A look back at fall accomplishments for Upper Valley college athletes

Ella Edmonds

Ella Edmonds Emma C. Marion photograph

Brady Hathorn

Brady Hathorn courtesy photograph

Ella Edmonds

Ella Edmonds

Gabriel Sperry

Gabriel Sperry

Sally Rainey

Sally Rainey

Sally Rainey

Sally Rainey Coutesy photograph

Chrissy Aman

Chrissy Aman

Chrissy Aman

Chrissy Aman Thomas Leonard photograph

Zach Whitcomb

Zach Whitcomb

Richelle Girard

Richelle Girard

By TRIS WYKES

Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 11-27-2023 8:52 AM

Here’s a look at some of the Upper Valley residents who competed in collegiate varsity sports this fall:

CREW

Union College (N.Y.) finished eighth among NCAA Division III varsity women’s crew teams and 36th overall with junior Lena Nowell (Lebanon) rowing fifth seat during the Women’s Club Championship at the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia. The Garnet Chargers’ men’s program included freshmen Angus Hall (Lebanon) and Danny Bender (Norwich/Hanover). Union sent three teams to the Head of the Schuylkill, with Hall on the second-level squad and Bender on the third. Hall served in the stroke position for a Club Championship A team that finished second among Division III boats and 25th overall in 12:45. Bender rowed in seat six for the Club Championship B eight that was sixth among D-III boats and 36th overall. … Anna Numme (Plainfield/Lebanon) was a freshman rower at the University of Rhode Island and competed three times for the Rams in the second varsity boat’s third seat. … Junior Noah Phipps (Norwich/Hanover) rowed eighth seat for Williams College, which finished fourth out of 42 crews in the Head of the Charles Regatta’s Collegiate 8+ race.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Griffin Urnezis, a Keene State freshman, had the Owls’ best performance at the NCAA Division III East Regional championships, clocking 26:46 and finishing 73rd out of 229 runners. Keene State was 18th out of 34 teams. … Georgetown University freshman Birhanu Harriman (Lebanon) helped the Hoyas finish 30th out of 31 teams at the NCAA Division I championships. He ran 30:50 and finished 131st out of 236 runners. He was second among Georgetown competitors. … Thomas Darrah (Thetford/Thetford Academy), a senior at Franklin Pierce, qualified for the NCAA Division II championships, finishing 205th out of 260 striders in 32:20 on the 10K course. The Ravens were 33rd out of 34 teams. … Denison (Ohio) College senior Matt Bonner (Hanover) finished 144th out of 278 runners at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region championship, crossing in a personal-best 26:19 on the 8K layout. The Big Red was 20th out of 40 teams. … Union finished eighth out of 25 teams at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional championships, its best performance in 40 years. Running on the 8K course but not scoring for the Garnet Chargers at that meet was senior Aiden Rowley (Norwich/Hanover), who finished 98th out of 173 runners in 27:25. … Vassar freshman Sean Miller (Grantham/Lebanon) finished 41st at the Mideast Regional in 25:33. The Brewers finished sixth as a team. … Also at the Mideast Regional was Western New England, which finished 22nd. Sophomore John Bieszczad (Grantham/Lebanon) ran a personal-best 29:40, finishing 135th. … University of New England freshman Liam Attwood (Windsor) finished 119th out of 125 runners in 37:02 on the 8K course at the Commonwealth Coast Conference championships. The Nor’Easters finished sixth out of nine teams. … Tommy Wolfe (Grantham/Lebanon), a University of Vermont freshman, ran in five races for the Catamounts and his best 8K time was 26:54. UVM was fifth out of nine teams at the America East championships. … Daniel Frost (Hanover), a junior at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, ran once this fall, finishing 30:23 on an 8k course at the Keene State Invitational.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Chrissy Aman (Hanover) led Maine’s Bates College to second place out of 34 teams at the NCAA Division III East Regional championships. The senior ran a personal-best 22 minutes, 24 seconds in the 6-kilometer meet, finishing 12th out of 230 runners. The Bobcats finished 29th out of 32 teams at the Division III nationals. Aman ran 23:02 and finished 189th out of 292 competitors. … Also at those national championships was Salve Regina University freshman Isabella Hastings (Granthan/Lebanon). She finished 243rd in 23:30 and 32nd for the Rhode Island school among freshmen at the event. Hastings was the Seahawks’ top finisher in every event this fall and the third Salve Regina athlete ever to qualify for the nationals. … Castleton University sophomore Bethany Davis (White River Junction/Hartford) set a personal best in the 6-kilometer event, running 25 minutes, 3 seconds and finishing 123rd out of 174 runners at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional. … Bowdoin (Maine) College sophomore Charlotte Tagupa (Norwich/Hanover) posted a personal-best 25:32 in the 6K distance, finishing 73rd out of 232 runners at October’s Suffolk Invitational in Boston.

