Sports Briefs

Kate Dillion named asst field hockey coach

Head coach Cheryl Murtagh announced an addition to her coaching staff for the 2007 season.

Kate Dillon will join the Husky staff after spending the 2006 season as an assistant coach at Babson College. She brings more than six years of experience as a field hockey coach, including working with Murtagh last summer at the head coach’s Elite Field Hockey Camp in Waltham.

Dillon also has four years of experience working with the U.S. Field Hockey Association as a coach and six years with the University of Michigan Athletic Department as a camp counselor and coach.

She spent four seasons playing on the Michigan field hockey team from 2001 to 2004. During her time on the team, Michigan won a national title her freshman year and won three Big Ten conference championships. In 82 games, (76 starts) the defender recorded one goal and four assists for six points and was selected to play in the NCAA Div. 1 North-South Senior All-Star game as a senior.

NU finished the 2006 season fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 4-4 conference mark and a 10-12 overall mark, losing in the semifinals of the CAA tournament to Old Dominion.

The Huskies open their 2007 season August 31 at Northwestern University.

– Nate Owen, News Staff

Jose Juan Barea returns to Boston with Mavericks

Former Northeastern basketball star Jose Juan Barea returned to Boston Friday night as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

Barea, whose Mavericks downed the hapless Celtics 109-95, checked in to a loud ovation from the many Husky fans in attendance during the second half and played six minutes and 41 seconds, recording five points on 2-4 shooting and a 1-1 performance from the foul line.

“We are getting paid to win games and play our guys, but boy I was hoping at some point, even if it was for one second, that I could get him in tonight,” said Dallas head coach Avery Johnson at a press conference after the game.

Barea started 111 games over his four years at Northeastern, averaging 20.3 points and 6.3 assists. His final year as a Husky saw him rank 18th in the nation in scoring (21 ppg) and second in assists with 8.3 per game. He garnered numerous honors, including Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and Mid-Major Player of the Year.

In 26 games for the Mavs, Barea has averaged 3:30 minutes of playing time and 1.2 points per game, including a career-high nine points in just over 10 minutes in a 117-100 loss to Golden State March 12.

– Nate Owen, News Staff

Brack, Koslosky named to NEISL All-Star game

Seniors Brian Koslosky and Daryl Brack are selected to play in the 2007 New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) All-Star game.

“It’s nice to be recognized for four years of hard work, and all the ups and downs,” said Koslosky, a senior defenseman.

Koslosky was a staple at defense for four seasons with the Huskies. As a freshman in 2003, he appeared in all 21 games at defense and helped the team get to the America East Conference championship game. Koslosky went on to appear in a total of 68 games during his Northeastern career, and played every position on defense.

“Wherever coach [Ed] Matz or coach [Brian] Ainscough needed me, they could just plug me in and I could fill that hole,” Koslosky said. “My biggest impact on the team was my versatility.”

Koslosky added that he hopes to stay involved with the team in the future.

Despite a torn ACL during his freshman season, Daryl Brack appeared in 50 games at midfield for the Huskies from 2003-06, and was a team captain during his senior campaign. He was instrumental in the team’s six-game winning streak in October, recording four assists during that span.

“Brack was always the best player on the field, head and shoulders above the rest of the players on our team, or whoever we were playing against,” Koslosky said. “I’m glad to be able to play alongside him competitively one last time.”

The players on the NEISL All-Star teams were selected by New England-area college soccer coaches. The game will be April 28 at Clark University in Worcester.

– Matt Nielsen, News Staff

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