NAC Weekly Honors (Week Ending 9/16/18)



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Player & Rookie of the Week

Lindsey Gregoire, Thomas

(Fr., F - Kennebunk, Maine)

Gregoire picked up two goals and an assist to lead the Thomas offense this week. The rookie notched a goal and assist in the Terrier OT loss to Colby on Tuesday, and also scored in a 3-2 overtime loss to Mount Holyoke to push her season total to five.


Defensive Player of the Week

Leah Kruse, Thomas

(Jr., GK - Norridgewock, Maine)

Leah Kruse kept her team in two tough non-conference games this week, beginning with an 11 save performance in an overtime loss at Colby on Tuesday. She followed that by holding Mount Holyoke, who had scored four or more goals twice in five games this season, to three goals in an overtime loss on Sunday.



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Golfer of the Week 

Gavin Dugas, Husson

(Sr., - Pittsfield, Maine)

Gavin Dugas, who was tied for second on the first day of the 44th Annual Maine Intercollegiate Golf Association (MEIGA) Championship, moved up one spot to defend his individual State of Maine Intercollegiate Championship crown. Dugas posted the best score of the day, shooting a 67 on Sunday, tying his career low score, for an overall score of 138 (four strokes under par). With his incredible performance, he helped Husson win the title with a two-day total of 574 (296-278), the lowest team score in MEIGA Championship history and the lowest in Husson University history. At the end of the day, Dugas received All-State honors.



Rookie of the Week 

Josh Marshall, SUNY Canton

(Fr., Golfer - Syracuse, NY)

Marshall posted a round of 7-over par, 79, to tie for eighth place out of a 60-golfer field at the Keuka College Invitational. He was the second Roo golfer and crucial to the team finishing in first place out of the 10-team field. The top five teams were all within six strokes.



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Player of the Week

Kyle Townsend, Husson

(Jr., GK - Hampden, Maine)

Townsend recorded his first career point in the opening minute of play against SUNY Canton, sending a free kick from just outside his goal box, sailing down the field over nearly every player's head before bouncing down just in front of teammate Nathan Firlings, giving the Eagles an early 1-0 advantage. Once again off the boot of Townsend, Husson extended their lead to 3-1 in the 39th minute, after teammate Ian Lee took control of a misplayed ball by Kangaroo defender, punted by Townsend. Husson returned home with a 4-1 victory and a win for the junior in net.


Defensive Player of the Week

Arthur Clayton, Northern Vermont-Johnson

(Fr, D - Lyme, N.H.)

Arthur played an integral part in two big Badger wins this week. He provided assists from the left back on the opening two goals of Badger's win at Green Mountain to get the team rolling after a long stalemate. Clayton followed that up by scoring the game winning goal against UMPI also from the left back position. He added an assist in the contest to end the week with 1 goal and 3 assists from the back.


Rookie of the Week 

Benjamin Powell, Husson

(Fr., GK - Frankfort, Maine)

Five minutes into the match against Bowdoin, Powell stopped not one, but two penalty kicks in net for the Eagles, because the first one had to be retaken. In his first collegiate start in net, he held off the Polar Bears from scoring throughout the entire first half, tallying eight saves in the match. In the Eagles first encounter with SUNY Canton since joining the conference, Powell helped Husson maintain a 4-1 victory finishing out the remaining 21:20 in net while picking up two saves.



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Player of the Week 

Kelsey Cauchon, Northern Vermont-Johnson

(Jr., F - Colchester, Vt.)

Cauchon was the offensive power for the Badgers, contributing 4 goals in a 5-0 win over Me.- Presque Isle to give the Badgers a win in their first conference matchup. Cauchon has scored 11 goals on the season.


Defensive Player of the Week 

Emily Conway, Maine Maritime

(So., GK - Charleston, S.C.)

Conway was impressive in net to secure her second-straight shutout, her third of the season, and 3-0 victory for the Mariners over UMaine-Farmington in the NAC opener for both teams. The sophomore goalie turned away all four shots she faced.


Rookie of the Week 

Sydney Morton, Husson

(Fr., F - Pittsfield, Maine, 7)

In the beginning of the second half against SUNY Canton, Morton stripped a Kangaroo defender of the ball, taking one touch before volleying it past a fast-approaching keeper into the back of the net. She took four shots, three were on goal (.750), and one found the back of the net. Morton's first goal as an Eagle helped secure Husson's first win of the season, 1-0 in the conference opener.



