Malone makes impact for Pride in return to the pitch


Sept. 20, 2013
SPRINGFIELD – After missing nearly two years with injuries, Ryan Malone of Chicopee has wasted no time in making an impact for the Springfield College men’s soccer team.

After powering the Springfield College men’s soccer team to three non-conference wins last week, Malone was honored as the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.

In his first game back, he scored a game-tying goal as the Pride prevailed over Eastern Nazarene, 2-1, in a lightening-shortened non-conference clash on Sept. 11.

The senior received a through-ball from teammate Drew Vanasse and didn’t waste the chance, slotting home a left-footed bid into the back of the net from 15 yards out.

On Sept. 15, Malone opened up the scoring in a 4-0 over Western Connecticut State just 3:08 into the game, blasting a shot into the net after receiving a through ball from the left.

In addition to his scoring, he has solidified a defensive unit that posted a pair of shutouts and allowed just nine shots on goal.



Gallo scores in Pride’s 2-1 loss to Connecticut College


NEW LONDON, Conn. – Despite a second-half goal from Westfield’s Kelly Gallo, the Springfield College field hockey team could not complete its comeback as it lost to host Connecticut College 2-1 on Sept. 17.



Owls rally past Bridgewater State


WESTFIELD – Feeding Hills native Carole Duquette had three blocks in the Westfield State University women’s volleyball team’s balanced defensive attack as the Owls rallied for a 3-2 victory (13-25, 25-17, 16-25, 25-22, 16-14) over rival Bridgewater State University on Sept. 17.

Duquette also recorded four blocks for the Owls in a 3-1 (25-19, 16-25, 25-12, 25-18) win over Elms College on Sept. 11.



Benson, Miele help Elms golf to eighth place finish


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Freshmen Brian Benson of Agawam and Chris Miele of South Hadley registered rounds of 82 and 83, respectively, on day two of the Duke Nelson Invitational hosted by Middlebury College on Sept. 15 as the Blazers finished eighth out of 22 teams.

Miele finished with a two-day total of 163 (tied for 75th) after shooting an 80 on day one, while Benson finished at 169 (tied for 93rd) after a day one round of 87.



Glantz, Mustafa lead WNE to 9-0 win over Saint Joseph


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Agawam’s Joeanna Glantz teamed with Caliegh Curran for a No. 1 doubles win and was also victorious at No. 3 singles without losing a game to help the Western New England University (WNE) women’s tennis to a 9-0 non-conference victory on Sept. 14 over host University of Saint Joseph.

Co-captain Linda Mustafa of West Springfield won a No. 2 singles match in straight sets without surrendering a game and teamed up with Kelsey Grode for an 8-3 No. 2 doubles triumph.



Locals participate in Bruce Kirsh Invitational


RINDGE, N.H. – Agawam’s Ben Parzich finished 16th overall with a time of 18:23 as the Westfield State University men’s cross country team took fourth place at the Bruce Kirsh Invitational hosted by Franklin Pierce on Sept. 14.

Jenna Miller of Chicopee was 36th overall in the women’s race as AIC finished seventh as a team.



Saddy records three points in Elms soccer victory


CHICOPEE – Safa Saddy of Chicopee assisted the Elms College men’s soccer team’s first goal of the game, then scored one of his own, driving the ball into the back of the net from just outside the 18-yard box to give the Blazers a 2-0 lead in an 8-0 victory over Lyndon State College on Sept. 14.

Conor Rieker of Agawam, also deposited the ball in the back of the net to set the score at 6-0 in the 63rd minute and senior forward Ziggy Jonathan of Springfield scored on a breakaway in the 71st minute.



Elms women’s cross country races at SVC Invitational


BENNINGTON, Vt. – Kerry Ashe of Springfield, (27:01), Gabrielle Calvanese of Agawam (28:34), Emma Bernard of Springfield, (29:44), Emily Taylor of Ludlow (31:13) and Stephanie Konstantinidis of Holyoke (35:52) all competed for the Elms College women’s cross country team in the Southern Vermont College Invitational on Sept. 14, placing sixth as a team.

Adam Kuzdzal of Chicopee clocked a time of 22:49 and Joshua Rolon, also of Chicopee, crossed the line in 24:24 for the Blazers men’s team, who did not record a score.



Kopyscinski leads Elms to shootout victory


CHICOPEE – Elms College sophomore forward Kristina Kopyscinski of Agawam scored the first goal of the game and the game-winner in the penalty shootout to help spark the Blazers to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Rivier University on Sept. 14.

Junior forward Kayla Narey of South Hadley also scored for the Blazers.

Kopyscinski also scored in a 2-1 loss to WNE on Sept. 13.



Kapinos helps Pride to seventh place finish at Ramapo


WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – Springfield College women’s cross country runner Jenn Kapinos of Feeding Hills finished 50th with a time of 27:57.50 as the Pride finished 7th out of 17 teams with 197 points at the Ramapo Invitational on Sept. 14.



Hale makes collegiate debut


SOUTH HADLEY ­– Freshman Jessica Hale of Westfield made her collegiate debut in goal for the WNE field hockey team after joining the team earlier in the week, making eight saves in the second half of the Golden Bears’ 8-0 loss to Mount Holyoke on Sept. 14.



Pickett posts solid outings for Elms College


WESTFIELD – Chicopee’s JC Pickett had a team-high nine kills for the Elms College women’s volleyball team, but it wasn’t enough as the Blazers fell to WSU 3-1 (25-19, 16-25, 25-12, 25-18) on Sept. 11.

Elms also lost to Plattsburgh State University 3-0 (25-10,25-13, 25-15) and Plymouth State University 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-8) at the Best Western-Ground Round Cardinal Classicon Sept. 14.

Against Plattsburgh State, Pickett floored a team-high six kills.

Against Plymouth State, Pickett and middle hitter Joanna Krupa of Chicopee smashed four kills apiece.

Pickett also recorded 13 kills and four service aces in the Blazers’ 3-2 (25-23, 24-26, 22-25, 25-17, 15-13) win over the University of St. Joseph on Sept. 17.


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