GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

November 19, 2012

Local athletes starting, finishing collegiate seasons

By Nick Curcuru
Sports Editor

---- — The Boston University women’s soccer program polished off its sixth straight America East title this fall, and a Gloucester native was right there to help them along the way.

Clare Pleuler, one of the best women’s soccer players to ever play at Gloucester High School, jumped right into the mix as a Freshman midfielder for the Terriers this fall helping the team to a 12-6-1 record.

Pleuler, who led Gloucester girls soccer to its most successful ever in 2011 with a trip to the sectional semifinals, saw action in all 19 games this season in the Terriers midfield posting a pair of goals. The highlight of the season for Pleuler came in a 1-0 win over Binghamton in October where she scored the game winning goal for Boston University.

The Bates College football team had one of its most successful season in nearly three decades this fall and a trio of Gloucester natives were at the forefront. Pat George, Gilbert Brown and Mike Tomaino, all Gloucester natives, all saw significant action and played significant roles in the Bobcats’ 5-3 season.

George, a Pingree grad, was the team’s second leading rusher on the season as the senior compiled 546 yards and four touchdowns on 104 carries this season. Sophomore Mike Tomaino, a former Gloucester High School captain in 2010 who started for a pair of Super Bowl winning teams, also saw action on the offensive end this season hauling in two passes for 36 yards from the wide receiver spot this fall.

Gilbert Brown, a Sophomore linebacker who was also a captain at Gloucester High in 2010 and started on a pair of Super Bowl winning teams, was a standout on defense recording 50 tackles, three interceptions and a sack on the season. Brown also had a 100 yard interception return for a touchdown in the season finale against Hamilton. Brown was named New England Small College Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week thanks to the pick six.

The gridiron is not the only place to see a Gloucester resident at Bates College, as Sophomore Adam Philpott, a former three sport star and Gloucester Daily Times Male Athlete of the Year in 2011, is a member of the college’s basketball team.

The 6’4” swing man and the Bobcats are off to a 2-0 start this winter. Philpott saw action in the team’s season opening win over UMaine Augusta where he had five points and four rebounds.

Essex native Cody Ferriero continues to be one of the more productive players on the Northeastern University hockey team. The junior forward has put up a goal and five assists through 11 games this season in Hockey East, the deepest conference in all of Division 1 college hockey, for the 4-6-1 Huskies, good for third on the team.

The highlight of the season for Ferriero, a Governors Academy graduate, came on October 13 where he had an assist on the game winning goal against defending National Champion Boston College. Ferriero, who’s brother Benn plays in the NHL and is currently under contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, is looking to build on an injury shortened 2011-2012 season where he scored 15 points in just 17 games.

Cody’s brother Nathan Ferriero, who also plays at Governors Academy, will also be playing his college hockey at Northeastern as he recently signed his letter of intent to play at the Hockey East School meaning all three Ferriero brothers will have played in Hockey East, Cody and Nathan at Northeastern and Benn at Boston College.

The Amherst men’s basketball team is currently ranked No. 5 in the country when it comes to Division 3 hoops and a Manchester Essex grad is on the roster.

Joe Mussachia, the all team leading scorer at Manchester Essex Regional High School, is in his sophomore year at Amherst, where he has seen action in the first two games of the season, both Amherst wins, putting up two points and a rebound in those contests.

After spending the last two seasons at North Hampton School, Manchester Essex grad Lizzy Ball, the school’s all time leading scorer in the girls game, has began her collegiate career at Division 1 Fairfield University.

Fairfield has started off the season 2-1 and Ball saw her first collegiate action in a 49-34 win over Brown.

Gloucester’s Chris Unis just finished off a strong Sophomore campaign for the Merrimack College football team. Unis, a linebacker, finished the season with 41 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the 6-4 Warriors. Like Brown and Tomaino at Bates, Unis was also the captain of the 2010 Gloucester football team and started on three Super Bowl teams at the school.

A pair of Cape Ann residents continue to come along at the Division 1 Championship Subdivision level.

Gloucester’s Andrew Mizzoni, another captain on the 2010 Fishermen football team and a starter on two Super Bowl squads, finished off his Sophomore season at Holy Cross this fall.

Mizzoni appeared in six games this season recording a sack and a pair of tackles on the year for the 2-9 Crusaders.

Manchester Essex grad Brian Ciccone, a Sophomore tight end at the University of New Hampshire, is still playing this fall as the 8-3 Wildcats have qualified for the Division 1 Championship Subdivision Playoffs. UNH will travel to Wofford on December 1 for its playoff game.

Ciccone has appeared in all 11 games this year for UNH hauling in a pair of passes for 21 yards.