Young at full strength
Gus Young is no stranger to the Ivy League. His father, Kevin, was a three-sport athlete at Dartmouth: a standout 5-foot-10, 195-pound linebacker, he was also Ivy heavyweight wrestling champion in 1975 in addition to playing lacrosse. His older brother, Seamus , played hockey at Princeton in 2006, before turning pro. A younger brother, Colin , is suiting up for perennial Division 3 power Babson.
A Noble & Greenough School graduate, Young opted for Yale over Dartmouth, partly due to the multimillion-dollar renovation of Ingalls Rink in New Haven, which was completed in 2010. His college hockey career, however, did not start out the way he envisioned.
Young suffered a shoulder injury during his senior season at Nobles that required surgery. He reinjured the shoulder in his first game at Yale, eventually requiring another operation.
Now fully healthy, the 6-foot-2, 207-pound junior is one of the top defenseman for the Bulldogs (13-9-3), who were ranked as high as ninth in the country until a recent four-game losing streak landed them at No. 13 in this week’s USCHO poll.
“It was definitely very frustrating for that to happen in my first college game,” said Young, who grew up in Dedham. “Then I came back in January and it happened again in practice and so that’s when I knew I needed surgery. It wasn’t an ideal way for me to start my college career, but the team went to the NCAA tourney that year, so it was comforting that at least the team was having success.”
A seventh-round draft pick by the Colorado Avalanche in 2010, Young has a goal and five assists this season, lifting his career total to four tallies and 15 assists in 65 career games.
This season, he has piled up 42 penalty minutes, the second-highest total on the Bulldogs, an indicator that his role as an intimidator in front of the net is just as important as his offensive role.
“I like to play physical, but I like to move the puck,” said Young. “I like to start off the offense in my own zone by making that good first pass and letting the forwards do their job.”
Young is proof that there is still a key role for a shutdown defenseman in the college game. While he does not show up on the stat sheet regularly, Yale coach Keith Allain said that Young’s toughness and high level of competitiveness go a long way on the ice.
Elsewhere on campus
As a freshman on the women’s basketball team at Bowdoin, Scituate High grad Shannon Brady contributed seven points and six rebounds as the Polar Bears shocked host Tufts, 60-54, in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC tournament on Saturday afternoon, marking the first time an eight seed had knocked off a top seed in the conference tourney.
The 6-foot Brady, who helped lead Scituate to a 24-1 mark and the Division 2 state semifinals last March, has made 20 starts for coach Andrienne Shibles , averaging 7.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. She registered a career-best 16 points in an 82-71 win over Colby last month.
Bowdoin (14-10) will play at host Amherst (24-1) in the semifinals Saturday. . . .
Hull’s Rachel Allen is off to a quick start for the women’s softball team at Franklin Pierce. The 5-10 senior righthander threw a pair of complete games last week, including a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over Ohio Dominican. Allen (2-0) also went the distance in a 3-2 win over Quincy, allowing just three hits. Freshman Tricia Hansen (Mansfield) started her college career with two RBIs in two days. . . .
Rockland’s Terrence Gibson earned All-New England accolades in two events to help the Worcester State men’s indoor track team place seventh at the Division 3 New England championships last weekend in Lewiston, Maine. The eighth Lancer to capture a Division 3 indoor crown, Gibson turned in a school-record split of 8.35 in the 60-meter hurdles to tie for the 21st best time in the NCAA nationals list. Gibson also added fourth in the 60 meters (7.05). Mansfield’s Sebastian Bilentschuk, a senior at Worcester, also earned all-New England honors by finishing seventh in the weight throw with a personal-best mark of 15.76 meters. . . . Mansfield’s Pat Grimes, a senior at Amherst College, finished fourth in the mile (4:13.18) at the USATF New England Championships Sunday at Harvard University.
Saints hold tryouts
The Tri-County Saints youth hockey program will hold tryouts for the 2013-2014 season from March 3-19 at the Taunton and Brockton rinks. Tryouts are open for players from all towns, Mites through Midgets. Visit www.tricountysaints.com for information.
Tennis fund-raiser set
The Duxbury Senior Center will hold a tennis fund-raiser at the Kingsbury Club to raise awareness and revenue for “Intermissions,” a program in Duxbury that helps those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia. The tennis tournament, appetizers, and dinner cost $50 per person. Dinner only is $25. Call 617-571-3061 for tickets or more information.
John Johnson can be reached at email@example.com.