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Player of the Week

Meridith Blessard, Husson

(Sr., - Lincoln, Maine)

Blessard helped the Eagles kick off their season on a hot streak, capturing three wins in the first week, 9-0 over Thomas (Maine), 8-1 against NVU-Johnson, and 9-0 versus NVU-Lyndon. Blessard competed in doubles action paired up with freshman Ashley Matlock grabbing three wins, 8-0, 8-4, 8-1. Blessard also competed in singles action, sweeping a Terrier, 6-0, 6-0, defeating a Badger, 6-2, 6-2, and taking a 6-0 win against a Hornet.


Rookie of the Week

Hannah Malinen, Husson

(Fr., - Middletown, Pa.)

Malinen helped the Eagles kick off their season on a hot streak, capturing three wins in the first week, 9-0 over Thomas (Maine), 8-1 against NVU-Johnson, and 9-0 versus NVU-Lyndon. She displayed a consistent performance in all three singles matches, sweeping, 6-0, 6-0. Paired up in doubles with freshman Natalie Tilton, the duo tag teamed for three more victories for the Eagles.




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Player of the Week

Nikola Knapova, Northern Vermont-Johnson

(Jr., OH - Presov, Slovakia)

This week in nine sets with two wins and one loss, Knapova logged 35 kills (3.78/set) on 88 swings, 12 aces, and 32 digs (3.56/set). She received all six rotations with only 3 receive errors, and contributed 47 points (5.2/set) to the efforts. For the season she is leading the conference in kills per set (2.94), total points (124.5), points per set (3.9), and aces per set (.91). 


Defensive Player of the Week

Tatum Lafrance, SUNY Canton

(So, S - Akwesasne, N.Y.)

Lafrance posted 37 kills (2.85/set) and 29 digs (2.23/set), hitting .265 on the week. The setter was an outstanding two-way player for the Roos in four matches, posting eight or more kills and five or more digs in every match including a double-double of 10 kills and 10 digs in a sweep of Utica. She also tallied eight kills and nine digs in a sweep of D'Youville. Offensively she landed 40 points and hit a team-high .265 on 83 swings. 


Rookie of the Week 

Adrienne Beatty, Husson

(Fr., DS - Rochester, N.H.)

Repeating as Rookie of the Week, defensive specialist Beatty helped the Eagles sweep UMaine-Machias 3-0 by grabbing 25 digs. Beatty dresesd as the libero in two of the week's three matches, and tallied a total of 46 digs and four assists throughout the week.





North Atlantic Conference play begins September 22.

UMaine-Farmington will return to action at Colby under the lights on Tuesday night, after a week off. Husson will host Bowdoin for a Tuesday night game under the lights.

Husson were on the road this past week traveling to Saint Joseph's of Maine falling 7-0 and continued their travels south to Springfield, Mass. with a 10-3 loss.

Thomas was 0-3 this week against three tough non-conference opponents. The Terriers took crosstown rival Colby to overtime on Tuesday, where they lost 4-3. They dropped home contests over the weekend, fist to Kean University on Saturday 2-1, then to Mount Holyoke on Sunday 3-2 in overtime. Thomas hosts Bates on Wednesday, then will take on Simmons at home on Sunday.



The North Atlantic Conference Championship is October 13-14 at the Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury, Vt.

SUNY Canton won the 10-team field at the Keuka Invitational behind a round of 1-over par, 73, from junior Matthew Russell as he earned medalist honors out of the 60-golfer field. Freshman Josh Marshall recorded a round of 79 to tie for eighth place, while Tom Rancour (83 - T-24th) and Devin Page (84 - T-26th) rounded out the Roo scorers. The team finished with a score of 319, edging out Medaille College (321), Oswego State (322), Penn College (323) and SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (325).

Castleton finished fifth at the Trailblazer Invitational midweek and 18th out of 22 teams at the two-day Middlebury College Duke Nelson Invitational over the weekend.

SUNY Delhi finished 4th at the Shenandoah Invitational last sunday then had a quite week. The Broncos get back on the course this weekend at the two-day Utica College Invitational.

