The past week saw several Bears honored for their performances.
Junior forward Michael Lofton has been selected as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week. He shares the weekly honor along with senior forward Tom Poitras of Rivier University. Also, for the third time this season, Mr. Lofton was selected as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
A native of Mansfield, Massachusetts, Mr. Lofton averaged 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocked shots and 2.5 steals for the Bears in a pair of Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) wins over Worcester State and Fitchburg State. He also shot a sizzling 70.4% (19-27) from the floor.
For the second time this season, senior Becca Geldmacher has been selected as the MASCAC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week. She helped the BSU women’s track and field team capture the program’s first ever MASCAC indoor championship this past weekend. The Rochester native won the individual title and broke the conference record in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:39.02. She also ran the anchor leg on the Bears' MASCAC record-setting 4x400 relay team which posted a time of 4:04.33. Joining Ms. Geldmacher on the relay were classmate Karen Anselmi (Franklin), and freshmen Amanda Lane (Abington) and Abbie Pustis (Andover).
Earlier this season at the BU John Thomas Terrier Invitational, Ms. Geldmacher set the Bears’ indoor record in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:18.93. She was previously named MASCAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for her performance at the season-opening UMass Boston Invitational back in December.
For the fifth time this season, freshman Samantha Richner has been selected as the MASCAC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rookie of the Week. She shares the weekly honor along with Ashley Monahan of Westfield State University. Ms. Richner helped the BSU women’s track and field team capture the program’s first ever MASCAC indoor championship this past weekend. The Hanson native won the individual title in the high jump with a leap of five feet, three inches (1.60 meters).
And last but not least, for the fourth time this season, senior Joshua Danner-Hicks has been selected as the MASCAC Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week. He defended his individual title in the triple jump at the MASCAC Championships held this past weekend at the University of Southern Maine. The Haverhill native recorded a jump of 46 feet, 2.5 inches (14.08 meters) to break his own MASCAC indoor meet record of 46 feet, two inches (14.07 meters) set a year ago.
Among the national leaders, Mr. Danner-Hicks is currently ranked fifth in all of Division III in the triple jump with a mark of 47 feet, 11.75 inches recorded earlier this season at the Tufts Stampede. (Story and photos courtesy of Athletics)