Sunday, March 4 - Baseball at Becker at 10:30 a.m. Live Stats
Men's Volleyball Preview
Three matches on the schedule this week for the Nighthawks, including the only tri-match that Newbury will host in 2018. The Nighthawks return after a Saturday 3-0 win at Southern Vermont College, their first win in the New England Collegiate Conference this season. The Nighthawks (2-9, 1-1 NECC) win on Saturday was partly due to the lack of errors, committing just 10 errors in 67 attempts, the fewest errors in a match this season for Newbury. The Thorne brothers, Trevor Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) and Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) still lead the Nighthawks offense with 1.94 and 1.68 kills per set, respectively. Freshman Rory Dobbins (Riverside, R.I.) has been heating up, averaging 2.83 kills per set in his last two matches, including a career-high 10 kills at Southern Vermont.
The conference's five-time defending champion Endicott Gulls head for Pappas Gymnasium to start the schedule this week for the Nighthawks. The Gulls (13-1, 4-0 NECC), preseason favorite to repeat, are looking just as strong as in previous years. Six of the top-11 players in the conference in terms of kills per set are on the Gulls, including last season's Rookie of the Year, sophomore Bryn Lipton (Rockford, Ill.), who is fourth in the NECC with 3.43 kills per set.
The Saturday tri-match starts with conference opponent, the Dean College Bulldogs who enter the conference for their first year of competition. The Bulldogs (4-7, 0-2 NECC) are led by the freshmen duo of Diondre Gomes (Fairhaven, Mass.) and Joel Carmona (Lawrence, Mass.). Gomes is second in the conference in kills per set, averaging 3.94 while Carmona is seventh in the NECC in kills per set, averaging 2.68.
The week concludes with a non-conference match against the Mount Ida Mustangs. Mount Ida (8-10, 0-4 GNAC) are led by junior Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.), who is averaging 3.20 kills per set entering this week. Southworth also leads the Mustangs in digs and aces in 2018.
Women's Lacrosse Preview
The Nighthawks begin their second season in program history, looking to continue to build on their inaugural season in 2017. The Nighthawks return five starters from last season's team, including sophomore Keely Molloy (Staten Island, N.Y.), who made 195 saves in her freshman year, sixth-most of all NCAA Division III goalies. Also returning is sophomore Angel Ortiz (Topsham, Maine), who was second on the team in goals last season and sophomore Mackenzie Tourville (Pawcatuck, Conn.), who finished second on the team in caused turnovers in 2017.
Only one game on the schedule for lacrosse this week, as they welcome the Lyndon State Hornets to Victory Field in Watertown for a 3:00 p.m. game. The Hornets also open their second season in program history in 2018 following a season of 2-9 in 2017. Senior Mikayla Hodge (Bradford, Vt.) led the Hornets in goals (23), assists (9), points (32), ground balls (42), and draw controls (69) last season. Senior goalie Amanda Hadley (Rutland, Vt.) finished last season with a 2-4 record and a 14.46 GAA.
The Nighthawks (3-0) start the season with three straight wins for the second consecutive season after sweeping a three-game series against UMaine Presque Isle this past weekend. The NECC schedule is underway early as the Nighthawks prepare for a three-game series against the Becker Hawks this weekend. The NECC schedule hasn't started this early for the Nighthawks since 2015 when the team played Mitchell College on Spring Break in Florida. Nighthawks senior Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) is 7-for-11 in his first three games, including four doubles. Sophomore Andrew DiRito (Wilton, Conn.) is 5-for-7 in his three games this season. Senior Jacob Pringle (Newton, Mass.) will likely take the mound this weekend following his six-inning outing, allowing two hits against UMPI on Saturday.
The Becker Hawks start their 2018 season against the Nighthawks this weekend. Hawks senior Kevin Perez (Jersey City, N.J.) returns to the Hawks lineup for his final season. In his junior year, Perez batted .324 in 32 games. Senior Chris Testa (Providence, R.I.) also returns for his final season, coming off a junior campaign batting .319 in 32 games. Becker led the NECC with 34 home runs last season, but power for Becker will need to be replaced as the Hawks current roster only hit 10 of those home runs last season.