HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: K.J. Smith, Jackson Hines, Delaney Caggiano, Marissa Carlson, Lexi Kochin

K.J. Smith, Central Connecticut State University football

Smith (CCSU athletics)

CCSU may have lost its second game in as many weeks last Saturday at James Madison, but local product K.J. Smith had a pretty good day.
Smith, the former Bristol Eastern standout, led the Blue Devils with four catches for 65 yards. More significantly, Smith hauled in the first touchdown reception of his collegiate career.
Smith helped provide CCSU with its first points of the game when he secured a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jacob Dolegala with 12:41 left in the first half.
For the season (two games), Smith has seven catches for 77 yards and the touchdown. He led the team in receiving yards last year as a freshman.

Jackson Hines, Suffolk University soccer

Hines (Suffolk athetics)

Three matches, three starts for freshman Jackson Hines at Suffolk University.
The former St. Paul defensive standout has been a fixture in the Suffolk backfield in each match played. After consecutive losses to open the season, Suffolk defeated Albertus Magnus College 1-0 on the road. Teammate Kyle Van Cleef earned GNAC Goalie of the Week honors for the effort, but he couldn’t have done it without people like Hines in front of him.

Delaney Caggiano and Marissa Carlson, Endicott College soccer

Caggiano (Endicott athletics)
Carlson (Endicott athletics)

There’s not much better for a soccer player than scoring her first goal. Sophomore Delaney Caggiano tallied her first collegiate goal in a match against Babson on Sept. 5 at Babson Park, Mass.
Caggiano scored 22:31 into the second half to give Endicott a 2-1 lead. The Gulls later lost the lead and ended up settling for a tie.
What was special about Caggiano’s goal was who was with her on the field. Caggiano and teammate Marissa Carlson both played for Bristol Eastern, and now they’re together on the Endicott roster. Caggiano plays defense, Carlson is a back.
There was an excited post on the Bristol Eastern athletics Twitter account after the goal:

“Former Lancer Delaney Caggiano scored her first collegiate goal a few days ago for Endicott while playing alongside Marissa Carlson!”

Carlson played at NCAA Division II school Nova Southeastern before moving on to Endicott. After a few years apart, Caggiano and Carlson are together again at Endicott, and the Gulls are off to an unbeaten start (3-0-1). Life is pretty good right now for the former Lancers.

Lexi Kochin, Central Connecticut State University soccer

Kochin (CCSU athletics)

The CCSU women’s soccer team has played eight matches so far this season (2-6 record), and a former Bristol Central star has been a part of seven of them.
Kochin is showing that a local player can indeed play Division I women’s soccer. Kochin has appeared in seven matches, including one star. She plays midfielder and forward for the Blue Devils.
Kochin has put up three shots, two of which were on goal. Her first goal should be coming any time now if that accuracy keeps up.

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