Friday, November 24th, 2017

Fall sports recap

Posted on October 24, 2017 in Sports
By USM Free Press

River Plouffe Vogel

Men’s XC

It’s been an exciting season for a very young men’s cross country team. With coach Ryan Harkleroad in his fifth season, it’s clear his system has been working. The USM Track Program for both men and women have been pumping out All-American’s and really putting USM running on the map. Last year they were the LEC (Little East Conference) conference champions and this year, with eight freshmen and only three seniors the men’s cross country team has been showing out at every meet, led by sophomore transfer student Chandler Vincent, who has not lost a race yet. Like most sports, you want to peak towards the end of the season, and as things are looking, the men’s cross country team is poised to make quite the run and could place highly at this years NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) regional championship, which will be held on our home course in Gorham on Nov. 11.

Women’s XC

The USM women’s cross country team has had a great season thus far. With coach George Towle, in his incredible 32nd season as head coach, the women’s cross country team is looking to finish strong down the stretch. Towle has coached a lot of amazing athletes to LEC conference championships and through to national’s, like Peyton Dostie  who won the National Championship in the 60-meter hurdles in 2016 Last year the women’s cross country team too home the 2016 USTFCCA (US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association)  all academic team honors. This year they are lead by senior Heather Evans. The LEC conference championship will be at Keane St. on Oct. 28, at noon.

Men’s soccer

With only four games left in the regular season, it’s been a competitive year for USM men’s soccer. In years past, the team has struggled. However, this year boasting a 5-7-2 record, with most losses coming in by narrow margins, it has certainly been a turnaround season. Coach Mark Keller is in his 14th year as head coach. The team has seen a strong showing from players like sophomore Sam Anderson, who leads the team in scoring, and freshman goalie Richard Glemanwu, who took home LEC Rookie of the Week honors twice this season.

Women’s Soccer

It has been a tough season this fall for the women’s soccer team. They currently sit at 2-9 overall and have lost their last eight games. However, 16 of their 24 players are either freshmen or sophomores, and there is no doubt that coach Lisa Petruccelli has plenty of talent to develop. Like the men’s team, there are four games left in the regular season and ample time for the the women’s team to make some noise. Player Ally Little, who was diagnosed with a very serious and rare disease last year, is back and getting minutes to everyone’s delight! So blessed and thankful to have you back with us, Ally.

Golf

The men’s golf team is steaming towards the end of their season this October. It has been a fantastic season so far, as they have placed first in three of the past four outings. Reggie Grant, the head coach in his 18th season and with seven of the ten players on the team being sophomores they can expect to continue their winning ways. Players like Greg Kalagais, sophomore, won the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) Rookie of the Year as a freshman, headline this young team. This year men’s golf has been lead by senior Grayson Waterman, who has shot in the low 70s consistently this fall. The NEIG championships will be held in Brewster, Mass., at the end of this month.

Women’s Field Hockey

The women’s field hockey team have three games left this season. They are currently 4-10 overall, but 3-5 in conference play. Although it’s been a tough season, the team could still go deep into the postseason, and has done so as a lower seat in past seasons. Most of their games have been close, and there is no doubting this team’s skill and abilities. Head coach Bonny Brown Denico is in her 20th season and has a roaster full of experience at her disposal. This includes senior captains Tayla Smedberg and Kaylie Andrews. Their next game is in Gorham on Oct. 19 against Bates College.

Tennis

The USM women’s tennis team is currently 2-7 overall and 0-7 in conference play. Their only wins come against Thomas College of Maine and Husson University of Maine. However, the team is in a transition year with head coach Eric Haase in his first season. The team only has one senior, Rikki Demoranville. Tennis is unique because there are multiple seasons, which means they are usually playing all year round, special thanks to the facilities USM has for winter training and play. This means the team has plenty of time to find its stride.

Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team has been flat out dominating. They are 15-5 overall and 10-1 in their last eleven games. This team is fun to watch and routinely sweeps the competition. I should mention that they don’t have a single player over 6 feet tall, which really speaks to this team’s athleticism and skill. Head coach Diana Newell is in her fifth season and has a strong core of players who really come together since her start. Seniors like Jess Williams, Maria Garcia and Mo Raymond have been the cornerstones of USM’s winning ways. The team has a lot of games left in the season and doesn’t look to be slowing down. Their next match is Oct. 18th, at Colby College.