Lauren Mangiardi Scores in MCLA Women's Soccer Win

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA's Kayla Baker scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Trailblazers to a 3-1 win over Johnson State at Shewcraft Field.
Taconic graduate Lauren Mangiardi got the scoring started in the 6th minute of play. She tallied her fifth goal of the season off a nice feed from Baker for an early 1-0 lead. Baker got her first goal of 2018 in the 12th minute as she ripped a shot from just outside the 18-yard box to increase the lead to 2-0.
The Trailblazers (4-8) added another tally just before halftime when Caitlyn Maloney knocked home a cross from Cetera Moore giving the hosts a commanding 3-0 advantage heading into halftime. MCLA owned a decisive 16-2 lead in shots over the opening 45 minutes of play.
Neither team would tally until the final seconds when NVU-Johnson was awarded a penalty kick.  Kelsey Cauchon knocked it home with just 40 seconds remaining to slice the lead to 3-1, but it was too little too late for the Badgers.
MCLA ended with a sizable 28-4 shot advantage over the Badgers. Hoosac Valley graduate Megan Richardson earned the win in goal for the Trailblazers.
MCLA is back in action on Friday night when it hosts Fitchburg State at 6 p.m.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The visiting Westfield State volleyball team received 40 assists from Ally Rega as she led the offensive attack for the Owls in a 3-1 MASCAC win in the Amsler Campus Center Gym.
The Owls (4-17, 3-1) had to work hard in the opening two sets as they pulled out 25-18 and 25-22 set wins. Westfield had a chance to sweep the sets, but MCLA (6-13, 0-4) rallied in the third set to earn a 27-25 win to force a fourth set.  The Owls got off to a fast start in the fourth set and never looked back as they took the match 25-10 to earn the win.
Rega collected a match best 40 assists and added 17 digs to complete the double double.
MCLA was led by Tessa Sestito's big night.  She recorded a season best 31 assists to go along with 20 digs to pace the Trailblazers. Lee High's Ahna Schlaefer ended with nine kills and nine digs for MCLA. Wahconah's Kelsey LaFreniere Sara LaFreniere each had double figure digs.
MCLA is off until Saturday when it heads to Bridgewater State to face the Bears in conference play.
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North Adams Parks Commission Hears Plea for Benches

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

The playground at River Grove Park is popular but there's no place for adults to sit and watch their children. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Parks and Recreation Commission is open to benches at River Grove Park and a have a simple solution to prevent Kemp Park from going to the dogs. 
The commission on Monday heard several updates and recommendations on the city's parks, including a request made through City Councilor Marie T. Harpin to install benches at the playground on Houghton Street. 
"They would like some more benches over there at River Grove Park at the playground," said Commissioner Timothy Koperek. "I went over there, and there is one bench and then they've been sitting on the plastic that holds all the material inside. And it's not very comfortable and you're sitting close to the ground and if you have kids and grandparents and parents there, it would be nice to have several more benches."
Harpin said she had been contacted by a woman who liked to take her grandchild to the park. There is the one bench, she said, but it's on one side of the playground that is separated into to sections. 
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