The Athlete of the Week this week is cross country runner Ryan Widzgowski. It’s hard to do any better than Widzgowski did in his only race of the week, placing first overall in the Keene State Cross Country Invitational.

The senior is expected to continue to pace KSC runners through the track season in the Spring.  Widzgowski was the leading man for a KSC team that dominated the five-mile-long course.

Beyond winning the invitational, the men’s team had five runners finish in the top ten, with Chris Plankey next in line coming in third.

Our first runner up this week is women’s soccer midfielder Kara Pavlidis.  Pavlidis is a big reason why her team went 2-0 this week and is riding a seven game winning streak overall.

In a 5-0 win over Rhode Island, Pavlidis had six shots on goal, scoring twice.  Pavlidis continued to pepper the net in a 4-0 win over Castleton later in the week, recording five shots on goal and scoring once.

The senior has helped lead the team to a 9-2-1 record as they enter the home stretch of the regular season, including a perfect 3-0 against teams in the Little Eastern Conference.  Expect the Lee, N.H. native to continue to produce for the Lady Owls.

Our second runner up is men’s soccer forward Scott Douglas. Douglas warmed up this week with a goal in a 3-1 win over Rhode Island before getting a hat trick (three goals) in a 9-3 rout of Salem St. It shouldn’t surprise many people that Douglas leads the team with nine goals on the year, twice as many as any other teammate.

The senior has been the best part of an often-inconsistent offense.  The team will need to build on their recent momentum to finish the season strong after starting 4-7.

As for Douglas, the East Greenwich, R.I. native just needs to continue to make goalies look foolish.



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