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STARS OF THE DAY: New Jersey running back — no, not that one — leads Salve football to win

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It was a senior running back from New Jersey — no, not that one — who came up with the key carries to help the Salve Regina University football team score a huge victory over Endicott before a frenzied crowd at Toppa Field on Saturday.

A St. George’s football player reached the end zone four times, and Salve’s Eliza Timms ended a thrilling rally with an overtime goal in field hockey.

Connor Welsh, Salve Regina football

Stepping in for the injured Joey Mauriello, Welsh, who hails from North Middletown, New Jersey, scored pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Seahawks to a come-from-behind, 21-14 win over Endicott, which suffered its first league loss.

The result put both teams at 3-1 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference, along with Western New England, which beat Salve Regina earlier in the season.

Eliza Timms, Salve Regina field hockey

After falling behind 2-0 to rival Rogers Williams at Gaudet Middle School, Salve Regina rallied for a 3-2 victory. Timms pocketed the game-winning goal in overtime, her second goal of the day, as the Seahawks climbed to 2-3 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Jordan Borges, Salve Regina men’s soccer

Nothing was settled as Roger Williams and Salve Regina played to a 1-1 draw. Borges ensured the Seahawks came up with at least a point in the standings when he scored unassisted in the 73rd minute.

Madison Lee, Salve Regina women’s volleyball

Lee racked up 15 kills, 14 digs and two assists in leading Salve Regina to a 3-0 win over host University of New England. The Seahawks won by scores of 25-23, 25-18 and 25-22 to improve to 5-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and 13-8 overall.

Alpha Barry, St. George’s football

Barry scored a rushing touchdown and two receiving touchdowns while also reaching the end zone on an 85-yard kickoff return to spur the Dragons to a 42-14 victory over Groton in a night game on the Hilltop. Adding to his all-around strong day, Barry intercepted a pass on defense.

Nathan Levine, Portsmouth boys soccer

The goaltender stopped all five shots he faced in pitching the shutout as Portsmouth defeated Central Falls 2-0 on Saturday night. The Patriots improved to 5-4-5 in Division I. 

Friday’s stars

The Middletown High School girls tennis team locked up the No. 3 seed in the Division II playoffs with a win over Rogers on Friday. Portsmouth continued its winning ways on the tennis court, and the Middletown and Tiverton girls soccer teams cruised to victories.

Sophie Forster and Lily Clair, Middletown girls tennis

Middletown’s third doubles team picked up some important experience it can use for the playoffs this week as Forster and Clair scored a 6-1, 6-2 win over their Rogers opponents and the Islanders took down the Vikings 7-0 at Gaudet Middle School.  

“Forster and Clair maintained focus (and) they overcame the pressure of playing in front of a large and rowdy crowd,” Middletown coach Jake Cathers said. Middletown finished in a three-way tie for third place, but earned the Division II No. 3 seed by virtue of its wins over the teams it finished tied with.

Elise Conheeny and Maryn Olinger, Portsmouth girls tennis

Conheeny and Olinger combined to earn the lone Portsmouth doubles victory (6-4, 6-2) as the Patriots edged host Mount St. Charles 4-3. Portsmouth heads to the Division II playoffs with a 15-1 record and the No. 1 seed.

Mia DeSantis, Middletown girls soccer

DeSantis scored two goals and received the game ball for that and her “solid defensive play on the outside mid,” Middletown coach Marc Haskell said. The surging Islanders (10-4-1) took down Bay View 4-0 for their sixth straight Division II victory.

Dylan Brandariz, Portsmouth football

The junior running back scored a pair of touchdowns and finished with 89 yards on just 10 carries for the host Patriots, who ran past Woonsocket 48-16.

Victoria McGovern, Tiverton girls soccer

McGovern netted a pair of goals as the host Tigers rolled over Tolman 8-1 to move to 9-5 in Division III.

Olivia Peters, Rogers girls soccer

The Vikings keeper made nine saves, but her teammates could not find the back of the net as Rogers fell to host and Division IV leader Blackstone Valley Prep 4-0. Rogers’ record leveled at 5-5.

