There never seems to be any shortage of former Pinkerton Academy sports standouts on college athletic teams during the three collegiate sports seasons every school year. And that was true once again during the 2015 spring college campaign.
One of the most prominent former PA stars to make his presence known on the New England collegiate men’s lacrosse scene this past spring was New England College senior midfielder and captain Nick Herzog, who brought his college lax career to a fine close with a strong season at that Henniker school.
The former academy stalwart played in every one of the NEC Pilgrims’ 16 matches, starting four of them and earning North Atlantic Conference First-Team All-Conference honors after netting 31 goals, dishing out 14 assists, and finishing with 45 points.
The Pilgrims finished at the .500 mark with an 8-8 record, but they went 7-1 in the NAC.
Among the senior captain’s top individual performances during the 2015 campaign were seven-point matches against Maine Maritime (6 goals, 1 assist) and Green Mountain (3-4-7), a five-point effort against Lyndon State (4-1-5), and a four-point performance against the University of New England (3-1-4).
In Standish, Maine, at Saint Joseph’s College, former Pinkerton baseball star Chris Gerossie enjoyed a productive freshman season after picking up a pitching role for that school’s hardball team, which went 26-17 overall and 12-2 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference for manager Will Sanborn.
The criminal justice major pitched in nine games with two starting assignments for the St. Joe’s squad, posting a 1-0 record.
The talented righty pitcher snared his first collegiate victory over Westfield State by putting forth an impressive inning of relief.
At the University of New Hampshire in Durham, 2014 Pinkerton grad Sarah Lambert contributed to the considerable efforts of the UNH Lady Wildcats’ lacrosse squad in her role as a freshman goalie.
The former PA standout keeper appeared in five matches for the 6-10 Lady Wildcats. She had led the Lady Astros to the Division I state title during her senior campaign of 2014 and was subsequently named a First-Team All-State selection.
Also at UNH, a bunch of former Pinkerton track and field stalwarts competed for the Wildcats’ men’s and women’s squads.
The female tracksters included senior distance runner Kiley Donahue, junior sprinter/hurdler Abbey Smith, and sophomore sprinter Kristi Parhiala. The former Pinkerton males included junior sprinter Chris DeCarlo, sophomore distance man Chris Poggi, and his brother and freshman middle-distance man Joe Poggi.