As her first season in Amherst went on, Kiara Oliver emerged as one of the top freshmen in the Atlantic 10, and then as one of the best pitchers, period, in the league.
There were officially no qualifiers left Tuesday.
The North Kingstown High School graduate was named the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year in the league’s end-of-season awards.
Oliver picked up the first Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year Award for the Minutewomen since 2012 and the 17th in program history as she finished her freshman campaign with a 17-3 record and a 1.74 ERA.
The right-hander was also named to the A-10 First Team. She posted three games with 10 or more strikeouts and 13 games with seven or more as she led the league in strikeouts and strikeouts per seven innings.
In league play, the A-10 All-Rookie Team honoree finished with a perfect 11-0 record and a 0.77 ERA with a .160 average against on her way to finishing the season ranked 10th in the UMass single-season record book in strikeouts per seven innings and 16th in total strikeouts.
This past weekend, she helped UMass finish off an undefeated league record. The team opens A-10 Tournament play today.
UMass swept the major awards, with coach Kristi Stefanoni named Coach of the Year and Jena Cozza Player of the Year.
McGreen saluted for big freshman season at PC
Narragansett resident Evan McGreen’s strong debut with the Providence College men’s lacrosse team earned him a spot on the All-Big East Conference second team in awards announced last week.
The La Salle Academy graduate and former Rhode Island all-stater burst onto the scene in his first collegiate season, leading the Friars with 18 assists while adding 10 goals. He handed out at least one assist in nine of the team’s 15 games. His top highlight came in April against cross-city rival Brown University as he dished out four assists in a 12-11 win. McGreen ranked sixth on the team in goals scored.
McGreen began his lacrosse career with the South County Sharks youth program before heading to La Salle, where he helped the Rams to four consecutive state championships.
McGreen was joined on the Big East award list by teammates James Barclay and Tate Boyce, who earned first-team honors. The Friars finished the season with a 5-9 record.
Former Mariners shine at conference meets
The top step of the podium was once again occupied by Narragansett graduates Leia Mistowski and Carly Timpson as both successfully defended their conference championships this past weekend.
For Mistowski, who is penning the finishing chapters to her story at William & Mary, it was the completion of a historic career sweep in the hammer throw. She became the first competitor in Colonial Athletic Association history to win the event four years in a row.
The former Mariner signaled her intent from the word go, with her opening toss of 62.46 meters once again setting a school and conference record, and she went on to twice more break the 60-meter barrier during the competition.
Mistowski’s dominant performance, which saw her finish six meters ahead of her closest rival, also netted her co-most outstanding field performer of the meet honors, the first such award for a Tribe athlete since 2013.
Timpson’s road to back-to-back wins was a bit more nervy than Mistowski’s, as she needed all three attempts to clear the eventual winning height in the high jump for Quinnipiac at the Metro Atlantic meet in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
The junior Bobcat passed on the opening two heights before clearing 1.55 meters and the next three heights that followed, requiring two tries to get past 1.60 and 1.70 meters, the latter clinching the title and tying the school outdoor record in the event.
Although she had already retained her crown, Timpson continued on by raising the bar to 1.73 meters, dislodging the bar on her opening two attempts before successfully getting over on her last shot to set a new program mark.
Gosper earns all-conference nod
Prout alumna Andrea Gosper concluded her junior year at the University of New England by earning a place on the Commonwealth Coast’s all-conference second team. The former Crusader hit .278 for the year with a team-high six doubles, 12 runs batted in and a .962 fielding percentage.