Lesley teammates gain first NCAA berth
Lesley senior forwards Kelsey Fitzgerald of Upton (Nipmuc Regional) and Courtney Hopkins (Watertown High), who never played in a losing regular-season conference game for the Cambridge university’s women’s soccer team, were NCAA tournament-bound for the first time this weekend.
Fitzgerald, a team captain, had 4 goals and 4 assists, while Hopkins had 2 goals and an assist for the Lynx, who won the New England Collegiate Conference tournament to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA postseason.
Lesley (16-2-2, 9-0 conference) was lined up to meet Pennsylvania’s Misericordia University in the first round of the Division 3 tourney Saturday at Middlebury College.
“We recruited Kelsey and Courtney to help rebuild our program,’’ said head coach Paul Vasconselos. “Kelsey is a born leader and a highly intelligent player, and Courtney brings a great work ethic to our team.’’
Fifth-grade teams from Natick and Shrewsbury will square off at 10 a.m. Sunday at Doyle Field in Leominster for the American Youth Football League’s Massachusetts state championship. Both teams are undefeated and hoping for a shot at next Sunday’s regional semifinals, which will be played in Connecticut. Doyle Field is at 130 Priest St. in Leominster.
Organizers of the One Ball, Two Strikes Greg Montalbano Golf Classic, held in memory of the late St. John’s High, Northeastern University and Red Sox minor league pitcher from Westborough, announced that September’s event raised $36,000, bringing its three-year total to $80,000. Proceeds have benefited the Catch-A-Dream Foundation, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Activities Fund, and youth sports organizations in the Westborough area.
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