By: The Beacon Sports Staff
As the SMCC South Portland campus came alive with the start of the fall semester, the fall season sports teams have been active squaring off against Yankee Small College Conference competitors, as well as non-conference teams. While the SeaWolves softball team is inactive this fall; baseball, the women and men’s soccer teams, and the golf team are on the field or course.
To date, the SeaWolves baseball and soccer teams have posted an 11 and 1 overall record. After the men’s soccer team’s opening day 4-3 loss to the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Seawolves squads have not dropped a game.
As the Wolves baseball has walked off the diamond with high-scoring wins: 6-0 and 9-1 against New Hampshire Technical Institute and a 9-2 win against Central Maine Community College, both soccer squads have had to endure tension filled overtime and double-overtime games to build the winning streaks they now have.
On the men’s side of the pitch, the Wolves traveled to Central Maine Community College last week for the first under the lights on artificial turf match in the team’s history. The game would last an hour, 46 minutes and 29 seconds when SMCC’s Joel Musess found the back of the net with a golden goal securing a 3-2 SeaWolf victory against conference rival CMCC.
As quoted on the SMCC Men’s Soccer web page, Head Coach Brian Dougher summed up the match accordingly: “The environment was something that you look forward to as an athlete. Our guys showed grit and determination to weather the storm of momentum following a timely goal by Central Maine to push the game into extra time. Our positional depth gave us the edge in this one.”
The men’s soccer squad has also posted wins against: Northern Essex Community College (1-0), Vermont Technical College, and a 4-0 win against Paul Smith’s College this past Saturday. The men’s squad travels to NHTI on the 18th, then to Brighton Academy on the 20th, before returning to Wainwright Recreation Complex to take to the pitch against Hampshire College on the 22.
On the women’s side of the pitch, the Lady SeasWolves only had to endure three-minutes of overtime play against Paul Smith’s College this past Saturday for Katelin Bennett to deliver the golden goal.
Bennett scored both of SMCC’s goal in the second half of play. Paul Smith’s would score first on a free kick inside of the 18 yard box minutes into the match, holding off SMCC until Bennett’s equalizer in the second half.
After the contest, SeaWolves Head Coach Ethan Wells offered these thoughts. “Today the system broke down a bit. But on a more positive note, I’m proud of the way our women showed a tenaciousness to battle from behind and get a result in a tough road environment. Hats off to a well-organized Paul Smith’s squad.”
The Lady Wolves travel to take to the pitch against the 2018-19 YSCC champions, New Hampshire Technical Institute who sports a clean record, on Wednesday the 18th. The Wolves then travel to CMCC on the 24th for an evening match, and end the road trip against the Community College of Rhode Island on the 28. The Lady Wolves return home on the 29th to play Bryant Stratton-Syracuse at Wainwright Recreation Complex.
On the baseball diamond, Dylan Francouer returns for his junior year, leading the SeaWolves’ pitching staff. Catcher Peter Stauber, first basemen Caleb Burpee and Steven Ross, and outfielder Colby Gunter’s return looking to be the core of a dangerous offensive and solid defense.
The Wolves opened their season at home taking to the diamond against the New Hampshire Technical Institute Lynx in a nine-inning game. Dylan Francouer threw a solid performance; pitching six innings, striking out 10, walking three and allowing one hit. Sophomore Cole Lawrence worked through the seventh and eighth inning collecting three strike outs and allowing one hit, as freshman Brayden Barlett finished the ninth giving up one walk and striking out the same.
The bats were alive as Peter Stauber and Alexander Miller accounted for four of the SMCC hits. The Wolves would open the game plating three runs after keeping NHTI off of the scoreboard. With Francouer on the mound working towards his 14th career win, the Wolves would plate two more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to start the 2019 campaign off with a win.
Head Coach Dave Walsh summed up the opening day game in the following manner, “With a new group and limited preparation, I was impressed with our execution. We are deep and talented at every position. Players understand their roles and showed positive energy on the bench. First-years showed discipline at the plate and Francoeur picked up right where he left off in 2018, mixing his pitches and keeping hitters off balance. This group has a bright baseball future ahead of them.”
The Wolves baseball squad travels to CMCC on the 17th for an early evening double-header with the games scheduled for 5 and 7pm. The team returns to SMCC for a three-game homestand as they take on Bridgton Academy on the 18th at 4pm, then NHTI on the 21st at 12:30 and complete the homestand against Holyoke Community College with the first pitch scheduled at 10am.
Golf rounds out the fall season sports teams and has traveled to Concord, New Hampshire to complete in two tournaments hosted by NHTI at Beaver Meadow. Lead by freshman Sam Winslow and sophomore Robert Caron the team is young with a potential to be competitive in a competitive league.
In the two tournaments to date, Sam Winslow as recorded rounds of 87 and 96. Freshman Ethan Laverriere opened the season with a 99 and followed with a team low score last Saturday of 93.
Robert Caron opened the season with a personal best of 94, as Chase Ward hovered north of 100 by a few strokes each week.
When asked to reflect on the team’s first two weeks of YSCC play, Coach Ott stated, “all of the golfers have the potential to be solid collegiate golfers. However to be that demands that you establish a practice regiment that helps build golf acumen and course management. I am looking forward to helping a young squad build work towards their potential.”
The golf team travels to Augusta this Saturday for YSCC play at Augusta Country Club. The Tournament is hosted by the University of Maine-Augusta.