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Local skaters spur Bowdoin hockey

McDOWELL McDOWELL
By By Marvin Pave
Globe Correspondent / December 30, 2010

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Local skaters spur Bowdoin hockey Bowdoin junior defenseman Jordan Lalor of Needham and sophomore forward Stephanie Ludy of Shrewsbury have played key roles in the success of the Maine college’s men’s and women’s ice hockey teams.

A graduate of St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, Lalor was tied for third in scoring with 2 goals and 9 assists for the men’s team, which is ranked fifth nationally in Division 3 with a 6-1 record (4-1 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference).

Ludy, who attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., had a goal and an assist for the women, who although unranked nationally were off to their best start since 2002 with a 5-2 record (4-2 NESCAC).

“Jordan is one of the difference makers in our conference who just loves to play the game,’’ said Bowdoin men’s coach Terry Meagher, whose team resumes play next Tuesday vs. Wentworth Institute of Technology. “He’s performed admirably in the classroom and is a solid citizen of the Bowdoin community.’’

Lalor (13 goals and 17 assists in 55 career games) had a superb sophomore season, playing in all 27 games, scoring 7 goals and adding 2 assists. He had three game-winning goals last winter, including an overtime strike against Colby in the conference quarterfinals.

A member of the Massachusetts team at the Select 15, 16, and 17 USA National Festivals, Lalor was named to the All-Scholastic team at the 2006 Hockey Night in Boston tournament. He also played two years in the Eastern Junior Hockey League with the Springfield Falcons and South Shore Kings, and was a 2008 league all-star.

Ludy, who has career stats of 8 goals and 6 assists in 33 games, graduated magna cum laude from St. Paul’s and was an Independent School League honorable mention her senior year. She received the hockey team’s Sportsmanship Award as a sophomore and junior, and also played varsity soccer and lacrosse at the private prep school.

“Stephanie has been a consistent performer and has seen plenty of ice time as a result of her tenacious forechecking and relentless work ethic,’’ said Bowdoin women’s head coach Marissa O’Neil. “She’s created a number of timely opportunities for her linemates to find the back of the net, and she’s earned a role on our special teams.’’

The women’s squad returns to the ice Sunday for the Codfish Tournament hosted by the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Mosgrove shows range for UMass Cerie Mosgrove, the youngest basketball player at Needham High — male or female — to reach 1,000 career points after hitting the milestone in her junior year, has had success playing a different role as a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Normally a shooting guard, the 6-foot Mosgrove has seen time in the post because of injuries to the team’s front court, and has responded by leading the Minutewomen in scoring and rebounding in four games while averaging 11.9 points and 5.2 rebounds, and chipping in with 4 blocks and 6 steals.

“Cerie is one of the most competitive and coachable student-athletes that I have had the pleasure to work with in 26 years of coaching,’’ said Sharon Dawley, in her first year as head coach at UMass. “She comes to work every day with a great attitude. What a role model for young players to follow!

“She’s playing a lot of minutes at the four for us,’’ Dawley said, and with the return of power forward Jasmine Watson, she will likely play some minutes at small forward, she added. “I love when they introduce her as ‘the Sniper,’ a nickname given to her by our PA announcer, Matt Goldstein, for her ability to shoot the three.’’

Mosgrove made her 100th career three-pointer this season against Merrimack, and was fifth all-time in the category at UMass with 115 from beyond the arc.

This season, she had her first 20-point game as a collegian during a game against Brown, and also established personal single-game bests in rebounds (9 vs. Binghamton) and assists (4 vs. Boston College).

Basketball arc is now ‘complete’ Ephraim McDowell, a graduate of Beaver Country Day School in Newton, has become a “complete player’’ as a junior guard on the Hamilton College men’s basketball team, according to head coach Tobin Anderson.

“He will always be a tremendous shooter, but his relentless work ethic has made him very good at every facet of the game,’’ said Anderson, whose team was 5-2 overall at semester break. “He’s become a strong leader and he is a fun guy to coach.’’

The 5-foot-11 captain, whose teammates include sophomore forward Eric Benvenuti of Concord (Concord Academy), was selected to the Liberty League’s Team of the Week for the second straight week on Dec. 13 after averaging 18.5 points in a two-game span.

A resident of Boston, McDowell ranks second in the league in scoring at 17 points per game, second in free-throw percentage at 88.9 percent, fourth in 3-point field goal percentage at 47.2, and leads the league with 25 3-pointers.

At Beaver, McDowell was the school’s second all-time leading scorer with more than 1,700 points and was a two-time Eastern Independent League all-star. A two-year captain, he also set a school record for 3-point field goals and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee his senior year.

On Clemson crew

Worcester Academy senior and three-sport athlete Kathryn Andreoli of Shrewsbury has signed a letter of intent to attend Clemson University, where she will be a member of its women’s crew team.

Andreoli also played field hockey and basketball at the academy.

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