College notebook: Williams' McCool named MVP of hockey team

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Williams College defenseman Jack McCool was named the team's most valuable player for the 2019-20 hockey season. McCool will also be one of three tri-captains for the 2020-21 Ephs.

McCool along with forwards Niko Karamanis and Tyler Scott will captain coach Bill Kangas' team next year.

McCool, a first-team All-NESCAC and New England Hockey Writers Division III selection, led the Ephs with two goals and 21 assists. The rising senior from West Roxbury also had 28 penalty minutes.

The Nickels W. Huston Memorial Award is given to the rookie of the year, and this year, it'll be split between goalie Evan Ruschil and forward Mac Carso.

Ruschil was the NESCAC rookie of the year. The rising sophomore from Katonah, N.Y., played in 14 games and had a 10-4 record, with a 2.07 goals-against average and one shutout.

Carso was the team's sixth-leading scorer with 11 goals and three assists. He was in a three-way tie for second with 11 goals, and the rising sophomore from chicago was tied for second with three game-winning tallies.

Anna Maria College honors two

PAXTON — Two Berkshire County athletes have received end-of-the-year honors at Anna Maria College.

Senior Hannah Mitchell of Pittsfield was named the volleyball most valuable player and won the Four-Year Commitment Award. Ashley Rufo of Pittsfield, meanwhile, was named the women's lacrosse MVP.

"Although we were unable to honor them on campus in person, it does not change how deserving all of them were to receive these honors. All of 2019-2020 AMCATS are a special group of student-athletes and we miss having all of you on campus," Anna Maria athletic director Joe Brady said in a statement. "It has been an honor and a great pleasure to return to my alma matter and serve as your Director of Athletics. These are truly unprecedented times but I am confident that AMCAT Nation will return stronger than ever."

Over four years, Mitchell played in 93 matches for the Amcats. She had 222 kills, 68 service aces and 117 digs in her career.

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Rufo, like Mitchell, a Taconic graduate, had 12 goals and 2 assists in 2020 as Anna Maria went 2-1. The sophomore had eight goals in a 16-10 win over Dean in Anna Maria's first victory of the season.

Over two years, she has 18 goals and four assists.

DeMartino is All-Academic

BOSTON — Drew DeMartino and three of his University of Hartford baseball teammates have been named to the America East All-Academic Team.

DeMartino, a rising junior from Pittsfield, joins Will Nowak, Nate Florence and Jackson Olson on the team.

DeMartino, a risk management/insurance and finance major holds a 3.66 cumulative grade-point average. He also made the All-Academic Team as a sophomore.

Former SVC athletic director has new job

SELINSGROVE, Pa. — Sharief Hashim, who was athletic director at the former Southern Vermont College, has been named the athletic director at Susquehanna University.

Hashim was appointed the interim director of athletics at Southern Vermont in October 2016, before having the interim tag removed in July 2017. As AD, he oversaw internal and external compliance to college policies and NCAA rules and regulations. Hashim also managed department staffing, budgets and NCAA grants. In addition, he was a member of senior leadership and collaborated with other campus administrators on enrollment management and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Prior to serving as AD, Hashim held multiple roles at SVC. He originally joined the staff as an assistant men's basketball coach, athletics liaison and admissions counselor in April 2013. During the 2016-17 season, he also served as interim head women's basketball coach.

Hashim left Southern Vermont for SUNY Potsdam where he was named athletic director in 2018.


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