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MMA Sports Wrap-up

The Island & The Peninsula
Originally published in Castine Patriot, October 31, 2013
Mariners football team gets first season win

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Mariners football: The Mariners posted their first win of the season with a 63-52 victory over Nichols in a New England Football Conference game October 26. The Mariners improved to 1-3 in NEFC games and 1-5 overall. Maine Maritime scored on its opening possession when Michael Fahey capped a 9-play, 84-yard drive, with a 13-yard sprint. Billy Wetherbee’s two-point conversion run gave the Mariners an 8-0 lead.

Sophomore Michael Burgess (North Yarmouth) was named New England Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week after recording six tackles, including three solo stops and three assisted tackles, in the win over Nichols Saturday.

Next up: The Mariners return to action Saturday, hosting Salve Regina in a NEFC game. Kickoff is at 12 p.m.

Mens soccer: Maine Maritime won its seventh in a row, when Nicholas George netted a pair of scores to lift Maine Maritime to a 2-1 win over New England College in a North Atlantic Conference match on October 26. Both teams entered the game tied for the top spot in the NAC. The Mariners finished the regular season place with a 7-1-1 NAC record, and 10-4-2 overall.

Maine Maritime plays Farmington in the NAC playoffs’ opening round at home Sunday, November 3.

Womens soccer: New England College shutout Maine Maritime 3-0 in a North Atlantic Conference women’s soccer match on October 26. The Mariners dropped to 2-5-1 (NAC) and 3-11-2 overall for the season.

Next up is the NAC quarterfinal at Castleton on Saturday, November 2.

Sailing: Maine Maritime Academy finished in second place among the 11 teams at the Northeast Fall Tournament. Andrew McHerny and Ali Mitchell represented the Mariners in Division A, while Holly Poole and Molly Howe sailed in Division B.

Eleven teams raced dinghies in excellent conditions off of Rhode Island Yacht Club, a total of eight races in both A and B divisions. Sailors faced light northerly breeze that ranged from 4-8 knots before dying down around lunch time. The breeze later switched in the late afternoon to 8-10 knots from the east. One team filed for redress, which was denied, and no protests were filed.

Volleyball: Maine Maritime beat both Castleton and Green Mountain in straight sets in a North Atlantic Conference volleyball doubleheader Saturday. The Mariners, who won their fourth-straight match, improved to 5-1 NAC, 16-8 overall.

After MMA took game one with relative ease, Castleton was able to keep game two close and even held a lead at 17-16. The Mariners were able to right their ship toward the end of game two, and keep the momentum going into game three to complete the sweep.

The North Atlantic Conference women’s volleyball playoff seedings are now settled, with Maine Maritime finishing second at 5-1, behind Colby-Sawyer. Both teams will receive a bye in the quarterfinal round. Colby-Sawyer will host the semifinal and championship rounds on Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9.