Although they may dominate the space in the sports section on a weekly basis, high school student-athletes aren’t the only athletes the Enterprise sports departments keeps tabs on. They may have moved on. They may no longer play for the Canalmen or Blue Knights, but on college campuses around New England, student-athletes are excelling at the next level at their sport of choice.
Whether it’s being named to an all-conference team, being named a collegiate captain or scoring game-winning goals, these student-athletes are representing their hometowns and high school alma maters in great fashion this fall sports season.
Below is a brief round-up of some local student-athletes who’ve made some lasting impressions this fall.
Caroline Wilson, Sandwich 2018
A 1,000-point scorer for the Blue Knights, showing a strong inside game to match a deft shooting hand from outside, Wilson enters her sophomore season with NCAA Division II Merrimack College. Last season she appeared in 14 games for the Warriors and averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game as a freshman.
She has yet to appear in a game this season for Merrimack (1-1), but the Warriors play University of New Hampshire Saturday, November 16, at 6 PM at home.
Carly LaCasse, Bourne 2017
Now a sophomore at Saint Anselm College, LaCasse has played a key role in the Hawks winning their-first ever Northeast 10 Conference title. In 21 games, 19 of which have been starts, the former All-South Coast Conference player netted 12 goals and five assists for a total of 29 points en route to an appearance of the All-NE10 second team. The team overall is ranked third in the country.
With a record of 19-2, the season isn’t over for LaCasse. She’ll play in the NCAA Division II field hockey championship tournament as the Hawks earned the top seed in the East Region. They’ll play either East Stroudsburg or Assumption on Friday, November 22, at Millersville University in Pennsylvania.
Will Bennett, Sandwich 2015
The senior wide receiver has assumed the duties as the top wideout at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Bennett is a big-play machine for the Bucs on offense and as a return man. He’s racked up 571 yards and two receiving scores on 23 catches for the 6-3 Buccaneers this season. He even gets in on some trick plays, as evidenced in MMA’s 28-14 win against UMass-Dartmouth last week when Bennett found fellow receiver and Sandwich alum (more on that later) Ryan McNally for a 23-yard touchdown pass on a double-reverse play. On the year, he is 3-for-3 passing for 50 yards and a touchdown.
The 6-2, 200-pound Bennett ranks among the top five in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference in receiving yards per game with 63.5 per game.
Louie Gordon, Bourne 2018
A former captain of the Canalmen football team, Gordon did not see a single minute of action his freshman season at Colby College after playing as a linebacker and offensive lineman for Bourne. As a sophomore this year, Gordon played in all nine games for Colby as an offensive lineman.
The Mules struggled this season despite the 6-3, 260-pound Gordon in the lineup, going 2-7 against all New England Small College Athletic Conference. Colby did win its final game of the year, 47-34, against Bowdoin College.
Joe Sullivan, Sandwich 2016
Now a senior at Lasell College, Sullivan won’t play for the baseball team until the spring, but the former Blue Knight made news this fall. The Lasers’ catcher was recently named a captain for 2020 season after posting a 2019 season with four homers, 29 RBI and 21 runs scored while hitting .354, slugging .583 and reaching base 42 percent of the time.
He played a key role, playing in 33 games, for the Lasers who went 23-17 and 9-7 in the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference last season. Sullivan will be one of nine seniors on the roster, come spring.
Emma Fenton, Bourne 2019
It didn’t take long for Fenton to make an impact at the collegiate level. A season after guiding the Canalmen to a Division 3 state volleyball title, she appeared in 26 matches for NCAA Division III Emmanuel College this fall. Getting 16 starts from the right-side hitter position, the freshman totaled 104 kills, 28 digs and 21 blocks this year for the Saints, who went 8-21 and 3-9 in the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference.
She won’t stop making headlines anytime soon as the basketball season is set to begin for the Saints. Fenton’s first collegiate basketball game Saturday, November 16, against St. Joseph’s (Brooklyn) at home. She eclipsed the 1,000-point threshold for her career last year with Bourne.
Jake Ashworth, Bourne 2017
Entering his junior season, Ashworth has been bestowed with a leadership position with the UMass-Dartmouth basketball team. After averaging 13.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds as a sophomore, Ashworth has been named a co-captain for the 2019-20 season.
“Jake is the vocal leader of our team, and he is blessed with a tone of energy he brings to practice every day,” said Corsairs head coach Brian Baptiste, in his 37th season with the team.
Ryan McNally, Sandwich 2016
There’s a Blue Knight tandem atop the receiving corps for Massachusetts Maritime Academy. While Bennett is the veteran leader with a penchant for big plays, McNally is a methodical pass catcher blessed with sure hands. He has 23 receptions for 256 yards and two touchdowns for the 6-3 Buccaneers, a team known for its ground-and-pound style on offense.
He was on the receiving end of a 23-yard touchdown from Bennett in the Bucs’ 28-14 road win against UMass-Dartmouth last week.
Joey Downes, Sandwich 2015
A redshirt junior for the Division I Scarlet Knights, Downes went from a walk-on to a full-scholarship player for Rutgers last season. The Sandwich alum is a two-time member of the Big 10 All-Academic team. Rutgers (2-0) plays St. Bonaventure Saturday, November 16, in Toronto for the Naismith Classic.
Anna Hurley, Sandwich 2018
As a goalkeeper for St. Michael’s College, Hurley started 14 games for the 4-14 Purple Knights. She posted a 3.88 goals against average and a .721 save percentage. St. Michael’s was 2-12 in games she started in net.
James Cahoon, Bourne 2019
The 6-foot-4 quarterback responsible for bringing the Canalmen back to the playoffs last season did not see very much playing time his freshman season at Bridgewater State University. The Bears (5-4) have depth at the quarterback position with senior Stefano D’Emilia and sophomore Brad Thiltgen, but Cahoon still has the physical traits to play at the college level.
He appeared in two games, briefly, this season for the Bears, who finish their season Saturday, November 16, in Buzzards Bay against Massachusetts Maritime Academy for the 41st Cranberry Bowl.
Calie Sorenson, Sandwich 2019
A hard-nosed player under Sandwich head coach Kelsy Beaton in high school, Sorenson brought a similar mentality to collegiate level this season a freshman at Colby-Sawyer College. The Chargers went 8-9 on the year, playing an NCAA Division III schedule.
Sorenson scored one goal on three shots in six games played this year.
Dan Strode, Bourne 2019
Last year’s captain of the Canalmen golf team is one of five freshmen on the UMass-Dartmouth golf team this season.
Gage Miller, Sandwich 2018
The Cape & Islands All-Star Game MVP in 2018 and All-Atlantic Coast League first team selection has made the Franklin Pierce University team, an NCAA Division II program, after playing a post-graduate year with the Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire, last year.
Emily Hunt, Sandwich 2019
Not long after guiding the Blue Knights to a 2019 girls’ golf state title in the program’s first year of existence, Hunt is a part of the NCAA Division I Merrimack golf program this fall. The Warriors placed fifth out of seven in the Sacred Heart University Fall Classic in their last tournament of the year.