November 28, 2014
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Warwick grads making waves with lacrosse

Award season may have concluded for the film industry, but it is in full swing for those who handle a lacrosse stick, with a pair who attended high school in Warwick recently collecting honors for their play.

Hendricken graduate Colin Briggs has continued to impress as his career at Virginia starts to wind down and Briggs was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-conference squad for the second consecutive season.

Briggs earned his place among the conference’s elite players with a fine season statistically, scoring 18 goals while assisting on 14 further markers for the defending national champion Cavaliers.

The senior midfielder was one of three Cavs who received nods, with Chris LaPierre and Steele Stanwick taking their places in the team alongside Briggs.

Despite all of the individual honors that he has collected in the last year-plus, Briggs has one goal in mind for the remainder of the season, and that is helping Virginia win a sixth national title.

To that end, the job at hand for the Cavaliers has gotten a bit more difficult in recent weeks, with losses to Duke and North Carolina plunging Virginia in both major polls from No. 1 to No. 6. One more game remains before the NCAA tournament for the Cavs, a neutral-site clash with Penn on Friday in Denver, with the tournament field of 16 being announced on May 6.

Simpson takes honor

Pilgrim product Blake Simpson, who suits up for Anna Maria College, was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference’s men’s lacrosse player of the week for the week ending April 15.

Simpson received the award for helping the Amcats to a pair of wins in conference play over Rivier (19-6) and Emmanuel (9-7), scoring seven goals over the two games.

For the season, Simpson has notched 21 goals along with seven assists for a total of 28 points, which places him fifth on the team’s point chart.

Next up for Simpson is the GNAC tournament, which begins for Anna Maria on Wednesday with a quarterfinal game against Becker, a team that the Amcats defeated twice during the regular season by a combined score of 26-12.

Courcy finishing out big season

Leadership is a required ingredient for any new team, and Warwick Vets alumna Kim Courcy provided it in more ways than one for the women’s lacrosse team at Massachusetts Maritime in 2012.

Courcy ended up leading the Buccaneers in most major statistical categories in their inaugural season, posting team-high marks in goals (30), points (32), shots (65), shots on goal (50), ground balls (40), draw controls (54) and caused turnovers (11), while also being named by her peers as one of three captains for the squad.

In addition to her sparkling play, Courcy also earned individual honors when she was named the New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance rookie of the week for the week ending March 25.

Mass. Maritime struggled at times this season, but turned in several respectable performances along the way, including the program’s first-ever wins in back-to-back triumphs over Wheelock and Elms in late March. The Buccaneers wrap up their season Friday with a home contest against Fitchburg State.


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