FIELD HOCKEY

Freshman midfielder Mikayla Thornton (Lebanon) started all 19 games for Colby-Sawyer (14-5-0), producing an assist. Also on the team was junior Alyssa Slocum (Windsor), who started seven of the 19 games in which she played. She had a goal and an assist. The Chargers, coached by KUA graduate Emily Dewdney, fell in the Great Northeast Conference tournament championship game. … Castleton (11-8-0) featured sophomore Peyton Richardson (Windsor) and junior Amelia Wilson (Enfield/Mascoma). Richardson played 18 games, starting 16 of them, and producing four goals and six assists. Wilson started every game and delivered seven goals and four assists… Junior Kaeli Bennett (Windsor) played in 15 games and started eight for Smith College in Massachusetts, which was 8-11-0. … Junior goaltender Ella Edmonds (Hanover) appeared in three games with Brown, which was 6-10-0 overall and 1-6-0 in Ivy League action. She started all three contests, going 1-2 with a 2.00 GAA and a .700 save percentage. … Junior defender Hannah Wood (Brownsville/Windsor) started every game for Keene State (13-9-0), scoring once and assisting once. … St. Lawrence was 4-12-0 overall and 0-7-0 in Liberty League action for a second consecutive season. Sophomore forward Caroline Hamilton (White River Junction/Hartford) started 14 of the 15 games in which she appeared and produced two goals and an assist. Junior defender Katrina Randall (Hanover) started every game for a second consecutive campaign and had two assists. … Junior forward Kate Blaisdell (Hanover) started three of the 15 games in which she played for Northeastern (8-10-0). … Southern New Hampshire was 10-8-0. Junior midfielder Eliza Bates (Newport) started every game, scoring seven goals and adding six assists. … Senior defender Riley Craig (Claremont/Stevens) started during the one game in which she appeared for St. Michael’s (3-15-0). … St. Joseph’s College of Maine was 6-12-0. Freshman forward Richelle Girard (Claremont/Stevens) started nine of the 17 contests in which she appeared and scored twice. … Simmons College junior Sydney Gonyea (Lebanon) has started 50 of the 51 games in which she’s appeared for the Massachusetts-based Sharks, who were 13-4-0 this autumn. She was the team’s leading scorer for the second consecutive season, posting 16 goals and 16 assists. … Mount Holyoke College (8-11-0) featured five locals: sophomore defender Taylor Vittori (Etna/Hanover), freshman midfielder Alexina Peckinpaugh (Windsor), junior defender Glenna Ricard (Windsor), senior defender Amanda Thibodeau (Lebanon) and junior defender Sophia Guziewicz (Enfield/Mascoma). Vittori played in every game and started all but one. Peckinpaugh appeared in eight games and Ricard in four contests. Thibodeau started 16 of the 17 games she played and contributed a goal and an assist. Guziewicz played in 18 games and started 17 of them, scoring three times. … Massachusetts’ Dean College was 2-16-0. Freshman midfielder/defender Keira Houdegbe (West Lebanon/Lebanon) started all 15 games in which she saw action, posting an assist. … Greer McCarty (Hartford), a senior forward at Massachusetts’ Clark University, started every game for the Cougars (5-12-0) and contributed six goals and an assist.

