|Corey Thomas holds Stonehill College records in the high jump and 55-meter high hurdles. (Richard Orr Sports)|
Brecken, Lampson, MacInnis cited for contributions on ice
Chris Brecken stepped right onto the ice as a freshman at Fitchburg State College and was an immediate contributor after playing for a Division 3 hockey program in high school. No juniors. No prep year. And he was a 5-foot-7, 170-pound defenseman.
The former Hudson High standout wrapped up his four-year college career with selection to the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference all-star first team.
Salem State College freshman right winger Nick Lampson of Groton was named the conference’s top rookie, while Fitchburg senior left winger Chris MacInnis of Waltham was a second-team pick.
Fitchburg State (19-6-1, 14-4 MASCAC) captured the conference’s inaugural regular season title but was beaten in overtime, 2-1, by visiting Salem State (15-8-4, 11-3-4) in the playoff championship. Lampson assisted on his team’s first goal in that contest.
“Chris has played above and beyond his physical size,’’ said Fitchburg State coach Dean Fuller of Brecken, “and he plays with a lot of heart. I saw him play in high school, and he could just take the puck and go coast to coast. He didn’t play junior hockey or go to prep school, but I felt he could make the transition from a D-3 high school program right away. Heck, if you can play in the National Hockley League at age 18 you can play at the same age in the MASCAC.’’
A cocaptain who anchored Fitchburg’s second power play unit, Brecken was always counted on in the final minutes of a game as a stabilizing force. He had 11 assists this season and finished with three goals and 26 assists in 102 career games.
Lampson, who attended the South Kent School and also played juniors, skated on a line with MacInnis and the team’s leading scorer, center Casey Terreri (nephew of former Providence College and NHL goalie Chris Terreri. Lampson (30 points) was second in team scoring, including a team-high 17 goals. MacInnis, a Globe All-Scholastic at Waltham High (his dad, Thomas, is also a Waltham High hockey alum), also had 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists), and finished his career with 44 goals and 58 assists in 101 games.
“Nick is a tremendous talent with great goal-scoring skills because of his accurate shot, and he has the ability to hold onto the puck,’’ said Salem State head coach Billy O’Neill. “And Chris was like the quarterback in our power play, which was a good one. He had great vision from the left point and really made our power play work.’’
The former Boston College High standout is ranked first nationally in the high jump (7 feet, 2.25 inches) and third (7.98 seconds) in the 60-meter high hurdles.
Thomas earned All-New England honors last weekend at Boston University by winning the high jump and finishing second in the 55-meter high hurdles. A two-time Northeast-10 Conference Freshman of the Week, Thomas was honored by the US Track & Field and
Thomas was a six-time Catholic Conference All-Star at BC High, where he was a two-year captain and team MVP. He holds five school records and also set state records in the high jump, 55-meter hurdles, 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles, and was a part of the school’s record setting 4x 200 meter relay.
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