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MMA Sports Wrap-up

Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 7, 2013
Mariners shut out Farmington for semifinal berth

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Maine Maritime netted a pair of scores in each half to shut out University of Maine-Farmington 4-0 in the North Atlantic Conference men’s soccer quarterfinal on November 3. The Beavers ended their season at 4-13-1, while the Mariners won their eighth straight match and improved to 11-4-2.

The Mariners went on the board early in the game when Kyle Haslam drilled a shot from 25 yards away that found the back of the net in the seventh minute. It was Haslam’s first score of the season, according to the MMA Athletics Department.

Maine Maritime took a 2-0 lead in the 15th minute off an own goal by Farmington. The Mariners sent a ball towards the goal, drawing out the keeper, before the ball bounced off a few players and eventually went in the goal off the foot of a Beavers defender.

The Mariners outshot Farmington 16-2 in the first half and held a 6-0 advantage on corner kicks.

Maine Maritime’s defense was solid throughout the contest by limiting the Beavers to five shots, three on goal, and zero corner kicks. Jesse Perkins stopped three shots in goal for the Mariners to pick up the win.

Next up: Maine Maritime hosted Colby-Sawyer, a 2-1 winner over New England College, on November 6.

Mariners downed

Salve Regina knocked off Maine Maritime 42-8 in a New England Football Conference game on November 2. The Mariners dropped to 1-4, 1-6.

Billy Wetherbee carried 27 times for 127 yards for MMA and Michael Fahey added 43 yards on 14 carries. Joshua Doolan caught three passes for 44 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown.

Salve Regina benefitted from an MMA fumble on the opening kickoff of the game, and went ahead 7-0 five plays later. 

Maine Maritime took its only lead of the game after its defense forced a four-and-out with 7:34 left in the first quarter. The Mariners put together an eight-play, 80-yard drive that was capped off by a 20-yard touchdown pass from Fahey to Doolan. The drive was kept alive by a roughing-the-punter penalty on Salve and Wetherbee’s four-yard run on fourth-and-three. Wetherbee’s two-point run gave the Mariners an 8-7 lead.

The Seahawks took the lead for good early in the second quarter and added 22 unanswered points in the second half to secure the win.

Frank True picked up a game-high 12 tackles for Maine Maritime, with a pair of sacks. Joshua Doyon and Michael Cummings each finished with nine tackles.

Next up: The Mariners return to action November 9, 5:30 p.m., at MIT.

Methot named to NAC Cross Country First Team

Matt Methot’s second-place finish propelled Maine Maritime to a fourth-place finish at the North Atlantic Conference Championship on November 3 at Thomas College. Methot, who hails from Portland, was named the next day to the All-NAC First Team for the fourth time.

Methot finished the 8K course in 28:03.61. He was 21 seconds behind Lyndon’s Kyle Powers (27:42). It was Methot’s fourth top-three finish of his career and second runner-up finish. Methot had also won the championship and placed third.

Lyndon State won its fifth championship in six years with four of the top six finishers. Colby-Sawyer was runner-up with 80 points, Castleton tallied 84 points to come in third, Maine Maritime Academy was a close fourth with 90, while University of Maine at Farmington rounded out the top five with 132 points.

Vijay Kataria was 17th in 30:38.02 just ahead of teammate George Morrison, who crossed in 30:54.01 to take 18th. Chase Reidelbach placed 23rd in 31:31.13, Wyatt LaPage was 31st in 32:05.46, and Cameron Roy was Maine Maritime’s final scorer with a 38th place finish in 32:33.35.

Next up: The Mariners return to action November 9 at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship.

Women’s cross country team takes eighth

Maine Maritime placed eighth at the North Atlantic Conference women’s cross country championship November 3 at Thomas College. New England College won the conference title for the first time in program history. Colby-Sawyer came in third with 67 points and Castleton placed fourth with 103 points, while University of Maine at Farmington rounded out the top five with 128.

Freshman Jessica Faltings led the Mariners with a 16th place finish in 22:35.75. Emily Fanning was 55th in 25:41.84, Caroline Martin crossed in 26:05.70 to take 59th, Alice Stenquist finished in 29:48.14 and Gabrielle Wells finished in 30:13.72.

Next up: The Mariners return to action November 9 at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship.

Volleyball faces Castleton in semis

Maine Maritime shut out UMaine-Machias 3-0 October 30 in a non-conference women’s volleyball match. The Mariners finished the regular season at 17-9, while the Clippers dropped to 9-17.

Maine Maritime won 25-12, 25-11 and 25-11.

The Mariners, already the Division III leaders in aces per set, picked up 18 aces during the match.

Next up: The Mariners return to action November 8, 8 p.m., against Castleton in the NAC semifinals at Colby-Sawyer.

Women’s soccer wraps up season

Castleton defeated Maine Maritime Academy 4-0 on November 2 at Spartan Stadium. Maine Maritime goalie Taylor O’Malley stopped 10 shots in the loss.

The Spartans scored early, and were up 2-0 going into the halftime break.

The Mariners ended their season with a 3-12-2 mark.