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Liz DeCesare ... Mt. Holyoke

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SOUTH HADLEY -- The 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-Region field hockey teams have been announced and a local resident has been honored.

Mount Holyoke College freshman Liz DiCesare earned a nod on the second team.

DiCesare, a goaltender out of Westford, concluded her rookie season with an 18-3 record. In addition to a 1.14 goals against average, she boasted a .841 save percentage as a starter in all 21 games. She recorded 111 saves on the season and allowed just 21 goals in 1289:53 minutes of action. The NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and a Second Team honoree, she led the conference in several categories, including wins and save percentage.

A former standout at Bishop Guertin High School, DiCesare was also second in the NEWMAC in goals against average and saves.

Rob Ruggiero... BridgewaterSun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our MyCapture site.
Rob Ruggiero ... Bridgewater

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Among the nation's best, she currently ranks fifth in save percentage and is 16th in goals against average.

LOWELL -- Ben Pare, a senior from Methuen, and Lucas Parsons, a sophomore from Methuen, were named to the 2013 America East Conference Cross Country All-Academic Team.

To be eligible, student-athletes (sophomores and older) must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and be a significant contributor on his/her team.

A biology major, Pare has maintained a 3.953, and earned a 4.0 for the spring 2013 term. Parsons is an exercise physiology major with a 3.787 GPA.

WESTFIELD -- Senior Rob Ruggiero of Bridgewater State was named the MASCAC's Defensive Player of the Year in football.

Ruggiero, a native of Acton, is a senior defensive lineman. He was also a first-team defense selection.

Three other local standouts were also honored

UMass Dartmouth sophomore linebacker Derek Tarpey, a native of Tewksbury, was a first-team defensive selection.

Massachusetts Maritime senior offensive tackle John Moriarty, a native of Wilmington, was chosen to the first team offense. Picked as a member of the second team offense was Wayne McGillicuddy of Lowell.

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He is a junior center at Westfield State.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Former Billerica High star quarterback Nick LaSpada played in six games this season as a freshman at Bates College.

LaSpada completed 23 of 39 passes for 266 yards and one touchdown. He rushed 33 times for 82 yards and two touchdowns. The Bobcats finished 4-4.