Kuilan Mitchell Headed to Salem State Hall
SALEM -- Women’s basketball and volleyball player Estrella Kuilan Mitchell, a former Lowell High standout in both sports, is set to be inducted into the Salem State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
The 2007 Salem State graduate will be inducted Oct. 12.
The only three-time President’s Cup winner in Salem State history, Kuilan Mitchell is one of the school’s most decorated athletes. On the basketball court, Kuilan Mitchell was a four-time All-MASCAC selection, earning conference player of the year honors her junior and senior years while being named a Kodak District 1 All-American her final season. A two-time captain, Kuilan Mitchell led the Vikings to four MASCAC championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances.
A two-time All-New England selection, she ended her career with 1,604 points, which stands fourth all-time at Salem State. One of the top centers in the region during her career, she is Salem State’s all-time leading shot blocker, which includes a school record 14 in one game. She also ranks first all-time in field goals and fifth in career rebounds.
Kuilan Mitchell also made an impact on the volleyball court, earning four first team all-conference selections while being named MASCAC Rookie of the Year (2002) and Player of the Year (2004).
LOWELL -- Attackman Sean Tyrrell (Calgary, Alta.) and midfielder Jon Phillips (Delta, B.C.), both recent graduates of the UMass Lowell men’s lacrosse program, were drafted in the 2018 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Draft on Tuesday evening.
Tyrrell was drafted first with the 56th overall pick in the fifth round by the Calgary Roughnecks, while Phillips was chosen with the 66th overall pick in the sixth round by the Vancouver Warriors.
“This marks a new milestone for our program, these are our first two student-athletes to be drafted into the NLL,” said UML head coach Ed Stephenson.
LOWELL -- UML head hockey coach Norm Bazin has announced the hiring of alum Ryan Blair as the River Hawks’ Director of Hockey Operations.
His main responsibilities include coordinating team travel, as well as academics, some video and various administrative responsibilities.
Blair, a native of Toronto, Ont., worked with the Boston Jr. Rangers for the last three years as the head coach of their Eastern Hockey League Premier team and assistant coach of their Eastern Hockey League team.
Blair owned a record of 90-25-11 in three years coaching the EHLP team.
He won EHL Premier Coach of the Year honors in 2017-18 and helped the Jr. Rangers to a playoff championship in 2016 and 2018, as well as a regular-season championship in 2018.