit .143 and stole a base for the Cougars (9-23).
Providence College sophomore Julia Murphy (Pittsfield) has a 1-3 record and an ERA of 2.22 in 12 appearances (two starts) for the Friars (28-20), who go to Georgetown University for a double-header on Saturday. Last time out at UMass-Amherst, Murphy went 3-⅔ innings in the circle, allowing no earned runs and striking out one. Murphy earned her first career win in a relief performance against Central Connecticut on April 11, a 5-4 Providence win.
Dillon Benham (Lenox), a senior at Castleton State in Vermont, is hitting .244 with 11 doubles and 25 RBIs for the Spartans (16-17), who go to UMass Boston on Friday.
Taconic graduate Drew DeMartino, a sophomore at the University of Hartford, has started 35 games for the 14-27 Hawks. He is hitting .227 with eight doubles and 13 RBIs, and he has stolen four bases in four attempts.
He will renew the Taconic-PHS rivalry on May 17 and 18 when Hartford goes to Albany to take on the Great Danes in an America East series. UAlbany junior Kevin Donati .247 with 16 RBIs for the 19-21 Danes.
The Trinity College baseball team takes a 26-7 record (8-4 NESCAC) into Sunday’s double-header against Wesleyan. Matt Koperniak (Hoosac Valley) leads the Bantams in average (.381), slugging percentage (.597), hits (51), doubles (11), triples (three) and home runs (four). The former North Adams SteepleCat also has stole 17 bases in 20 attempts.
The University of New Haven wraps up the regular season this weekend in Albany at the College of St. Rose. Taconic graduate Izaiya Mestre is 3-3 with a 4.23 ERA for the Chargers (11-23-1).
Matt Schneider (Wahconah) is hitting a team-best .328 with five doubles, a home run and 10 RBIs this spring at Assumption College, which is 25-16 going into this weekend’s regular-season finale at Franklin Pierce in New Hampshire.
Springfield College fell, 7-6, in 12 innings in the NEWMAC tournament on Thursday against MIT. Sophomore Jack Cooney (Taconic) scored a run in the loss. This season, he hit .347 with five doubles and 23 RBIs.
Drury graduate and Xavier University sophomore Connor Meehan is having a strong spring for the Musketeers. He opened the outdoor season with a third-place finish in the 800 meters (1 minute, 54.53 seconds) at the Blizzard Buster meet in Miami, Ohio, in March. At last month’s Ball State Challenge in Indiana, Meehan finished second in the 1500 with a time of 3:56.47. Xavier went back to the Hoosier State a week later, and Meehan won the 800 with a time of 1:55.95. Xavier is off until May 10-11 when it comes to New York City for the Big East Championships.\
Merrimack College senior Trevor Ciempa (Hoosac Valley) cleared 2.06 meters to break a school record and hit a national championships qualifying mark at the Skyhawk Invitational last weekend. Ciempa helped Merrimack place second in the event and will look to improve on his school record at this weekend’s NE10 Championship in Manchester, N.H.
Matt Rabasco (Taconic) placed fifth in the 10,000 meters (33:04.23) to help Worcester Polytechnic’s men place second for the eighth straight year at the NEWMAC Championships. Senior Evan Bosio (Pittsfield) contributed to WPI’s team score with an eighth-place finish in the javelin (140 feet, 7 inches).
Sam Kobrin (Mount Greylock) has two fourth-place finishes this spring for Vassar College. The Brewers’ senior placed fourth in the 3,000 (9:23.80) at the Stockton Invitational in New Jersey in March. In April, he finished fourth in the 10,000 (32:38.47) at the Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College. Vassar is at RPI for the Liberty League Championships this weekend.
Carter Stripp (Mount Greylock) placed seventh in the 1500 meters at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships with a time of 3:59.99 to help Pomona-Pitzer place second in the conference.
Trinity College junior Weyessa “Ace” McAlister (Monument Mountain) placed 11th in the 5,000 meters (15.22.73) at last weekend’s NESCAC Championships in Middlebury, Vt.
Nate Robarge (Pittsfield) posted three eighth-place finishes for Westfield State to help the Owls place third at the MASCAC Championships. Robarge crossed the line in 17.78 in the 110 hurdles and 1:00.14 in the 400 hurdles and hit a mark of 37-5.25 in the triple jump
Lenox graduate Shannon Meisberger, a sophomore at the University of Arizona, clocked a PR of 58.24 in the 400 hurdles to place third at last weekend’s Desert Heat Classic in Tuscon. Earlier in the month, her 54.12 in the 400 dash was good for fourth place and a PR at the Mt. SAC Relays in California.
Westfield State junior Lauren Gilderdale (Great Barrington, Housatonic Valley Regional) won the hammer (163-2) and the discus (122-10) and placed second in the shot put (39-9.25) to lead the Owls to a first-place finish at last month’s MASCAC Championship.
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