Rooney gets his game back on track for Stonehill
Bryan Rooney admits that he lost his nose for the puck around the net last season. Evidently, he has rediscovered his scoring touch.
The junior winger from Canton has collected seven goals and two assists through 10 games for the men’s hockey team at Stonehill College in Easton.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Rooney netted four goals in a pair of Northeast-10 Conference games, earning Player of the Week honors in the conference, and had five tallies over a three-game stretch. The 2009 Canton High School grad stood one goal shy of matching his production over 25 games a year ago as a sophomore.
“I think last year it was somewhat of an off year for me,” said Rooney, an assistant captain for the Skyhawks who netted 10 goals as a freshman.
“I couldn’t get the bounces and I didn’t have that eagerness around the net that I did my freshman year. I wasn’t as hungry around the net, and couldn’t finish. Coach [Patrick L eahy] and I talked about it before the summer, and that I needed to follow through and finish the play.”
Rooney, a two-time Hockomock League all-star and the conference MVP as a senior, prepped at the New Hampton School for one year before enrolling at Stonehill.
While his numbers tailed off last season, he still thrived on the power play, scoring four goals and adding four assists during man-up conditions. He also scored a short-handed, game-winning goal in Stonehill’s 3-1 win over Assumption in the semifinals of the NE-10 tournament. The Skyhawks lost to Saint Anselm in the final.
“Bryan had a real good freshman year for us, and while I don’t want to call last season a down year, Bryan is the type of kid who should be scoring 15 goals for us each year,” said Leahy. “He’s a sniper. Bryan is not a flashy player by any means, but he’s very consistent about getting the puck on the net, which is what a goal scorer does.”
His younger brother, Kevin, is a freshman forward at Providence College, where he joined his cousin, Chris Rooney, a senior forward. Kevin Rooney has played in 11 of the Friars’ 12 games.
Kevin and Bryan’s father, David Rooney, skated for the University of Massachusetts Boston, while Chris’s father, Steve , also played at Providence and won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986.
Five more make a mark
Weymouth’s Bill Carey, a junior forward, has four goals and six assists for Stonehill men’s hockey, (4-6, 2-0 NE-10), while Brendan Greene, a sophomore defenseman from Weymouth, is making his mark as a playmaker with six assists. Senior forward Sean McNeil of Canton has a pair of goals and one assist, while senior defender J.J. Sabin of Milton has a pair of goals to go with two assists. Canton’s Kevin Aufiero, a 2010 graduate of Xaverian Brothers, has three goals and one assist after making the NE-10 all-Rookie team last year with eight goals and nine assists.
Grady tapped for semifinal
Zach Grady, a sophomore striker from East Bridgewater (Hotchkiss School), will take the field Friday for the Williams College men’s soccer team in the semifinals of the NCAA Division 3 tournament against Ohio Northern in San Antonio.
The other semifinalists are Messiah College and Loras College. The final is scheduled for Saturday.
The 5-foot-9, 162-pound Grady (inset) has a goal and three assists in 13 games, including five as a starter.
“Zach battled an injury early on but he's fit now and we'll be using him [Friday] for sure,” said Williams coach Mike Russo, whose team is 16-1-4 and ranked ninth nationally.
“He's a competitive, passionate player with a bright future in our program and he has the hardest shot on our team.”
Here and there
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Randolph’s Yemi Ajao scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Framingham State to a 60-59 victory over Newbury. Ajao is a 6-foot-4 junior captain who averaged eight points a game last season. The Rams are coached by Marshfield resident Paul Wholey. . . .
Franklin’s Salvatore Tecci earned a spot on the Worcester City Shootout all-tournament team after posting a 2.00 goals-against average in the tournament and leading the Lancers to a 4-3 victory over Becker in the championship game. The freshman goaltender made 22 saves in the title game, and stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 2-1 semifinal win over Assumption.John R. Johnson can be reached at email@example.com. Correspondent Marvin Pave also contributed to this story.