Big county connection on pitch for Wentworth
Sophomore Ben Nasman leads the Leopards in scoring with five goals. His brother, senior Kyle Nasman, has a goal and four assists, while sophomore Dave Lagarce has two goals and three assists.
Ben is a 6-foot, 170-pounder who plays both the striker and center midfield positions.
"Ben has probably been our most consistent player all year," coach Bob Long said. "He's a hard-working, intelligent player who has a real nose for the ball and a great touch around the net."
Lagarce has been a surprise. He's a 5-foot-9, 155-pound forward.
"Dave has done a nice job, although he has battled through some injuries," Long said. "He's still adapting to the college game, but he's gaining more and more confidence."
Lagarce didn't play last season while attending college in Florida.
Senior Joe Simon of Pittsfield (Pittsfield High) is sharing keeper duties for the Leopards and is having a tough season. He's 0-8-1 and has given up 22 goals with 59 saves. Last season as a junior, Simon was 14-5-1 and gave up just 17 goals with 96 saves.
"Kyle and Joe are captains this year," Long said. "They are the leaders of a very young team that has ten new players. The team really leans on them for leadership."
Wentworth is 4-8-1 overall but 3-4 in The Commonwealth Coast Conference.
JONES FINDS A SPOT Elise Jones spent last season at Penn State-Behrend, but the sophomore from Pittsfield (St. Joseph's) has found a new home with the Salve Regina women's tennis team.
Jones is currently 4-5 playing No. 4 or No. 5 singles and 4-4 playing No. 2 or No. 3 doubles for the Seahawks, who are 7-3 overall and 7-2 in The Commonwealth Coast Conference.
"Elise has made an immediate impact in her first year with the team," coach Ed Habershaw said. "She's done a good job teaming up with senior captain Jessica Smith in doubles."
Twice this season, Jones and Smith were behind in pro-set doubles matches but rallied for victories.
"Elise brings a consistent serving presence to our lineup, both in singles and doubles," Habershaw said. "She's been playing with an injury, but she never gives up without a fight in her matches."
WARD A CAPTAIN Nicole Ward of Sheffield (Mount Everett) is just a junior, but she's a captain with the University of New England women's soccer team.
Ward, a back, has started all nine games for the Nor'easters, who are 8-1 overall and 6-1 in The Commonwealth Coast Conference.
"Nicole is our best marker and, with her speed and great work ethic, she shuts down opponents severally limiting their opportunities on goal," coach Doug Biggs said.
Biggs likes the way Ward goes about her business.
''She leads by example both defending as well as coming forward out of the back to support the attack,'' the coach said.
COSCIA VERSATILE Sophomore Sarah Coscia of Pittsfield (Pittsfield High) plays both outside hitter and middle hitter for the UMass-Lowell women's volleyball team.
The 5-foot-10 Coscia has 185 kills with 50 digs, 46 blocks and 11 service aces. She had 25 kills in a loss against Southern Connecticut and 19 kills in a recent victory over St. Michael's.
"Sarah came into the season in great shape which enabled her to capture a starting position in our lineup," coach Karen McNulty said. "She is playing the front row only right now because she has a bit of a nagging knee injury. We've been trying to rest her and she missed a couple of matches."
McNulty calls Coscia a big factor to her team the remainder of the season.
"We hope to keep her healthy." McNulty said. "She is a big factor in our front row offense and defense. She is a pretty intimidating factor at the net."
STASZOWSKI A KEY Brittany Staszowski is just a sophomore, but she's a solid performer with the Simmons College soccer team.
Staszowski, of Lenox (Lenox Memorial), has played in nine games and started six for the Sharks, who are 3-8-1 overall and 2-4-0 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. She picked up an assist in a recent 3-1 victory over Salve Regina.
"Brittany is an integral part of our team," coach Erica Mastrogiacomo said. "She has contributed as an outside back and as an outside midfielder."
Staszowski suffered an injury to her elbow in the team's game against Wentworth, but she insisted she was well enough to play.
"That is the competitive attitude that makes her a consistent force on the field for Simmons," Mastrogiacomo said. "She is a true athlete and one of the fittest players on our team. I expect that she will continue to be a solid performer for us."
NOTES Dartmouth sophomore Davis Mullany of Great Barrington (Monument Mountain) finished tied for 29th (78-71-77 226) in a field of 81 golfers at the recent Yale Invitational. ... Freshman Jocelyn Leon of Lenox (Lenox Memorial) is a backup goalkeeper behind a senior on the Franklin Pierce women's soccer team. ... Jason Menard of North Adams (Drury) is a 6-foot-1, 305-pound backup offensive lineman for the Plymouth State football team. ... Freshman Kelsey Dudziak of Williamstown (Mt. Greylock) is running with the Rhodes University women's cross country team.
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