A trio of Hendricken alums are gracing the hardwoods of New England and further this winter, and all are experiencing individual success, while a fourth former Hawk is nearing his return to the court.
David Rufful, who now plays for Dartmouth, has been a key part of the offense for the Big Green so far in 2011-12.
He is currently tied for first on the team in scoring, averaging 10.1 points per game and has been shooting 15 for 26 from three-point range.
Rufful also has had to make room on his personal trophy shelf; he was named to the Great Alaska Shootout’s all-tournament team after averaging 17.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in the three games that Dartmouth played in the Last Frontier.
Brendan Degnan is now playing at Wheaton and, like Rufful, has been an instrumental part of his team’s rotation. Degnan’s 16.1 points per game is good enough for first on the team, with a season high of 27 in the opening game for the Lyons, an 84-65 victory over Salve Regina on November 15.
Ryan Palumbo has played in five games for Roger Williams, averaging 18 minutes a game for the Hawks, while shooting 6 of 13 from the field.
Billy Baron, who got lost in the shuffle during his short time at Virginia, is currently counting the days down before his NCAA-mandated year on the sidelines comes to an end.
Billy will have to fill some big sneakers once he becomes eligible; his older brother Jimmy was a standout at URI, and is now playing professionally in Spain.
Ex-area players on the ice
Toll Gate graduate Jacob Rinn, who now competes for Nichols College, has been named ECAC Northeast goaltender of the week for the week ending December 11.
Rinn earned the honor by backstopping the Bison to a 4-1 triumph over Franklin Pierce for his second win of the campaign, turning away 31 shots in the process.
For the season, Rinn now owns a 2-4-1 record along a save percentage of .876 and a 4.21 goals against average.
Nick Mattiello (Hendricken) is currently tied for second in points for Assumption, chalking up a team-leading seven goals and three assists for the Greyhounds. Mattiello’s most important goal of the season to this point came on November 27, when he slotted home the winner 2:08 into overtime against Wesleyan, sealing a 4-3 victory in the process.
Steve Mollo, who attended Hendricken before transferring to a Massachusetts prep school, has notched two goals and three assists in eight games for St. Anselm, who outscored their opponents 18-2 in their last two games before taking a month-long break for finals and the holiday season.
Bobby Gauthier (Hendricken) has played in nine games for Becker, picking up an assist in a 4-2 win over Fitchburg State on November 22.