Fitchburg State Indoor Track Teams Picked to Finish 4th
FITCHBURG -- The Fitchburg State University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will have the chance to surprise their conference foes with solid season after the release of the MASCAC preseason coaches polls.
Fitchburg State roundup
Both the Fitchburg State men’s and women’s teams were picked to finish fourth in the four-team standings.
On the men’s side, the Bears of Bridgewater State were selected as the preseason favorite after receiving two first-place votes to amass a total of eight points, edging second-place Westfield State’s total of seven points.
Sitting in the third slot was Worcester State with a total of six points, which included the final first place ballot, while Fitchburg State was slated to finish in the fourth with three points.
For the women, the Lancers of Worcester State were selected as the preseason favorite, collecting three of the possible four first-place ballots to amass a total of nine points. Westfield State, which received the final first-place vote, and Bridgewater State finished tied for second with six points each, while Fitchburg State placed fourth with three points.
Fitchburg State senior midfielder Molly Richard, of Leominster, has been named to the 2018 Longstretch/NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) Division 3 New England West All-Region Second Team.
Richard produced a stellar senior season for the Falcons, posting a team-best 30 points on 13 goals and four helpers, adding four game-winners and one defensive save in 20 contests. Richard was also named to the Little East Conference Second Team earlier this month. The Fitchburg State field hockey team concluded its campaign with an overall record of 10-10 and a 7-5 mark in conference play.
MASCAC sportsmanship teams announced
The 2018 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference fall sportsmanship teams have been announced by the league office.
Among the 47 MASCAC student-athletes recognized for their outstanding sportsmanship were six Fitchburg State student-athletes: senior Joseph Darrigo (men’s cross country), senior Jennifer Desilvestre (women’s cross country), junior Connor Briggs (football), sophomore Mikaela Mitchell (women’s soccer), junior Nolan Brassard, of Leominster, (men’s soccer) and senior Nicole Sylvester (women’s volleyball).
The MASCAC sportsmanship teams recognize student-athletes and coaches who display outstanding sportsmanship on and off the field. As an important piece of the MASCAC and NCAA philosophy, the representatives on the team display what it means to have good sportsmanship in the MASCAC.
A student-athlete from each institution is selected by their coach to be placed on the sportsmanship team.