Nick Dubee is ready to have another standout season with the 1-1-2 Navy men’s soccer team. The senior from Carolina (Chariho) entered this season having played in 52 games with 37 starts for the Midshipmen. A defender, he’s started all four games this season. The team has given up five goals in four games.
“Nick’s biggest asset is the fact that he is extremely athletic,” coach Dave Brandt said. “He is one of the fastest and most powerful kids in the Patriot League.”
The 6-foot, 190-pound Dubee started his career as a midfielder but was moved to defense last season and played well enough to earn All-Patriot second team honors.
“Nick came to Navy with the athletic piece being a strength of his and he has since caught up with the soccer piece,” Brandt said. “He has improved technically with his skills and the level of play in terms of pure soccer that he brings to the team. He has grown tremendously and has become a leader in his company at the Academy. He is very much looked up to both as a person and as an athlete by everyone around him.”
SETTIPANE TOUGH IN GOAL
Leah Settipane had a big freshman season with the Boston College field hockey team but things look even better for the sophomore from East Greenwich (The Hotchkiss School) this season.
The No. 19 Eagles are off to a 4-1 start with a 4-2 loss to No. 14 Massachusetts last Sunday. The 5-foot-7 Settipane has given up 12 goals and has 26 saves. Last season she was 10-9. Starting all 19 games, she had 87 saves and her 4.58 saves per game and her four shutouts were best in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“Leah’s growth has been tremendous over the last year,” coach Ainslee Lamb said. “She worked very hard with our goalkeeper coach (Carolyn Cahill) to make significant improvements and her technical and tactical growth with only one year of playing at the collegiate level is impressive.”
The coach calls Settipane “the all-around fittest player in our program” who has made her job in goal easier.
“Leah has taken strides to organize the defense so she is making simple saves,” Lamb said. “She is very focused and committed to excel at Boston College and she works tremendously hard for her individual improvement, but is very motivated to contribute to the overall success of the field hockey team.”
The Eagles open ACC play against league newcomer and No. 5-ranked Syracuse Friday, Sept. 20 in Newton, MA.
The Holy Cross women’s soccer team has played 22 games in Megan Greineder’s short career and the 5-foot8 defensive midfielder has started all of them. Greineder, from East Greenwich (East Greenwich High), had three assists as a freshman but hasn’t scored this season. The Crusaders are 0-3-1 but have given up just four goals.
“Megan has had a solid start to the season,” coach Darren Gallagher said. “She is the anchor player in our midfield and allows us to switch the point of attack quickly and effectively. She is athletic and technically and tactically sound. She has emerged as a strong leader on the field.”
The coach feels that Greineder has matured as a player.
“Her possession retention is high and her decision making on the field and off the ball has improved,” Gallagher said. “Megan is stronger in the tackle and quicker in transition. Her passing range has also improved.”
DAMM FITTING RIGHT IN
Freshman Maddie Damm came off the bench the first three games of the season but has started the last three for the Syracuse women’s soccer team. The 5-foot-4 midfielder from North Kingstown (North Kingstown High) recorded her first collegiate goal in a 3-2 opening-season victory over Hofstra.
“Maddie is a hard-working versatile player who gives us strength and depth at multiple positions,” coach Phil Weddon said. “She is a valuable addition to the program.”
Wedden knew what he was getting when Damm decided to play for the Orange. She was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Rhode Island as a senior and was a high school All-American. The two-time State All-Star recorded 57 goals and 37 assists in her career at North Kingstown.
LEBLANC SEEING ACTION
Freshman Skylar LeBlanc of East Greenwich (East Greenwich High) has started all six games for the Northeastern women’s soccer team. The 5-foot-2 defensive midfielder has played 472 minutes, tied for fourth on the team.
“Skylar has done very well so far this season,” coach Tracey Leone said. “She has excellent athletic qualities and she came in fit and prepared. She is a gifted, natural left-side player who has made a great impact for us on the flank. We are excited about the career she has ahead of her.”
The Huskies, with just two seniors on the squad, are 0-4-2.
WADDINGTON ON THE PITCH
After sitting on the bench his first two seasons, junior midfielder Andrew Waddington is finally getting on the field for the Loyola, MD men’s soccer team. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder from Jamestown (La Salle Academy) picked up his first career point when he had an assist on an insurance goal in a 5-3 victory over La Salle.
“Drew has always been a very diligent and committed member of our squad even though he did not see playing time his first two seasons,” coach Mark Mettrick said. “He developed as a player and now is reaping the rewards for his hard work.”
The coach feels that Waddington will be an integral member of the team this season.
“Drew is a very technical player and we feel he can help us in both the midfield and as a target forward,” Mettrick said. “He links well with his teammates and we are very pleased with his progress.”
The Greyhounds are 2-0-1 in the early going.
HEIDT LEADS CRUSADERS
Nancy Heidt doesn’t score points for the Susquehanna field hockey team but the senior from Saunderstown (North Kingstown High) is the leader of the Crusaders according to coach Kaitlyn Wahila.
“Nancy was voted as a co-captain this year by no surprise to our coaching staff,” Wahila said. “She is a class act and plays the game of hockey with her head and her heart. She leads this team by example and has fully earned the respect of her teammates.”
Heidt has started all four games on defense for the 3-1 Crusaders and has a defensive save. Last season, she started all 19 games and had a team-high six defensive saves.
“Nancy’s game has improved in a way that allows her to attack with our midfielders while also making sure our backfield keeps our formation,” Wahila said.
Bill Arsenault is a freelance columnist for Southern Rhode Island Newspapers.