Making his kick count for Williams
Bothered by a persistent Achilles injury that sidelined him through regulation time and two overtime periods, Williams College defender Andrés Burbank-Crump put his foot on the ball just once in the Ephs’ NCAA Division 3 quarterfinal at archrival Amherst in mid-November.
The sophomore from North Andover made the most of the pressure-packed opportunity.
The scoreless game was decided on penalty kicks and the former Brooks School standout converted, lifting the Ephs to a 3-2 advantage. The PK was crucial: Williams prevailed, 4-3, advancing to Friday’s national semifinal in San Antonio against Ohio Northern University.
“I had taken a PK in the NESCAC semifinals [vs. Tufts] and missed, so to say I was nervous would be putting it lightly,” said Burbank-Crump, whose kick against Amherst found the lower right-hand corner of the net.
“I had a lot of emotions going on and I was pretty relieved.”
Burbank-Crump, a starter all last season, has played in 18 games this fall, six as a starter.
“He’s a natural one-on-one defender, confident and composed,” said Williams head coach Mike Russo. “Andrés strikes the ball extremely well, which is why he takes most of our re-starts and why he also had taken PKs while at Brooks.
“Even though he’s not at full speed, he still gives us valuable minutes and when we approached the post-season, we had him practicing penalty kicks just in case.”
Burbank-Crump played club soccer at age 12 with current Ephs teammates Jonathan Westling, a freshman who can play three positions, and sophomore midfielder Tim Marchese.
Westling, a rock on defense in the Amherst game, and Marchese, who has battled back issues throughout the season, were teammates at Phillips Academy Andover.
“We always started our season with Brooks against Andover and it was very competitive. A lot of us knew each other from club teams or middle school,” said Burbank-Crump, a Globe All-Scholastic, Independent School League Defensive Player of the Year and New England Prep All-Star in 2010.
His father, Doug Burbank , is head of the math department at the Brooks School and his mother, Bobbie Crump-Burbank, is director of Brooks’ summer programs.
“I’ve lived on the Brooks School campus my entire life and I always enjoyed watching their soccer teams growing up,” said Burbank-Crump, who played from age 7 to 14 in the North Andover Soccer Association youth program.
At Brooks, he was also a National Hispanic Scholar and squash team captain. As a freshman on the soccer team, he played right back on a Brooks squad that was the runner-up in the New England Prep tourney. As a senior he was captain and center back when Brooks was second in the ISL and advanced to the NEPSAC quarterfinals.
“I met coach Russo the summer before my senior year and I really liked the attacking style of soccer his teams play,” he said. “This has been a pretty special run. I wanted to make an impact here and to have a chance to do it on the national stage is something I’ve always dreamed about.”
Kelsey Garrity leads at UMass Dartmouth
Former Somerville High stalwart Kelsey Garrity is showcasing an array of skills as the floor leader for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women’s basketball team. In a 69-64 win over Worcester State last week, the sophomore guard delivered 18 points, six assists, and seven steals, earning co-Player of the Week honors in the Little East Conference.
“Her steals triggered a lot of her offense, and gave her the confidence to lead the team in some tight situations,” said UMass Dartmouth coach Amanda Van Voorhis .
“She found her open teammates and took good shots within the offense. She is a steady sophomore with a year under her belt. Kelsey is playing like she has been in big games before, and that’s what we need from our floor general.” . . .
Westford Academy grad Peter Lynch is coming off a sizzling start for the men’s basketball team at Middlebury. The senior forward averaged 23.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 77.3 percent from the floor in a 2-0 week for the unbeaten Panthers (4-0), earning Player of the Week honors in the NESCAC. The 6-foot-6 senior exploded for a career-high 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting in a 117-81 win at Green Mountain. . . .
Medford’s Andrew White , a junior guard on the men’s basketball team at Salem State, earned MASCAC Player of the Week honors after averaging 12 points and four assists in a 1-2 week for the Vikings. He had 18 points and five boards in a 78-61 loss to Brandeis.
Maritime Academy gains Patricia O’Brien
Salem State Hall of Famer Patricia O’Brien has taken on a new challenge: assistant director of athletics at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
A 1989 Salem State graduate, O’Brien is making the move to Buzzards Bay from Framingham State University, where she served as women’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator the past five seasons. At the Academy, she will focus on recruitment and retention of student-athletes, as well as serve as the department’s NCAA compliance officer.
A Kodak All-American on the basketball court at Salem State, she was a member of the Division 3 national championship team in 1986 and the Vikings compiled a 95-19 mark in her four seasons. She has also coached at Rivier, Colby, and MIT.