With his time on the Colby-Sawyer soccer team heading towards its end, North Kingstown graduate Jarod Parkins has found himself in an unaccustomed role as of late: starter.
The former Skipper has received the starting nod in between the sticks for the Chargers five times this fall, keeping a clean sheet against Rivier on Oct. 12 for his second solo shutout at the collegiate level.
Parkins made seven of his 38 saves on the season against the Raiders, who failed to provide any answers in their 3-0 defeat to Colby-Sawyer despite having Prout alum Zach Pontarelli amongst their ranks.
After appearing as a substitute in the Chargers’ next game, a 5-2 setback to Albertus Magnus on Oct. 19, Parkins returned to the starting lineup last Wednesday against St. Joseph’s of Maine hoping to continue his newfound personal momentum.
Alas, the Monks had other plans, as they emerged with a 2-0 triumph which could have been significantly worse if not for the efforts of the senior netminder, who withstood a barrage of 25 shots on the day, turning away seven.
On a happier note, Parkins’ most recent outing this past Saturday versus Suffolk was the unquestioned best performance of his career, leading the Colby-Sawyer eleven to a 3-1 upending of the Rams via a career-high 10-save tour de force.
The win clinched a berth in the Great Northeast tournament with a match remaining for Colby-Sawyer.
Meyer running strong
It has been an award-winning October on the cross-country trail for South Kingstown product Aodhan Meyer, who was named the Skyline Conference’s runner of the week on consecutive weeks earlier in the month at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
The former Rebel picked up his first nod on the heels of his performance at the Hoffman Invitational on Oct. 12, in which he was the highest finishing member of the Merchant Marine team, coming in 60th place with a time of 27 minutes, 2.3 seconds.
One week later, Meyer was once again the top Mariner at the Inter-Regional Border Battle, covering the eight-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 58.7 seconds to claim an 83rd place result as Merchant Marine finished the team event in 21st position.
The Skyline Conference championship meet is next.