Clare Conway netted some ECHA hardware this week.
The Billerica native and Worcester State university women’s hockey player was named the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Alliance (ECHA) Player of the Week, Jan. 25.
A senior forward, Conway picked up six goals off a pair of hat tricks in the back-to-back victories for Worcester State (8-5-2, 2-0 ECHA). She scored her first hat trick within the first period of a 9-1 victory over Curry College, and then backed the performance with a second three-goal game versus Assumption in ECHA play.
Meanwhile, teammate and Nashua NH native Amber Lee earned Goaltender of the Week accolades.
The Worcester State University junior netminder picked up back-to-back wins including a 20 save performance over Assumption. Lee also stopped 37 of 38 shots versus Curry College earning a .966 save percentage, and 1.00 goals against average on the week.
The Lancers return to the ice on Friday, Jan. 28 to face the University of New England, before a rematch against Assumption on Saturday, Jan. 29.
Niles earns starter status at Fitchburg State
Pena Niles is making her presence felt in Fitchburg.
The Billerica native has netted 19 points in three consecutive starts with the Fitchburg State University Women’s Basketball team. A 5-foot-6 freshman, Niles potted a season-high nine points in a 97-42 loss to Bridgewater State, Jan. 22. She then provided some key layups in a 59-51 win over the MCLA Trailblazers, Jan. 24, giving Fitchburg (2-12) just its second win of the season.
A 2021 graduate of Billerica Memorial High School, Niles is majoring in Special Education at the University.
The Falcons return to action on Wednesday as they host the Owls of Westfield State University in MASCAC action, at 5 p.m.
Gallella sisters lend a hand
The Gallella sisters have been in a giving mood at Worcester State lately.
The Tewksbury wonder twins helped the Lancers dish out a season-high 29 assists, with three players scoring 20+ points as the Worcester State University women’s basketball team defeated Salem State, 83-68, Jan. 24.
Elizabeth Gallella had a game-high nine assists for Worcester State (8-7, 3-1 MASCAC), who are riding a three-game winning streak. Erin Gallella also joined in the assist party with six helpers, to go along with two steals and a block.
Worcester hits the road again Wednesday, when they head to Framingham State for a 5:30 p.m. clash.
Ceppi, Bentley blitz AIC
Autumn Ceppi missed out on a double-double by a single rebound, as the Bentley University women’s basketball team topped American International College, 91-43, Jan. 22 at the Dana Center.
All five Falcon starters scored in double figures. A Bedford native and Dana Hill School product Cappi potted 11 points. The graduate student is currently averaging 12.5 per game. A member of last year’s All-Defensive Team in the Patriot League, she is currently the Falcons top rebounder (7.2) as well as the team leader in both steals and blocks.
Winning four of its last five games, Bentley, improved to 9-4 overall and 7-2 in the NE10, remaining percentage points behind Southern New Hampshire in the Northeast Division standings. The Falcons host Pace (13-2), Jan. 26. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.
Harty shows heart in FSU win
Thomas Harty scored the game-tying goal and added an assist, as the Fitchburg State men’s ice hockey team defeated Framingham State University, 5-2, in MASCAC action, Jan. 25 at the Wallace Civic Center.
Trailing 2-0, Harty helped key the first period comeback potting the game-tying tally at 18:45. It was the Billerica native’s fourth goal of the season. The Green and Gold completed its comeback courtesy of an insurance tally by Billerica’s Zackery Diamont, off a two-man advantage in the third period. The goal was his sixth of the season.
The Falcons will travel to Worcester State on Thursday night for a match-up with the Lancers starting at 4:30 p.
Martin making big stops at Franklin Pierce
Senior goaltender Kyle Martin helped guide a spirited comeback attempt, as the Franklin Pierce University men’s hockey team suffered a tough 5-4 road loss to Southern New Hampshire, Jan. 24 in a Northeast-10 Conference battle.
Trailing 5-2, the Ravens rallied scoring a pair of goals in the final three minutes of regulation, before ultimately bowing out.
A Westford native St. John’s Prep graduate, Martin (1-4) made 24 saves in the loss, with the team falling to 2-5 (5-10 overall) in the NE10 standings. A 5-foot-9, 185-pound business major, Martin has played in five games his senior season, sporting a 3.47 goals against average while making 107 saves.
Weather permitting, the Ravens are scheduled to be back in action with a home-and-home against Stonehill over the weekend. Franklin Pierce will travel to Stonehill for a 7 p.m. faceoff on Friday before playing host to the Skyhawks on Saturday, for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.
Harris, Masterson succeed at Sutherland Invitational
Sophomore Stephen Harris and graduate student Alena Masterson helped both Franklin Pierce University track & field teams to a second-place finish on Saturday, at the William Sutherland Invitational, hosted by Southern Connecticut State.
A Billerica native, Harris claimed fifth for the men’s team in the high jump clearing 1.85 meters.
Meanwhile, Masterson made some moves in the 400-meter dash. The Pelham NH native placed seventh with a time of 1:05.00.
The Ravens will split the squad up next weekend, sending competitors to both Boston University and Tufts.
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