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Alex Hall's NH College Notebook: Assists are Goffstown star's forte

By ALEX HALL
October 22. 2017 2:24AM




THROUGHOUT HER soccer career, Michele Tremblay has always been a facilitator.

With her days playing for Siena College soon coming to an end, the senior from Goffstown will graduate as one of the program's all-time greats in that regard.

Tremblay, a midfielder, has recorded 19 career assists for the Saints, which is the third-most in program history. Her nine assists this year was tied for fourth-most in the nation among Division I players heading into the weekend and ties Siena's single-season record.

Tremblay, one of the Saints' three captains, has also scored two goals this year and 11 overall as a Saint.

"I think pretty much my whole soccer career I've had that facilitating mentality, especially in high school and club soccer," Tremblay said. "And it carried over to here, where I have plenty of teammates that are going to be able to improve my own abilities to create opportunities to score."

The Goffstown High School graduate was quick to note that her assist tally is not a product of just her own performance.

"That's really all my teammates," Tremblay said. "I wouldn't have assists if my teammates weren't scoring."

Tremblay plays mostly on the outside in Siena's system, which allows her to get upfield and help the forwards.

The Saints had difficulty finding the back of the net over a four-game losing streak during which they scored just three goals last month. They have since rectified that problem.

Siena (10-7 overall, 6-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) won six of its last seven regular-season games, scoring at least two goals in four of those victories.

"I wouldn't say there were any huge changes but it would have been really easy for us to keep our heads down," Tremblay said of the team's turnaround. "It says a lot about our team as a whole that we're not going to give up."

The Saints will enter the MAAC tournament as a top-five seed and looking to win their second title in three years. Siena captured the conference crown in 2015 - Tremblay's sophomore season - as the No. 6 seed. Tremblay logged 10 points (two goals, six assists) that year.

The MAAC tournament begins next Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Tremblay said this year's team is motivated by what the 2015 group achieved.

"That's reassured us how much anything can change as long as we keep a positive attitude and keeping that in practice that sometimes the underdogs come out on top," Tremblay said.

This year's Siena team features more than a few players from that 2015 squad, including Tremblay and fellow senior midfielder Casey Scott, of Kensington. The Saints also have a similar mindset and work ethic to the 2015 team, Tremblay said.

By the end of this season, Tremblay would like the two teams to have one more similarity: winning a MAAC championship.

"I definitely believe this team has the potential to go all the way," Tremblay said. "We just have to keep going at it, stay positive and play for each other. We know we have a lot of talent. Hopefully, it will all come together and we get the results we're hoping for."

Field hockey

Keene State College sophomore Jensyn Dandeneau was selected as the Little East Conference offensive player of the week this past week. The forward from Berlin recorded six goals and three assists over a 2-1 week for the Owls.

St. Michael's College senior Jenna Deschaine was named to the Northeast-10 Conference weekly honor roll this past week. The back from Claremont recorded one goal and helped the Purple Knights secure shutout victories over both American International College and Southern Connecticut State University.

Deschaine was selected to compete in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II Senior Game on Nov. 18 at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

Men's golf

University of Maine at Farmington junior Eric Aguiar and Salem State University senior Nick Stone were both named to the North Atlantic Conference second team.

Aguiar, a Thornton resident, finished eighth overall in the NAC Championship tournament with a three-day score of 159. Stone, a Londonderry resident, tied for sixth at the NAC Championship with a score of 158.

Southern New Hampshire University sophomore Matt Paradis was named the NE-10 golfer of the week this past week. The Hooksett resident earned individual medalist honors at the Le Moyne Fall Invitational after logging a 7-under 137 in the two-day tournament.

Volleyball

University of Southern Maine senior Jess Williamson was named the LEC offensive player of the week this past week. The outside hitter from Goffstown averaged six points, 5.57 kills and 4.14 digs over a 1-1 week for the Huskies.

SNHU

Amber Robins and Mark Yeaton were among the four members of the 2017 SNHU athletics hall of fame class that was inducted Oct. 14 as part of the school's homecoming weekend.

Robins, a 2011 graduate from Bow, became the first women's tennis player to be inducted into the school's athletics hall of fame. She helped the Penmen capture two NE-10 titles and was a three-time conference player of the year and all-conference first-team selection over her SNHU career. Robins finished with a 73-5 record in singles play and 54-12 in doubles play.

Yeaton, a 2004 graduate from Concord, logged 1,169 points over three seasons with the SNHU men's basketball team. He helped the team earn NCAA tournament berths in both 2003 and 2004. The Penmen went 62-28 and made two NE-10 championship game appearances over Yeaton's time with the program.

Alex Hall compiles the college notebook for the New Hampshire Sunday News. He can be reached at ahall@unionleader.com or on Twitter @AlexKHall.


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