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Springfield College Athletes of the Week: Danny Macalena and Nicole Fowler

Jordan Karnes
Staff Writer





Danny Macalena

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Macalena, a 5’10 senior linebacker, has contributed to the great defense for the Pride so far this season. A native of Congers, NY,.Macalena has played a vital role on the defensive side of the ball for the Pride the past few years.  With 10 total and eight solo tackles, Macalena propelled the Pride to a 41-20 victory this past Friday.

Q. What went right for the Pride against UMass Dartmouth that propelled you guys to victory?
A. We had a great week of practice on both sides of the ball preparing for UMD.  We worked hard all week and the coaching staff put us in a great position to make plays in order to be successful.    We came out hungry on Friday night playing 110% every play looking for our first win of the season.  

Q. What is your main job on defense and what’s your best contribution?
A. My main job on the defense is to make sure I’m playing every down like it is my last for the other ten guys on the field.  As the middle line backer, my goal is to get the defense in the best position to make plays and help one another.  

Nicole Fowler

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Fowler, a junior forward for the Springfield College Women’s soccer team, has played a crucial role for the Pride this season. A native of Maynard, Mass., Fowler has picked up right from where she left off last season.She is leading the Pride this season in both goals and assists with four each, and also 12 total points. Fowler had her highest goal-scoring game against Westfield State, where the Pride won 6-1.

Q. Without doubt, you have taken on one of the biggest roles this season for SC Women’s Soccer. How does it feel being put with such responsibility?
A. Having a big role like this is definitely a cool feeling. I enjoy having the responsibility because it gives me something to work for each day. If I know that if I put in everything I could, I’m happy. Scoring goals is just a bonus!

Q. As a captain, one of the main jobs is to help the underclassmen adjust to the play of the college-level. What have you told some of the freshman so far this season?
A. This is an interesting season because we’ve lost 10 seniors. The number of freshmen and transfers we have is larger than returners. But they’re all adjusting really well! I tell them that they’ve all been playing soccer their whole lives; this is the time to have fun! Everyone’s going to make a mistake at one point, but it takes a certain type of person to look past it and keep moving. Just give it your all-everyday and good things will come.

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