Boucher keeps up winning ways at Maryland lacrosse
Bryn Boucher is in the midst of quite a winning streak.
A freshman midfielder on the women’s lacrosse team at the University of Maryland, the Hingham teen has not experienced a loss on the field in more than two years.
Last spring, Boucher led Thayer Academy to an undefeated season (15-0) and the Independent School League championship. This spring, Boucher and her Terrapin teammates were 20-0 following Sunday’s 11-3 win over Stony Brook in the second round of the NCAA Division 1 tournament.
Counting her junior season at Thayer, when the Tigers went 12-2, Boucher is 47-2 in her last 49 games. Maryland, shooting for its fifth consecutive berth in the national semifinals, hosts Atlantic Coast Conference rival Duke (14-5) on Saturday.
“Going to NCAAs undefeated is definitely an accomplishment,’’ said Boucher. “We’ve been doing so well that everyone is really motivated to keep on winning.”
The 5-foot-6 Boucher has appeared in 15 games for the Terps, scoring three goals with one assist. She didn’t take long to make an impression, striking for her first collegiate goal in Maryland’s 20-7 season-opening win over Richmond. She also had a goal in the next game, a 19-11 win over Syracuse on Feb. 17.
“The goal I’ll always remember was when we played at Syracuse,” said Boucher, whose father, Whitney, played collegiate lacrosse at Lafayette. “It was a huge game in front of a lot of people,’’ with 1,445 in the stands.
Maryland coach Cathy Reese expects much bigger things from Boucher as she continues to get acclimated to the Terps’ offensive system. “Freshman year for her has involved a lot of learning, and she is playing with some of the best players in the country on her team,” said Reese.
“Taking this year to learn our defense and all of the different plays we have on offense will be key for her.’’
Boucher chose Maryland over Virginia and North Carolina because she felt that the program’s offensive scheme best suited her skill set. At Thayer, she scored 32 goals and added 55 assists as a senior.
“I plan to definitely work on my offense,” she said. “I’m a fast-break transition player, and that’s one of the big reasons I came to Maryland, because we’re a fast-break team. Next year I want to be able to place myself on offense better and go to the goal more than I did this year. I was a little intimidated this year, but I guess it’s just freshman jitters.”
In Saturday’s NCAA quarterfinal, Boucher’s team will be facing a pair of Noble & Greenough School grads who have suited up in all 19 games this season for Duke: Chelsea Landon , a sophomore midfielder from Norwell, and Lauren Martin , a senior defender from Weston. The 5-3 Landon, who netted 196 goals and 190 assists in her four-year career at Nobles, has 6 goals and 2 assists this season.
Local players receive Babson College accolades
Sarah Collins of Weymouth, a Division 3 All-American on the basketball court for Babson this winter, and Eric Anderson of Scituate, who matched that status on the soccer pitch, earned Female and Male Senior Athlete of the Year honors at the college in Wellesley.
The 6-foot-2 Collins finished her career as the Babson program’s all-time leader in rebounds, field goal percentage, and blocked shots. She led Division 3 nationally with 25 double-doubles this season.
Anderson received the honor from his father, Jon, Babson’s Hall of Fame soccer coach. The program’s all-time leader with 57 goals and 149 points, the younger Anderson was the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 2009, a three-time conference Player of the Year, and a three-time All-American. He was also the first Babson soccer player to be named a first-team All-American two times.
Babson women’s volleyball captain Kathleen Lynch of Quincy is the first recipient of the Conlon Award, presented to the player who exhibits excellence in leadership, integrity, loyalty and academic excellence. A two-year captain of the volleyball team, Lynch led a squad that included eight freshmen to a 22-8 record, tying the best record in school history. Lynch holds the career mark at Babson with 3,631 assists.
Also, Westwood’s Chris Kucher was presented with the Male Scholar-Athlete award after finishing his baseball career ranked in the top eight in seven offensive categories.
Easton’s Kristina Simonson received the Lori Vengrow Award after a strong freshman campaign that saw her play in 17 of 20 games in soccer and all 17 games in lacrosse.
Tuleja, Leahy spark Emmanuel lacrosse team
Emmanuel College freshman midfielder Kristen Tuleja of Mansfield earned a spot on the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference second team after notching 38 goals and 12 assists while leading the women’s lacrosse team to a program-best 9-5 record. Tuleja started all 14 games and had a team-high 78 shots.
Senior captain Madeline Leahy of Cohasset earned a spot on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship team. The three-time captain leaves the Saints program as the all-time leader in games played, goals, assists, total points, and ground balls. Leahy netted 21 goals and dished out 15 assists in her senior season for the Division 3 school.
Holy Cross in line for postseason baseball title
Walpole’s Donny Murray earned second-team Patriot League accolades after leading the Holy Cross baseball team with a 7-3 record and 57 strikeouts in 67.2 innings this spring.
Murray was 4-1 with a 2.96 ERA facing league rivals, including a complete game one-hitter against Army that clinched the Patriot regular-season title. Murray threw 7.1 scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over Bucknell on Saturday in the semifinals of the league tournament.
Junior Brandon Cipolla of Abington was also named to the Patriot League second team. The outfielder batted .333 with 14 doubles, three triples and a pair of home runs.
Holy Cross coach Greg DiCenzo, a Duxbury native, was voted the Patriot’s Coach of the Year after the Crusaders won their first regular-season title since joining the league in 1991.
The top-seeded Crusaders (28-23) host No. 3 Army this weekend for the league tournament championship.
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