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Field hockey player comes into her own

Belmont High grad Margaux Bolte is a junior defender on the Wheaton College field hockey team in Norton. Belmont High grad Margaux Bolte is a junior defender on the Wheaton College field hockey team in Norton.
By Marvin Pave
September 20, 2009

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Margaux Bolte is coming into her own as a junior defender on the Wheaton College field hockey team in Norton.

The Belmont High graduate netted the game-winning goal in Wheaton’s season-opening win over Salve Regina, and tallied another score in a 6-0 victory over Simmons.

“She plays key roles on both the offensive and defensive penalty corner crews and her ball-handling skills make her difficult to defend, and allow her to create scoring opportunities for the team,’’ said Wheaton head coach Rebecca Begley, whose team was 3-1 entering this weekend’s games. Through four games, Bolte has equaled last year’s goal total.

The Wheaton roster also includes starting junior defender Ashley English (Watertown High), starting junior forward Julia Atwood of Concord (Brooks School), who scored the game’s first goal in a 5-1 loss to the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and sophomore forward/midfielder Sarah Mott of Harvard (Bromfield School).

English, who has started every game since her freshman season, had two goals and two assists last season; Atwood has seven career goals, while Mott played in three games last fall.

“Ashley was recruited to be a top defender and she has not let us down. She provides a hard, consistent hit out of the backfield,’’ added Begley. “Julia came to us as a green player and while the coaching staff could see her potential, she has exceeded all expectations, on and off the field. Her work ethic and determination have made her the player she is today.

“Sarah entered the season with high hopes, but due to an injury this preseason, she’s suffered a minor setback. We expect her to be back at 100 percent sooner than later.’’

Brandeis junior finishes first
Brandeis University junior Sam Donovan, a graduate of Newton South High, finished first in the Judges opening cross-country meet, a 15-48 victory over Bentley University. Donovan registered a time of 19:54 clocking over the 6,000-meter course at Weston High School.

“Sam is one of our top runners on a strong team and he’s kind of had a breakthrough year since winning the mile indoors last season at the Brandeis Invitational with a personal best 4:22,’’ said Brandeis head coach John Evans. “Sam was also the mile champ in the Dual County League in high school, but when he came here there was still a learning process, and he’s progressed to the point where he has come back in the best shape of his college career for cross-country.’’

Junior Kerwin Vega (Waltham High) and freshman Jake Newfield (Needham High) are also on the Brandeis team. Newfield, an 11th-place finisher against Bentley in 20:05, “really put his nose in there,’’ Evans said, adding that Vega, the team’s fourth scorer at nationals last season, is coming back from a slight calf problem.

New hall of famers will be recognized
Homecoming weekend Oct. 3 will be special for the seven new members of the Westborough High School Athletic Hall of Fame, who will be inducted during a brunch ceremony and then recognized at halftime of the Westborough-Doherty Memorial High football game. The brunch is scheduled for 10 a.m. and the game at 1 p.m.

The inductees are Joe Mewhiney, for whom Westborough’s field is named and who was an assistant principal, athletic director, and coach at the high school; Bill Cove (class of 1974, track and cross country); Susan Mac Dougall Keating (’82, gymnastic captain and MVP, cheerleading and volleyball); Dick LaDuke, coach of four sports; Megan Jane Fay McGoff (’87, basketball, field hockey, and softball); Rob Pano (’91, football, basketball, and baseball); and Mike Power (’84, basketball, baseball, track, and football).

Midfielder Stone is Blazers draft pick
Wellesley’s Mike Stone, a three-time All-American midfielder at Middlebury College, was a sixth-round draft pick of the National Lacrosse League’s Boston Blazers, who begin their second professional season in January and play their home games at the TD Garden.

“Mike was tearing up’’ the New England Small College Athletic Conference “the past few years at Middlebury,’’ said Blazers head coach Tom Ryan. “Being a Bowdoin graduate, I keep tabs on the league and Mike is the guy coaches and players single out as being the top Division 3 college player in New England.’’

Bentley graduate blazes trail in NFL
Former Bentley University All-American Mackenzy Bernadeau became the school’s first athlete to play in a regular season game in any of the four major professional sports when he appeared at offensive tackle last Sunday for the Carolina Panthers.

Listed as a backup guard and center, the 6-foot-4, 308-pound Waltham High graduate was a seventh-round draft pick by the Panthers in 2008. He dressed for five games last season but did not see any action. He started all 37 games he played at Bentley.

Marvin Pave can be reached at 508-820-4223 or marvin.pave@ rcn.com.