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Canton’s Colleen Moriarty nets 1,000th point at UMass-Dartmouth

Colleen Moriarty is a senior forward.

Elizabeth Friar

Colleen Moriarty is a senior forward.

Former Canton High hoop star tops 1,000 at UMass Dartmouth

As Colleen Moriarty  closed in on 1,000 career points at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, coach Amanda Van Voorhis  studied the schedule to see if the 6-foot-1 senior could hit the milestone during a home game.

Moriarty entered a Jan. 26 matchup against visiting Plymouth State 33 points shy. The next game, against Mount Ida, was in Newton, followed by a home game against Lyndon State.

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She had no intention of delaying the process. A 2009 graduate of Canton High, Moriarty had 16 points by the half as the Corsairs built a 20-point cushion over Plymouth State.

“She came in at halftime and said she was going for it,” said Van Voorhis. “I said as long as you are taking good shots and you aren’t forcing anything. She quickly got up over 20 points and you could tell she felt it. The kids did everything they could to get her the ball.”

Moriarty reached the milestone on a free throw with just under seven minutes remaining. She finished the game, a 76-39 victory, with a career-high 35 points on 13-of-18 shooting while collecting 11 rebounds.

“We called a timeout to stop the game and the place went nuts,” said Van Voorhis.

“My teammates were definitely feeling it and everyone was looking for me,” said Moriarty. “My guards just kept looking to feed me down low. It was really exciting to see my teammates, the coaches, and the fans be so excited for me.”

The 35-point outburst triggered a scoring binge for Moriarty, who does most of her offensive work on the low post. She followed up that with a 30-point, 10-rebound effort in a 93-54 win over Mt. Ida, and poured in 31 points in UMD’s 74-48 loss at Western Connecticut on Saturday.

Averaging a team-high 19 points, along with 8.4 rebounds per game, she also leads the Corsairs in blocked shots (41) and has been named Player of the Week in the Little East Conference two weeks in a row.

“She’s been a real force the last couple of weeks,” said Van Voorhis. “We’ve seen opponents double- and even triple-team her and we’ve seen them run the zone to try and limit her touches inside, but nobody has an answer for her.”

Van Voorhis is sure Moriarty would have reached 1,000 rebounds if injuries had not limited her playing time. Moriarty missed the last two games of her junior season with a broken wrist, including a loss to Western Conn. in the first round of the Little East Conference playoffs.

As a sophomore, Moriarty was limited to 15 games because of a concussion and a knee injury.

“We just tried to keep her healthy through 25 games this season,” said Van Voorhis. “If she had played four full seasons she’d have put up incredible numbers. This type of thing happens to seniors. Something comes over them and they shine, knowing their time is coming to an end.”

Moriarty, a business marketing major, would like to remain close to the game after graduation, possibly as a coach. For now, her focus is on helping the Corsairs (15-6 overall, 5-5 LEC) earn a home game in the conference playoffs.

“This is definitely the best season we’ve had since I’ve been here, but we want to finish strong and get a good seeding in the playoffs,” said Moriarty. “It really hit me [Saturday] at Western Connecticut, because we lost our playoff game there last year and I was out with a broken wrist. We definitely want to get that home playoff.”

UMD will miss her scoring touch next season, but the loss will be buffered by the return of 6-foot-2 forward Erika Bornemann, also from Canton. Bornemann (11.5 points, team-leading 8.9 rebounds per game) is expected to join Moriarty in the 1,000-point club early next season, when she’ll likely record her 1,000th rebound as well.

Campus corner

Braintree native Sarah Albrecht  has been named to the US Women’s lacrosse team that will compete in the 2013 World Cup in Ontario in July. Albrecht was on the US team that captured the gold in 2009 with an 8-7 win over Australia in the Czech Republic. Albrecht, who helped Northwestern to successive Division 1 lacrosse titles in 2005 and 2006, was named the head coach at the University of New Hampshire last summer. She finished her career at Northwestern ranked fourth all-time in assists (71), sixth in points (199), and seventh in goals (128) . . .

Canton’s Olivia Murphy  earned Rookie of the Week in the Little East, averaging 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the UMass Boston women’s basketball team. The 6-foot forward had 14 points, eight rebounds, and six blocks in a 69-48 victory over Keene State, UMB’s first season sweep of Keene State since the Owls joined the conference in 1998. Murphy leads the Beacons in scoring (14.4 points game), rebounds (10.5) and blocks (39). . . Quincy’s Siobhan Carnell, a Keene State senior guard, led all scorers in the game with 20 points. Carnell poured in a season-high 34 points in a victory over UMass Dartmouth . . .

Cohasset’s Samantha Crough  and Hull’s Julie Manning, fierce rivals on the high school stage, teamed to lead Endicott to a 70-51 victory over Nichols. Crough had 13 points, two steals, and a pair of assists, while Manning added 11 points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.

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

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