Allisa Georgio scored the first goal of her collegiate soccer career – and it was a big one.
Framingham State freshman Georgio, from West Greenwich (Exeter-West Greenwich), scored the game-winner in the 98th minute of the game for a 2-1 overtime victory over Fitchburg State. The effort not only earned her and her teammates an important victory but also earned her Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honors. She picked up an assist earlier in the season.
“Allisa came to us as a priority recruit,” coach Tucker Reynolds said. “Despite having no club soccer experience, she displays technical skills of someone who has played club soccer for years.”
Georgio impressed the coaching staff by going into pre-season camp extremely fit taking third overall in the team’s fitness testing.
“Above all else, Allisa possesses a tremendous work ethic and a willingness to learn,” Reynolds said. “She is a tremendous teammate and she makes players around her better and she trains as hard as she plays. She is a critical component of the future of our program.”
The Rams are 10-1-1 and lead the MASCAC with a 4-0-1 record.
CERESI RUNNING WELL
Abigail Ceresi is just a freshman but she’s doing the job for the Curry women’s cross country team. Ceresi, from North Kingstown (Metro Regional Career and Tech), finished 164th out of 371 runners in the James Early Invitational in Westfield, MA with a 5k time of 22:22, her best time of the season. She followed that up by finishing 81st out of 190 runners at last weekend’s Western New England Invitational in Springfield, MA with a 5k time of 22:33.
“Abigail is our up-and-coming shining star,” coach YaSheka Taylor said. ”She is our second fastest runner behind a veteran who has a wealth of experience.”
The coach likes Ceresi’s tenacity during a race.
“She runs with the front pack than makes her mark by sprinting to the finish with her fast kick,” Taylor said. “It’s a pleasure to have her on the team and we look forward to many more performances.”
Curry will compete next in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships Saturday, Nov. 2 in Biddeford, ME.
PAIR HELPING SEAHAWKS
Juniors Ben Barrett and Rory McEntee are doing the job for the 5-1 Salve Regina football team in different areas – Barrett as the team’s punter and McEntee as a defensive end.
Barrett, from West Greenwich (Exeter-West Greenwich), is averaging 39.0 on 25 punts with a long one of 49 yards and six inside the 20. He averaged 45.0 on three punts in the Seahawks’ 43-10 victory over Curry last Saturday.
“Ben has been our punter since his freshman year and has been an all-conference performer,” coach Kevin Gilmartin said. “It’s great to have a player like Ben who we can count on as someone who is an expert at his position no matter what the situation.”
McEntee, a 6-foot-2, 225-pounder, has 27 tackles, including 14 solos and has been credited with 2.5 sacks along with two other tackles for losses.
“Rory has stepped into a starting role and has been a dominant force for our defense,” Gilmartin said. “He isn’t racking up the individual stats, but his play is one of the reasons the Salve defense is ranked in the top 10 in multiple statistics.”
RAMS DUO WORKED HARD
Jake Magiera of West Warwick (Bishop Hendricken) and John Paquet of West Warwick (West Warwick High) are members of the Rhode Island men’s cross country team. And both athletes worked hard to earn their spot on the squad.
“Jake has established himself as a solid third man on the team,” coach John Copeland said. “His improved performances are primarily due to the effort he put into his summer base training. He averaged between 75 and 85 miles a week all summer.”
Magiera finished 20th in the Bryant Invitational (16:25.5 for 5k), 30th in the Ted Owens Invitational (27:43 for 8k) and 124th in the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown (27:35). He recorded his best time (27:07) finishing 201st in the New England Championships.
Paquet finished 27th at Bryant (16:38.2), 59th in the Ted Owen (29:20) and 121st in the Coast-to-Coast (27:31).
“John, like Jake, did a tremendous job during the summer,” Copeland said. “He ran daily, too, and logged nearly 80 miles during the heat of the summer. Every aspect of his training has improved including his weight training. He has consistently been our sixth man. If we can get his breathing under control, I expect him to step into the top five.”
Paquet is a standout in the class room. A biomechanical engineering major, he has a 3.90 GPA.
HONOR FOR LOMAS
For the second time this fall, Rhode Island College freshman Allison Lomas has been named Little East Conference Rookie of the Week in women’s cross country. Lomas, from Saunderstown (North Kingstown) finished 21st out of 190 runners with a 5k time of 20:38.05 to help the Anchorwomen finish fifth out of 22 teams. She was named earlier after finishing 14th out of 129 in the Elms Invitational with a 5k time of 21:06.
Another freshman, Abigail Dandurand of Hope Valley (Chariho), is also a solid performer on the team.
“Both young ladies have transitioned well and have adjusted well to not only the academics but also the training we implore,” coach Kevin Jackson said.
Sophomore Meghan Paquet of Coventry (Coventry High) is also running well for the Anchorwomen, who are prepping for the New England Alliance Championships Saturday, Nov. 2 in Portland, ME.
“We’re looking for Allison and Abigail to race to personal bests while helping to lead our women’s team to its highest finish in many years,” Jackson said.
LEONARD SEEING ACTION
Freshman Shannon Leonard of East Greenwich (St. George’s School) is one of the top reserves for the Marist women’s soccer team, the junior-senior dominated Red Foxes 8-8-2 overall and 6-3-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
“Shannon has proven to be an excellent athlete and, as one of the fittest players on the team, helps raise the standard in training,” coach Katherine Lyn said. “She has become a competitor in the attacking lineup.”
The coach feels that Leonard has a solid future with the team.
“As Shannon spends more time playing with the upperclassmen, her aggression and speed of play will progress and allow her to gain more time in games,” Lyn said.
BURR BOUNCES BACK
Jessica Burr missed her junior season with an injury but the senior is back seeing action this season for the George Washington University women’s volleyball team. Burr, from Coventry (La Salle Academy), is a 5-foot-9 defensive specialist and has recorded 54 digs as well as seven service aces and six assists for the Colonials who are 10-10 overall and 5-1 in the Atlantic-10 Conference.
“Jess is a clear example of an athlete dedicated to her sport,” coach Amanda Ault said. “Her commitment has never wavered towards here teammates or this program. Battling back from injury is never easy but she has taken advantage of the playing opportunities she gets this season. I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to coach Jess. Her loyalty is something that I have ever questioned.”
Bill Arsenault is a freelance columnist for Southern Rhode Island Newspapers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org