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A. Twomey

The undefeated Saint Anselm's women's hockey team has gotten a big boost from a local player.

Junior Kathleen Twomey of Londonderry has scored nine goals and six assists through 12 games on the year, second on the team only to linemate Arianna Rigano.

Earlier this week, Twomey netted her second game-winning goal of the season to lift the Hawks past St. Michael's 4-0. She also added an assist in the game.

Thanks to her play, St. A's is 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the ECAC Women's East, having only allowed seven goals in those games with seven shutouts.

Twomey's biggest individual performance came in the first game of the season, when she scored twice and set up two more goals in a 9-1 romp over Salve Regina.

Over the course of her career, Twomey has amassed 90 points on 58 goals and 32 assists in just 66 games.

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Another local, Derry's Melanie Cullen is the starting goaltender for St. Michael's. The Pinkerton alum has a 2.68 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in seven starts. The junior has played in 10 games overall.

Locals cleaning the glass

Derry's Marlena Fisher has appeared in all 12 of Rochester University's women's basketball games as a reserve, and is one of the best rebounders on the team.

Fisher has pulled down 40 rebounds, 14 of the offensive variety, despite averaging just 14.1 minutes per game. The 5-10 forward is also fifth on the team in steals with 16.

Players like Fisher are the reason Rochester is off to an 11-1 start.

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Meanwhile, Londonderry's Rachel Reilly has dominated for the St. Anselm's basketball team. Reilly leads the team with 190 points in 16 games, averaging 11.9. The senior, who used to play at the University of New Hampshire, also leads the team in free-throw percentage, shooting 81.6 percent from the charity stripe.

Where Reilly really shines, however, is under the boards. The 5-9 guard leads the team with 85 boards and an average of 5.3 per game.

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Pinkerton graduate Ben Huntington has emerged as a star on the Plymouth State squad, leading the team in points per game (19.3). The junior finally earned a starting spot earlier this year after being first off the bench in his first two seasons. Despite being just 5-11 and playing the backcourt, his tenacity has been proven time and again, since he leads the Panthers with 55 rebounds.

Guess what: Murphy named ACC rookie of the Week

Londondery's Stefanie Murphy continues her dominant play for Boston College, winning her fifth Rookie of the Week award in the ACC.

Not only is Murphy one of the top rookies, she is second overall in the ACC in scoring per game (18.2), rebounds per game (9.5), and third in field goal percentage (59.3 percent).

Without the former Lancer, the Eagles would not be fourth in what is arguably the nation's toughest women's basketball conference. In a recent article on ESPN.com, Murphy was praised for her play against No. 4 Maryland. The third-ranked North Carolina Tarheels and No. 12 Duke also play in the ACC.

Former Lancer coming along swimmingly

Londonderry's Sam Herman has starred early for the Bridgewater State College swim team.

The former Lancer, now a sophomore with the Bears, won his first race of the year against Roger Williams in the 50-yard backstroke, finishing in 28.57 seconds.

Herman also swims the first leg of the 400 medley relay team for Bridgewater, as well as the 100-yard IM and 1,000-yard freestyle.

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Chester's Ryan Martin is also excelling in the pool. The sophomore who starred at Pinkerton is a regular winner in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. He also competes in the 50-yard butterfly and the 200-yard medley relay.

Thompson's stock rising

Derry's Paul Thompson might have hit a bit of a scoring slump for the University of New Hampshire hockey team, but his play early in the season has still gotten the NHL to take notice.

After going undrafted last June, Thompson was once again ranked by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau, which lists all the draft-eligible players in the world.

Among North American skaters, Thompson was listed at No. 185. Thompson has scored 10 points in 17 games this season for the fifth-ranked Wildcats, who completed a sweep over then-No. 5 UMass Amherst over the weekend.

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