Hingham’s Marshall will skate his final season at Northeastern

Hingham’s Marshall to play for Huskies

His college hockey career has come full circle.

As a junior at Hingham High in 2006, Matt Marshall verbally committed to play at Northeastern University. However, Marshall then transferred to Noble and Greenough in Dedham, repeated his junior year, and signed a letter of intent to play at Vermont.

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Marshall graduated from UVM this past spring, but has a year of eligibility remaining after receiving a medical redshirt as a senior, when a groin injury limited him to two games.

Now healthy, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Marshall has enrolled in the MBA program at Northeastern, where he will use his final year of eligibility. He is one of 12 recruits for second-year coach Jim Madigan , but among three with previous college experience.

The 24-year-old Marshall brings veteran leadership to the Huskies while being able to contribute immediately.

“It’s kind of funny because I was supposed to go to Northeastern in the first place,” said Marshall, whose father, Ken, played football for the Huskies from 1971 to 1972.

“Right now I don’t know anyone so I’m just excited to get to know the guys on the team and I’m looking forward to the season. I expect to contribute immediately.”

“These cases are few and far between,” Madigan said of adding a veteran presence, albeit only for one season.

“For Matt, it’s a transition from one Division 1 program to another, not a transition from high school to D1 hockey. That’s the nice part about it. He’s a seasoned Division 1 player who will help us off and on the ice.”

After collecting 25 goals and 26 assists as a senior at Nobles, Marshall never developed into a consistent scorer at Vermont, totaling five goals and nine assists in 86 games. He also missed nine games due to injury. Madigan expects Marshall to be more productive at NU.

“His numbers might not indicate that over his career at Vermont, but his skating and his ability to get to the net quickly will give him some quality looks around the net and we hope to capitalize on that,” said the coach.

“He pursues pucks very well and gives you versatility in that he can play center, left wing, or on the right side. He can push the opposition beyond their comfort level because of his speed.”

Marshall is just happy to have another chance. Drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 NHL First-Year Player draft by Tampa Bay, Marshall was not sure if he would play again after undergoing groin surgery during Christmas break last year.

“I thought there was a 50-50 chance of getting back, but the recovery took longer than expected,” said Marshall. “It was pretty depressing. I had missed time with some injuries before, but nothing even close to that. Obviously no one wants that to happen in their senior year, which is why it’s nice to have another opportunity.”

The Huskies open their season Oct. 10 against visiting Merrimack.

Abington’s Dan Cornell (Catholic Memorial) will be in the mix on defense. As a freshman, he made the team as a walk-on and saw action in 29 games, finishing with two goals and two assists.

For Crosbys, sports
is a family affair

Alan Crosby, a former Tufts University and Stoughton High football captain, will be a proud father Saturday when Lafayette College opens its season at William & Mary.

His son Pat, a former Dual County League Lineman of the Year at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High, will start at center for the Leopards. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Crosby underwent shoulder surgery last year and missed part of the 2011 season.

“Pat’s had a taste of adversity but he’s loyal and he wants to make a difference. I’m looking forward to Saturday. I hope all his hard work is rewarded,’’ said his father, whose old football cleats hang in the attic of his Sudbury home and whose Tufts jersey (number 89) is stored away as a treasured memento.

Alan Crosby, who was coached at Stoughton High by John Bamberry,  helped pay for his Tufts education by working the overnight shift at a gasoline station. He majored in engineering and now specializes in water purification systems.

“I actually thought Alan would someday own a fistful of gas stations because of the way he approached football and his studies,” recalled Tufts coach Rocky Carzo, now retired.

“He was a leader and his teammates responded to him.”

“Yeah, I used to work the midnight to morning shift,’’ recalled Crosby, a multisport athlete in high school, “and when I walked into an early class wearing my Mobil uniform, you can just imagine how that went over.

“My late father, Benjamin, was an auto mechanic who went to Boston English High School and he worked his tail off to help me go to college and it’s because of his example that Pat and my other children have been able to do the same.’’

The elder Crosby loved football so much that after college he played and later coached in the Boston Park League.

His daughter Sara, who played on a national championship women’s lacrosse team at Northwestern, teaches at Frederick Douglass Academy in New York City, where she has started a lacrosse program.

His son Michael graduated this year from Connecticut College, where he played varsity soccer, and his wife, Virginia, played varsity soccer at Needham High and still competes in an adult league. Another daughter, Amy, is an accomplished singer.

Tassinari takes over for Curry squad

The Curry College women’s soccer team opened its season on Saturday against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth under first-year coach Jason H. Tassinari  of Plymouth. Tassinari was the varsity girls’ coach at Carver High School from 2008-2010, and at Bishop Stang last year. Tassinari graduated from Plymouth North High in 1991, and was a four-year starter on defense at Bridgewater State.