McGair: Local standouts deliver on RIC men's soccer team
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You could say there was a heavy presence of local talent on this fallâ€™s menâ€™s soccer program at Rhode Island College.
The roster featured three players from Pawtucket â€“ Camilo Estrada, Anderson Monteiro and Chuck Oddih â€“ and two from Lincoln â€“ Emmanuel Asiedu and Alexander LaBreche. Estrada and Asiedu learned earlier this week that their efforts and contributions did not go unnoticed by their contemporaries. Both were named to the Second Team All-Little East Conference.
A 2010 graduate of Tolman High, Estrada enjoyed a strong sophomore campaign at the collegiate level. The midfielder finished with eight goals and three assists in 19 games, 12 of which were starts. Estradaâ€™s most notable performance was a hat trick that came Sept. 14 against Regis College.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Estrada placed second on the 2013 Anchormen squad in points (18) and first in shots taken (54).
A junior forward whoâ€™s listed at 5-4 and 135 pounds, Asiedu, led RIC in goals (10), assists (five) and total points (25), a figure good enough for fifth-most in the LEC. One of two Rhode Island College captains, the former Lincoln Lion was one of just three Anchormen to start all 19 games. Twice he tallied game-winning penalty kicks â€“ Aug. 31 vs. The College of New Jersey and Sept. 18 against Bridgewater State. In addition, Asiedu netted the gameâ€™s lone goal in a 1-0 triumph against UMass Dartmouth on Sept. 21.
Monteiro enjoyed a successful freshman campaign at RIC. The 2013 Tolman grad appeared in 18 games, starting all of them. The 5-7, 160-pound midfielder compiled two goals and three assists for seven points, good for fourth-most on the squad. Monteiroâ€™s first goal in an Anchormen uniform came in RICâ€™s season-opening 3-3 draw against Ramapo on Aug. 30.
A junior midfielder, Oddih appeared in 12 games for RIC, starting twice. A freshman goalie, LaBreche allowed zero goals in 14:42 of game action, all coming in one game.
Wilder Arboledaâ€™s college soccer career at Providence College might be drawing to a close, but the Pawtucket native and 2009 Tolman alumnus is not going down without a fight. A redshirt senior for the Friars, Arboleda recorded a goal and an assist during Tuesdayâ€™s 2-1 victory over Creighton in a Big East quarterfinal match held in Providence.
The goal against the Bluejays was Arboledaâ€™s third of the season and the 17th of his PC career. The six-foot, 175-pound midfielder missed six games earlier this season due to injury.
Arboleda and the Friars now set their sights on a semifinal matchup against Georgetown thatâ€™s on the docket for Friday night in Philadelphia.
As part of the new turf complex at Cumberlandâ€™s Tucker Field, the town plans to install an engraved brick walkway that appropriately will be dubbed â€śTucker Field Walk of Memories.â€ť
Those with firm ties to this community are encouraged to be part of a project that will be on permanent display. The deadline to place an order for these commemorative bricks is Jan. 31 with installation slated to begin next spring. All proceeds from the sale of bricks will benefit the renovation project that has transformed Tucker Field into a state-of-the-art athletic facility.
For more information, contact the Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department at (401) 334-996.
Nick Zammarelli already knows his baseball address for the Summer of 2014. The 2013 Lincoln High graduate and current freshman at Elon University will suit up for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), which uses wooden bats.
As the new girlsâ€™ basketball head coach at Burrillville High, Samantha Stanton canâ€™t wait to give back to the program. A 2006 graduate of the school, Stanton played for the Lady Broncos â€“ she competed for former head coach Marty Crowley and was a teammate of Lindsay Rachlow, who succeeded Crowley and coached at Burrillville for three seasons.
The Burrillville position opened up during the summer after Rachlow decided to take an assistant coaching position at King Philip High after Crowley was named the Warriorsâ€™ mentor.
A long-term substitute teacher in Burrillville, Stanton served as Crowleyâ€™s top assistant during the Broncosâ€™ cross-country season.
â€śI have several of the girls in class, so I feel like I already have a connection with them,â€ť Stanton said. â€śHaving one ex-player taking over for another, I feel that itâ€™s a great tradition.â€ť
We had the opportunity to touch base with Davey Lopes just prior to the Red Sox and Cardinals meeting in the 2013 World Series. After asking the East Providence native to offer his thoughts on the two teams, the conversation shifted on how long he plans to remain involved in professional baseball. The 68-year-old Lopes has spent the last 40-plus years in the major leagues as a player or coach, the last three coming with the Los Angeles Dodgers as the clubâ€™s first-base coach.
â€śI would like to get a couple more years. I think the body can still do it and the mind is fine. The health is good,â€ť Lopes said. â€śIâ€™ve been in the game a long time and it would be tough to shut it down.â€ť
Itâ€™s been confirmed that Rhode Island-based high school football officials will be allowed to work the Thanksgiving holiday games.
Staying somewhat on topic, the groundbreaking decision that Division II leaders made in opting to hold the semifinals the weekend before Thanksgiving as opposed to the Tuesday after could prove the start of a new playoff schedule.
What gives Division II a leg up over the other three divisions is that none of the 16 schools in the aforementioned division play in Thanksgiving games that count toward the league standings. Itâ€™s no secret that coaches are not keen on the idea of potentially playing three football games in a 10-day window, a challenge that the final two teams left standing in Divisions I, III and IV will have to confront later this month.
On the flip side, the Super Bowl participants in Division II will enjoy the luxury of having a little more than a week off between Thanksgiving and the championship. It may not be long before the coaches in the other divisions start to think long and hard about adopting a similar course of action, which would then result in all Thanksgiving games being classified as non-leaguers.
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