They may only be freshmen, but Nick Green and Alicia Macomber, both members of the Stoughton High Class of 2012, made immediate impacts on their respective collegiate sports teams this fall.
Green, who runs cross country at Lesley College, earned New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Year honors. He finished third overall at the NECC Cross Country Championships, running the 8K (5 mile) race in 28:14, with Lesley winning the NECC team championship.
Meanwhile, Macomber starred for Worcester State University's women's soccer team, scoring 4 goals, while adding 4 assists for a total 12 points. She scored the game-winning goals against Bridgewater State and MCLA, with the goal against MCLA coming in the 103rd minute of double overtime.
She was one of three members of the Worcester State team to earn all-Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) honors with Macomber named to the MASCAC second team.
Both Green and Macomber were Hockomock League all-stars last fall as seniors at Stoughton High.
A number of Stoughton natives were part of teams making postseason runs this fall.
Kristen Morris (SHS '11), a sophomore field hockey player at Plymouth State, was a key member of the 2012 ECAC Division III New England Field Hockey Tournament championship team. Plymouth State beat Bridgewater State for the ECAC title. Morris had six goals and three assists (15 points overall) this season.
Adena Joseph (SHS '11) had four goals and two assists (10 total points) this season for the Regis College women's soccer team. Regis finished with a program-best 11-4-3 record, falling in the ECAC quarterfinals.
Matt Green (SHS '10), a junior wide receiver for the Bridgewater State football team, caught 6 passes for 48 yards in the Bears' playoff loss to Widener University. He finished the year with a team-leading 32 catches for 482 yards and 6 touchdowns. Anthony Ferzoco (SHS' 09) was a senior linebacker for Bridgewater State.
Zach Finer (SHS '12) was a freshman player on the Ithaca men's soccer team, which finished the season co-champions of the Empire 8 conference.
Kerry Sabanty (SHS '09), a senior at Worcester State, participated in the Division III New England Cross Country Championships.
Click here and here to read about some more Stoughton natives who played at the collegiate level this fall.
With the fall collegiate sports season now in the books, and the winter season already underway on campuses across the region, check Stoughton Patch next week for a winter college sports roundup.
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