By the Beacon Sports Staff
Hey SMCC student body.
Hey faculty, staff and administration. Do you know what’s happening in the athletics department these days? Do you know what’s going with the fall and winter teams and in the department?
Well, aside from tons of on field success, which the teams are experiencing and in the energy in the department that is percolating, there is also this – that one word that never makes it into the statistics line: chemistry.
To tell you the truth, there’s tons of chemistry going on with the soccer and basketball teams, as well as that other hard to qualify variable: gumption. While there are no statistic lines for chemistry and gumption, this sports reporter has been seeing their presence on the soccer pitch and basketball court.
In the last Beacon, we covered the Yankee Small College Conference soccer semi-finals for the women and men’s teams only managing to cover the semi-final games as the finals were delayed because of poor weather conditions. After the delay, both teams would win their championship games and earned an automatic invitation to the USCAA National Tournament in Virginia Beach. The teams would square off against Central Maine Community College, who beat the New Hampshire Technical Institute teams to earn a spot in the YSCC championship game against SMCC.
To recap: the women SeaWolves would outlast CMCC 1-0, surviving playing short one player for the final 7 minutes of the match after Callie Obrien was red carded. The men would not have to work through double overtime periods as they would post a 4-2 victory over Central Maine.
Could there be a new rivalry taking shape in YSCC soccer? Only the Shadow and the future know for sure. Winning the YSCC crown earned both teams a trip to Nationals in Virginia Beach this past weekend. Unfortunately, the SeaWolf teams suffered opening round loses in pool play as the men would fall to Berkeley-NY 1-0 in double overtime and the women would fall to Cincinnati Clermont 6-2.
The SeaWolf squads returned to the field on Sunday to the Penn State Brandywine teams who also suffered opening game loses in the consolation game. The Beacon reached out to Women’s Head Soccer Coach for his thoughts on the SMCC teams earning a trip to Nationals and Ethan responded, “it’s a special opportunity to have both programs represented at a national tournament. I’m thrilled to have exposed my team to this
caliber of talent on the biggest stage of our association. We hope to be back next season and continue building towards the ultimate goal.”
How about shout outs to the team members who were named to the USCAA First, Second and Academic All-American teams (story on page 11), and to Ethan Wells for being named the USCAA Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year? How about a shout out to the Lady SeaWolf basketball team, for showing real grit and gumption for their come from behind win against Navy Prep? Trailing by nine points at half (24-15), the SeaWolves outscored the Navy Cadets 34-21 in the second half to grab a three-point victory. The win was a fun one to watch as the SeaWolves won the game with their inside game and at the free throw line.
Rumor has it that photos of the game can be found on the official SeaWolves website. Follow the links and you will find photos from the Navy Prep games and the YSCC soccer final games against Central Maine Community College.
The basketball teams were on the road this weekend with games scheduled against Holyoke Community College and Paul Smith’s College. The Wolves would sweep all of the games as the women would win 66-30 against Holyoke and 102-19 against Paul Smith’s. The men would win 72-68 and 77-61 against Holyoke and Paul Smith’s respectively. The teams have posted a 9-1 record to date, head to Great Bay Community College on Wednesday and return home on Saturday to play Vermont Tech.
Back to soccer and a quick shout out; thanks a million to Sonny DaBica-Fetras for sending in the “Why Soccer is the World’s Best Game” write-up to the Beacon. You’ll find Sonny’s write up on page 11.
Hey, SMCC student body, does anyone else want to share their sports interest with the Beacon? If so, send your write-ups to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do what needs to happen in order for your submission to be published.
Okay, back to the positive energy that is permeating throughout the SMCC athletic department. After the women and men SeaWolves took to the court against Navy Prep back on November 2, the men suffered a frustrating 76-82 loss to Navy Prep, friends, family, supporters, and SMCC athletic staff meet at Purpoodock Country Club for this years Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Michela Desjardins, class of 2013, was inducted for her accomplishments on the soccer field, as was Alisa Sweet, class of 2011, was inducted for her accomplishments on the basketball court. Desjardins recorded 21 goals and 45 points over the course of two season as a SeaWolf, ranks 5th in all-time goals, as well as ranking 2nd in total goals and points among Yankee Small College Conference players in 2012. Michela was named a YSCC All-Conference selection in 2012 and 2013 and a United States Collegiate Athletic Association Honorable Mention All-American in the same seasons.
Alisa Sweet scored 781 points as a two-year member of the women’s basketball program (2010-2011) ranking her sixth. Sweet averaged close to a double-double in 55 games played by scoring 14.2 points per game and grabbing 9.9 rebounds per game. Sweet sustained a .450 career field goal percentage, .381 three-point percentage, and .594 free-throw percentage. Sweet also ranks 3rd in points per game and 2nd in rebounds per game among players having played 50 or more games at SMCC. The power forward was a YSCC All-Conference selection in 2010, crowned a conference champion in 2010 and 2011, and made USCAA national tournament appearances in the same seasons.
Phil Desjardins, who coached the SeaWolf baseball team for 16 seasons, is the all-time
winningest baseball coach in SMCC history. Coach Desjardins compiled a 220-163 overall
record – .574 win%, won three YSCC championships in 06, 07 and 12, made three USCAA
national tournament appearances in 08, 10 and 11, and was named YSCC Coach of the Year in 2007. Desjardins was inducted as the third coach into the hall of fame.
Rounding out the inductees was Eric Bruneau, who is the first inductee in the “Friends and Supporters” category. Bruneau, who is in his ninth year as President of the SeaWolves Athletic Club, has helped raise close to $310,000.
Athletic Director Matt Richards summed up the event with these words, “Alisa, Michela, Phil, and Eric accomplished spectacular feats here at SMCC—those forever etched in the record books. All are true representatives of what it means to represent SeaWolves Athletics and the college in a positive and meaningful way. I am extremely pleased to officially induct these four as class of 2019.”
On a final note, the Beacon offers up a hearty shout out to all of the student athletics who have put in long hours of work and have made SMCC athletics a culture to be proud of. Maybe someone out there in the SeaWolf Nation will start a SeaWolfProud hash tag.