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Babson soccer star makes the numbers

Jenny Moore, Babson College’s junior forward, “is a completely different player”  this year, her coach says.

Babson College

Jenny Moore, Babson College’s junior forward, “is a completely different player” this year, her coach says.

Babson soccer star makes the numbers

Jenny Moore decided to major in finance at Babson College because she “loves numbers.” Aside from her studies, Moore is putting up pretty impressive numbers on the soccer pitch.

The junior forward from Duxbury scored a pair of goals in a season-opening 3-2 win over St. John Fisher, including the winner with less than two minutes to play. She also notched an assist in a 3-0 win over Bridgewater State.

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Her two goals equaled her entire output from last season, when she saw action in 11 games.

“Jenny is a completely different player than she was during her freshman year,” said Babson coach Nellie Pineault, a Marshfield native who graduated from Notre Dame of Hingham in 1995.

“We knew coming into the season that she would make an impact but we didn’t expect it so soon.”

With the Beavers trailing St. John Fisher 2-0, the 5-foot-4 Moore cut the deficit in half at the 32-minute mark when her bouncing shot found the net just inside of the right post. Her game-winning tally was a finesse goal that Moore lofted over the goal line. Her first week production earned her Offensive Player of the Week honors in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference.

“When I saw it go in I was just so happy,” she said. “I was really pumped up for the first game and my first time starting for Babson so I really wanted to prove myself to our coaches and teammates. We want to prove that we’re a force to be reckoned with this season and that even if we’re down 2-0 we’re able to come back.”

Unrecruited out of Duxbury High, Moore knocked on Pineault’s door before her freshman season and asked for a tryout. Moore made the squad and saw action in seven games as a freshman. An injury (broken foot) at the end of her freshman year limited her time on the field as a sophomore, when she played in 11 games, with seven shots on goal, two goals, and an assist.

Moore increased her summer workouts a notch this year, reporting to camp healthy and more fit than any time in her career. That showed when she had the stamina to score late in the game against St. John Fisher.

“This is my breakout year,” said Moore. “I was weak last season after recovering from my broken foot, so now this is my time to come back and have an impact on the team. I’m healthy and worked hard all summer. At the end of my workouts when I was doing my sprints I’d ask myself what would I be doing if there was two minutes left on the clock during a game? In my first two games, I’ve been able to prove that strategy worked for me.”

For a team that struggled to score at times last season, finding a new source of offense is a bonus.

“She has definitely paid her dues the past two years and has now emerged as a leader on our team and among our junior class,” said Pineault.

“On top of her skills on the field she has great character, great work ethic, and a strong desire to win.”

Moore said that her game-winning goal against St. John Fisher reminded her of the deciding tally she scored late in her junior season in a 1-0 victory over Pembroke that kept the Titans out of the post-season playoffs.

“That was probably my most memorable goal before this,” she said.

It’s likely that there will be many more to come.

Meghan Andrew , a senior midfielder from Easton, and Carly Martyniak , a senior back from Foxborough, are cocaptains at Babson, which hosts Bryn Mawr Sunday at 1:30.

Drown is new coach of lacrosse at BSU

Holly Drown is the new women’s lacrosse coach at Bridgewater State University, replacing Erika Smith, a member of the BSU Hall of Fame who had been at the helm for seven seasons. Smith, a Raynham native and a physical education teacher in Brockton, will continue as the coach for the Bears’ field hockey team.

“Holly brings to BSU a wealth of playing and coaching experience that will no doubt continue to elevate the playing level of the team,” said BSC athletic director Marybeth Lamb of the Hull resident.

“Her expertise as an elite athlete, as well as her ability to build teams, are both tremendous assets to the Bears.” Drown recorded 80 goals and 13 assists during a four-year career at the University of Masschusetts Amherst. She is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and teaches in Weymouth. . . .

The South Shore YMCA’s Women’s 40+ USTA team finished 9-1 after winning last month’s district and New England Sectional competition. The reward for the Hanover-based tennis team is an October trip to the nationals in Indian Wells, Calif.

The team is captained by Sarah Crossman of Marshfield and Lucy Dickman of Pembroke. Other members include Lauren Tobin, Tilynn Wakefield, and Rae Ann Fein, all from Hanover; Nancy Sanborn (Hingham), Beth Nagle (Hanson), Jessica Rego and Jennifer Rinne (Marshfield), Luchi Rodriguez (Quincy), and Kay Gordon, Alison Demong, Kiersten Warendorf, and Andrea Burke, all from Norwell. Senior professional instructor Kevin O’Hare coached the team. . . .

A tip of the cap to Jack Folcarelli, swim coach of the Waves’ program at the Weymouth club, recently named the New England Age Group Coach of the Year by the American Swimming Coaches Association.

“The kids did an incredible job at this year’s New Englands,” said Folcarelli, a Milton resident who is a Boston College High graduate. Will Baro of Hingham, competing in the 12-and-under boys’ field, won all nine events in which he competed. Nicholas Toepfer (Weymouth) was the third-highest point score in the 10-and-under category.

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