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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-05-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 25 IN BRIEF Lincoln's Loparto rules first game with RIC women's soccer team PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island College freshman Lily Loparto, who graduated this past spring from Lincoln High after enjoying an exceptional career with the school's girls' soccer team, had a collegiate debut to remem- ber for the RIC women's soccer team. Facing Dean College at the Dean Bulldog Bash last Saturday afternoon in Franklin, Mass., Loparto scored three goals and added two assists to lead the Anchorwomen to a 5-1 victory. All three of her goals came in the second half. Thanks to her superb performance, Loparto was named the Little East Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week on Monday afternoon. RIC will host Salve Regina on Saturday at noon. Lincoln Parks & Rec holds adult pickleball games at Albion Park LINCOLN – The Lincoln Parks & Recreation Department is offering adult pickleball games every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at Albion Park. Beginners are welcomed, and there is no cost to play – just bring your own paddle. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 401- 333-8416. LINCOLN From Page 23 and sophomore Will Bowler, and the most versatile lineman of the bunch is senior Aidan Murtha, who can play any spot on the line. The Lions' receivers are senior Jarod Gonsalves and juniors Aidan Gould, Mark Nkwantabisa, Vaun Larisa, and Spiros Revis, and vying for playing time at tight end are juniors Erick Solorzano, who is also back as the Lions' kicker, Nick Toro, and Octavio Brito. Most of the players on offense are also featured on the other side of the ball. The defensive line is made up of Balon, Waite, and Logan, the linebacking corps has Murtha and Setaro on the outside and King and Toro in the middle, and the sec- ondary contains Gould, Jaramillo, Wilson, and sophomore Isaac Alves, who is also the backup quarterback. "We're obviously not a football factory," Cavanaugh said, "but to have athletes coming out, it gives you something to work with. They don't have the football experience, but they've been showing up early and staying late and they're really working." After making four straight trips to the Division III semifinals, the Lions realized that they would have to put in plenty of work last season when they got promoted to D-II. They dropped three of their first four games in their new league, but finished the season strong with wins in four of their last five games to end up with an overall record of 5-5. "Division II was a challenge for us," admitted Cavanaugh, whose team went into the final week of its league schedule with a chance to grab a playoff spot, but suffered a 28-21 loss at home to Rogers. "It was a little bit of a reality check, and the boys realized they needed to put some work in the weight room in the offseason and come (into the next season) dedicated and com- mitted if they wanted to compete in Division II. "And we've seen that, which is great. Coach (Steven) Rodrigues, who is the school's resource officer, volunteered his time in the offseason to give us some of his strength and conditioning training expertise. That was new for us, to have a really big showing in the offseason, and we had 20-22 (kids each day) in the weight room." The Lions will surely hope their offseason work paid off, because the schedule makers weren't kind to them again. Like they did last season, the Lions will play Division I neighbor Cumberland in their Injury Fund game on Friday at Max Read Field, and they will return to Max Read Field on Friday, Sept. 13, to face another D-I team, Shea. As for the Lions' first league game? They will host the defend- ing D-II Super Bowl champion, Woonsocket, on Friday, Sept. 20. "We start out with such a tough schedule," said Cavanaugh. "but right now, we're really trying to get all the kids involved. We have all these athletes, and we have to find out what they do well and find a place for them. And if everyone embraces their roles and the team concept comes together, I think we'll have a chance to be competitive – as tough as Division II is. Every night really is a battle." BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Lincoln sophomore tackle WILL BOWLER has his hands full with a Ponaganset defensive end during last Saturday's scrimmage. The Lions, who will clash with Cumberland in an Injury Fund game on Friday, will face former Homecoming Day rival Shea in their non-league opener on Friday, Sept. 13, at Max Read Field. ISAAC ALVES Tickets are still on sale for RIIL's H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame banquet WARWICK – Tickets are available for the Rhode Island Interscholastic League's High School Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony, which is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased online at app/events/61483 or by contacting the RIIL's office at 401-272-9844. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door. 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