Al Georgio had a career game for the Norwich football team last weekend.
Georgio, a junior from West Greenwich (Exeter-West Greenwich), carried the ball 27 times for 193 yards in the Cadets’ 31-14 victory over Worcester Poly. He scored on runs of 33 and 11 yards and also caught four passes for 45 yards including a 4-yard score. His effort earned him Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors.
“We’ve been expecting him to do this,” coach Mark Murnyack said. “Our offense was a little out of sync the first two weeks (losses to RPI and St. Lawrence), but we cleared up some things and Al did the job for us.”
The 5-foot-6, 165-pound dynamo has been an offensive standout since walking on the Northfield, VT campus. He totaled 1,139 in total offense his first two years (396 as a freshman and 743 as a sophomore). This season, after a slow start, he has 315 total yards in three games.
“Al ran through some tackles and around some others,” Murnyack said. “He’s really quick and he’s a lot stronger than he looks. We know he’s a capable runner and a scoring threat and we need that the rest of the season.”
Norwich is off this weekend but returns to action Saturday, Oct. 5 at home against Becker.
DOUGLAS KNOWS THE SCORE
Senior Scott Douglas is in a familiar spot. He leads the Keene men’s soccer team in scoring – something he’s done the previous three seasons. The 5-foot-7 forward from East Greenwich (East Greenwich High) has four goals and an assist for nine points with a game-winner for the Owls. He has scored 28 goals in his career with eight game-winners and is a two-time Little East Conference first-team All-Star.
“Scott is having another banner season,” coach Ron Butcher said. “He is being marked in every game and although he still is getting many chances, he has begun to look for and pass to open teammates when the defense collapses on him.”
Keene is 2-5 overall and 1-0 in the LEC.
“Our start is not typical for this team, but we continue to improve each game and Scotty continues to do yeoman work in practice and games,” Butcher said. “I wish I had ten of him on the field. The team will miss his tenacity when he graduates.”
Senior Nicole Peacock has led her Rivier women’s volleyball team to a 9-4 start this season. The 5-foot-8 outside hitter from Warwick (The Prout School) leads the Raiders in kills (129), blocks (28) and points scored (153.0). She also has a solid .293 attack percentage and has 22 digs.
“Nicole’s overall athleticism and jumping ability allows her to be dominant in the front row,” coach Craig Kolek said. “She has the ability to take over the game offensively with her hitting and defensively with her blocking.”
The coach feels that Peacock is making strides in her back row game as well.
“That will be a factor for us this year,” Kolek said. “If she can continue to improve in the back her overall game will be extremely helpful in the Raiders make another run for the league title.”
Rivier is the pre-season pick to win the Great Northeast Athletic Conference crown.
MATOOK CHIPPING IN
Sophomore Taylor Matook of Exeter (Exeter-West Greenwich) has been contributing to the Wheaton, Ma women’s volleyball team this fall. The outside hitter has 48 kills, 13 digs and six blocks. She’s scored 51 points and has a .256 attack percentage.
“Taylor came into pre-season camp in great shape and was much more confident and comfortable,” coach Greg Letourneau said. “She is someone who we look for to terminate the play and she has done a good job of that on the outside.”
The coach feels that Matook is earning every bit of playing time she gets this season.
“Taylor is reaching higher than last year and is not tentative in her swing this season,” Letourneau said. “She hits the ball a ton so we need her to swing away.”
The Lyons are 8-6 thus far this season.
Sophomore Hannah Broderick of North Kingstown (The Wheeler School) is starting for the 1-6 Bryn Mawr soccer team. But that’s nothing new. She started 17 games for the Owls last year as a freshman.
“Hannah has been an engine in the midfield working tirelessly to organize the team defensively,” coach Erin DeMarco said. “This year she has become more vocal on the field and gives constructive feedback to teammates, pushing them to become better.”
The coach is looking for Broderick, who had one goal as a freshman, to pick it up on offense this season.
“Hannah’s determined to make her mark on the attacking side of the ball this season, improving her attacking runs towards the goal,” DeMarco said. “Playing with heart and competing to the fullest are valued on the team and Hannah is respected by her teammates for the way she demonstrates these values each time she steps on the field.”
MAYMON AN IMPACT PLAYER
Freshman Hannah Maymon of Narragansett (Narragansett High) has stepped right in and been a major player with the Bridgewater State women’s volleyball team. The 5-foot-10 outside hitter leads the team in kills (88) and points scored (99.0). She’s third in digs (106) and has nine blocks for the Bears who are 5-7 on the season.
“Hannah has been that big hitter when we’ve needed her and she always stays positive when it is most needed,” assistant coach Denise Hamilton said. “She is always ready to perform and execute and we are looking for her to step in and make an impact on the court despite being just a freshman.”
The coach sees even bigger things from Maymon down the road.
“Hannah is an important asset to the team and we look forward to her progress as a player and leader as she grows with the team and the program,” Hamilton said.
CLAPPIN’S ROLE EXPANDING
Sophomore Maddy Clappin of Wakefield (South Kingstown High) is starting again as a marking back on defense for the New York University women’s soccer team, which is 3-3-1 on the season. She played in 18 games and started 16 as a freshman and earned University Athletic Association honorable mention honors.
“Maddy is a very consistent player both in practice and in games,” coach Michele Canning said. “She has been focused on developing the tactical side of her game as well as her range of passes. I am confident this will lead her to becoming a critical part of our attack, expanding her role beyond being a solid defender. Maddy brings a lot of energy to the team and she is a great example of our team work ethic.”
TRACY DOING THE JOB
Sophomore Zachary Tracy of Richmond (Chariho School) is a key performer on the Fitchburg men’s soccer team which is 4-3-1 in the early going. A defender, he’s already picked up an assist in a 4-0 victory over Becker. He played in 13 games off the bench for the Falcons as a freshman. He’s playing left fullback this season.
“Zachary is very physical, fast and wins the 50/50 balls,” coach Werner Thissen said. “He can play with both feet and does some of the set pieces for us. He is very coachable and is always eager to improve.”
Bill Arsenault is a freelance columnist for SRI Newspapers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org