Globe South Sports Notebook

Bowdoin's Teague answers the call

By Marvin Pave
November 28, 2010

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McKenna Teague, had her Brandi Chastain moment — minus the jersey toss — in last Sunday’s NCAA Division 3 field hockey national championship game.

Scoreless in 10 games entering the final against Messiah College, the former Notre Dame Academy of Hingham captain was called on by her teammates, and Bowdoin head coach Nicky Pearson, to take the potential clinching penalty stroke shot. The teams had battled to a 1-1 tie in regulation and overtime.

Teague responded with a shot into the lower right corner of the net, prompting a mad rush of her teammates onto the field in celebration in Newport News, Va.

“We needed a fifth stroker and I had been doing it a lot in practice,’’ said Teague, a junior/midfielder from Cohasset who registered one assist this season.

“My teammates asked me to volunteer and I was really nervous because I hadn’t played the entire game. Coach told me I had the choice whether to take it, but I wasn’t going to pass up the chance.

“The right corner was my strongest stroking position and when it went in I didn’t realize it was the winner until my teammates surrounded me.’’

Pearson said the coaching staff had confidence in Teague and that “we tell our strokers to focus on one spot, which McKenna did. You don’t want a player to step up there if they don’t believe it’s going in and it was ultimately her decision and she felt she was ready.’’

Pearson said she was happy for Teague because of her “unwavering’’ dedication to the program.

“It’s the biggest goal I’ve ever scored,’’ said Teague, who set a program single-season goal scoring record her junior season at Notre Dame and helped lead the squad to the sectional semifinals as a senior.

“I really didn’t come close to scoring this year — until the last shot. I had a lot of confidence from that one spot and I’m hoping to play a lot more next fall.’’

Teague also has been a two-year starter at attack on the women’s lacrosse team at Bowdoin, and captained her team at Notre Dame.

It was the third national title in four years for the Polar Bears, whose roster also included starting sophomore defender Brooke Phinney of Dedham (Middlesex School), who saved the game with a diving stop in overtime, and freshman forward Katie Riley of Hingham (Andover Academy), who had four goals and an assist in six games before being sidelined with an injury.

Forward Collins stars at Babson Babson College sophomore forward Sarah Collins of Weymouth has taken her game to the next level, according to head coach Judy Blinstrub.

Collins was named the NEWMAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after her 26-point, 16-rebound, five-block, three-steal performance led the 13th-ranked Beavers to an 82-72 overtime win over No. 22 Western Connecticut State in the championship game of the Babson Invitational.

The 6-foot-2 Collins was averaging 21 points, 10 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, and 3 steals for the undefeated Beavers (3-0), who play visiting Worcester State tomorrow evening.

She averaged 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds as a freshman when she was the conference’s top newcomer.

“It doesn’t surprise me,’’ said Blinstrub, “because Sarah has a better feel for the physical part of the game this season, and when the defense keys on our other forwards, Kathleen King and Nicki Wurdeman, it’s been opening things up inside for her.’’

Babson’s roster also includes starting sophomore point guard Allanah Wynn of Quincy (Milton Academy), sophomore backup point guard Jessica Aruda of Hanover (Notre Dame Academy), and sophomore shooting guard Kelsey Olivere (Braintree High).

“Allanah has improved tremendously on defense and is really good at shutting down the opposition’s point guard,’’ added Blinstrub, “Jessica had to deal with injuries last year and should help us off the bench, and Kelsey has a great 3-point shot and is our zone beater.’’

Here and there Bentley University senior center Jared Kawadler (Sharon/ Xaverian Brothers HS) has been selected to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America football first team for the college division by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The only Northeast-10 Conference player to be selected to the elite team and a second-team all-conference selection, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Kawadler is Bentley’s first Academic All-America in the sport of football since Brian Holland was chosen a decade ago. The three-year starter anchored a line that allowed just nine sacks. In the classroom, he has amassed a 3.89 grade point average while majoring in both economics-finance and liberal studies. . . .

Bates College senior tri-captain Brian Ellis, a graduate of Braintree High School, reached 1,000 career points in a 74-60 opening game victory against Babson College. The 6-foot-5 forward has started since his freshman year, when he was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. An all-conference selection last season, Ellis is joined on the Bobcats squad by fellow seniors Nick Schmiemann, a 6-foot-7 forward and tri-captain from Weymouth (BC High), and 6-foot-4 swingman Thomas Deegan (Weymouth High). . . .Milton native and Westwood resident Ed Lyons, men’s and women’s track and cross country coach at Bentley University since 1992, will retire effective Dec. 31. Lyons, who will stay on as a volunteer coach, is a seven-time Northeast-10 Conference Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year and the 1998 US Track Coaches Association Cross Country East Region Coach of the Year. . . . Dartmouth College senior and leading scorer Andrew Olsen of Norwell tallied both goals last weekend in a 2-1 overtime victory against Notre Dame in the NCAA Division 1 men’s soccer tournament. Dartmouth will play today at UCLA in the Sweet 16 bracket. Olsen was an All-America and All-New England selection at Thayer Academy.

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