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Marshfield’s Kara Webber earns dual honors at Eastern Nazarene College

Kara Webber of Eastern Nazarene had 6 goals and 5 assists in 4 games. Kara Webber of Eastern Nazarene had 6 goals and 5 assists in 4 games. ()
By Marvin Pave
October 2, 2011

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Seventeen points in a four-game span earned Eastern Nazarene College senior forward Kara Webber of Marshfield a pair of player-of-the-week honors.

Her scoring outburst, which helped the women’s soccer team win three of the four games, included a rapid-fire three goals in four minutes in a 5-0 nonconference victory over Regis. Webber netted two goals and one assist in a 5-0 shutout of Commonwealth Coast Conference rival Curry and added four assists and a goal in nonconference matchups against Mitchell and Newbury.

“Kara’s relentless and she’s improved every year,’’ said Eastern Nazarene coach Steve Hamilton. “She strikes the ball with her left foot as well as any player I’ve ever seen.

“She’s always double-teamed and still finds her teammates with a pass, something she’s done even better this season.’’

With a career-high 13 goals, Webber was one shy of the program’s single-season record going into yesterday’s game against visiting Western New England. The Lions (7-4-1) had already broken the school record for wins, set last year.

“It’s great to reflect on how much our program has improved since my freshman year,’’ said Webber, a captain who was named the conference’s Women’s Soccer Player of the Week and the ECAC’s Offensive Player of the Week. “I could see in preseason we had a better team chemistry.’’

Webber has scored in double figures three consecutive years: She had 11 goals and two assists last season when she was a conference second-team pick, and 12 goals and four assists as a sophomore.

At Marshfield High, Webber was an Eastern Mass. and Old Colony League All-Star. As a freshman in 2004, she started at forward on a squad that won the league title and advanced to the state final.

However, Webber, who had also played on several club and traveling teams, wasn’t sure if she would continue playing.

She briefly attended college in North Carolina, then transferred to Eastern Nazarene, where her former high school teammate, Ali Polcari, was a freshman on the varsity women’s soccer team.

“Ali knew things hadn’t worked out for me and said the soccer team had been hit with injuries and that I could help them,’’ said Webber. “Coach Hamilton also called me and said I was welcome to be part of the program. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.’’

BU soccer pays tribute to Deidre Enos Lovett Eleven years after graduating as the leading scorer for the women’s soccer program at Boston University - a distinction she still holds - Milton’s Deidre Enos Lovett returned to Nickerson Field for a very special moment.

At halftime of the Terriers’ 3-1 victory over Yale on Sept. 18, Lovett became the first player to have her jersey (No. 3) retired.

“It’s awesome, a huge honor,’’ said Lovett, who led the Terriers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance her senior year after defeating Hartford, 4-1, in the America East title game. “What I most remember is the fun I had with my teammates, not necessarily the goals or the accolades, which certainly mean a lot to me.’’ She is a now a nurse on the cardiology floor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Lovett, who totaled 51 goals and 19 assists in college and was the program’s first All-American, went on to play one professional season with Philadelphia in the Women’s United Soccer Association and was invited to Team USA’s training camp in 2001.

A two-time America East Player of the Year and a four-time team MVP, Lovett paid tribute to her coach, Nancy Feldman, as “the reason for my success. She’s definitely my connection to BU.’’ `

Now in her 17th season as BU’s only head coach, Feldman said Lovett “helped us in the early years establish ourselves and become more attractive to an even better crop of recruits. She was always a humble star and a team player.’’

The ceremony was enhanced by the presence of Lovett’s parents, Bill and Jean, her husband, Patrick and their children, Molly, 5, Mary Kate, 3, Patrick Jr., 2, and 2-month-old Maeve.

Gordon is Northeast-10 rookie of the week Stonehill College’s Daniel Gordon was named the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after leading the Skyhawks to a third-place finish overall at the 44th annual Codfish Bowl last weekend at Franklin Park in Boston.

The Plymouth North High graduate covered the 8-kilometer course in 26 minutes and 23 seconds, a personal best, for ninth place overall among 286 competitors and third among Division 2 runners.

“Dan has been a fantastic addition,’’ said coach Karen Boen. “I know that his athletic achievements are what get him noticed, but it is also his work ethic and the person he is that makes him a team favorite.

“Dan’s high school coach, John Laverty, told me on several occasions that Dan was the ‘whole package.’ I have not been disappointed.’’

Quincy’s Kiley tops 100 yards for Bentley Bentley University junior tight end Bill Kiley of Quincy had his first career 100-yard receiving game last weekend when the Falcons knocked off Saint Anselm, 43-16.

Kiley collected eight receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns, improving his season total to 23 catches for 260 yards and four TDs.

Kiley was the first athlete at BC High to start on three state Division I championship teams, football (2008), baseball (2008, 2009), and hockey (2007), and captained all three teams his senior year.

Bentley (3-1 overall, 2-0 Northeast-10 Conference) hosted American International last Friday.

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com


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