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Castleton finished 2-7 for the second time in four years. Sophomore defensive back C.J. Childs (Lebanon) played in seven games and had 17 tackles and an interception. His four blocked kicks broke the Spartans’ season record, previously held by 2009 Hartford graduate Mick Wong. Junior defensive lineman Caden Lockwood (West Windsor/Windsor) played in three games and made two tackles. Freshman lineman Cameron Oxton (Claremont/Stevens) appeared two games. Also on the roster was freshman lineman Lucas Smith (Claremont/Stevens). … Sophomore defensive back Seamus Murphy (Norwich/Hanover) played in eight games and made 14 tackles for Plymouth State (4-6). Sophomore lineman Harry Gaudet (Hartford) appeared in five games. … Framingham (Mass.) State was 5-4 with graduate student and quarterback Henri Bourque (Claremont/Stevens) appearing in two games and completing seven of 11 passes with two of them being intercepted. … Sophomore linebacker Josh Bucci (Norwich/Hanover) played in eight games and made two tackles for Hamilton (N.Y.) College (3-6). … Bates was 0-9 and has enjoyed two winning seasons since 1981. Sophomore defensive back Colin Pierce (Hanover), majoring in neuroscience and minoring in physics, played in eight games and made eight tackles. Senior defensive lineman Kyle Hamilton (Hartford) played in every game and made 19 tackles. … Jack Stone, a redshirt freshman safety at the University of New Hampshire, appeared in six games and made five tackles. … Fitchburg (Mass.) State (0-10) featured sophomore linebacker Zach Whitcomb (West Lebanon/Lebanon), who played in six games and made eight tackles and intercepted a pass. The Falcons are 1-29 during their past three seasons. … Redshirting at American International University in Massachusetts was freshman running back Travis McAllister (Windsor). The Yellow Jackets were 3-8. … Saint Anselm was 6-4 and senior offensive lineman Dakota Chapman (Hartford) saw action during a victory over Post. … Norwich was 1-9, and junior Jacob Dwinell (White River Junction/Hartford) was credited with one tackle. Freshman defensive lineman A.J. Aldrich (White River Junction/Hartford) played in eight games and had 28 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

GOLF

Castleton finished third at the six-team Little East Conference championships. Junior Brady Hathorn (Wilder/Hartford) led the Spartans by finishing second among individual competitors. He earned All-LEC honors for the second consecutive year by virtue of his top-five finishes. Teammate Jake Barry (South Royalton/White River Valley) shot three varsity rounds during the season. … St. Michael’s senior T.J. Beaver (Hanover), also a member of the Purple Knights’ hockey team, appeared in his first varsity match on the links, finishing fourth out of as many St. Mike’s competitors. … Freshman Madison Mousley (East Thetford/Thetford Academy) played as an independent for Keene State at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship. She finished 28th out of 43 women’s golfers. … Tufts University’s Jack Meehan (Hanover) helped the Massachusetts-based Jumbos finish seventh out of 21 teams during the Skidmore Fall Invitational. The senior shot a two-over par 74 and tied for 33rd place out of 117 competitors.

MEN’S SOCCER

Colby-Sawyer (3-11-4) enjoyed the services of junior forward Gabriel Sperry (Enfield/Mascoma) who played in six games, starting once. … Freshman defender Krists Putans (Lebanon/KUA) appeared in two games for Merrimack College, which was 5-7-4. … Junior Tyler St. Martin (Lebanon) started five of the nine games in which he played for Southern Maine (4-10-5), scoring once. … Charlie Adams (Norwich/Hanover), a senior midfielder, produced three goals and an assist while playing every game and starting 14 of them for Brown, which was 5-5-8. … Bard College (N.Y.) was 6-7-2 and, for a second consecutive season, winless in Liberty League action. Junior defender Dylan Kotlowitz (East Thetford/Hanover) played in every game and started 11 of them while scoring twice and assisting once. … Sophomore forward Jacob Kubik-Pauw (Hanover) appeared in 16 games for Allegheny College (Pa.), staring 12 times. The Gators were 6-11-0. … Keene State was 9-6-2 and reached the Little East Conference title game. Sophomore Cooper Moote (Claremont/Stevens) was one of three goalkeepers on the roster and didn’t appear in a game. Sophomore defender Dylan Chambers (Claremont/Stevens) started four of the 14 games in which he participated and earned one assist. … Sophomore defender Ian O’Brien (Quechee/Hartford) started eight of nine games in which he competed for Vermont Tech (3-8-0) and assisted once. Senior midfielder Ian Blouin (Royalton) started every game and scored seven goals. Freshman midfielder Josh Mather (Sharon/Woodstock) started six of eight games in which he played and scored thrice. … Johns Hopkins University (Md.) was 13-5-4 and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Blue Jays third-year defender Logan Falzarano (Lebanon) has started all 65 games of his college career and had a goal and two assists this fall. … Sophomore defender Griffin Gamache (West Lebanon/Lebanon) started six times and played in seven games for Plymouth State (4-7-5). … Freshman goalkeeper Ty Nolan (Norwich/Hanover) played once for Wheaton College of Massachusetts, starting during a 3-1 loss against Endicott. The Lyons finished 8-5-6. … Regis College was 7-11-0 and freshman forward Nolan McMahon (White River Junction/Hartford), who played in every game and started six times, produced two goals and an assist. … Diego Pascual-Sanchiz (Kimball Union Academy) was a junior midfielder at Union (8-6-5). He started two of the 15 games in which he saw action, putting up a goal and an assist. … Richie Aman (Hanover), a sophomore midfelder for Washington (5-6-7), started 10 of 17 contests he played for the Huskies and contributed a goal and four assists. … Connecticut’s Trinity College was 5-8-2, with sophomore midfielder Hugh Clark (Hanover) appearing in six games. … Enduring an 0-15-0 season with a 14-player roster and being outscored, 150-7, were VSU-Lyndon forward Joseph Patrick Osborn (Norwich/Hanover), who scored once, and defender Koltin LeDuc (Tunbridge/Sharon Academy). Both were seniors who started every match. … Dan Henderson (Sharon/Sharon Academy) was a sophomore forward at Clark, which was 4-9-4. He started once in four appearances.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

