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Needham, Framingham natives named to US women’s lacrosse team

Sarah Bullard.

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Sarah Bullard.

Bullard, Igoe earn roles on World Cup lacrosse team

Needham's Sarah Bullard and Kristin Igoe of Framingham have been named to the 18-player US women's national lacrosse team as midfielders. The squad will compete in the Federation of Inter­national Lacrosse World Cup in July in Oshawa, Ontario.

Bullard — who was a standout at Duke University before graduating in 2011, and had prepped at Buckingham Browne, & Nichols School — suited up for the national squad that won gold at the 2009 World Cup. Igoe starred at Boston College, with her final season there last spring.

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“I felt incredibly fortunate,'' said Bullard, who works for Mark Tribus Inc., a firm that specializes in team building and leadership development programs. “As time goes by, it's more challenging to make the team, so I work out with a personal trainer in Needham as part of staying in shape.

“I'm also excited for Kristin,” Bullard said. “We played with each other on a select team when we were in high school and against each other in college, and she has a great passion for the sport.’’

Igoe, a three-year member of the national team and the varsity girls’ lacrosse coach at Franklin High, said her selection was “awesome.”

“We had 25 players trying out in Florida, and I was hoping for the best,” she said. “It's exciting, but also nerve-racking.

“I'm proud to be the first woman from Boston College to play in the World Cup, and I hope that gives the BC program a boost,’’ said Igoe, whose college coach, Acacia Walker,  played on the 2009 US team.

“She was one of the first people I told,’’ added Igoe, who has traveled often with Bullard to national team camps and tournaments. “Sarah's been through it all. She's competitive on the field and a great person to talk with off it.''

Acton natives help lift
St. Michael’s hockey team

Acton natives Maire Bartkus and Emily Loebs,  teammates on defense for the women’s hockey team at St. Michael's College, helped make program history last weekend.

Bartkus, a sophomore who prepped at Northfield Mount Hermon School, scored the game's only goal against visiting Nichols College on Feb. 15. It was the first 1-0 victory ever posted by the Purple Knights.

The next day, St. Michael's took a 3-19-1 overall record (2-15 ECAC East) into its game with Manhattanville College, a team they had never beaten in 22 tries, dating to the 2001-02 season.

Manhattanville (16-7-1 overall, 14-2-1) had just knocked off Norwich, the nation's third-ranked Division 3 team.

Loebs, a freshman who attended Acton-Boxborough Regional, scored her first career goal at the 7:52 mark of the opening period, and assisted on the game-winner five minutes into the third period.

The 2-1 win on Senior Day at Cairns Arena in South Burlington, Vt., enabled St. Michael's to end the regular season with a three-game winning streak. Among the seniors recognized was forward Melissa Coughlin, who is a Franklin High grad.

“Melissa was a tremendous defensive player for us, someone I could depend upon when we were on the penalty kill,'' said St. Michael's head coach Chris Donovan. “She also had the knack of getting a step or two on the defense to help prevent icing.’’

As for Bartkus and Loebs, Donovan said, “Maire can really stickhandle, and as a former figure skater she has deceptive speed. And Emily knows just when to hold onto the puck and when to pass.''

Hudner, Carlson to join Connecticut College’s hall

Tom Hudner, director of advancement at the Fenn School in Concord, and Beth Offenhartz ­Carlson, vice president of global talent development at Raytheon in Waltham, will be among four people inducted into the Connecticut College Athletic Hall of Fame on March 2 in New London.

Hudner (class of 1995) was captain and starting goalkeeper on the men's lacrosse and soccer teams. He still holds program records in lacrosse for saves in a career (671) and single season (260, in 1994).

On the soccer field, he helped lead the Camels to back-to-back 13-win seasons in 1992 and 1993, and the 1992 ECAC title. In 1993, he set single-season school records for shutouts (11), fewest goals allowed (8), and goals-against average (.43 GAA).

He currently coaches youth lacrosse and soccer in Concord.

Carlson (class of 1981) was a dominating volleyball player. A cocaptain from 1978-80, she recently completed a full Ironman triathlon in Kentucky.

For tickets, contact Beth Crocker at 860-439-2541. 

Waltham’s Thomas hits goals at Norwich

Kyle Thomas (inset), a senior assistant captain on the Norwich University men's hockey team, has scored at better than a point-per-game clip for the Cadets, with 65 goals and 54 assists in 119 career games. Thomas, who starred at Waltham High, is fourth on the team in goals (10) and points (22). Four of his goals have been game-winners

He has been nominated for the Joe Concannon  Award, presented to the best New England-born Division 2/3 player.

Top seed Norwich, 21-2-1 overall and 16-1-1 in the ECAC East, hosts the number eight seed Saturday  in the conference tournament quarterfinals. The Cadets were ranked number one nationally in Division 3 through Monday’s games.

Campus notables

Brandeis University senior Kim Farrington of Shirley attained All-New England honors for the second time at last weekend's regional Division 3 meet at Bates College. The Ayer High graduate leaped 34 feet 11¾ inches in the triple jump to finish eighth, securing the last all-regional spot. She was All-New England at the 2011 outdoor meet. . . Bentley senior captain Kelsey Roberson (inset) netted a career-high 18 points Saturday as the unbeaten women’s basketball team (23-0, 19-0 Northeast-10) defeated visiting Southern New Hampshire, 70-50. The former Arlington Catholic High star hit six 3-pointers in nine tries, and added 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com.
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