Thursday, November 9, 2017

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Woznicki named Commonwealth Coast Conference Defensive POY

Woznicki (RWU athletics)
Roger Williams University women's soccer posted nine shutouts during the regular season, and its top defender was recognized for her efforts.
Sam Woznicki, a former standout at Bristol Eastern, was chosen as CCC Defensive Player of the Year, according to a press release on the conference website. Woznicki, a senior, also made First Team All-CCC for her efforts as a back.
In conference play, Roger Williams allowed a minuscule 0.65 goals per game. Overall, that number was just 1.07 goals per game. The Hawks had an impressive defense, and Woznicki was the anchor.
Roger Williams won the CCC Tournament, and it did so via a 1-0 shutout over Gordon College last Saturday. The Hawk defense wouldn't have it any other way. Of course it had to be a shutout. Roger Williams repaid Gordon for a 1-v-8 upset in last year's tournament.
The Hawks play The College of New Jersey in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Carlson (Endicott athletics)
Marissa Carlson, Endicott College soccer
Woznicki wasn't the only former Lancer to earn All-CCC accolades.
Carlson, a senior at Endicott College, was named Third Team All-CCC for her efforts as a back on the conference's regular season champion. The Gull defense allowed a grand total of 13 goals in 17 regular season matches, which translates to a tiny 0.76 goals-against average. Endicott had a CCC-high six shutouts in conference play, and a total of seven overall. Carlson was one of just three Gulls to start all 17 matches. With Carlson's help, Endicott allowed four goals to CCC opponents during the regular season.
Endicott saw its CCC Tournament run ended in an overtime match against Gordon in the semifinals. Carlson was First Team All-CCC as a junior.

Haley Knox, Eastern Connecticut State University cross country
Knox (ECSU athletics)

The Warriors made history, and this junior from Bristol Central was there with them.
ECSU won the Little East Conference championship race for the first time in program history. Knox finished in ninth place, and the only Warrior in front of her was senior Kassandra Banks from Wethersfield, who took second. A vital aspect of the race for Eastern was the finish of its 3-5 runners. Samantha McCosky, Rachel Osak and Amanda Terenzi finished 12-13-14, and all ahead of the No. 4 runner for Plymouth State. Plymouth State wound up second to ECSU in the team standings, and the winning result surprised Knox.
"I was pretty convinced that we hadn't won," Knox said of her thoughts after crossing the finish line. Knox was interviewed along with Banks for the ECSU athletics website.
When told the result, Knox said she broke down.
"I didn't believe it," Knox said.
It was a trying year at times for Knox, who dealt with knee problems. She never stopped battling, though, and came back from the injuries.
"I came back, and I had a great race after a couple weeks off," Knox said.
Knox was disappointed that two Plymouth runners finished ahead of her in the LEC meet, but her effort made sure a third didn't. In a close meet, every point counts.
"Luckily, I held on for as long as I could," Knox said.
Of McCosky, Osak and Terenzi, Knox had this to say:
"I was amazed, I was so proud of them," Knox said.
What helped Eastern was its training sessions. The Warriors were close together in time, so there was a bunch of pack training that went on.
"Training was awesome because we had such a big pack," Knox said.
Next up is the New England championship meet. Personal bests are the goal, now that the team accomplishment of winning the LEC championship is taken care of. It was a great day for ECSU, and also for Knox.

McPhee (ECSU athletics)
Mariah McPhee, Eastern Connecticut State University cross country
McPhee was a terrific runner for the Warriors in her own right.
This season, the former Bristol Eastern standout passed along her knowledge as a first-year assistant under head coach Kathy Manizza. McPhee is pursuing an advanced degree at ECSU. Even though her running eligibility was up, McPhee's knowledge could still be handed down to the Warriors.
As a runner, McPhee was All-LEC, a team captain and a four-year letterwinner. McPhee finished 10th in the LEC championship meet as a senior.
This year, McPhee got to celebrate a LEC women's cross country championship as an assistant coach. She may not be running competitively, but she is still a Warrior.

Luca DiCarlo, Western Connecticut State University soccer
DiCarlo (WCSU athletics)

The Colonials won the LEC title for the third time, and first since 2005.
DiCarlo, a junior from Holy Cross, played the first half in net in the final against Rhode Island College and saved two shots without allowing a goal. Daniel Szabo took over the net in the second half and also saved two shots in the 1-0 victory last Saturday at The Westside Athletic Complex at WCSU.
DiCarlo started 17 of the 21 matches the Colonials have played. He posted an 8-3 record with a save percentage of 73.8 and a goals allowed average of 0.95. 
WCSU plays at Brandeis in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Statistics and information compiled from the team website of each athlete.

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