Wesleyan’s Kafina posts heady start
Chris Kafina had his head in the game in powering the Wesleyan University men’s soccer team to a 3-1 win over NESCAC rival Bowdoin last weekend.
Making his first start of the season, the sophomore midfielder scored the Cardinals’ first and third goals on headers, and assisted on what proved to be the winning goal.
His performance earned the former Lincoln-Sudbury Regional star Player of the Week honors in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
“Chris has a real nose for the goal,’’ said Wesleyan head coach Geoff Wheeler, a former standout at Dartmouth who served as the JV and assistant boys varsity coach at the Middlesex School in Concord for two seasons (1996-97).
“He knows where to be and when to be there and the technique to score. His teammates put him in a position to succeed, and he set a great standard for himself against Bowdoin.’’
Last season, Kafina played in 17 games, five as a starter, scoring three goals from his position in the central midfield. He has been moved to the flank by Wheeler to give him more opportunities to face his defender.
“It was a good start and I’m happy with the way things turned out, but it’s only one game,” said Kafina, whose older brother, Martin , was a varsity swimmer at Wesleyan.
“So while I have high aspirations, I’m pretty humble about it and I hope to continue to have those kinds of games to help our team.
Kafina, who resides in Lincoln, played soccer, basketball, and tennis in high school and was a Dual County League All-Star, an Eastern Mass. All-Star, and All-State selection in soccer. He led the DCL in scoring his senior year.
He also starred for the Acton-based FC Stars and was leading goal scorer at three Northeast Regional youth tournaments. Kafina played this summer for Mass. Premier soccer’s U-20 squad.
Wellesley’s Webb notches 500th win
Wellesley College head volleyball coach Dorothy Webb reached the 500-victory plateau Sept. 7 on the final day of the Brandeis Invitational with a 3-0 win against Rhode Island College. Webb then put No. 501 on the books via a 3-1 dispatching of Tufts.
Prior to this weekend’s MIT Invitational, the 19-year coach had a 501-170 career record (5-0 this season) and is the 28th Division 3 head coach to reach the 500 mark. Webb, whose daughter, Elizabeth, plays varsity volleyball at Wellesley High, ranks 17th on the D-3 all-time coaches’ wins list.
Webb has guided the Blue to two NCAA Final Four appearances and five NCAA regional championships. Her teams have won at least 20 matches in 14 of the past 18 seasons.
“You need hard-working, motivated student-athletes to reach that kind of milestone,’’ said Webb. “I’m proud of our program, my coaching staff, and my players. When I think of 500, it reminds me I’ve been at this a long time and at a great school.’’
She was presented the commemorative match ball at Brandeis and will be honored in a pre-game ceremony Tuesday at the team’s 7 p.m. home opener vs. Emerson.
Local ties to Bowdoin
Field hockey power Bowdoin College, which reached the third round of the NCAA Division 3 tournament last year, has three area players in prominent roles this season: starting junior midfielders Colleen Finnerty of Hopkinton (St. Mark’s School) and Adrienne O’Donnell (Wellesley High) and sophomore midfielder/defender Alexa Baumgartner of Newton (Buckingham Browne & Nichols). Head coach Nicky Pearson said Finnery has played a key role on offensive corners, O’Donnell has shown quickness and a scoring touch, and Baumgartner is emerging as a talented defender.
Tourney a special one
The 13th Ouimet-Lowery Tournament will be held at the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course in Brookline Oct. 5 at 12:30 p.m.
A best ball of foursome format, it will benefit the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund. Entry fee is $100 per player and includes golf, cart, gifts, dinner, and awards.
The tournament will have special meaning this year — the 100th anniversary of Brookline native Ouimet’s stunning upset victory in the 1913 US Open at the Club across the street from his home. Ouimet’s caddy was 10-year-old Eddie Lowery of Newton.
The tournament began in 2000 when a life-size statue of Ouimet and Lowery was unveiled at the Lynch course.
The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund was founded in 1949 and, since that time, has awarded more than $26 million in need-based college tuition assistance scholarships to more than 5,100 students who have worked at least two years as caddies or in pro shop or course superintendent operations in Massachusetts.
For tournament registration, contact the pro shop at 617-730-2078 or www.brooklinegolf.com.
Soboff lifts Brandeis
Brandeis University junior Michael Soboff of Framingham, a transfer from Division 1 Rutgers, has given the Brandeis University men’s soccer team an early boost. Soboff, who has bounced back from shoulder surgery, had two goals and an assist through four games for the Judges and was named to the all-tournament at the Xara Classic held at Keene State.
“He’s an impact player who will help us going forward,’’ said Brandeis veteran head coach Mike Coven, whose team advanced to the NCAA Division 3 tournament last season and was off to a 5-0 start. “He played midfield at Rutgers but we have him at forward because he’s so clever with the ball.’’
Here and there
University of New England freshman defender Ryan Stephens of Stow was named Commonwealth Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Rookie of the week after scoring his first collegiate goal in a 1-0 win over Thomas College. . . . Northborough’s Tony Fierimonte , a junior at Assumption College, won the Shacklette Invitational last weekend and was honored as Northeast-10 Conference co-Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week.