Lee’s Hickey completes a stellar college career

Sunday May 6, 2012

As the curtain comes down on the college sports career of Lee’s Sarah Hickey, one thing is certain. There are few at Stonehill College who have had a better career.

Hickey’s tennis career wrapped up when Stonehill fell to Concordia 5-3 in the first round of the NCAA Division II tournament.

Hickey teamed with Paige Frost to beat Yuliya Plevanko and Clara Catanzano 8-5.

Over the course of her tennis career, Hickey was an incredible 58-2 in singles and 94-11 in singles and doubles. She could have been 59-2, but her singles match with Juliana Frey was not finished as the match with Concordia had been decided. Each player had won a set and it was 2-2 in the third.

Hickey was named to the All-Northeast 10 Conference tennis second team. It was the fourth consecutive year she had been named All-NE 10 in tennis.

She has been named to six All-NE 10 tennis teams, four for singles play and two for doubles.

She was written about in the fall, moving from goalie to striker for the Stonehill women’s soccer team. Hickey, an All-NE 10 soccer selection, tied for the team lead with five goals in the 14 games she played up front. As a goalie, she was 3-1-0, with a 0.44 goals-against average and three shutouts.

Offensively, her highlight was scoring a hat trick in a 5-0 win over Assumption on Oct. 29.


Lauren Horth of Dalton was named an athlete of the week at Endicott College. Horth is on Endicott’s equestrian team.

Equestrian is not a wide-spread collegiate varsity sport, but it is at Endicott.

Horth qualified for the IHSA Nationals in North Carolina. She is riding in the Cacchionce Cup classes, which consists of riding over fences and one on the flat. Horth qualified by placing first in Individual Open Fence and Individual Open Flat during the competition season.

The senior Psychology major went to St. Joseph’s.


Another senior, Maddie Tomich of Alford, is putting the wraps on an outstanding season at Westfield State University.

The former Mount Everett standout was 10-8 for the Owls with a 1.93 earned-run average. In 1192Ž3 innings, she struck out 174 hitters and walked 44.

Offensively, she hit .333 with a home run and four runs batted in.

She’s a Business Management major at Westfield.

Celina Sinico, another former Mount Everett softball standout, was a teammate of Tomich’s. The freshman from Great Barrington was 1 for 3 in limited play this year.


At Colby-Sawyer’s annual athletic banquet, Taylor DeSanty of North Adams won the Charger Award as the school’s outstanding female athlete.

The junior guard had what the school’s press release called "one of the best seasons ever for a women’s basketball player in a Chargers uniform."

The former Drury standout was 89 of 99 from the free throw line and led all of Division III in that category.

She was the North Atlantic Conference player of the year, the New Hampshire Division III player of the year for the second consecutive season and made the New Hampshire Division III All-Star first team for the second straight season.


Maria Francese of Hinsdale was named to the All-Commonwealth Coast Conference softball team’s honorable mention list.

The Golden Bears were eliminated from the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament last week, losing to Endicott 6-2 after staying alive with a 11-2 win over Roger Williams.

Francese was 3 for 3 with a home run, four runs batted in and two runs scored in the win over Roger Williams. In the loss to Endicott, she had two more hits, going 5 for 5 on the day.

Going into those most recent games, the sophomore outfielder was fourth on her team with a .312 batting average. She was 7 for 11 in stolen bases and was fourth on the team with 11 RBI. Francese started 36 times and played in 37 games.

Her teammate Katie Eckert of Lee, went into the post-season batting .244 and starting 36 games at third base. Eckert hit .244, was third on the team with 16 RBI and committed only seven errors in 118 chances.


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