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Athletes of the Week: Golf’s Adam Ziewacz and Women’s Soccer’s Nicole Fowler

Brenden McLean
Contributing Writer

The Springfield College women’s soccer team had another huge win on Oct. 6 when they beat conference rival WPI 2-1. Freshman forward Nicole Fowler was one of the main reasons why the Pride emerged victorious, scoring both of the Pride’s goals. Fowler scored her first goal just 9:13 into the contest to put the Pride up 1-0. About 15 minutes later, Fowler netted her second goal of the match to put the Pride up 2-0. With the win, the Pride improved their record to 4-1 in NEWMAC play.

Q. At 7-4 and 4-1 in the NEWMAC, how far can his team go?

A.  I  believe that our team has potential to go really far this year. We have a good group of girls and a lot of chemistry on and offthe field. That’s what carries a team.

Q. Being a freshman and a starter, how bright is the future for SC women’s soccer?

A. The future looks very bright for SC women’s soccer. Everyone plays their roles extremely well and I can only see good things for the upcoming years.

Q. You are second on the team with eight points as a freshman. Do you consider yourself a leader on this team?

A. I don’t really consider myself a leader, but rather someone who’s good at playing my role. There are a lot of upperclassmen who are extremely good leaders and they believed in me during the beginning of the season, which gave me the confidence to do what I needed to do. Each of us have our own particular role we need to play on the field, and that’s what makes us such a good team.

Q. You have scored some big goals this year. Is there anything to that or just great team play?

A. The goals I have scored this year are nothing but great team play. In both of the games I scored in, our team played really well. We move the ball around so well and everyone sets the forwards up a lot. I’ve had a lot of chances in other games and now it’s finally starting to work out. During our Clark game we went into overtime and I knew we could finish it. I told myself to just play and to stop thinking too much, and it just so happened that I came out with a goal. I couldn’t have done it without the rest of the team though.

Q. Is this team too young to compete for a league title?

Q. I don’t think this team is too young to compete for a league title at all. We do have a lot of younger girls, but it doesn’t matter. We all have a lot of chemistry and that’s what carries a team. Age doesn’t matter once you step on the field.

On Oct. 7 the Springfield College men’s golf team captured the NECC championship. Now the team will compete for the NCAA Division III Championship this spring. Sophomore golfer, Adam Ziewacz is one of the main reasons why the Pride won. Ziewacz shot a final round of 73 to win medalist honors. Ziewacz shot a 73 on the first day and a 73 on the second day which gave him a 146 overall score. The great couple of days that Ziewacz had resulted in him winning NECC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors.

Q. Golf isn’t really looked at by the public as a team sport. After your team just won the NEEC Championship, how would you respond to that statement?

A. Golf is definitely a team sport. When you’re playing, you focus on how you can do everything better for your team and how each shot counts towards your teams total. When we won, all of us went into the round knowing that we had to make each shot count, and as it turned out we only ended up winning by two shots.

Q.How does it feel to win the NEEC Championship?

A. I think right after we had officially won I said, “This is the best feeling ever.” That about sums it up. Nothing feels better than going out there and performing to our potential and getting that trip to Florida locked up.

Q.You shot a final round of 73 to win medalist honors how does this make you feel?

A. To be honest I was pretty nervous all round, and I thought that the course was playing pretty easy on Sunday, so I wasn’t really sure if 73 would be enough for medalist. I knew there were good players out there, but a lot of the pins were accessible and there was little wind, so it was fantastic to see that 73 was the best round out there. After finishing up, I was on cloud nine knowing that I had the best round both days and it gave me a ton of confidence going forward.

Q. You won Rookie of the Year honors as a sophomore. How bright is the teams future?

A. Our team is extremely veteran with three of the five guys leaving next season, but we have two of our regular five coming back and there are plenty of players on the team that could make improvements for next year. I have no doubt that we will come back with a strong team and prepare to defend our conference title for next year.

Q. Winning this award as a sophomore, do you feel like you are a leader on this team?

A. There really isn’t a leader on our team, just five guys who work together in one system as one team. I play on this team with four seniors and feel like I fit right in because of my game, not my age. This is what makes our team so good. We all work together and we all consider ourselves an important piece of the team.

Q. Do you believe that this team can win the D III Championships in the spring?

A. I have no idea what to expect, but we can definitely put our name out there. Some of the teams out there are really, really good, but we definitely have the potential to compete and have a great performance. I wouldn’t say winning is our initial goal since we’re taking it one step at a time, but I think making the cut as a team is our first goal, and then we will go from there.

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