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Local players shine for WPI squad

Sasha Marokhovsky of Upton Sasha Marokhovsky of Upton
By Marvin Pave
Globe Correspondent / September 11, 2011

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s field hockey squad, which includes senior forward Sasha Marokhovsky of Upton, junior forward Megan Read of Wrentham, and freshman goalie Katrina Kohlman of Maynard, was 3-0 heading into its match yesterday against visiting Union College.

Marokhovsky had a goal and an assist, including the game-winner (the eighth of her career) on Tuesday in a 2-0 victory over Bridgewater State. Her 15 career goals leads all active WPI players.

Read, who had unloaded 10 shots on goal, led the Engineers last fall with 15 points (5 goals, 5 assists), including two scores in a season-ending win over Smith College. Kohlman, the team’s backup goalkeeper, is coming back from a leg injury.

“Sasha is one of a group of eight seniors who are vital to what we do,’’ coach Lisa Moreau said of Marokhovsky. ’’She’s a quiet leader who knows when to speak up, and when she does her teammates respond to her. She plays left wing, she’s sneaky fast with good stick skills, and she turns the corner very well. She never quits on a play.

“She also has a knack for scoring at the right time, and I’ll never forget her first game as a freshman in our game at Lasell,’’ added Moreau. “It was a brutally hot day and we won, 1-0, on her first career goal. It was a great start to her career, and we’re hoping that she’ll finish the same way.’’

Marokhovsky remembers the play like it was yesterday.

“It was a cross in front of the net and I was able to tuck it behind the goalie in the second half,’’ said Marokhovsky, who was a field hockey captain at Nipmuc Regional High and the team’s MVP on offense. “It was good not to go into overtime because it was so humid.

“As seniors we do everything together. This summer, those of us who lived in the Worcester area worked out together at our field and also played pickup games at Assumption College and Clark University,’’ she said. “We lost just one starter from last year, which was a growing year. We don’t want a repeat of last year’s losing season, which has really motivated us.’’

Marokhovsky said she was introduced to field hockey in gym class as an eighth-grader.

“It’s similar to soccer, but has a unique feel, and I really enjoy playing offense. I love that sound when the ball hits the wood in the back of the net,’’ said Marokhovsky, who put her offensive skills on display last year against Worcester State with a “drag flick’’ shot over the keeper’s head, the result of hours of practice to perfect it.

Moreau said that Read has a great knowledge of the game and the ability to transition from the attack to defense.

“Meg is one of our hardest-working players, and is always asking what she can do to make herself a better player,’’ added Moreau. “As a result, she’s become more versatile and can play any offensive position on corners.’’

Kohlman has been working hard to come back from her injury. “She’s very coachable and wants to play at this level,’’ said Moreau.

Marokhovsky, Read, and Kohlman all played several sports in high school.

Marokhovsky’s list includes basketball and lacrosse, and her honors included being named Nipmuc’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Read was a Hockomock League all-star in tennis as well as field hockey, and also played lacrosse at King Philip Regional, where she was class salutatorian.

Kohlman also played softball at Maynard High, where she was named both a captain and Most Improved Player for the field hockey team, and received the school’s Spirit of Maynard Award.

Stone leads Babson to 3-0 start in tennis
The Babson College women’s tennis team won its first three matches with senior tricaptain Rebecca Stone of Dover helping lead the way.

The Dover-Sherborn High graduate was recently named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Singles Player of the Week after sweeping her singles opponents in the team’s three matches, winning 36 of 41 games.

She had also won both of her doubles matches this season, giving her 33 career doubles victories. Through last weekend, the three-time team MVP had a career record of 46-21 in singles play.

“Rebecca is a fighter on the court,’’ said Babson head coach Jim Berrigan. “Even if she is not on her game on match day, she will find a way to win.’’

Waltham High names new Hall of Fame class
The 1991 Super Bowl championship football team and five individuals will be inducted into the Waltham High School Athletic Hall of Fame in an Oct. 28 ceremony.

The other honorees are the late Alicia Czarnowski (class of 1944, basketball); Stephen Duffy (’86, head lacrosse and assistant football coach); brothers Derek Cormier (’88, hockey) and Jason Cormier (’92, hockey and golf); and Lou Nocera, owner of the Chateau restaurant, as a benefactor to the school’s athletic program.

For information about tickets for the event, e-mail whsathletichalloffame@k12.waltham.ma.us.

Ancheta lands role with Bentley volleyball squad
Newton resident Dan Ancheta, a 2008 graduate of Boston College, has been named an assistant women’s volleyball coach at Bentley University.

A former girls’ volleyball coach at Watertown High and boys’ coach at Needham High, Ancheta is also captain of the Boston Hurricanes “A’’ volleyball team, and has been a special education aide at the Broadmeadow School in Newton.