A band of brothers at Franklin Pierce
Jaymie Harrington works hard to promote a family atmosphere within the men’s hockey program at Franklin Pierce University. The Ravens’ fifth-year coach has it easy this season.
His Franklin Pierce roster features a trio of Dunn brothers, seniors Pat and Sean , along with their younger brother James, a freshman goaltender.
This season marks the first time — and likely the last — that the siblings from Quincy have skated together on the same team.
“You don’t see this very often and it’s a special feeling as a coach to be part of this,” said Harrington. “I look back to myself and my brother, and we were always one year apart from playing together. I look at the three Dunn boys and it’s really something special.”
Pat, 23, has started four games in goal for the Ravens, who are off to a 3-2 start after a 3-1 nonconference victory over State University of New York Canton on Saturday. He is 13 months older than Sean, a senior forward who picked up his first assist of the season in Sunday’s victory.
Both brothers attended Archbishop Williams High School for three years, then spent two seasons at New Hampton School, where they repeated their junior season.
After attending Utica College for two years, the brothers transferred to Franklin Pierce. This year James, who earned a spot on the roster as a walk-on, joined his two brothers. To add to the family affair, their sister, Siobhan, is a sophomore at the school.
“It’s pretty special to be pulling on the same jersey every day,” said Pat Dunn, who was named Northeast-10 Conference Goaltender of the Week after turning away 64 of 66 shots during two games, including his first career shutout. “This is the first time all three of us have been on the same team. It’s pretty awesome.”
Harrington was glad to have the Dunns transfer to Franklin Pierce from Utica, where they received sporadic playing time. He had spent considerable time recruiting the brothers when they were at New Hampton.
“We recruited both of them, but you can’t win every battle,” said Harrington. “Then they expressed a desire to transfer, so it was great to get them on board. It’s better late than never. They both bring so much to the team.”
Pat started five games for the Ravens last season, compiling an 0-4-1 record with a 4.27 goals against average. After working with a goalie coach over the summer, the 5-10, 185-pound senior has a 2-2 record with a 2.25 GAA.
“I worked hard over the summer and it helps when you have a brother who is a forward who can shoot on you all summer,” said Pat. “My defense is playing pretty well in front of me, and I’m excited about the rest of the season.”
Sean played in all 16 games for the Ravens last year, registering four goals with five assists, and Harrington expects the 5-9, 160-pound senior to be a major contributor this season.
“Sean is top six forward for us and he will always be up toward our top two lines,” said Harrington.
“Sean has certainly had an impact on our program, although I don’t know that his stats tell the whole story. The best is yet to come with Sean.”
One reason the two older brothers transferred to Franklin Pierce is because of the Quincy connection on the team.
Six players hail from the city, including junior defenseman Kyle Craig (Quincy High), junior forward Ted Walsh (Quincy High), and freshman forward Brendan Glynn (North Quincy High). Glynn netted his first collegiate goal in Saturday’s win when he buried a rebound on an assist from Stephen White, a 6-4, 205-pound freshman defender from Plymouth.
The local connections don’t end there.
Whitman’s Anthony Chighisola, who returned to the ice last weekend after missing his senior season due to injury, scored his first goal since Dec. 11, 2010, in the Ravens’ 3-1 loss to SUNY on Friday night.
Dino Federico (Canton) is also expected to be a key part of the Franklin Pierce offense. The senior has yet to score this season, but was second on the team in points (15) last year with six goals and nine assists.
McDavitt coaches Tufts to national title
A stick salute is in order for Walpole native Tina McDavitt , who guided the Tufts University field hockey squad to the Division 3 national championship on Sunday afternoon. The 2-1 victory over Montclair State in Geneva, N.Y., capped a 19-2 season.
In nine years at the helm, McDavitt is 105-36 overall, leading the Jumbos to five straight NCAA tourney appearances, the national championship game in 2008, and the national semis in 2009.
A standout for Penny Calf at Walpole High, winning state titles with the Porkers in 1994 and 1995, she was a four-year starter at Boston University, captaining the 1999 squad that was unbeaten in the America East.
“We’ve been to the ‘final four’ before,” said McDavitt. “Losing in double overtime [in 2008] was devastating and in 2009, I had my appendix out, and wasn’t there. . . . Every game we had to really earn it and we did.”
Here and there
The Franklin Pierce women’s basketball team is off to a strong start (2-1), thanks to the stellar play of freshman Kara Charette of Fairhaven. The 6-foot center was named the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week after scoring 21 points and grabbing nine rebounds in her collegiate debut, an 81-54 win over Nyack. She added 22 points in a 69-54 triumph over the University of the Sciences and delivered 16 points, eight rebounds, a block, and a steal in a 63-60 loss to Merrimack. She is shooting 60 percent from the field and averaging 19.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. . . . The Duxbury Interfaith Council and Duxbury Gridiron Club are sponsoring a food drive during the Thanksgiving game between undefeated Duxbury (10-0) and Marshfield. Fans are asked to bring nonperishable food items to the game, which kicks off at 10 a.m. in Duxbury. . . . Four scholar-athletes from the Weymouth Club have signed national letters of intent: Canton’s Jill Rooney (Northwestern), the top-ranked junior female tennis player in New England; Hingham’s Emma Alderman (UConn), ranked in the top five in New England; from the Weymouth Club Waves swim team, Abington High senior Colleen O’Neil is headed to Louisiana State University, while backstroker Julie Coen (Notre Dame Academy) of Marshfield will attend Florida Institute of Technology. O’Neil emerged on the national scene last January at the junior national championships, where she turned in a stellar time of 2:01.38 in the 200-yard individual medley and became the first Weymouth Waves member to qualify for the Olympic trials.