BG alum Trent Fontanella relishing senior season at Stonehill College

There’s not much on Trent Fontanella’s plate this fall, but he’s far from starving for things to do.

The 2010 Bishop Guertin High School graduate from Pelham has all he needs for an enjoyable final semester at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

“I have one course to complete and I’m doing a lot of running,” Fontanella said. “I keep telling all my friends I’m living the dream. I’m in college with only one class to worry about and competing with the cross country team.”

It wasn’t an accident that he opted for one more semester. Fontanella was prepared to graduate last spring. His roommate still had a full year left, and convinced the Skyhawks distance runner to hang around one more semester.

Fontanella just can’t get enough of running and representing Stonehill in the process.

“I love it here,” he said. “It wasn’t a difficult choice for me. When coach said she would carry me on for one more semester in the cross country program I was locked in for this fall.”

He’s coming off an outdoor track season that earned him Capital One Academic All-America honors for the first time after also becoming an All-District I selection for the first time in his career in the spring.

With a 3.70 cumulative grade point average as a criminology and psychology major, Fontanella received Stonehill College’s highly selective and coveted Edward E. Martin Scholar-Athlete Award at the annual Senior Student-Athlete Dinner. He’s a five-time Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference selection with a pair of awards for indoor and outdoor track and field (2013-2014) and one for cross country (2013). He has been named to the NE-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll every semester and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll seven semesters and is a member of both the Edwin H. Sutherland and Psi Chi Honor Societies. Fontanella is a two-time Division II ADA Academic Achievement Award recipient and Stonehill’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Chairperson.

Then came selection to the Capital One Academic All-America Division II Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country team as selected by the College Sports Information Director’s of America Academic All-America committee.

“Those are special awards and honors,” said the 5-foot-11, 145-pounder, “but honestly, for me the pleasure is all in the competition, not the awards. I’m a distance runner. I plan on finding ways to run after school as part of my everyday life.”

That post-graduation lifestyle would include the Millennium Running Series in southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts, as well as marathons.

“I’ve never run the Boston Marathon,” Fontanella said. “I’ve run half marathons before, but never a full one. I think Boston might be my first challenge after school and also running in the racing series to try and make some money by winning events would be nice too.”

While in school, Fontanella is a two-time USTFCCCA All-East Region performer, collecting the honors for the 3,000-meter run during last winter’s indoor track season and 5,000-meter run in the spring with the outdoor team. He posted a personal-best time of 8 minutes, 29.90 seconds in the 3,000 at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University in February to go with his season-best time of 14:58.65 for 14th in the 5,000 at the New England Outdoor Championships.

The four-time New England Championships qualifier has earned three All-Northeast-10 awards over his career. He is a two-time All-NE-10 performer for cross country, placing 17th at the 2011 NE-10 Championships (25:08.21) and eighth in 2013 (25:49) over the 8-kilometer run. Fontanella added a second place finish at the NE-10 Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 3,000 in February (8:37.76).

“I’ve had a great run here,” he said, “but right now all my energy and all my focus is on cross country. I’ve been content with my times thus far, but I’m hoping to improve as the championships approach. The team looks real good right now, and I think we can improve on our second-place finish in last year’s East Regional. Right now, that’s all that matters to me.”

Vallie, Christie take CCC by storm

Nashua’s C.J. Vallie and Hudson’s Matthew Christie are putting together strong fall campaigns at the University of New England.

Vallie, a junior on the men’s cross country team, was named Commonwealth Coast Conference Runner of the Week for the period ending Oct. 12. He placed eighth out of 388 at the James Earley Invitational, hosted by Westfield State University, with an 8K time of 26 minutes, 28 seconds (only 39 seconds off the pace). The Nor’easters finished fifth in the field of 37 teams.

It’s the third time this season that Vallie has been selected for the distinction by the CCC.

Christie, a graduate student on the men’s soccer team, earned CCC Offensive Player of the Week during the same time frame.

Christie factored in all three of UNE’s goals in the past week, as he garnered the award for the second consecutive week. He tallied what proved to be the game-winner in the first half at Johnson & Wales, before assisting on an insurance goal with 9 seconds remaining in Big Blue’s 2-0 road win over the Wildcats.

In a double-overtime draw (1-1) against CCC-foe Wentworth, Christie put the Nor’easters in front in the 49th minute.

Notes

Bishop Guertin graduate Kevin Scott, of Tyngsborough, Mass., shot a 238 to help UMass Lowell tie for 12th in the Connecticut Cup at the Ellington Ridge Golf Club in Connecticut on Tuesday.

UMass Lowell finished with a three round score of 925, which earned them a share of twelfth place with Rider University. Host UConn won the event with an 867. Hartford trailed just behind in the runner-up position at 873. Rounding out the top five were Colgate (883), Bryant (890) and Central Connecticut (897). The River Hawks will return to action at the NEIGA Championship at the Captain’s Golf Club in Brewster, Mass., on Oct. 26.

Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Goodspeed, of Merrimack, turned away 19 attempts, her career high for saves in a game, but the Rivier University women’s soccer team fell to Saint Joseph’s College (Maine) 1-0 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action Oct. 13. It was the Raiders’ sixth one-goal decision this season, third straight, and their record now stands at 6-8-0 overall with a 1-7-0 mark in the GNAC.

Freshman Marisa Coronis, of Hudson, had 23 kills in the first week of October, including a season-best 17 in a win over Franklin Pierce University, as Southern New Hampshire University’s women’s volleyball team went 1-1.

University of New Hampshire junior Samantha Blais, of Lyndeborough, helped the Wildcats women’s cross country team defended its New England Championships title with a ninth-place time of 17 minutes, 57.45 seconds at Boston’s Franklin Park on Oct. 11. UNH was first out of 38 colleges/universities and 262 runners across Divisions I, II and III with 61 points. It’s the fourth women’s title since entering the event in 1975. The win wasn’t even close. Runner-up Middlebury College finished with 162 points.

UNH senior quarterback Andy Vailas, of Bedford and Bishop Guertin, completed 25 of 36 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats extended their win streak to five games with a resounding 32-3 victory against the College of William & Mary before a Homecoming crowd of 18,774 at Cowell Stadium. Vailas also ran the ball six times for 21 yards.