HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Woodfield is Rookie of the Week again

Steven Woodfield

Albertus Magnus athletics

The former Kaynor Tech standout is at it again.
Woodfield earned his third Great Northeast Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Week honor. He went 2-2 in the final week of his freshman season, picking up victories in both singles and doubles in a non-conference match against Mitchell College. The doubles win came with playing partner Ahmed Abdulateef of Hamden.
Woodfield was his last three singles matches to close out the season in style. His overall singles record was 8-3, including 7-3 in his last 10 matches played. 
Woodfield and Abdulateef combined for a 6-3 doubles record. Woodfield also played with Gabriel Perez of New Haven. Woodfield and Perez combined for a 1-1 record.

Jake Martin

Gordon College athletics

The Sacred Heart High graduate finished out his Gordon College men’s lacrosse career with a five-goal effort in a 23-14 loss to Western New England University on Tuesday.
The Fighting Scots struggled overall with a 1-14 record, but Martin had a tremendous season. He led the team in assists with 18 and finished second in goals scored with 24. His 42 points and 96 shot attempts were also second on the team.
His season high for goals as a senior was the five he put in against WNEU.
For his career, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Martin finished with 123 goals, 61 assists and 184 points. Martin, who played the attack position, was named to the Commonwealth Coast Conference team as a sophomore in 2014.
Martin was a three-sport athlete for Sacred Heart, but he also played lacrosse for the Nonnewaug High School club team, according to this article from Joe Palladino of the Waterbury Republican-American, which was re-posted by Sacred Heart.

Cassie Ruscz

Tufts University athletics

The Wolcott native and former Taft standout has supplied the power in a big way for the Tufts softball team this spring.
Through 31 games, the junior leads her team with 12 home runs, 42 RBI and an .897 slugging percentage. Ruscz has six dingers in her last four games, including two apiece against Endicott on April 20 and Bates on April 22. Her season-high for RBI in a game is six, also against Bates on April 22.
Ruscz is also among the team leaders in hits (33), runs scored (23) and walks (10).
Ruscz has 12 of her team’s 37 home runs. Tufts has a record of 23-8 with a pair of doubleheaders remaining in the regular season. The Jumbos host Hamilton on Saturday, then take on Wheaton at home next Tuesday. 

Sarah Beliveau

AIC athletics

The former Bristol Eastern pitcher was named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team after a good first year at American International College.
Beliveau tabulated a 3.50 ERA overall and posted a 4-5 record. She started eight games and struck out 57 batters in 69.1 innings. In Northeast-10 games, Beliveau had a 2.83 ERA and went 4-3 in 12 games (seven starts). She fired four complete games in NE-10 play and struck out 52 in 60.1 innings. Beliveau allowed just a single home run in conference play. Batters hit just .230 against the right-hander in the NE-10.
Beliveau redshirted in 2015. She is majoring in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology.

Emily Cintorino

WCSU athletics

The senior and former Bristol Central standout was named Little East Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week after a strong effort in the circle for Western Connecticut State University.
Cintorino pitched in four separate games, two of them starts. Both of those starts ended as wins for Cintorino, including a complete game. All she did in the four games was go 2-0, pitch 18.1 innings and give up three runs on 12 hits for a sparkling 1.15 ERA. Not a bad week’s work.
For the season, Cintorino is 9-9 with eight complete games, a solid 2.33 ERA and a save. She has actually hit more home runs this season (two) than she has given up (one). That’s quite the statistic.
WCSU’s final home games are Saturday in a doubleheader against UMass-Dartmouth. The Colonials close out the regular season on Sunday at Manhattanville.