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Athletes of the Week: Men’s Golf’s Kyle DiFranco and Field Hockey’s Juliana Barrasso

Katelyn Clooney
Staff Writer

Kyle DiFranco

Kyle DiFranco (Student File Photo)
Kyle DiFranco (Student File Photo)

Springfield College finished third at the New England College Conference Men’s Golf Championship on October 6. The Pride were led by senior Kyle DiFranco. DiFranco tied for fourth overall, with a two-day stroke total of 157. He also had a tournament-high eight birdies, while taking home All-Conference honors for the fourth-straight year. Although happy with his performance, DiFranco aims to play even better. He is also looking forward to two upcoming championships. Springfield will travel to Bernardston, Mass. to compete at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships on October 12 and 13.

Q.  You had eight birdies this weekend and played well overall. What do you attribute your success to?
A. I played pretty well. I could have done better, but I’m happy with my performance. I just hit a lot of fairways and greens which helped me make some birdies.

Q.  As a senior, do you feel as if you are a leader on the team?
A. I do believe I am a leader on the team. Golf is more of an individual sport, but when it comes to going to the tournaments each weekend I try to keep the guys loose and have fun. There is nothing better than playing golf at these courses that we play. It is all for fun. The guys just need to know that.

Q. With two more championships coming up, what are your goals?
A. The next two tournaments are the best two of the year. I gave away the tournament at Crumpin Fox last year so I’m looking forward to going back and playing better. The trip to the New England Championship is the best time of the season. It’s a lot of fun and I love the courses. I just want to enjoy my last collegiate tournament.

Juliana Barrasso

Juliana Barrasso (Photo courtesy Springfield College Athletics)
Juliana Barrasso (Photo courtesy Springfield College Athletics)

Springfield College earned their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference win and first road win on Saturday, as they rolled past Wheaton, 4-0. Goalkeeper Juliana Barrasso recorded five saves as she earned the shutout. It was the first-career shutout for the freshman, who now has 30 saves on the season and a save percentage over .700. While she feels great about her personal accomplishments, Barrasso believes teamwork is the key. She is hoping the team can continue to do well and win the NEWMAC Championship. The Pride will resume conference play when Mount Holyoke visits Stagg Field on Sat., October 12.

Q. How has the transition into collegiate field hockey play been?
A. The transition into collegiate play has been OK, definitely harder than high school, but so worth it.

Q. You recently recorded your first shutout. How did that feel?
A. After getting my first collegiate shutout, I felt amazing! After the game I called my high school coach to let her know. I was just so happy that we won and that my parents were there to see it.

Q. What are your personal and team goals for this year?
A. My personal goal is to record more shutouts and our team goal is to win NEWMACs. We just have to play each game with intensity and heart. Teamwork makes the dream work.

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