UNH (6-5-5) was led by redshirt sophomore Sally Rainey (West Lebanon/Lebanon), who started every game in net. Rainey led the America East Conference in shutouts (8) and was second in GAA (.821) and saver percentage (.843). … Freshman defender Kayli Stapelfeld (Canaan/Mascoma) helped VSU-Johnson go 10-4-3 and posted an assist while starting two of the 13 games in which she played. The Badgers were 2-20-5 during their previous two seasons. … Emmanuel College (Mass.) was 18-3-0 with junior midfielder Rachel Harrington (Lebanon) playing in every game and contributing three goals and an assist. … Junior forward Casey MacVeagh (Thetford/Thetford Academy) had five goals and six assists for Minnesota’s Carleton College while playing every game and starting 16 times. She helped the Knights go 16-3-2 and reach the NCAA Division III tournament. … Bowdoin College was 11-5-5 and reached the third round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. Freshman midfielder Mary Rainey (West Lebanon/Lebanon) appeared in every game and started 14 times, contributing two goals and an assist. … Sophomore forward Elliot Rupp (Windsor) appeared in 12 games and started twice for Pennsylvania’s Moravian University (8-5-4). … Senior midfielder Kyra Russian-Araya (Meriden/KUA) played in every game for Skidmore College (N.Y.) and produced one assist for the Thoroughbreds (6-4-6). … Colby was 5-6-4 and has won one NESCAC game the past two seasons. Freshman midfielder Avery Barton (Bradford/Oxbow) played every game and produced a goal and two assists. Junior fullback/forward Charlotte Johnson (Hanover) started two of the 12 games in which she played and assisted once. Senior midfielder Pepper Joseph (Hanover) started 14 of 15 contests in which she saw action, scoring twice and assisting once. … Middlebury sophomore defender Elsa Bolinger (Lyme/Hanover) played in five games and started three of them as the Panthers went 6-4-5. … Freshman forward Casey Havrda (Hanover) appeared in three games and scored once for St. Michael’s (7-6-4). … Williams College plugged freshman forward Isabel Konijnenberg (Woodstock) in immediately. She started two of the 19 games in which she competed for the Massachusetts school, averaging 42 minutes per game, contributing two goals and two assists and helping the Ephs (10-4-5) reach the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. … Colby-Sawyer (12-7-3) featured freshmen Aidan Antonivich (Claremont/Stevens), a defender, and Stella Lavertue (Claremont/Stevens), a midfielder. The former appeared in one game and the latter played in 14 contests and delivered one assist. … Senior Willa McGough (Plainfield/KUA) started 12 of the 15 games she played for Wellesley (3-7-5) and had one assist.

OTHER SPORTS

Junior equestrian Georgia Quackenbos (South Strafford/Sharon Academy) debuted for Skidmore in early November, riding to fifth in the Limit Fences race and first in the Limit Flat contest. … Senior Olly Skeet-Browning (Sharon/Sharon Academy) scored four tries for Vassar (N.Y.) College men’s rugby, which finished 8-2 and reached the first round of the National Collegiate Rugby championships. … Norwich junior rugby player Marius Edwards (Unity/Newport) scored two tries in a loss to Maine in the New England Wide Collegiate Rugby Conference finals. The Cadets later advanced to the National Collegiate Rugby’s quarterfinals. … Castleton freshman rugger Sarah Deschamp (Windsor) scored a try in the opener of the fall season, during which the Spartans went 0-1-1.

Tris Wykes can be reached at twykes@vnews.com.