, Newburyport, MA

September 5, 2013

Sports in a minute

Dan Guttenplan
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Captain of the Bucs

Newburyport High alumna Lauren Bateman was named captain of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy women’s cross-country team yesterday for the upcoming season. Bateman, a native of Newbury, is a three-year letter-winner along with her co-captain Liz Leonardi. Coach Linda Letourneau describes the duo as “dedicated and gifted leaders both in competition and in our campus community. They have set, and will continue to set, incredibly positive examples for their teammates and classmates, and they are strong representatives of our program.”

Massachusetts Maritime begins its season Saturday when it hosts the Ninth Annual Lt. Travis J. Fuller Invitational.

Former Clipper runners

Of all the River Rival sports teams, the Newburyport boys cross-country program has the most alumni currently on college rosters. The list of former Clippers running in college includes Joe Santo at Stonehill College, Greg Englehart at Colgate University, Matt Orlando at Xavier University, Chris Suprin at UMass Lowell and Keith Conway at Wesleyan College. Newburyport High alumna Lindsay Cullen is also an assistant coach at Dickinson College.

No locals at UMass Lowell

Since Amesbury native Shannon Hlebichuk took over as head coach of the UMass Lowell field hockey team in 2004, the program has served as a hotbed of local talent with seemingly two or three players from the River Rival Region on the roster each season. This year, the first in which UMass Lowell is playing Division 1, no local athletes are playing at UMass Lowell. The River Hawks are off to a tough start in their first season at the D1 level. They are 0-2 with losses against UMass and Northwestern, two schools ranked in the top 20 in the nation.

some local D1 River Hawks

Several local athletes will be making the jump to Division 1 college athletics this year at UMass Lowell. According to the current rosters on the UMass Lowell website, those athletes include Suprin; former Newburyport baseball player Matt Mottola; former Amesbury track and field athletes Garrett King, Kevin Johnston, Jake Stelline, Cassie Harding, Taylor Tagliente and Renee Vigneault; former Triton golfer Andrew Fecteau; former Newburyport hockey player Billy Eiserman; former Pentucket soccer player James Costello; former Triton track athletes Brittany Caprio and Taelour Murphy; and former Pentucket track athlete Lexi Kitsakos.

SI jinx for Pats?

The fabled Sports Illustrated jinx may apply to the Patriots this season. SI has picked the Patriots to win the Super Bowl, defeating Seattle 30-23 in the finale.

Sox 4th in attendance

With the season winding down, the Boston Red Sox currently have the fourth best attendance in the American League, averaging 34,744 fans per game. The Yankees league the AL at 40,158 with Texas (39,038) second and the Angels (37,181) third.

The Los Angeles Dodgers lead all of baseball with an average crowd of 45,696 while, from the National League, St. Louis and San Francisco are both averaging just over 41,000.

The worst attendance in the majors belongs to Tampa Bay (18,719) followed by Miami (19,039) and Houston (19,830).

Football posters

Those who are anxiously awaiting this year’s high school posters with football and cheer team photos and schedules will be happy to know Sept. 12 is the release date in The Daily News.

College updates

The Daily News will be tracking local athletes who are playing sports in college this fall. Please email me at if you know of a student-athlete who deserves more coverage than he or she is getting.

Today’s schedule

BOYS SOCCER: Saugus at Pentucket, 3:45 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER: Pentucket at Saugus, 3:45 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY: Newburyport at North Reading, 3:45 p.m.

GOLF: Triton at Ipswich, 3:30 p.m.

Tomorrow’s schedule

BOYS SOCCER: Hamilton-Wenham at Triton, 3:45 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER: Triton at Hamilton-Wenham, 3:45 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY: Triton at Saugus, 3:45 p.m.; Pentucket at Masconomet, 3:45 p.m.