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ON CAMPUS: Scola setting records at Quinnipiac

October 20, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Quinnipiac Athletics

Nicole Scola is becoming a big-time player in women’s college golf. If you don’t believe it, check out her efforts for Quinnipiac University and the fact that she was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Golfer of the Month.
Freshman Scola, from Westerly (The Prout School), played eight rounds in September including a 77-70—147 in the Dartmouth Invitational. The 36-hole total is a Bobcat record as is the two-under-par 70, the first Quinnipiac woman golfer to hit that mark. Her eight rounds were blemished by an 80 in the final round of the Yale Invitational. Still she finished with a 54-round total of 229 (76-73-80) which broke the school record by 10 strokes.
“Nicole has proven to be a top-notch golfer that can compete consistently at the Division I level,” coach John O’Connor said. “She is driven on the golf course and in the class room where she is looking to graduate early and get her MBA in four years. She works non-stop from morning to night to accomplish her goals.”
Scola started October the right way by posting a 79-74—153 at the St. John’s Invitational in East Meadow, N.Y.
“Nicole shot the 79 in a torrential downpour which is pretty good,” O’Connor said. “But to come back with a 74 was amazing. She proves every week that she is a big-time player and she’s helping to change the face of Quinnipiac golf.”

PUTERIO UP TO THE CHALLENGE
Sophomore Tim Puterio of Kingston (South Kingstown High) is a member of the Delaware men’s tennis team. He posted a 2-1 record at No. 4 singles and a 2-4 mark at No. 6 singles. He was also 2-6 at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles playing with three different partners.
“Tim didn’t play for us last season but he earned a spot on the team this semester after impressing us with tough wins in challenge matches against some of the returners,” assistant coach Alston Longacre said.
Head coach Laura Travis is impressed with Puterio’s singles play.
“His speed, solid technique, even-keeled temperament and his willingness to try new things will take him far,” Travis said. “We are very excited about his future.”
Puterio has also improved his doubles play.
“Tim’s willingness to attack the net and his consistent return game has helped him improve,” Longacre said.

TRIO SCORING FOR RIVIER
The Rivier men’s soccer team has scored just eight goals this season and three of those goals came from freshmen Jack Blessing, Alex Armstrong and Jerry Krahn.
Blessing, from Wakefield (South Kingstown High), scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Anna Maria.
“Jack is a starting central midfielder and that goal he scored against Anna Maria was with a beautiful header,” coach Bill Lawler said. “Jack also always marks the other team’s top target player on defensive set pieces.”
Armstrong, also from Wakefield and South Kingstown High, had the team’s only goal in a 4-1 loss to New England College.
“Alex has played all over the midfield for us but is primarily an outside midfielder,” Lawler said. “He scored on a great shot against New England College.” 
Krahn, from Greene (The Prout School) had a goal in a 3-2 loss to Mount Ida. He was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week (Sept. 24).
“Jerry has developed into one of our top offensive players,” Lawler said. “His goal against Mount Ida came on a penalty kick.”
The Raiders are 2-9-1 overall and 1-4-1 in GNAC play.

TOEGEMANN HELPS SKYHAWKS
The Stonehill women’s tennis team ended the fall season ranked fifth in Division II and sophomore Kirsti Toegemann, from Narragansett (Lincoln School) is a key performer on the Skyhawks, who wrapped it up with three straight 9-0 Northeast-10 victories (St. Rose, Le Moyne and St. Anselm). Toegemann was 8-2 at No. 1 singles and 2-3 in limited action at No. 1 singles.
“Kirsti is a solid player,” coach Pam Arpe said. “She improved her all-around game both in singles and doubles. She loves to attack the ball and finish the point.”

LEPAGE A SOLID VETERAN
Junior Brooke LePage has played in 52 games with 30 starts in her three seasons with the New England College women’s soccer team. This season, the 5-foot-4 defender picked up an assist in a 4-0 victory over Becker and has helped the Pilgrims record four shutouts.
“Brooke has had a nice year,” coach Paul Vazquez said. “She has started all 15 games at outside back and is sixth on the team in minutes played (883). Her steady play has helped the team.”
The Pilgrims are 6-7-2 overall and 4-2-0 in the North Atlantic Conference.

NOVIS NO NOVICE
After getting his feet wet with the Harvard men’s water polo team last season, sophomore Austen Novis is a key performer for the Crimson this season. Novis, from Jamestown (Phillips Andover Academy) has six goals, an assist and three steals to help Harvard post an 8-7 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division. He had three goals, two assists and six steals as a freshman.
“Austen has done a great job since he stepped on campus,” coach Ted Minnis said. “He is a very hard worker and has improved greatly in the last year.”
The coach feels that Novis’ athleticism is a big advantage in the water.
“Austen comes to the pool every day with a great attitude and work ethic,” Minnis said, “And, he’s not only done a great job in the pool, but he has also done a great job in the class room.”

DUO HELPING REGIS
Sophomores Kenny Charron of West Warwick (Bishop Hendricken) and Graham Sutherland of North Kingstown (North Kingstown High) are solid performers with the Regis men’s soccer team. Charron started the first eight games and has two assists. Sutherland has played in all 14 games with six starts.
“Both players are very much an integral part of what we are trying to do offensively,” coach Renato Capobianco said. “Unfortunately, Kenny has been injured but we are hoping he will come back healthy by the end of the season. Graham has been able to play many positions, sometimes within one game and has proved very valuable.”
The Pride is 4-8-2 overall and 2-2-1 in New England Collegiate Conference play.

LEPAGE A SOLID VETERA
Junior Brooke LePage has played in 52 games with 30 starts in her three seasons with the New England College women’s soccer team. This season, the 5-foot-4 defender picked up an assist in a 4-0 victory over Becker and has helped the Pilgrims record four shutouts.
“Brooke has had a nice year,” coach Paul Vazquez said. “She has started all 15 games at outside back and is sixth on the team in minutes played (883). Her steady play has helped the team.”
The Pilgrims are 6-7-2 overall and 4-2-0 in the North Atlantic Conference.

HOLLY’S CHIPPING IN
Senior Coral Holly of Charlestown (Chariho) is in her fourth season as a member of the University of Sciences in Philadelphia women’s volleyball team. The 5-foot-6 defensive specialist has 96 digs, 10 assists and six service aces for the Devils, who are 8-14 overall and 4-5 in the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference. She’s a team co-captain.
“Coral started the same year I did and I have seen her grow up and become a good volleyball player and a very nice person with a great attitude,” coach Sandy Butcher said. “I will miss her very much but she will go far in whatever she wants to do.”

Bill Arsenault is a freelance columnist for Southern Rhode Island Newspapers and can be reached at billarsenault70@msn.com.

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