Thursday's stars

The Tiverton High School girls tennis team clinched a Division III playoff spot and both the Middletown and Tiverton high school girls volleyball teams got a strong individual effort to help their squads pick up key victories Thursday.

Isabel Del Deo, Tiverton tennis

Del Deo won her 14th match of the season playing at No. 2 singles as the host Tigers downed Scituate 7-0 to finish in a four-way tie for fifth place. Tiverton enters the postseason with a 10-6 record.

Ellie Cohen and Phoebe Waugh, Rogers tennis

The Vikings' No. 2 doubles partners were the only Rogers competitors to win a set as they fell 6-7 (3), 6-3, 10-8 to Lincoln, which scored a 7-0 Division II triumph.

Lola Gray and Camryn Ryan, Middletown tennis

According to Middletown tennis coach Jake Cathers, Gray and Ryan  “played well throughout the match, taking the initiative and setting the pace of play with aggressive volleying at the net." Their 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 1 helped the Islanders sweep North Smithfield 7-0 to move to 12-3 in Division II.

Avery Snyder, Portsmouth volleyball

Snyder contributed an ace, a kill and a dig as host Portsmouth bowed to Coventry 22-25, 17-25, 12-25 to slip to 3-11 in Division I. “Avery stepped into the role of outside hitter in a point of need,” Portsmouth coach Lisa Zabel said. “She brought energy to the court and helped us execute plays.”

Gwen Delaney, Middletown volleyball

Delaney rose to the occasion as the Islanders upset Division III leader Central Falls 14-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 15-13 to up their record to 9-6.

“Gwen stepped to the line with the team down 19-23 in the (fourth set),” Middletown coach Gus Steppen said. “She went on to serve six straight winners to close out the set. The islanders then carried their momentum into the fifth set to hand (Central Falls its) second loss of the season.”

Molly Richardson, Tiverton volleyball

Richardson was 15-for-15 serving with nine aces and also contributed six kills, two blocks and nine digs for Tiverton, which swept host Mount Pleasant 25-17, 25-17, 25-18 to move to 10-3 in the Division IV standings.

Nicole Karabaich, Salve Regina volleyball

Karabaich scored three of her team’s final four points by kill in the momentum-changing third set won by Salve Regina 25-23 as the Seahawks went on to defeat host Eastern Nazarene 3-1. Karabaich finished with 17 kills.

Wednesday's stars

The Portsmouth High School girls tennis team clinched the top seed in the Division II playoffs with a 4-3 win over Mount Hope on Wednesday. Also on the courts, Middletown dropped a decision to Prout, while Tiverton blanked Exeter-West Greenwich. 

The Middletown girls soccer and Rogers girls volleyball teams continued to roll, and the Portsmouth boys soccer squad pushed its unbeaten streak to five games by playing Central to a draw.

Elise Conheeny and Maryn Olinger, Portsmouth girls tennis

The Patriots’ No. 3 doubles pair clinched the match and the top seed in the upcoming  playoffs with a 6-3, 7-6 (8) victory. The Patriots moved to 14-1 and, even if they lose their final match against Mount St. Charles, would hold the tiebreaker over second-place Prout (14-2).

Camden Michaud and Avery Denault, Tiverton girls tennis

The No. 1 doubles duo played a part in Tiverton’s 7-0 win over Exeter-West Greenwich with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph. “They had tremendous focus on the ball and beautiful swings,” Tigers coach Lynne Turner said.

Sam Aldrich, Middletown girls tennis

Aldrich was one of the winners as the Islanders split the singles matches in a 4-3 loss to Prout. According to Islanders coach Jake Cathers, Aldrich “overcame early pressure” to defeated Mia Renzulli 7-5 6-0.

Nick Mizgala, Portsmouth boys soccer

Mizgala scored off an assist from Zachary Karousos with two minutes remaining in the game as the visiting Patriots tied Central 1-1 in a decision that left Portsmouth with a 4-4-5 Division I record.

Isa Silva, Middletown girls soccer

Middletown coach Marc Haskell said Brazilian transfer student Silva “scored maybe the nicest goal we have seen this season” when she volleyed home a pass from Ava Moson.

