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Theresa Logan of Southborough leads Worcester Polytechnic in rebounding

Theresa Logan of Southborough leads the Engineers in rebounding. Theresa Logan of Southborough leads the Engineers in rebounding. (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
By Marvin Pave
December 20, 2009

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Logan makes most of her court time
Theresa Logan of Southborough, a former team MVP and 1,000-point scorer at Algonquin Regional High who as a Worcester Polytechnic Institute freshman is coming off the bench for the women’s basketball team, is making the most of her 19.8 minutes per game.

Through the first nine games this season, Logan was leading the Engineers in rebounding average (7.0 per game) and has also been a 3-point threat, making 10 of her 24 long-range attempts.

“Theresa’s got a quick release and she’s an aggressive player who really goes at it on the boards,’’ said WPI head coach Cherise Galasso, whose team was 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. “She’s really come on in the past five games and can cause problems because she can hit from outside as well as post up.’’

Galasso usually subs the 5-foot-9 Logan for starter Elle Fontaine of Franklin (Bishop Feehan), a 5-foot-11 junior captain and offensive catalyst who was averaging 11.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while drawing much attention from opposing defenders. The coach also tries to combine the talents of the former teammates, who played AAU ball together on the Rhode Island Breakers, when the game situation warrants.

Logan, who was averaging 7.8 points per game and had 14 steals and 10 assists, earned Rookie of the Week honors from the New England Women’s Basketball Association earlier this month after wins over Smith College, when she led the team with 16 points, and Clark University. She also was the team’s top rebounder in four games.

WPI’s roster includes Liz Tuite, a 5-foot-8 senior guard out of Hopkinton High who was captain of the women’s soccer team this fall.

“It’s Liz’s first year of college basketball,’’ noted Galasso, “and she’s been a great teammate in practice and as a role player.’’

Local skaters lift defense for UMaine
A pair of young defensemen, sophomore Ryan Hegarty of Arlington and freshman Mike Cornell of Franklin, have helped the University of Maine hockey team get off to a 9-7-1 start (7-4-1 in Hockey East).

As of last week, Hegarty, a fourth-round pick of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and a former member of the US 18-and-under team, had three assists in 14 games for the Black Bears, while Cornell, a member of Mount Saint Charles Academy’s state championship team in Rhode Island and a captain last year on the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs squad, had a pair of assists in 11 games.

“Ryan has emerged as a legitimate shutdown defenseman. He anchors our penalty-killing unit and he leads our defensemen in plus/minus,’’ with a plus-8 rating, said head coach Tim Whitehead. “He’s a strong, physical player with the courage to block a shot and take a hit to make the play.’’

As for Cornell, Whitehead said, “Mike has been a great addition to our team. He brings a physical presence to the ice, and he uses his stick well to defend. He’s mobile and tough, and has already seen a lot of ice time as a penalty killer.’’

Needham grads on hot streaks
Former Needham High teammates Andrea Bailey and Colleen Hart had good weeks on the court for their respective college basketball teams.

Hart, a junior guard at Tufts, shared NESCAC’s Player of the Week honors after leading the Jumbos to three consecutive victories - over Wheaton, Maine Maritime and Regis, scoring at least 20 points in each game while averaging 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals. She was also named MVP of the Regis College Invitational. Hart sank 11 three-pointers during her hot streak as Tufts, after an opening game loss, reeled off eight consecutive wins. In the process, she broke the program’s career record for 3-point field goals with 142.

Bailey, a senior guard at Wheaton College in Norton, averaged 10 points and 8 assists over a three-game span in which she made seven 3-point shots. Bailey had 12 points and 7 assists in a 76-52 win over Clark, and added 6 points and 12 assists in Wheaton’s 67-64 victory at Springfield College last weekend.

The other half of Hart’s conference kudos went to another player with local roots, Bates senior forward Lauren Yanofsky of Belmont, who delivered 22 points, 13 rebounds, 6 blocked shots, 4 assists and 3 steals in just 23 minutes during a 96-80 win over Thomas College.

Moreira scores All-America status
Former Marlborough High and Northfield Mount Hermon star Yuri Moreira became the seventh soccer All-American in the history of the Wheaton College men’s program when the two-time captain and junior forward was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s second team.

He and the other players cited by the NSCAA have been invited to a Jan. 16 awards ceremony in Philadelphia as part of the group’s 63d annual convention.

Moreira is tied for second in career goals (35) and seventh in career points (76) at Wheaton, which finished 18-4-1 this fall.

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com.