Bates’ Beckwith gains New England honor

Posted March 14, 2009, at 12:53 a.m.

The postseason honors keep pouring in for Bates College’s Val Beckwith.

Beckwith, a senior at the Lewiston school, was named the New England Division III Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and to the All-New England First Team by the New England Women’s Basketball Association.

This is Beckwith’s fourth award since her senior campaign with Bates wrapped up, as she was also named a finalist for the State Farm Coaches’ All-American team for Division III in addition to NESCAC and MWBCA Player of the Year honors.

Starting in all 25 games for Bates, Beckwith led the team in scoring with 18.3 points per game, which ranked second in the NESCAC, while connecting on 45 percent of her field goal attempts.

The Bobcats finished the season with a 16-9 record.

Beckwith finishes her career at Bates with 1,470 points, just eight shy of Emily King’s school record, and 534 rebounds.

Beckwith established program records this season for free-throw attempts (190) and free throws made (142) and career made free throws (392).

Husson set for lacrosse debut

Husson University’s men’s lacrosse team will play the first game in program history today at 1 p.m. when it visits another first-year program in Anna Maria College.

“We are very excited to take the field. We have been working hard to prepare for the season and now it is time to put the uniform on and compete,” Husson coach Jeremy Mattoon said in a press release. “This is a special moment for our program, to be involved in the first game in the program’s history is special for all of us.”

The Eagles feature a roster of 21 students, including 18 from Maine. They’ll play a 12-game schedule with all home matches on Boucher Field.

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