ORONO, Maine – Heading into the program’s America East Championship, six members of the UMass Lowell baseball team picked up spots on the America East All-Conference Teams, as announced at the conference awards banquet on Tuesday evening.
Senior Andrew Ryan and junior Russ Olive (Chelmsford) were named to the First Team. The trio of senior Colby Maiola, junior Steve Passatempo and sophomore Cam Climo (Billerica) earned Second Team accolades. The three-time America East Rookie of the Week, Henry Funaro (Lowell), pitched his way on the All-Rookie Team.
Olive had a breakout season to make his first All-Conference appearance, pacing the lineup with his .368 average, 68 hits, 12 doubles, 13 home runs, .665 slugging percentage, while finishing third with 36 RBI. His 13 homers set the program’s single-season Division 1 mark and he ranked as high as sixth in the nation in slugging. At one point in 2018, the Chelmsford native successfully reached base in 33 consecutive games.
Climo had 10 doubles and led the team with 40 RBI.
En route to his unanimous selection to the All-Rookie Team, Funaro led the pitching staff with five wins and took home the first and last Rookie of the Week honors of the season. He ended the regular-season with 48 strikeouts in 52 innings, including a career-high nine against UMBC on April 13.
The River Hawks open up tournament play on Thursday (2:30 p.m.). The opponent will be decided after Wednesday’s contests.
WESTFIELD — Westfield State University has six track and field athletes who have qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championship meet, which will be held Thursday-Saturday at the Veteran’s Memorial Field Sports Complex in La Crosse, Wisc.
Two of them have local roots.
Junior Lexi Popp (Westford) is seeded second in the 400-meter hurdles. Senior Ashley Craig (Westford Academy/Groton is the fifth seed in the pole vault.
Popp has a seed time of 1:00.26 in the 400 hurdles, just 42/100ths of a second behind top seed Lilah Drafts-Johnson of Oberlin College.
Craig makes her second appearance at a national meet. She qualified for the NCAA Indoors this winter, finishing in 10th place with a height of 3.70 meters.