Framingham State all-stars: Athletes of the year

(Editor’s note: All athletes in this article were chosen by Sports editor Liam Gambon and do not reflect the opinion of Framingham State Athletics.)

Volleyball –

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Offensive All-Star: Hailey Sanders

Sanders was named to the All-MASCAC Second Team as she recorded 196 kills, which stood for the sixth most in the conference. She also led the conference in hitting percentage as she put together a .277%. Sanders had only 108 fewer kills than the Player of the Year and teammate, Brandee Thomas, but on 457 fewer attempts.

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Defensive All-Star: Alyssa Cafarelli

Cafarelli was named to the All-MASCAC First Team after putting together 504 digs, which stood for second in the conference. Her 504 digs were 246 more than the next highest total on the team held by senior captain and defensive specialist, Deirdre Fay. Cafarelli is currently on pace to shatter the program’s digs record, which sits at 1,622, as she is set to put together 1,856 at the end of her career.

Men’s Soccer –

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Offensive All-Star: Bryce Nardizzi

The MASCAC Offensive Player of the Year for the last two seasons led the Rams to a Conference Championship and finished the year at the top of the conference in points (25) and assists (seven) while putting together the second most goals (nine) with three game winners.

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Defensive All-Star: Corey Davidge

The senior goalie was snubbed of an All-MASCAC nod as he led the conference in save percentage (.818%), shutouts (seven), tied for wins (nine), and finished second in goals allowed averaged (1.25). Davidge’s dominance in net played a huge role in the team’s MASCAC title win.

Women’s Soccer –

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Offensive All-Star: Jasmine Lees

Lees was the most productive offensive asset for the Rams as she led the team with 11 points, three more than the next highest number. She will be a captain next season and has a legitimate shot at making an All-MASCAC team.

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Defensive All-Star: Cam O’Leary

O’Leary was named to the All-MASCAC First Team as the only soccer player with the Rams to make a conference team. The midfielder scored a goal and an assist for three points on the season and covered all ends of the field in every game for the year. Her ability to patrol both the offensive and defensive sides made her an asset to the team.

Football –

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Offensive All-Star: Devaun Ford

Devaun Ford was named Offensive Rookie of the Year as he ran for 1,054 yards on 173 carries with 10 touchdowns. Ford finished second in the conference with his 10 touchdowns and 95.8 rushing yards per game. His 1,054 rushing yards topped the MASCAC conference as he was the only running back to reach at least 1,000. He also was tied for the highest yards per rush with 5.7..

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Defensive All-Star: Joshua Onujiogu

The Defensive Player of the Year, Onujiogu, recorded 44 total tackles, eight sacks, a forced fumble and two pass breakups. He led a Rams defense that allowed a conference low 90.5 rushing yards per game and 274 total yards per game.

Field Hockey –

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Offensive All-Star: Mallory Weir

A three-time Little East Conference Rookie of the Week, Weir led the Rams with 20 points on the season, 11 more than the next highest number.

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Defensive All-Star: Marissa Dias

The junior captain for the Rams, Dias played a crucial role in limiting goals this past season. For anyone who attended a game, you could see the intensity and drive to stop opponents that Dias had.

Men’s Basketball –

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Offensive All-Star: Tyri Hampton

Hampton was a bright spot on the men’s basketball team as he scored 13.3 points per game and pulled down 7.5 rebounds a game. The senior blew up at the end of the season as he recorded 17 or more points in each of his last four games with three double-doubles.

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Defensive All-Star: Cameren McCloud-Thomas

Thomas was a tall, looming defender for opponents all year. He pulled down 6.2 rebounds per game and put together 1.5 blocks a game.

Women’s Basketball –

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Offensive All-Stars: Mary Kate O’Day and Emily Velozo

Both O’Day and Velozo get a share of the offensive all-star nod as each was instrumental in the women’s basketball conference title win. O’Day was named the MASCAC Player of the Year and was named to the NEWBA and D3Hoops All-Region teams after leading the league in free throw percentage (83%), finishing second in rebounds (232), points per game (18.4) and three-point percentage (41.2%). She also is second all-time in career points for Framingham. Velozo was named to the All-MASCAC First-Team as she led the conference in three-point percentage (44.1%) and was top five in points (478), free throw percentage (79%), field goal percentage (49%) and was sixth in assists with 79.

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Defensive All-Star: Flannery O’Connor

The Rookie of the Year, O’Connor finished top five in the conference with 228 rebounds and 45 blocked shots. She led Framingham’s defensive side of the ball and saw her most lockdown moments against Bridgewater State’s Destiny Fitzgerald, who was known for dominating other centers.

Ice Hockey –

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Offensive All-Star: Soren Colstrup

On a team that saw little success, Colstrup was a rare positive. He led the team in assists with eight and points with 12. He had just six fewer points than all three captains combined on the year.

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Defensive All-Star: Blake Carlson

Despite being forced to make 502 saves, Carlson managed to record a .919 save percentage in his freshman year, which stood for the fifth highest in the conference. Despite splitting time with fellow netminder, Greg Harney, Carlson still finished fifth in total saves in the conference.

Baseball (Predictions) –

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Offensive All-Star: Kevin Girardin

The freshman, Girardin, led the team in batting average for the four games on the season as he held a .588 average. He also recorded the most hits with 10 and was on pace to hold a solid line all year. While senior Bobby Higgins may have put together bigger numbers in the end, Girardin excelled in the catcher position that rarely sees such production.

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Defensive All-Star: Robert Johnston

Johnston topped the Rams in putouts with 32 and did not record a single error in the four games on the year. The infielder played a high percentage position on defense and was set for a long season of putouts with a high clip of efficiency.

Softball (Predictions) –

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Offensive All-Star: Mycala Moody

The senior, Moody, would have certainly put on a show for her fourth season with the Rams. With her being within arms reach of the batting title at Framingham, a large offensive showing was due as she could have claimed it once and for all.

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Defensive All-Star: Kirsten Dick

A consistent threat with the bat and glove, Dick was a lockdown defender at the third base position last season and it wasn’t going to change in her final year. My prediction is that she would have claimed another All-Conference First Team nod, while leading the MASCAC in fielding percentage and assists.

Women’s Lacrosse (Predictions) –

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Offensive All-Star: Grace Gamache

A program record holder in nearly every offensive statistic, Gamache was on pace to blow away any shot of future lacrosse players catching up to her records. She was named MASCAC Player of the Week for the one week they played in total and led the Rams in goals (15), assists (seven), and points (22). She would have been named to the All-MASCAC First Team at the end of the year while battling Bridgewater State’s Victoria McDonough for the Player of the Year award.

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Defensive All-Star: Casey Bradley

For those with eyes it’s easy to see that Bradley has a talent for defense. She consistently held down the defense each year and was overlooked each of her first two seasons before finally being named to the All-MASCAC First Team last season. With her finally getting the attention she deserved, another First Team nod was due this season.

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