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Web exclusive, October 28, 2010
MMA Mariners win 38th annual Admiral’s Cup 28-27

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by Craig Dagan, MMA Sports Director

Junior quarterback Matthew Rende ran for 147 yards and scored twice in a dramatic 28-27 football victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday, October 23.

That same day the women’s volleyball team defeated Johnson State College and Lyndon State College in North Atlantic Conference matches, securing Maine Maritime the number one seed in the upcoming playoffs.

The football game was a Bogan Division New England Football Conference matchup. The Mariners played from behind all day but took the 28-27 lead with 7:30 to go in the fourth quarter on a Todd Murphy touchdown run. The Admiral’s Cup came down to the last play of the contest, though, when Massachusetts Maritime kicker Brandon Rodrigues attempted a 38-yard field goal as time expired. He missed short, giving Maine Maritime its seventh straight victory over the Buccaneers.

MMA improved with this win to 6-1 and 4-1 in the Bogan Division and remain in first place. Massachusetts Maritime dropped to 4-4 and 3-2.

The Mariners will be back in action on Saturday, October 30, when they travel to Bridgewater State for a 12 p.m. kickoff.

Women’s volleyball

Over in the Margaret Smith Gymnasium, that same day, the women’s volleyball team was beating Johnson State College by 3-0 and Lyndon State College by 3-0 in North Atlantic Conference matches, securing Maine Maritime the number one seed in the upcoming playoffs.

In the victory over Johnson State (25-14, 25-5, 25-8) Chelsea Ward led the Mariners with 12 kills on just 14 attacks to go along with six aces, while Jennifer Dixon collected a team high of 22 assists. The Mariners combined for 26 aces in the match.

MMA won the match against the Lyndon Hornets (25-7, 25-5, and 25-15), improving to 15-9 on the season. Chelsea Ward paced MMA with 13 kills on 16 attacks while Melissa Lail and Heather Moore each finished with five. Dixon once again led the Mariner attack with 23 assists and had a career high 10 aces.

Husson University also defeated Johnson and Lyndon 3-0 while both Vermont schools dropped two straight matches that day. Husson will enter the playoffs as the number 2 seed, Johnson advances as the sixth seed and Lyndon ends its season at 3-17 and 0-6 in the NAC.

Men’s cross-country

The day before, Friday, October 22, the Maine Maritime men’s cross-country team won the second annual Mariner Invitational on Friday evening. The Mariners had the top six runners for a score of 15 to win the meet. Junior Matt Methot won the individual men’s crown with a time of 19:50 on the 6K course while Greg Baribault and Lucas Miller finished tied for second with a time of 20:06. MMA runners Matthew Francis, Evan Vashon, and Patrick Lindsey rounded out the top six spots.

The Owls from Presque Isle came in second place (45) in the meet while UMaine Machias and Thomas failed to score.

Women’s cross-country

The women’s cross-country team came in second place at the meet, with three runners finishing in the top 10.

Husson University won with a score of 19 while MMA finished with a score of 38. Thomas College, UMaine Presque Isle, and UMaine Machias failed to collect team scores.

Angela Stauble from Husson won the individual title with a time of 16:13 on the 4K course. Laura Coyne from Thomas placed second with a time of 16:42 while Theresa Martin of Husson, Carly Langley of UMaine Presque Isle, and Kaitlin Noyes of Husson rounded out the top five.

Laurel Evanofski was the top MMA runner with a time of 19:03 (8th). Emily Fanning placed ninth, Jaymie Frederick 10th, Heather Moore 11th, and Samantha Deplanche 17th, all scored for MMA.