College notebook: Lucy Barrett wins John Kurty Award at Westfield State
To say that Lucy Barrett is having a pretty good senior season at Westfield State University would be an understatement.
Barrett, a senior whose women's lacrosse team will play Saturday for the MASCAC title, was named the winner of the John Kurty Award at the college. The award is given to a senior athlete who — according to a release — exemplifies commitment, loyalty, hard work, dedication, sportsmanship, leadership and athletic ability. It is considered the highest award given in the Westfield department of Athletics.
Barrett, a Williamstown resident who was a three-sport standout at Mount Greylock High School, plays basketball and lacrosse for the Owls.
In basketball, she helped lead Westfield to its fourth consecutive MASCAC tournament title, and with it, a fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Division III tournament. She averaged 19.2 points, five rebounds and three steals per game, earning MASCAC player-of-the-year honors.
She had 1,385 points, fifth best in school history, 174 3-point baskets (third best in school history), and is the school's all-time leader with a free-throw shooting percentage of 84.8.
Barrett had a goal and two assists as Westfield beat Bridgewater State 14-8 in a MASCAC lacrosse semifinal.
Westfield is set to play Framingham State in the MASCAC title game. The Rams knocked off Worcester State 17-11. Former Wahconah player Perin Genaway had a goal for Framingham. Jacey Salvie of Pittsfield also played for the Rams.
The male winner of the Kurty award was pitcher John Gegetskas, who played for the Pittsfield Suns last summer.
Last fall, former Mount Greylock soccer standout Sarah Brink was part of Michelyne Pinard's coaching staff for a Williams team that won the NCAA Division III championship. Now Brink will take her talent and work ethic to another NESCAC school.
Brink has been hired as the first assistant for new Trinity women's soccer coach Rachael Sushner.
Brink graduated from Williams in 2015 after playing four years for Pinard. In addition to her time on the Eph sideline, Brink assisted at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols in 2017, and was the head coach for the FC Boston girls U-16 team. She did that while earning her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Boston University.
Sushner replaces Michael Smith at Trinity. She arrives in NESCAC after coaching at St. Olaf College. Sushner is a graduate of Skidmore, where she played for former Williams assistant Lacey Largeteau.
Brian Emerson, who played at Williams and was an assistant coach at his alma mater has been named the head coach at Sewanee.
Emerson replaces former Williams assistant Mick Hedgepeth, who coached at Sewanee for two seasons. Hedgepeth has been named to the staff at his alma mater, Division I Belmont University.
Emerson was Hedgepeth's assistant for the past two years, as Sewanee went 36-18, and made the NCAA Division III tournament this past season. It was the first time Sewanee had made the Division III field since 1998.
"While Brian has capably served as an assistant coach for the past two seasons, he has played much more than a supporting role," Sewanee athletic director Mark Webb said in a statement. "He has been in instrumental in our team's recent success that led to an NCAA Tournament appearance."
After graduating from Williams in 2012, Emerson spent a year as an assistant at MIT before returning to Williams and working under Eph head coach Kevin App.
Emerson and Hedgepeth are not the only former Williams assistants making a move. Pete Hutchins is rejoining one of his mentors, former Williams coach Dave Paulsen, at George Mason.
Hutchins, who just finished his third season at Dartmouth, worked for Paulsen at Williams in the 2006-07 season.
"I'm looking forward to building on what Coach Paulsen has already established in Fairfax," Hutchins said in a statement. "Dave has always won and done things the right way. I believe I can help him build something special here, and I'm excited to get to work."
At Williams, Hutchins helped recruit the Class of 2011, a group that got to consecutive Division III Final Fours, and one national championship game.
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