UMaine-Farmington took seventh place at the Maine Collegiate Championship out of 10 teams.

Husson Gavin Dugas led his team to win 44th Annual Maine Intercollegiate Golf Association (MEIGA) Championship with a two-day total of 574 (296-278), the lowest team score in MEIGA Championship history and the lowest in Husson University history. He defended his individual State of Maine Intercollegiate Championship crown posting the best score of the day, shooting a 67 on Sunday, tying his career low score, for an overall score of 138 (four strokes under par). G. Dugas, E. Dugas, Wickenden, Morang and Clow all earned All-State honors. his marks the first time since the 5th Annual MEIGA Championship in 1980 and just the second time in program history that all five members finished in the top ten.

NVU-Johnson was off this week and returns to the links September 19 at the Westfield State Invitational.

Maine Maritime defeated UMaine-Presque Isle on Friday at the Castine Country Club, and finished 10th at the two-day MEIGA Championships. Maine Maritime competes at the UMF Invitational next Saturday.

MCLA finished in ninth place at their own Trailblazer Invitational and will compete at the Williams Invitational this weekend.

UMaine-Presque Isle  had its first match of the season on Friday September 14th at Maine Maritime falling to the Mariners 326 to 390. Junior Michael Boone was the top golfer for the Owls finishing second at Castine Country Club shooting an 18 hole score of 80. The Owls play next at Waterville Country Club in Waterville, Maine at the UMaine - Farmington Invitational on Saturday, September 22nd.

Salem State University finished in ninth place at the Middlebury College Duke Nelson Invitational.

Thomas finished 8th out of 10 at the Maine Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship over the weekend. Thomas will play in the UMF Invitational at Waterville Country Club on Saturday.



North Atlantic Conference play opened September 15.

SUNY Canton went 1-1-1 in a busy three game week. Conner Morse scored a pair of goals to lead the team to a 4-1 win v. Southern Vermont on Sunday. Tyler Petersen earned his first collegiate win stopping three of four shots. Mouhammed Thiam stopped all three shots he faced in his third shutout of the season in a 0-0 double overtime tie v. Utica on Wednesday and the Roos fell 4-1 in their North Atlantic Conference opener v. Husson on Saturday. Edward Malinoski, Jr. scored one goal each v. the Eagles and Mountaineers.

UMaine-Farmington went 1-1 on the week with a 5-0 win over Unity College and a 2-1 loss to NAC opponent Maine Maritime.

Husson traveled to Bowdoin on the 11th, losing a close 2-1 match. The Eagles traveled to SUNY Canton and came out firing on all cylinders, scoring three goals in the first half. Goalie, Kyle Townsend, opened up the game with a long ball of his own, grabbing the assist within the first minute. Husson won the match by a score of 4-1. 

NVU-Johnson were strong defensively to reach a 2-0 week, beating Green Mountain College and conference opponent University of Maine Presque Isle.

NVU-Lyndon dropped both of their contests during the week. On Wednesday they dropped a 3-1 non-conference match at Dean, and on Saturday they fell, 7-0, in their NAC opener against Thomas.

Maine Maritime picked up their first win of the season on Saturday, when they defeated UMaine-Farmington in their conference opener. Matthew Caron (Scarborough, Maine) scored both goals to lead the Mariners to the 2-1 victory. The Mariners host UMaine-Machias on Wednesday night before heading to SUNY Canton on Saturday.

Thomas went 2-0 on the week, beginning with a 3-2 win over USM on Tuesday. The Terriers visited NVU-Lyndon on Saturday, where they took a 7-0 win in their conference opener. Thomas Host Unity on Thursday, then takes on NVU-Johnson at home in a conference match on Saturday.

UMaine-Presque Isle finished the week at 0-2 after suffering a 7-0 loss at Northern Vermont University-Johnson on Saturday. The Owls, who were without the services of seven injured players, lost 3-1 at Unity College on Sunday. Chad Bartlett, a Junior midfielder from Bradley, Maine scored for the Owls against the Rams.



North Atlantic Conference opened September 15.

SUNY Canton Allison Wakefield combined to make 22 saves as the Roos dropped a pair of contests to SUNY Potsdam (5-0) and Husson (1-0) this week.

