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November 8, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Pomeroy, Pierce enjoy Masters Championships

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“I wanted to be there with Diane because she trained so hard,” said Pierce. “Her 400 was a tremendous validation of her ability and courage under very difficult conditions. I can say from personal experience that third and fifth place in the world isn’t too shabby.”

Immediately after the relay, it was a mad dash to the airport while still in sweats and USA uniforms. Because things were running behind schedule, Pomeroy was unable to run on the winning USA relay.

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Holly Smith is making quite a name for herself as the field hockey goalie for the University of New England. The freshman, who was a three-sport star at Peabody High, was selected Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Year and first team All-Conference after being named Rookie of the Week three times.

Smith extended her consecutive scoreless minutes streak to 364 after blanking Salve Regina and Nichols College. She now has eight shutouts in the 18 games she has started, including a 5-0 win over Nichols in the CCC semifinals.

The top-seeded Big Blue, who are undefeated in the conference, host Gordon in the finals tomorrow. Her goals against average is 1.51 overall and 1.00 in the conference.

“My team is so much fun,” said Smith, who is a Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies major and wants to be an occupational therapist. “I love it here.”

Smith was field hockey and softball captain for the Tanners and a member of the swim team. She is now putting all her energy into improving field hockey skills.

“I’m focusing on improving my game,” said Smith. “I had no idea I’d be starting as a freshman; I just went out to compete for the spot and started the first game.

“It’s been an awesome first year, especially making the playoffs. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the competition. It’s a lot different playing on turf instead of the bumpy grass field at Peabody. I’m used to the faster game because I played with the Cape Ann Coalition travel team. Actually on turf it’s a little easier for the goalie to judge where the ball is going to go, but it does come in fast.”

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