Bentley grad student Wiggins still in game
Bentley women’s lacrosse coach Carissa Medeiros never saw Megan Wiggins play the game at Acton-Boxborough Regional High, where she was a second-team Dual County League all-star as a senior.
Even after Wiggins enrolled at Bentley, her freshman season ended abruptly because of back pain that required injections and physical therapy.
“But when I first saw her try out as a red-shirt sophomore, Megan’s stick skills just blew me away and I was impressed with her speed for a player of her size,” recalled Medeiros.
Now a grad student at the Waltham school, Wiggins continues to blow away opposing goalies with her blazing shot.
She netted a goal and added three assists Tuesday on senior night as the Falcons (11-4 overall, 9-2 Northeast-10 Conference) rolled to their fifth straight victory, toppling Merrimack, 19-10. She ranks fourth in program history in goals (141) and points (200).
Her tally for this season, 44 points (28 goals, 16 assists), tied her for second on the team before two road games this weekend.
The 5-foot-10 Wiggins was convinced last summer that her playing days were over. She had toured Prague and Berlin with a college all-star team — coached by Medeiros — and won the contest for the hardest shot (65 miles per hour) at the tournament.
Last season, the team tied the Bentley program record for wins (13), and advanced to the NE-10 semifinals for the first time since 2007.
“So after those accomplishments and after going overseas, I thought I was ready for the real world,’’ said Wiggins, who started working for an insurance company in her hometown of Acton, and volunteered as an assistant coach for Medeiros last fall.
“But I found it hard to let go. The trip to Europe was so bittersweet and my passion for the game was still there,’’ added Wiggins, who has kept her commitment to help coach the varsity girls’ team at Littleton High this spring.
The opportunity to attend graduate school and pursue a master’s degree in marketing analytics while playing out her final season of eligibility were the deciding factors.
“I surprised myself a little by coming back, but I have no regrets. It’s a great challenge for me in the classroom and on the field,’’ said the 23-year-old, whose father, Roy “Chip’’ Wiggins III, is dean of the business program and the McCallum Graduate School at Bentley.
“I’ve set the bar high for myself the past three seasons, opposing teams know what to expect, and so I’ve definitely put pressure on myself to come through for my teammates and coaches,’’ she said.
Medeiros, a former All-American goalie at conference rival Stonehill College who backstopped her team to the NCAA Division 2 championship in 2003, said Wiggins’ return was “a pleasant and welcome surprise.”
“Megan has a killer shot, she scores when it seems we need it most, and she has great upper-body strength. She’s also developed into finding open cutters and passing to a moving target, so she’s hardly a one-trick pony.’’
One of her favorite targets is junior midfielder Carolyn Kynoch, a former Ashland High star who had 24 goals, 19 caused turnovers, 32 ground balls and a team-high 57 draw controls as of last week.
“I love assisting to Carolyn. She’s one of the fastest players on our team, and I’m always confident she can catch the ball,’’ said Wiggins, whose sister, Jessie, was a sophomore keeper on the LaSalle University women’s soccer team last fall, and whose brother, Chris, is a junior on the varsity boys’ lacrosse squad at Acton-Boxborough.
Medeiros said Kynoch didn’t pick up a lacrosse stick until she was a junior in high school.
“Like Megan, she kind of dropped on our doorstep,’’ said Medeiros, whose roster also includes senior Beth Maguire, a Medfield High grad, and sophomore Dani Petrunich (Westborough High).
“Carolyn’s ability to just take off and run is second to none in our division and she’s by far our team MVP.’’
Sisters contribute on St. Michael’s softball
Danielle DelGreco and her sister, Katy, who were multi-sport athletes at Lexington High, are freshmen on the women’s softball team at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont.
Danielle, a second baseman and designated hitter, was batting .306 through 27 games, and was named to the NE-10 honor roll April 21 after a 9-for-20 run at the plate.
Katy plays backup shortstop and center field.
The sisters are two of a set of sports-minded triplets: Their brother, Brian, is a freshman at Bentley University. He played golf, ice hockey, and volleyball at Lexington High.
Gray named captain for Trinity hockey
Wellesley’s Will Gray, a junior forward on the Trinity College hockey team, has been elected captain for next season.
A graduate of Belmont Hill School, Gray had six goals, including a game-winner and two short-handed strikes, and added nine assists this winter to help the Bantams advance to the New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinals.
“Will is a driven and mature student-athlete who will be another great leader for our program,’’ said head coach Matt Greason .
Here and there
Hamilton College junior pitcher Tommy Moriarty of Newton (Roxbury Latin School) tied a school record with his fourth save of the season with a flourish — picking off a Cazenovia College runner at first base to preserve a 7-6 win. He broke the record two days later in a 6-5 victory over Keuka College. Moriarty had pitched in a team-high 23 games and had held opposing hitters to a .248 average as of last week . . . Brandeis University’s softball team reached the 20-win plateau for the eighth consecutive season with a 3-2 victory April 20 against Clark. Head coach Jessica Johnson hit the 200-win career milestone earlier this month. . . . Lincoln-Sudbury Regional baseball coach Kirk Fredericks will be joined by Maynard High’s field hockey leader, Brenda Sullivan , among the 17 recipients of Coach of the Year honors during a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association gathering on May 29.