Contributing Writer

When the game is on the line, it’s a good bet that the Providence College women’s hockey team will get the puck to Meaghan Rickard.

The 5-foot-4 junior forward from Coventry and a Williston Northampton grad, entered this season having four game-winning goals and eight assists on game-winning goals in 73 games for the Friars. This season, she has played in all 28 games and has four goals and a team-high 10 assists for 14 points. And once again, she’s tough when it counts with a game-winner and four assists on game-winning goals.

“Meg has been very effective this year due to her skating ability and puck movement,” coach Matt Kelly said. “She’s been a player that we’ve been able to use in all situations. She also has the ability to play with many different players which was a huge asset early in the year when we had injuries to our lineup.”

The Friars are 18-9-1 overall and in fourth place in the Hockey East standings at 12-8-1 after a 3-1 league victory over Connecticut last Saturday in Providence. They return to action against league foe Maine today and Saturday in Orono, Me.

Tommy Wrzesien (Hope Valley)

The freshman captured the 285-pound title for the Johnson & Wales wrestling team at the college’s Wildcat Open on Jan. 27 in Providence. Listed at 197 pounds on the roster, Wrzesien went 4-0 facing opponents 40 to 50 pounds heavier than him. And, he recorded four pins to win the crown, including one in 3:23 against top-seeded Ryan Higgins of Bridgewater State in the title match. The Chariho Regional grad leads the Wildcats with a 31-7 record with 19 falls which is tied for first place in NCAA Division III.

Harrison Antone (South Kingstown)

The freshman is competing with the St. Joseph’s (Pa) men’s indoor track team. The Bishop Hendricken grad finished 13th out of 53 sprinters in the 400 meter dash at the Frank Colden Invitational last Saturday in Collegeville, Pa. with a time of 54.06. He also ran a leg on the 4x400 relay which finished fourth in 3:37.77. Antone’s best effort in the 400 this winter was 53.98, recorded at the Penn 8-Team Select meet on Jan. 19 at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y.

Ivan Goretoy (West Warwick)

The sophomore and senior David Collins of North Kingstown are a solid one-two punch in the weight throw for the Merchant Marine Academy men’s indoor track team. Goretoy, a West Warwick High grad, finished third in the DeSchriver Invitational last Saturday in East Stroudsburg, Pa (51 feet, 5 ¾ inches). A day earlier, he finished third (50 feet, 7 ½ inches) in the NYC DIII Invitational at The Armory in New York City. Collins, a North Kingstown High grad, finished fourth at the NYC DIII meet (50 feet, 4 inches).

Celia Tomlinson (South Kingstown)

The 6-foot junior forward missed the first half of the season with the Rensselaer Poly women’s basketball team but she’s making up for it in the second half. The South Kingstown High grad had her first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a 74-64 Liberty League victory over Skidmore on Jan. 26 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Tomlinson has played in seven games with four starts for the 10-10 Engineers and is averaging 6.1 points and 4.9 rebounds with six assists and six blocked shots.

Claire Greineder (East Greenwich)

The freshman is sprinting for the Plymouth State women’s indoor track team. The East Greenwich grad finished sixth in the 400 meter dash at the Panther Invitational last Saturday in Plymouth, N.H. Her time was 1:03.88 and she was the third freshman to cross the line. She also ran a leg on the 4x200 relay which finished third with a time of 1:51.79. Greineder’s best time in the 60 meter dash is 8.60 recorded when she finished 22nd at the Pioneer Invitational on Jan. 19 in Northampton, Mass.

Isabel Baker (Charlestown)

The senior has raced three different distances for the Stonehill women’s indoor track team.  The Chariho Regional grad finished 5th in the 5,000 meter run at the Smith-King Invitational on Jan. 26 in Boston, Mass.(18:38.67). On Jan. 19, at the URI Sorlein Invitational, she finished 11th, the fifth Division II runner, in the mile (5:26.89). She opened the indoor season by finishing 22nd in the 3,000 meter run at the Beantown Challenge in Cambridge, Mass (10:50.91). She was the sixth non-Division I runner to finish.

Josh Pitzer (North Kingstown)

The 6-foot-6 junior middle blocker leads the Johnson & Wales men’s volleyball team in kills (32), total blocks (11) and points (42.5). The North Kingstown High grad also has an outstanding .574 attack percentage. Freshman outside hitter Jack Pincince of South Kingstown (South Kingstown High) has chipped in with 21 kills, 15 digs and eight service aces. The Wildcats are 5-1 and has beaten their last five foes by 3-0 scores after a season-opening 3-0 loss to No. 1-ranked Springfield on Jan. 25 in Providence.

Allie DiBiase (North Kingstown)

The senior finished second in all-around for the Rhode Island College women’s gymnastics team which finished behind Brockport and Ithaca in a National Collegiate Gymnastics Association tri-meet last Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y. The North Kingstown High grad totaled a score of 35.625. She finished tied for eighth on vault (9.350), 12th on parallel bars (8.525), 14th on floor exercise (9.275) and 16th on balance beam (8.475). The Anchorwomen finished with a score of 178.250.

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