Hieu Nguyen
Hieu Nguyen

Mass. Maritime soccer starts strong

Already, this has been a banner season for the men’s soccer program at Massachusetts Maritime Academy under the direction of Bridgewater native John Perry.

Off to the best start in program history, the Buccaneers were 6-3-1 and riding a two-game winning streak prior to Saturday’s game at Worcester State.

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All the victories were by shutout.

The top scorer is junior midfielder Hieu Nguyen  (3 goals, 2 assists) of Weymouth, including game-winners in a pair of 1-0 wins against Curry and Becker at the start of the season.

“We wanted to start strong because we didn’t play as well as we could have at the end of last season, and that motivated us throughout the spring and into preseason,’’ said Nguyen, who starred at Matignon High and was the MASCAC’s Player of the Week on Sept. 10.

“We are really focused and motivated every time we take the field, and coach Perry has helped us work hard and make sure that we are giving our all. We’re a tight-knit group, and that closeness has been a big part of what we’ve been able to do so far.’’

Joining him in the starting lineup are sophomore midfielder Rob Robbs  (Braintree High), who had a goal and and an assist, junior defenders Daniel Riley  (Hanover High) and Stephen Machaby (Rockland High), and freshman backfield mate Nick Parker  (Plymouth South).

Three other area players were also contributing to the Bucs’ early-season success: freshman forward Connor McInnis  of Duxbury (Tabor Academy) netted his first two collegiate goals and added an assist in a 6-0 victory over Anna Maria on Sept. 27; classmate Taylor Sjoberg  (Mansfield High) scored his first career goal in the same game and sophomore Roodelin Jean of Braintree (Doral Charter Academy, Florida) has appeared in eight games.

“There is a lot of talent at the high school and club level from this area,’’ said Perry, a standout at Bridgewater-Raynham High and Westfield State now in his 20th season at the Academy. He resides in Marshfield.

“And that’s been proven by many of my current and former players who have provided great play and great leadership,’’

Six added to Stonehill Hall of Fame honors

“And that traveling violation was brought to you by Samsonite. ...”

“Now entering the game, Pat Boen, from the Shoe City.'' ...

“Basket by Chris Butler. The Butler [pause] did it.''

Just a sampling of why it was never a dull moment when John Murphy, Stonehill class of 1969 and former public address announcer for the college’s men’s home basketball games, was at the mike.

“When you reported to the scorer’s table,’’ recalled Boen, now the baseball coach at the college, “John would ask you a different question each time, where you were from, what dorm you lived in and then he’d announce it to the crowd. John made it fun and he made you feel like family.”

Boen is a member of the college’s Hall of Fame Committee that has selected six individuals, including Murphy, who will be inducted Friday evening at Stonehill’s Martin Institute Auditorium.

The others are Donna Chivakos  (’05, cross country and track and field), Todd Dawson  (’93, football), Joseph Kelly  (’85, baseball), former women’s basketball assistant and head coach Kelly Hart , and senior associate director of athletics Cindy MacDonald

Known as the “Mayor of Spirit,’’ and “the Voice of Stonehill,’’ Murphy also served as the school’s director of intramural athletics. In that capacity, he organized a football game that was played at Stonehill against Saint Anselm, which led to the formation of a club football team and, later, the varsity team.

“He’s one of Stonehill’s treasures,’’ said Paula Sullivan, Stonehill’s assistant vice president for athletics and recreation.

The ceremonies will include a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

Campus achievers

Babson College junior Lila Haffey  (Duxbury High) was named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week after contributing to a 5-0 shutout over Springfield Sept. 29. She played a major role in limiting the Pride to just three shots overall and only one on net while marking Springfield’s second-leading scorer.

In a reversal of fortune, Springfield College freshman Krissy Cicalis  (Bridgewater-Raynham) picked a great time to score her first goal, converting a header with 44 seconds to play in double overtime for a 2-1 women’s soccer victory over regionally ranked Babson. Springfield snapped Babson’s three-game win streak while improving to 6-3 overall (3-0 NEWMAC). The Pride roster also includes starting junior defender Vicky DiNatale, starting senior forward Erica Donnelly , and freshman midfielder Brooke Hattinger, all Weymouth High graduates. Through nine games, DiNatale had four assists and Donnelly had a goal and an assist.

Nice 1-2 punch for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a 3-1 field hockey victory over Salem State Sept. 29. Freshman Cory Connolly  (Duxbury High) scored all her team’s goals and junior goalkeeper Lauren O’Brien  (Old Rochester) had five saves. On Tuesday, UMD (7-3 overall, 6-0 Little East Conference) got a goal and two assists from Connolly in a 4-0 win over Eastern Connecticut. Also suiting up for the Corsairs are senior defender Michaela Johnston  (Mansfield High), freshman forward/midfielder Alison Ladue  (Bridgewater-Raynham), and freshman backup keeper Liz Delaney  (Foxborough High).