Sports Briefs

Morris signs with San Jose Senior hockey forward Mike Morris signed a professional contract with the San Jose Sharks April 23. The Braintree native was the 27th overall pick by the Sharks in the 2002 NHL draft, but he chose to attend college before joining the team. Although he battled injuries during his time at Northeastern, the 2007 Northeastern News Male Athlete of the Year ranked 37th all time in scoring at NU, finishing with 108 points (45-63). He was named the Hockey East “Fan Favorite” during his last season as a Husky, and was also selected to participate in the 2007 Pontiac Frozen Four Skills Challenge, but could not due to injury. “Mike has shown a great deal of resiliency and maturation during his years at Northeastern,” said San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson in a statement on the official Sharks website. “The hockey program [at Northeastern] did a wonderful job in preparing him for the road ahead at the professional level and we are really excited to have him participate at training camp this fall.”

– Nate Owen, News Staff

Women’s Hoops inks three recruits Head coach Daynia La-Force Mann added three new recruits to an already strong recruiting class that had been ranked in the Top 150 in the nation by the All-Star Girls report. Taryn Christian, Desiree Singleton and Mia Mayberry will join the Huskies next season. Christian is a 5-foot, 11-inch point guard from Silver Spring, Md. and served as team captain at Spring Brook High School and was also named to the All-Gazette First Team. Singleton and Mayberry give the Huskies more depth at the forward position. Singelton checks in at 6-foot, 1-inch and was a two-time captain for Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, Pa. She averaged 23.1 points and 13 rebounds in 2006-07 and was named to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Second Team by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mayberry, who attended school in Rock Island, Ill., comes to the Huskies after averaging 17.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks for Rock Island High School. The 6-foot, 2-inch forward was named the All-Metro Player of the Year by the Dispatch-Rock Island Argus. With Singleton and Mayberry in the fold, the Huskies now have four incoming freshmen who are at least 6-foot, providing much needed size to a Husky frontcourt that ranked last in the Colonial Athletic Association in both offensive and defensive rebounds.

– Nate Owen, News Staff

Field Hockey team holds awards banquet The field hockey team gave out their annual awards at a team banquet last month. Sophomore forward Ashley Bascetta received the Wendy Pooler award, given to the player who exhibits dedication to the team, while sophomore defenseman Jillian Wilkes was named the team’s Most Improved Player, starting 14 games this year after playing in four as a freshman. Both Bascetta and Wilkes will serve as assistant captains for the 2007 squad. Last year’s assistant captains, junior midfielders Ashley D’Ambra and Ashley Webber, will team with junior goaltender Liz Centofanti to serve as tri-captains in the fall.

– Nate Owen, News Staff

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