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Scituate’s Sean McCarthy standing tall for NJIT men’s basketball

Sean McCarthy of Scituate has worked his way into the starting lineup at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Sean McCarthy of Scituate has worked his way into the starting lineup at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

McCarthy brothers

strive for Div. 1 roles

The sky, seemingly, has always been the limit for the McCarthy brothers, Sean and Andrew.

The two each measured 6 feet, 10 inches tall upon graduation from Scituate High, each with aspirations of playing Division 1 basketball.

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Sean, who graduated in 2008, enrolled at the Loomis Chaffee School, in Windsor, Conn., and caught the eye of the coaching staff at New Jersey Institute of Technology, a Division 1 program, where he is now a senior.

After being limited by injuries for most of his collegiate career, the 22-year-old McCarthy is healthy and has started all 10 games for the Highlanders after coming off the bench for 51 games during his first three seasons.

Andrew, 21, has peaked at 7-foot-1. After averaging 10 points and 15 rebounds per game as a senior at Scituate in 2009, he also headed to Loomis Chaffee. He enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the engineering program, and saw action in 11 games for the Minutemen as a red-shirt sophomore last season. He transferred to Massa-soit Community College in Brockton, with the intent of catching the eye of another Division 1 program.

Like his older brother, McCarthy also has been slowed by injury. He is rehabbing a fractured foot and hopes to return to the Massasoit lineup by mid-January.

“Sean was relatively unknown when we recruited him and he’s turned himself into a good contributor for our team,” said NJIT’s coach, Jim Engles .

“He’s been unlucky and he’s been hurt a lot over the last three years. But he worked hard this summer and got himself into the best condition of his life.”

Recommitting himself to the game, McCarthy lost almost 20 pounds over the summer by adjusting his diet and working out. The extra work at the gym has allowed him to remain injury-free while being a regular contributor to the 5-5 Highlanders.

At 6-10, 265 pounds, he is a force on the boards, collecting a game-high 10 rebounds in 22 minutes of action against Seton Hall earlier this month. McCarthy had a season-high 8 points and 8 rebounds at South Carolina. Last season he set a new single-game school record with nine blocked shots. He is averaging 3 points per game and 4.8 rebounds.

“I was frustrated with how the last three years went and with all the injuries, so I just worked real hard over the summer to try and have the best year I could,” said Sean, a business major. “I’m playing better but I know I can do better. I’m trying to be a presence rebounding on both ends and scoring when I can around the basket.”

With his senior year winding down, he hopes to extend his playing career by playing professionally overseas.

Andrew McCarthy, meanwhile, is on a mission to land at a Division 1 program and use the final two years of his eligibility.

Whereas Sean is more of a bruising, down-low post player, Andrew likes to play a little more above the rim. “Our games are completely different,” said Andrew. “Sean is a wide body and likes playing down low. I’m more athletic and like slashing to the hoop and getting out in transition. We both shoot well for our size, although I’d say we are streaky scorers.”

Massasoit CC coach Jim Stapleton  can see Andrew catching on at any number of Division 1 schools such as Northeastern, Boston University, or even Boston College.

“He’s a tremendous athlete and he’s all of 7-foot-1 and it’s just a matter of getting healthy,” said Stapleton. “He has all the tools. He’s a Division 1 player. Somebody will grab him at the end of the season.

“He’d be a great fit for BC, a local kid in their backyard. How many 7-foot-1 kids are out there looking around for a team and on schedule to graduate in two years?”

High achievers

Whitman native Pat Cronin, head baseball coach at East Bridgewater High since 1981, will be inducted into the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Jan. 26 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough. A baseball and football standout at Whitman-Hanson Regional, Cronin has guided East Bridgewater to 22 postseason appearances and 367 wins, including five South Sectional finals. His 1993 team won the Div. 2 sectional title and Eastern Mass. championship, and this year’s squad won the Div. 3 sectional. Cronin was a member of Eastern Mass. champion baseball and football teams at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School in 1965. If interested in attending the ceremony, contact East Bridgewater athletic director Jeff Ghiloni  at 508-378-5850 or jghiloni@ebps.net.

Mansfield’s Michael Lofton , a sophomore forward for Bridgewater State, scored 18 points and added five rebounds, five steals, and four blocked shots in a 74-61 loss to MIT. The 6-foot-5 Lofton leads the Bears in several categories, including scoring (13.9 points per game), rebounds (8.5 per game), blocks (18), and steals (27). He is shooting 57.8 percent from the field, also tops on the team. . . .

Four players from the Notre Dame Academy-Hingham lacrosse team will play at Division 1 college programs. Milton’s Julia Simmons  will attend the University of Connecticut, Hingham’s Amelia Brown  will bring her game to University of Colorado at Boulder, Scituate’s Mariel Teague  will attend Columbia, and Needham’s Alex Dalton  will attend Notre Dame. It marks the first time in NDA history that four players from one team have signed at the D1 level.

John R. Johnson can be reached at jjohnson49@comcast.net.
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