That helped streaking Middletown down visiting North Providence 2-0 for a fifth straight Division II win that raised its record to 9-4-1.

Katie Margolis, Rogers girls volleyball

Margolis swatted seven kills and three aces and also contributed a dig as the host Vikings swept West Warwick 25-12, 25-19, 25-18 for their 14th victory in 15 Division II matches.

Alessandria Oggiano, Salve Regina men's soccer

Oggiano, who now has a team-best 12 goals on the season, scored twice in a four-minute span early in the second half as the host Seahawks played to a 2-2 draw with Western New England.

Tuesday's stars

It was good day for Tiverton High athletics, with four teams coming up with victories on Tuesday. It wasn't a great day for the Portsmouth girls tennis team, which lost for the first time this season. 

Ellie Flanagan, Tiverton field hockey

Playing in its regular season finale, Tiverton knocked off Bay View 4-0, with fourth-year player Flanagan enjoying a productive Senior Day. She scored a goal and assisted on two others for the Tigers, who clinched the No. 6 seed in the upcoming playoffs with the victory.

Kailey Bergeron and Lily Riordan, Portsmouth girls tennis

Coming off a rousing victory over Middletown two days earlier, the Patriots suffered their first loss of the season to North Providence, dropping a 5-2 decision. Bergeron and Riordan provided one of the bright spots with their 7-5, 6-3 triumph. Portsmouth is now 13-1.

Olivia Miranda, Tiverton girls volleyball

The senior was accurate from the service line, notching 16 aces as the Tigers dropped Hope 3-0 (25-12, 25-4, 25-4). Miranda added two kills for Tiverton, which improved to 9-3 in Division IV.

Maddie Mello, Tiverton girls soccer

It was the Maddie Mello show at Tiverton High as she scored all three goals in the Tigers’ 3-0 triumph over Shea.

Isabel Del Deo, Tiverton girls tennis

Hope stood little chance against Tiverton, which cruised to a 7-0 victory. Del Deo provided one of those points, a 6-1, 6-1 win. “Her ability to get to almost every shot and her consistency served her well,” said Tigers coach Lynne Turner.

Olivia Kestler, Middletown girls volleyball

In her first opportunity to play at the setter position for an extended period, Kestler performed well, according to Islanders coach Gus Steppen. She also had five aces, with four of them coming in the final game as Middletown defeated Central 3-1.

Monday's stars

The Rogers High School girls tennis team won its first match of the season Monday while other local high school squads extended winning streaks. Tiverton’s girls tennis team captured its third straight Division III contest and moved above the .500 mark for the first time this season. 

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The Tiverton boys soccer squad continued along its unbeaten path with a win over Woonsocket, and the Middletown girls soccer team won its fourth consecutive outing and moved into a tie for fourth place in the Division II standings.

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Anna Simoes and Maddie Murphy, Rogers tennis

It was a long time coming, but visiting Rogers won its first Division II match of the year as Simoes and Murphy scored a 6-0, 6-2 decision at No. 1 doubles to earn the clinching point in the Vikings' 6-1 triumph over Cranston East.

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Sam Bettencourt, Tiverton tennis

According to Tiverton coach Lynne Turner, Bettencourt stayed “determined and had tremendous focus” in earning a 6-0, 6-4 victory at No. 1 singles as the host Tigers downed East Providence 6-1 in a Division III match.

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Kate Stahl, Middletown soccer

The Islanders keeper made eight saves — including three game-saving stops — and Riley Clare and Ava Moson had a goal each as Middletown rallied to down host Mount St. Charles 2-1 in a Division II game. That upped the Islanders' record to 8-4-1.

“Kate Stahl is arguably the best keeper in the league,” Middletown coach Marc Haskell said. “She has been lights out with her shot-stopping, leadership and the first player of our offense. We are not close to eight wins without her.”

Connor Nobrega, Tiverton soccer

Nobrega scored three goals and had one assist for host Tiverton, which stayed unbeaten in Division III with a 6-1 win over Woonsocket in a game that ended midway through the second half because of darkness.

This article originally appeared on Newport Daily News: STARS OF THE DAY: New Jersey running back — no, not that one — leads Salve football to win

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