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Huxley adds firepower to Crimson hockey defense

HUXLEY HUXLEY
By Marvin Pave
November 25, 2010

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Wearing the captain’s “C’’ on his hockey jersey is nothing new for Harvard University senior defenseman Chris Huxley. He was a team captain at Noble & Greenough, in Dedham, as well his sophomore season at Weymouth High.

Playing alongside Danny Biega on the Crimson’s top blueline pairing, Huxley is also a fixture on the penalty kill and power play units and was second on the team with a plus-2 rating after four games.

The 5-foot-11, 202-pound Huxley led all Harvard defensemen last season with 13 points and was third on the team with 11 assists. His special teams skills were never more evident than when Harvard killed all nine penalties in a sweep of Princeton in the first round of the ECAC playoffs.

“Chris is off to a great start,’’ said head coach Ted Donato. “He’s a leader both on and off the ice and a guy we use in all situations. He’s a key part of our team and we’re counting on him to have a big year.’’

Huxley played for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League in 2006-07, collecting 17 points (3 goals, 14 assists) in the regular season and adding five assists in eight playoff games to help the Stampede win the league title.

An All-Independent School League selection at Nobles, he won the John Carlton Memorial Award in 2006, presented by the Boston Bruins, and was a member of the two-time national champion midget select team Greater Boston Junior Bruins.

N. Easton’s Lawton wraps up college career with strong run In her final race as a collegian, North Easton’s Liz Lawton placed sixth overall at the NCAA Division 3 Cross Country Championships held Saturday at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. The University of Chicago senior covered the 6-kilometer course in 21 minutes 22 seconds in a field of 279 runners. Wendy Pavlus (St. Lawrence) won the meet in 20:49.

Lawton was named the Midwest Region Athlete of the Year by the US Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association after taking individual honors at the 38-team Midwest Regional Championships.

Lawton covered the 6,000-meter course in 20:57, edging the runner-up, Jenny Scherer of St. Norbert, by 5 seconds. She also outraced the field at the UAA championships by 14 seconds on Oct. 30 and has been the Association’s Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week six times this season.

Westwood’s Congdon a spark on and off court Paige Congdon, a Tri-Valley League All-Star and team captain at Westwood High, is as quick with a quip as she is on the boards with the women’s basketball team at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. The 5-foot-10 junior forward helped her team to a 2-0 start, including the program’s first-ever win against Wheaton, by averaging 5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

“Paige’s strong commitment to her teammates, desire to improve our program, positive attitude, and eagerness to learn has never wavered,’’ said head coach Kelly Thompson. “She’s gifted with size and strength and she’s a tremendous spark off the bench, but it is really her heart that makes her a good player.

“We always talk about rebounding being about who wants the ball the most, and with Paige, I never question that,’’ added Thompson. “And she is incredibly funny. I have never met anyone so proud to be a redhead and she has a special way of making everyone around her feel important. Her care and belief in her teammates inspires me every day.’’

McDermott, Lavin expect to see ample playing time Sophomore point guard Marcus McDermott of Milton and junior forward Tom Lavin of North Easton will see significant playing time for the Babson College men’s basketball team after showing promise during the 2009-10 season.

The 6-foot McDermott led the Beavers with 10.3 points and 3.1 assists per game despite being hampered by an injury in the second half of the season.

McDermott was a standout at Milton High, where he led the Wildcats to the Division 2 state championship.

“Marcus is an incredibly explosive ball handler and scorer who can finish plays at the rim over taller defenders,’’ said Babson head coach Stephen Brennan. “He is equally adept as a creator of scoring opportunities for his teammates and he is a young man who possesses high character and has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches. He is a humble person who still has incredibly strong ties to the greater Milton community.’’

A key contributor off the bench, the 6-foot-5 Lavin played in all 26 games for the Beavers last year, contributing 49 points and 33 rebounds. He attended Oliver Ames High before spending a post-grad year at Phillips Andover Academy, where he was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder.

“Tom is a classic team-first person,’’ Brennan said. “He has been a leader by example for us both on and off the court since his freshman year.’’

Marvin Pave can be reached at 508-820-4223 or marvin.pave@rcn.com.