Goulet wants another level after breakout season

This weekend Josh Goulet will have his business diploma in hand from Plymouth State College.

Time to enter the real world, right?

Not so fast.

Goulet,after a breakout senior season for the Wildcats, is hoping that maybe, just maybe, he can continue his career at the professional level. While he may be a longshot to be selected late in next month’s Major League Amateur Draft, it’s possible he could hook on with an independent league team.

Either way, Goulet is not ready to give up the dream. And why should he, after hitting .410 with 16 doubles, a triple, 13 homers and 47 RBIs in 37 games? He also stole 24 bases, had an on-base percentage of .492 and slugged .806.

“Hopefully there will be some opportunities down the road,” he said. “Right now it’s kind of up in the air. Waiting to kind of see what happens. Nothing specific right now, but just going to try and keep playing. … I just want to keep playing until I can’t play anymore. It’s a dream come true.”

It appears independent ball may be the more apparent route, as Goulet admitted he doesn’t have draft expectations. However, he said MLB scouts have talked with him.

“I’ve talked with some scouts, they’ve been in contact with my coaches and some other people I know pretty well,” he said. “That’s been good.”

So he is on someone’s radar, for sure. If there’s no luck at the draft, he could always hook on at any of the MLB tryouts that are often held in the region. But he would also certainly jump at a chance for independent ball.

“Absolutely,” he said. “That would be something I’d love to do. But that’s probably going to be a backup if I don’t get picked up (by an affiliate).”

While he waits to see what can develop, Goulet will work out and keep honing his skills “and get better as it leads up to that point.” He says he got great training working with noted local baseball guru Bobby Tewksbary, and former major leaguer (and Nashua Pride standout) Chris Colabello. They talked to him about his mental approach, having an approach at the plate,“and that’s really what I feel has changed everything.”

Goulet doesn’t think playing at the Division III level will hurt his chances. “You definitely see some good competition, but I know that (at the next level) everything’s going to be better, the pitching’s going to be better. But the game really slowed down this year and I think that would continue if I were to keep playing.”

Why did the game slow down so much this spring that Goulet was able to dominate? In 2018 he hit a respectable .302 with two homers, seven doubles, 28 RBIs and slugged only .450. What a difference.

“Just confidence,” he said. “I was just seeing the ball really well. I just had so much confidence throughout the whole year. My junior year was pretty good, but nothing compared to this year.”

It is tough, though, to see his college career come to an end as PSC fell just short of the postseason.

“It was definitely tough, missing the tournament was one of the worst feelings,” Goulet said. “We had a good group of seniors that I’m graduating with. Even though we didn’t make it – definitely disappointment – overall wasn’t a bad year.”

Goulet was recruited heavily by PSC, figured it would be a good fit, and knew while he was at South, by his junior year, that he wanted to play in college. And now, beyond that.

“It always been something I’ve wanted, but never really settled in until now,” Goulet said.

Goulet feels he’s improved in every area, and “the numbers back it up.”

Expect him to garner big Little East honors when those are announced soon.

Goulet will look into getting advice, from his coaches and also Tewksbary and Colabello about how to proceed,whether to get an agent, etc.now that his college eligiblility is over. But Goulet really expected to have a super spring.

“I really did,” he said. “I didn’t have any set expectations with any numbers, but I have a lot of confidence going into the year. I put in a lot of hard work and time in the off-season. I knew I was going to have a good year.”

And he wants it to continue. The only 9 to 5 numbers Goulet wants are his outfield relay throws or final game scores. No real world business career just yet.

“I’m trying to push that off,” Goulet said, “as long as I can.”

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Here’s a look at what some other local athletes have been doing recently at their respective schools:

Nashua South alum Shane Puleo earned GNAC Men’s Lacrosse Second Team All-Conference honors playing for Saint Joseph’s of Maine. He had a superb sophomore season, with 20 goals,48 assists for 68 total points along with 37 ground balls and nine caused turnovers while starting all 17 games as a sophomore.

He led the GNAC – and set a new team single-season record – in assists and ranked third in the league in points and ninth in man-up goals (six) this spring. Late in the 2019 campaign he became just the seventh player in team history to hit the 100-point plateau, and has two-year total numbers of 37 goals and 65 assists for 102 career points in just 35 games.

Puleo is playing for former Merrimack High School and Daniel Webster College head coach Bill Consentino, who was named GNAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Monks to a program bests in wins (12), winning percentage (.706) and consecutive victories (10)…

University of New Hampshire sophomore Jordan Buckmire had an impressive third place triple jump finish in the America East Outdoor Championships in Albany, N.Y. His jump was 48-6.25 and it’s likely he’ll compete in the New England Championships this weekend in New Haven, Conn…..

Simmons pitcher Hailey Yabroudy of Amherst was named to the All-GNAC Third Team for her 1.95 earned run average against conference opponents (3.62 overall), good for fourth in the league. She led the league in innings (114) and appearances (25)…

Former Alvirne standout Greg Emanuelson of Saint Joseph’s of Maine was named to the GNAC First Team after hitting .343 with 10 doubles, three triples, six homers (second in the league) and a conference-best 47 RBIs…

Nashua’s Alex Parrott had a key hit to spark a recent Brandeis comeback over UMass-Boston. He finished the season at .276 with two homers and 18 RBIs…

Souhegan alum Joe Nutting of Amherst, who originally began his college men’s lacrosse career at UMass-Lowell, has found a home at Keene State. He scored four goals to pace a recent 18-7 win in the Little East Conference semis over Umass-Dartmouth, and had eight goals in a win this year over Souther Maine, the third highest single-game total in KSC history. The sophomore led the Owls in scoring (45 goals) and his 66 points (21 assists) was second on the team. KSC was ousted in the second round of the Division III NCAA tourney by Williams.

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The 2019 spring season is over at Rivier University, but there have been a few postseason awards handed out. The Raiders placed three on the GNAC Men’s Lacrosse All-Conference team. Senior Colby Larsen (65 points, 45 goals-19 assists) was named to the Second Team along with fellow senior Eric Guinasso (51 points, 37 goals, 14 asssists). Sophomore Dylan McSparren (47 goals, 26 assists for a whopping 73 points) was named to the GNAC Third Team.

Meanwhile, Raider baseball sophomore Fred Kazalski of Dracut, Mass.earned All-GNAC Third Team honors after a record-setting Raider season, starting all 40 games in center field, hitting .324 with a team high 46 hits, 24 runs scored and 30 RBIs. He also had an on-base percentage of .385 and a .373 slugging percentage.