By Dan Guttenplan Sports Editor
Newburyport Daily News
---- — Amesbury High alumna Meaghan Sydlowski has picked up a new sport in college.
The Stonehill College junior is a member of the school’s club rugby team, which has gone 7-0 this season in the Northeast Conference.
Sydlowski, who graduated from AHS in 2010, will look to lead Stonehill in its semifinal matchup against UMass Lowell this weekend in the Northeast Conference tournament. The winner of that game will meet the winner of this weekend’s game between St. Michael’s and Holy Cross next weekend in the championship.
Sydlowski is studying health care administration at Stonehill. She joined the rugby team as a freshman.
Byfield native Bobby Tarr is putting the finishing touches on his collegiate football career at Bentley University. The senior tailback eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark for his career Saturday in a 24-14 victory over Southern Connecticut State. Tarr, a Bishop Fenwick alumnus, rushed for two touchdowns in the game.
Newburyport High alumna Micaela Hogan had a major hand in lifting the Endicott women’s soccer team to a semifinal round victory over Emmanuel in the ECAC Division 3 New England Tournament yesterday. Hogan assisted on the first goal of the game. In the 10th minute, she took a corner kick and found LeeAnn Card for a header in front of the net. Hogan, a senior midfielder, was a member of Newburyport’s state-championship teams in 2007 and 2008.
Pentucket Regional High alumnus Eric McDonald, a senior at UMass Lowell, clinched an invitation Sunday to the NCAA Championship Cross-Country Meet, which will be run Nov. 17 in Joplin, Mo. McDonald qualified for the top Division 2 NCAA meet in the nation by placing sixth at the NCAA East Region Championship at Mine Falls Park. He ran the 10K course in 30:13.6 — good for a 4:52 mile pace. McDonald was named to the NCAA All-East Region Team, made up of the top 25 runners.
Austin Prep seventh-grader Stephanie Casaletto of Groveland was recently named a Catholic Central League All-Star in cross-country.
Newburyport resident Josh Molvar, 12, won the state cross-country championship for eighth-graders Nov. 3 at Tewksbury. He beat a field of 260 runners to win the 3K race in 9:35. Molvar qualified for the New England Championships, which will be run Nov. 18 in Amherst, N.H.