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W. Boylston, Mass. — Football and baseball training at Worcester Polytechnic Institute will come to a halt in May when WPI assistant coach Pat Hickey weds his longtime girlfriend, Liz Wetton.

photo of Pat and LizThe Boston Red Sox are also expected to delay their game against Atlanta in Fenway Park to allow fans of the World Series champions to see the couple's wedding vows broadcast live on the Green Monster, according to semi-reliable sources.

Both Liz, 26, a senior disability benefits specialist at Unum Provident in Worcester, and Pat, who turns 28 in March, are solid Red Sox fans.

The Sheehan World has learned from the same sources that Liz will carry her stuffed Wally the Green Monster down the aisle instead of a bouquet of flowers. The wedding ceremony reportedly will be officiated by Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who autographed a baseball for Pat when the WPI baseball team was training in Florida last spring.

Patrick, son of Kevin Hickey and the late Joan Sheehan, is a graduate of Assumption College as is Liz, the youngest daughter of Joe and Jackie Wetton. The two first met on a double date in Worcester when Pat was in high school but they didn't start dating seriously until nine years ago when Pat's friend, Eric Giacobba set up the two on a blind date.

The wedding party will include Eric; Amy Golden, a friend of Liz'; and Liz' brother and sister, Jeff Wetton and Alissa Rivard.

Patrick surprised Liz with his proposal and an heirloom diamond on May 2, 2004. Liz readily said yes to much approval of family members, including the Wettons "who I can only imagine have been wondering why we have dated for so long without getting engaged," according to Pat.

The couple likes to vacation in Maine and Cape Cod, eat chili six times a week and watch Red Sox games.

Liz denied reports that she would belly dance down the church aisle or at the wedding reception but acknowledged she and Pat would be breaking the recent tradition of September Sheehan weddings. Pat's Uncle Bob Sheehan started the trend in September 2002 when he married Rosemary Komenda. Pat's cousins John and Colleen Sheehan followed with their nuptials in successive Septembers.

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