Canton’s Levy takes lead role at Bentley
When Bentley University men’s soccer coach Gary Crompton pulled into a parking lot on campus Monday, Scott Levy was placing cones on the practice field.
“It was about 6:45 in the morning and the fog was rolling in, but Scott was already getting things organized,’’ Crompton said of the sophomore center-forward from Canton. “I wasn’t really surprised. His teammates and our staff love his outgoing personality and positive attitude, and he’s developed into a team leader as a sophomore.’’
A soccer and basketball captain at Canton High, Levy entered Bentley’s home game Saturday against American International College with a team-high six goals and 12 points. He was second in the Northeast-10 Conference in goals and third in points; three of his tallies were game-winners.
The 5-foot-8 Levy played in all 17 games as a freshman, including two starts, and had one goal while adjusting to the speed and physicality of the college game.
“Scott gave us energy off the bench, he showed the ability to change the rhythm of the game and give us a spark, and he logged a lot of valuable minutes last season,’’ said Crompton, who first saw Levy play as a member of the FC Boston Bolts club team when he was a coach in the program. “Then, during the team’s offseason workouts, he won every endurance and sprinting contest. He just never takes a day off,’’ Crompton said.
Levy showed a flair for the dramatic as a high school senior: His goal with just 7 seconds on the clock gave Canton the win over Mansfield in a Division 2 South sectional quarterfinal.
“I remember our goalie punted the ball deep down field and I just took off. The ball bounced once, I was able to get by a defender and scored just inside the right post,’’ recalled Levy, who responded with 17 goals after being shifted as a senior from right outside defender to forward by veteran coach Dan Erickson .
Levy also played point guard on the Canton High basketball team, and hit a buzzer-beater in the lane against Hockomock League rival Sharon for a 51-49 victory. “The last time I did that was back in the eighth grade,’’ he said.
His dad, Dan Levy, played varsity basketball at Connecticut College, and coached his son on the Canton travel basketball team that won the state eighth-grade championship.
“I knew soccer would be the sport I hoped to play in college, but being a basketball player has helped me become a better soccer player, especially with my timing when I’m battling for a ball in the air,’’ said Levy. “And being a point guard enhances your leadership qualities and helps in anticipating plays.’’
An all-state soccer player as a senior in 2011, Levy helped lead the Bulldogs to the state soccer semifinals as a junior and to the South sectional semifinals three times.
“Coach Erickson said he wanted to improve our scoring up front and felt I had shown the pace and vision needed to play forward,’’ said Levy. “Looking back, I’m glad he saw that in me. He’s one of the best coaches in the state, and I owe a lot to him.’’
Levy’s early exposure to soccer was at Erickson’s Kick Start program, held on Saturday mornings in the fall and spring. Levy then served as a counselor for the program during his four years at Canton High.
“I also saw Scott play in high school and was impressed with how he was able to hold onto the ball, pass to the midfielders, and then get in position to receive the next pass,’’ said Crompton. “He’s mobile and can run the channels behind the defense, and he has that ability to wreak havoc with the defenders and throw them off their lines.’’
Levy hoped his development as a freshman would lead to more playing time this season, but he took nothing for granted.
“I came in pretty fit and I felt the position was mine to lose. I knew I needed to show more composure in the box and penalty areas, because I missed some opportunities to score last year when my shots would go wide or over the net.
“So I work hard on that every day in practice, trying to slow myself down, play more relaxed and make the right decisions, and so far it’s worked out pretty well.’’
Barboza helps lift WPI coach to 100th
Worcester Polytechnic Institute junior forward Mary-Lee Barboza, a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High, scored two goals Tuesday in a 3-0 field hockey victory over Clark University that gave WPI head coach Lisa Moreau her 100th career victory.
It was WPI’s first win against Clark since the 2008 season. Barboza, prior to Saturday’s game at Wellesley College, was second in team scoring with 4 goals and an assist. Classmate Nicole Holmes (Plymouth North), who assisted on WPI’s second goal, had a goal and four assists.
Big basketball season predicted for Battista
The Women’s Division II Bulletin has tabbed Bentley senior basketball forward Lauren Battista of Easton as its preseason national player of the year.
The 6-foot Oliver Ames High graduate, who helped lead Team USA to the gold medal in the Maccabiah Games this summer, is a two-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division 2 All-American and a two-time Bentley captain, and enters this season 10th on Bentley’s all-time scoring list with 1,504 points.
“To be named Women’s Division 2 Bulletin’s preseason player of the year is an affirmation of the impact Lauren Battista has had on our team’s success over the past three years,” said Bentley coach Barbara Stevens . “She epitomizes the term student-athlete with her accomplishments on the court and in the classroom.”
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