Mia Francisco d’Alvirne signs to play softball with WPI – Lowell Sun

Whether it’s scoring a double or passing an exam, Mia Francisco has always had a knack for succeeding in the clutch.
It’s a talent that has followed her through the past three years at Alvirne High School and will no doubt follow her to Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2023. Francisco recently signed a letter of intent to play ball with the WPI Engineers next season.
“It feels good,” said Francisco, a senior shortstop for the Alvirne Broncos and the nationally recognized Polar Crush club softball program. “I’m really excited.”
A star infielder, Francisco was courted by several schools in the area, before receiving a call from WPI softball coach Whitney Goldstien, inviting him to visit the campus. She already knew the coach who had attended several of her softball camps during his career.
“I’ve known her for a while now,” said 17-year-old Francisco. “She was coaching at Lesley before moving to WPI where she contacted me. I was obviously very interested in WPI academically. I jumped at this opportunity and here we are.
The 5-foot-1 infielder will major in health sciences, with the goal of eventually becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner.
When she officially visited the campus in September, Francisco liked what she saw.
“I met the coach and a few upperclassmen,” Francisco said, noting that shortstop Alicia Salvalzo is an Alvirne graduate who played on the same team as Mia in her freshman year. . “I was pleasantly surprised by the campus. From the outside you can’t see much, but it’s really big and has lots of sports facilities. I also really liked the girls in the team, that helped me. I signed up a few weeks later.
Francisco is currently a four-year college starter for the Alvirne Broncos softball team, playing both shortstop and second base. She was one of the cornerstones of the program during a difficult time, playing under a different head coach each season.
“It was tough,” Francisco said. “But I love all my teammates and the girls I grew up with.”
Alvirne has yet to announce his new softball coach for 2022 as of press time. Francisco said one of his AAU coaches is among those vying for the job. No matter who they choose, however, she remains positive, especially looking at the talent on the training camp roster.
“We only lost two girls last year, so we should be competitive again this year,” Francisco said. “During my time here we haven’t been great due to the coaching situation and losing my second season to Covid, but the first year we were much better. Last year wasn’t our best, but this season should be much better.
Born and raised in Hudson, NH, Francisco first took the diamond at age five, playing T-Ball in both Lowell and Hudson’s hometown. She became very fond of soccer, quickly becoming a multi-sport athlete. Currently a girl for all seasons at Alvirne, Mia is a year-round athlete for the Broncos, playing football in the fall and at the running track in the winter. She is also captain of the soccer and softball teams.
When not on the court, Mia is a leader in the class with a 3.9 GPA, being class vice president and a member of the National Honors Society, National Technical Honors Society, Student Athletic Leadership Council, from the Student Council and the Health Trades Program at Alvirne.
His good grades largely contributed to earning a place in the WPI.
“I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field growing up, so grades are always very important,” Francisco said. “As soon as WPI appeared on my radar, I knew I had to maintain my grades to go. It’s not too difficult, with the help of my family and classmates it’s easy to balance.
While maintaining her success as a student-athlete, Mia also devotes much of her time to athletics and unified events as well as the Hudson Food Pantry. Other volunteer endeavors include the Hudson Women’s Softball League and the Hudson Recreation Department, where she hopes to pass on her love for athletics to the younger generation.
“Our college coach is actually president of the Hudson girls softball league, so with her I’ve been able to run a lot of clinics and coach the teams, just to help out,” Francisco said. “I remember when I was so young when the girls in high school helped me. I liked it a lot. Now that I’m able to do it, it’s great.”
For now, however, Francisco is only focused on getting back into the swing with Alvirne softball this coming season.
“I’m super excited to start,” Francisco said. “We have already started training. It should be a fun season.
And she plans to go out swinging.

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