Ashley Evangelista missed the last six games of the 2011 season. She had ankle surgery and in April needed knee surgery.
And considering the University of Rhode Island soccer forward from Methuen was scoreless in 13 games that year, things weren’t looking too promising for this fall.
But the senior co-captain went out with a bang, tying for the team-high with five goals as URI went 11-8-1, its best record since 2007.
“I trained at and also worked at Mike Boyle’s in North Andover,” said Evangelista, a two-time Eagle-Tribune MVP at Central Catholic. “They were awesome. I came back stronger and faster. As a senior, I was more relaxed. I just wanted a positive ending to my career.”
It was a bit frustrating when goals were hard to come by.
“(People would ask), you scored 20 goals in high school,” she said. “I was hesitant all the time. Finally, when you get in your head you have nothing to lose ... This year, it came out.”
After playing four years of Division 1 soccer, and starring in three sports (soccer, Eagle-Tribune All-Star for state basketball champions, MVC All-Star in track), she has no intentions of sitting around watching TV all day.
“My brother (former Eagle-Tribune hockey MVP Tommy Evangelista) is in Lake Placid,” she said. “He said maybe you should try bobsledding. I think I’ll go up there (and try). I might do triathlons. It’s bad. I’m so competitive!”
She’s also hitting her stride academically. Last semester, she made the Dean’s List for the first time.
Evangelista was one of three area products playing for the Rams.
Reserve freshman defender Alex Levesque of Methuen contributed one assist and freshman midfielder Jessie Valenti of North Reading showed plenty of promise, seeing action in 16 games with two starts and one goal.
URI freshman Nick Fairweather of Windham had his top college effort in his final event of the fall. At the 12-team, 72-player Wolfpack Collegiate hosted by N.C. State, Fairweather tied for 24th (74-73-74—221).
Freshman Lanie Jowett of Atkinson and Central Catholic placed 102nd (23:26/6:18 mile pace) at the 219-runner Princeton Invitational.
Her former high school teammate, sophomore Nicolette Pelrine of Methuen, also runs for the Rams.
Peters leads defense
Senior defender Caitlin Peters, a tri-captain from Salem, repeated as the Commonwealth Coast Conference Defensive MVP in women’s soccer. The three-time first-team All-CCC defender helped limit Endicott foes to just 0.59 goals a game. She also scored one goal.
Ashley Mueskes is a reserve freshman midfielder from Georgetown.
Sophomore defender Jed Magnusson of Kingston, a two-year starter, was second on Endicott in minutes played. The Gulls were second in the league in fewest goals allowed.
Senior Jennifer Dickerson of Windham and Austin Prep was a member of the cross country team.
Freshman Savannah Deady of Andover went 3-0 in doubles for the CCC champion women’s tennis team.
Freshman Jackie Cone of Salem (1.59 kills/1.24 digs per set) is a starting outside hitter for the Endicott volleyball team.
Senior receiver Jimmy Nguyen of Methuen and Central Catholic (31 catches, 326 yards), part-time starting junior offensive lineman Casey McDonnell of Plaistow, junior receiver Nick Imprescia of North Andover and Central Catholic (1 catch), sophomore defensive back Luke Somers of Hampstead and freshman receiver Fred Scribner of Andover are playing for the 7-2 Gulls football team.
UNH senior Keely Maguire of Georgetown won the America East Championship at UNH’s 5K College Woods course. Her 16:33.48 missed the course record by two seconds.
UNH junior Cayla Pellegrini of Derry placed 20th in 17:40.81.
Georgetown senior Kirsten Kasper of North Andover placed 17th in a field of 126 at the Big East Championships. She averaged a 5:46 mile (21:30.24) at the Van Cortlandt Park course in the Bronx. The defending national champion Hoyas won the meet for the first time since 2001.
The Andover linebacking tandem of senior Sam Clark, who is one of five captains, and sophomore Ned Deane has led Amherst to a 5-1 record. They are 2-3 on the Lord Jeffs in tackles. Clark checks in with 23 unassisted tackles, 15 assisted, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and an interception. Dean has 21 tackles, 16 assists and 2 pass break-ups.
Two-sport freshman Jaymie Spears of Haverhill has six tackles and four assists.
Lord Jeffs senior Kristen Moulton of North Reading runs for the cross country team. She finished 96th out of 453 runners at the 6K James Early Invitational with a 25:09.12 clocking.
Will the Thrill
Will Menter of Haverhill is the starting defensive center midfielder for 9-6-2 Framingham State. The senior four-year starter scored both goals in the 2-1 OT win against Rhode Island College and has three goals and an assist on the year.
The football team is 8-1 and averaging 31.8 points a game. Junior Aaron Ferreira of Methuen an imposing 6-1, 275-pounder, is doing yeoman work on the offensive line.
Other local Rams are junior linebacker Dino Rizzo of North Reading (14 tackles), sophomore defensive back Ony Ramos of Lawrence (21 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception), junior defensive end Darius Timmons of Lawrence (1 sack), freshman offensive lineman Jason Vella of North Reading, freshman linebacker Connor Tufts of Haverhill (4 tackles), freshman linebacker Eddie Wallace of Methuen (1 tackle) and freshman defensive Michael Capomaccio of Methuen and Haverhill High.
A pair of forwards from Pentucket, junior Cassandra Koegel (4 goals, 2 assists) and sophomore Hannah Wilkins (1 goal), start for the 10-8 field hockey team.
Second-year tri-captain Lauren Bova, a senior back from North Andover, is a four-year starter on the women’s soccer team.
Canada Stewart of Derry scored the most goals (7) and the most points (7 goals, 2 assists, 16 points) for a freshman in the 12-year history of the St. Anselm field hockey program. ... Assumption sophomore Kyle Jamerson of Georgetown’s first college catch was a memorable one — a 21-yard TD last week vs. Pace.
Junior forward Marcy Francoeur of East Hampstead scored in penalty kicks to help Husson soccer beat Maine Maritime in the conference semifinals.
Sophomore starting forward Vinny Visconti of North Andover scored one goal for the men’s team.
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