Next Level: Women Take Center Stage
June Pinecrest graduate Ally Parziale is a starting center back for the Brandeis women’s soccer team that is off to a 3-0 start. The Judges posted shutout wins against M.I.T, Clark and Roger Williams.
Parziale was a two-time conference champion in tennis as well as an all-conference and all-region player in soccer at Pinecrest. She was a forward and midfielder for the Patriots.
Parents Dean and Laura Parziale relocated to Braintree, Mass., early last year. They are centrally located to where Ally, and sons Eric and Dana, are also attending college.
Ally is about 25 miles away. It is a 30-mile drive to Bryant University in Rhode Island where Dana is a junior member of the tennis team. Eric, a senior, is about 200 miles away at St. Michaels College in Vermont where he has been a member of the soccer and tennis teams.
Two other Patriot soccer players that earned all-league and all-region recognition as teammates of Parziale have begun their college seasons.
Kristen Phelps is seeing plenty of action as a member of the UNC-Asheville women’s soccer team. In a 6-3 home loss to Albany on Sunday, she crossed a ball that teammate Kaitlyn Eckert put away early in the second half that tied the match at 2-2.
Sarah Dejak, a Patriot goalkeeper for four years before graduating in 2011, is a sophomore backup at that position for the Syracuse women’s soccer team.
Lexie Schustrom, the Pinecrest record holder in the 5K run (18:37), begins her junior cross country season at Columbia in the Vermont Invitational on Sunday.
June Pinecrest graduate Katana Lemelin began her college running career at Western Carolina last weekend. She finished 35th in the two-mile run at the school’s invitational event won by the University of Florida.
Also at Western Carolina, Addy George, a conference player of the year as a senior at Pinecrest, has begun her sophomore season as a member of the Catamount volleyball team. The 6-foot middle blocker had six kills, three blocks and two digs in a season-opening loss to Northern Kentucky. She had two kills, two digs, an assist and a block as the Cats fell to Kentucky in a match played at Ohio University on Saturday.
Three members of the back-to-back Union Pines state championship girls’ golf teams under coach Matt Ragsdale are ready to tee it up for their college squads.
Amanda D’Ostroph , the Big South Conference Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year last spring as a junior at Charleston Southern, begins the fall campaign this week at the school’s Cougar Classic. Samantha Pugh-Gilder, second on the Wingate team in scoring average in the spring, also gets started this week at the Smokey Mountain Invitational in Sevierville, Tenn.
The third member, Laura Kinsman, is a sophomore on the St. Andrew’s team coached by William Carter. The Knights will compete at the Coastal GA Invitational in St. Simons Island, Ga. next weekend.
Carter also coaches the St. Andrew’s men’s team that will be playing at that event. One of his players is Pinecrest graduate Matt Forbis, who played for the team at Sandhills Community College last season.
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