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March 15, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Former Marblehead star excels at Skidmore

Jean DePlacido
The Salem News

---- — It would be hard to get off to a faster start than Skidmore College freshman lacrosse player Tyler Phillips has enjoyed to begin this season.

The former Marblehead High star is currently leading the Liberty League in both goals and points and shows no signs of slowing down.

In her first three collegiate games, Phillips scored 10 goals and had two assists for the Thoroughbreds and made the Liberty League weekly honor roll after two consecutive 4-goal games.

Phillips, a midfielder, has already been selected the league’s Rookie of the Week not once, but twice.

“We’re a really young team with no seniors,” said Phillips, who made her collegiate debut a memorable one by scoring four goals and adding an assist in a 15-8 victory over Mount Holyoke. After depositing a shot in the back of the opposing net in the first half, she added three more goals in just over four minutes, including the game-winner, after intermission. “We all got to know each other in fall ball, and I think we surprised some people because we were able to keep up with a lot of the better teams we played.

“It’s been very exciting for me, and it’s cool to know I’ve made a difference already. I love the school and I’m so glad I decided on going to a smaller college. My teammates have all come together quickly and we bond off the field, too. It’s really important to develop that kind of chemistry.

“So far I haven’t found the adjustment from high school to college lacrosse to be a problem.”

Skidmore traveled to Florida this week and held its own against a very good Dickenson College team, losing 9-7 in Orlando.

Phillips, who is very fast and has an accurate shot, has started every game.

“One of my big goals for this season has been to make myself a better player,” said Phillips. “I wanted to develop better stick skills and work on my right hand more. I went to strength and conditioning camp over the summer and it really made a difference.

“As far as the team goes, we want to work off each other’s strengths. We’re young, but I know we’re going to keep getting better.”

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Sean Enos hopes to return home from the NCAA Division 3 championships at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this weekend with two All-American honors. The former St. John’s Prep thrower is a junior captain at Bates College. He helped his team win the ECAC Division 3 title at the Reggie Lewis Center. The Bobcats finished first out of 62 teams as Enos won championships in both the 35 pound weight (60 feet 11 inches) and the shot put (56 feet 2 inches). It marked the second ECAC indoor championship for Bates in the last three years.

The previous week Enos won two throwing titles at the New Englands, where his team placed third. His weight throw was a personal best 63-6.

Enos, an outdoor All-American in the discus, is currently ranked fourth in Division 3 in the weight throw and fifth on the Bates all-time performance list. He is also ranked second in the country in the shot put.

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Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at jmdeplacido@aol.com.