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Springfield College Athletes of the Week: Jessica Miller and Joe Cianciolo

Gabby Maulucci
Sports Editor




Jessica Miller

Junior midfielder of the Springfield College women’s soccer team was one of the shining stars this week. She posted a pair of assists in a 3-0 shutout victory over Clark.  Following that performance, Miller scored the game-winning goal against Emerson in a 2-0 victory this past weekendThe women’s soccer team will take on WPI on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.

Q. Do you have any superstitious rituals that you do before a game?
A. I am actually very superstitious. I started the tradition of straightening my hair before every game when I was in 8th grade and still continue that. I’m also superstitious about wearing the same things for every game day and getting ready in the same order.

Q. Can you talk about the importance of team communication on and off the field, and how you, as an upperclassman, stress its importance to the younger players.
A.Soccer is a game that can’t be won by individual talent. We have discovered that the only way we are successful as a team is if we work together and everyone is on the same page. We’ve managed to click as a team both on and off the field since preseason and that has really benefited us.

Joe Cianciolo
Senior offensive lineman, Joe Cianciolo tremendously assisted in the Springfield College football team’s win against Merchant Marine, 48-12, this past Saturday.  He helped pace the offense to 571 yards of total offense, averaging just less than 10 yards per play.  His dedication as a leader speaks volumes to the kind of teammate he is. Cianciolo and the Pride football team hope to continue their success on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. against St. Lawrence.

Q. What strategies did you and your team implement to come out on top over Merchant Marine?
A. As an offensive lineman every week we come out looking to dominate the line of scrimmage by coming out low, fast, and hard. This week especially we emphasized getting up to the second level and blocking the linebackers. That is so that we can get the ball to the outside where we had a distinct advantage, especially with a player like John Marrero.

Q. As an upperclassman leader, what are some of the things that you enforce to the younger players about team unity?
A.  Every week we stress just do your job. What that does is keep people from trying to do too much and it forces us to trust each other that we will do what we have to do. Whether you are on scout team or a starter you do your job to help us win a ballgame.

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