UMaine-Farmington went 0-3 on the week with losses to UNE, Maine Maritime and Bowdoin.

Husson after a 5-0 loss to a tough opponent in Colby, Husson overcame a long trip to SUNY Canton with the help from freshman Sydney Morton, scoring the lone goal of the contest for a 1-0 win.

NVU-Johnson went 0-3 on the week with losses to non-conference opponents UNE and Bowdoin, and conference opponent Maine Maritime.

NVU-Lyndon fell 2-0 to Thomas in the NAC opener and their only match of the week.

Maine Maritime went 1-0 this week and secured their season-straight shutout on Saturday in their NAC opener against UMaine-Farmington. The Mariners host UMaine-Machias on Wednesday night before heading to SUNY Canton on Saturday.

Thomas defeated NVU-Lyndon in their conference opener on Saturday, 2-0. Thomas visits USM on Wednesday then hosts a conference match with NVU-Johnson on Saturday.

UMaine-Presque Isle went 0-2 this past week while on a road trip to Vermont. On Saturday, UMPI fell to Northern Vermont University-Johnson 5-0 in their NAC opener. The Owls narrowly missed out on their first victory of the season on Sunday, losing a tough 3-2 game in double overtime at Vermont Tech. Despite competing without 2 key players, Me-Presque Isle battled the Knights until the game winner was scored at the 100:46 mark. Senior Jordi Legassie and Junior Sofia Crouse both of Presque Isle, Maine scored goals and defender Casey Lovely (Easton, Maine) stepped up to fill in as keeper.



The North Atlantic Conference Championship is October 6 at the Berkshire West Athletic Club in Pittsfield, Mass.

Husson rolled to three wins this week, losing only one singles match out of 18. The Eagles soared 9-0 over Thomas, 8-1 over NVU-Johnson, and 9-0 against NVU-Lyndon.

NVU-Johnson went 2-1 this past week as they competed in three conference matches. Their wins cane against NVU-Lyndon and Thomas College while Husson gave the Badgers their only loss of the week.

NVU-Lyndon went 1-1 in NAC matches and 1-2 overall last week. On Thursday they dropped a 9-0 decision to Johnson. On Saturday, they defeated Thomas, 7-2, for their first win of the season. On Sunday, they fell 9-0 at Husson in a non-conference match.

Lesley fell to Simmons 8-1 and has a few days off before hosting UMass-Dartmouth this Thursday.

Thomas was 0-3 on the week, dropping a non-conference game to Husson on Tuesday. They fell to NVU-Lyndon in conference action on Saturday, then lost to NVU-Johnson on a non-conference match Sunday. The Terriers visit USM and Husson on Tuesday and Wednesday.



North Atlantic Conference play begins October 13.

SUNY Canton split four matches over the weekend at the Oswego State Tournament. The Roos earned sweeps v. Utica (25-23, 25-18, 25-15) and D'Youville (25-19, 25-22, 25-20) and fell to Oswego State 3-1 (25-22, 12-25, 17-25, 19-25) and Elmira 3-0 (25-27, 19-25, 27-29). Peyton Robinson was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 8.77 assists and 2.46 digs per set. Tatum Lafrance posted 2.85 kills and 2.23 digs per set hitting .265 on the week.

Husson welcomed U-Maine Machias on the 11th to their home court with high energy in all three sets, sending a barrage of formations at the Clippers, defeating them 3-0. The Eagles squad traveled down to Keene, N.H. on the 15th and fought hard against two formidable opponents. The Warriors of Eastern Connecticut defeated Husson, 3-0 in the first match as the home team, then the Keene State Owls defeated Husson 3-0.

NVU-Johnson went 2-1 this week. The Badgers lost to Bay Path and collected wins against NVU-Lyndon and Paul Smith's College.

NVU-Lyndon went 0-3, all in non-conference matches, for the week. They dropped a 3-0 decision to Johnson on Wednesday. On Sunday they fell to St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) and Green Mountain, both in three sets.

Maine Maritime went 1-2 this week, falling to Bowdoin on Wednesday night, and splitting Saturday's matches with a victory over UMass Dartmouth and a loss to Southern Maine. The Mariners will return to action next weekend when they head to SUNY Maritime to take on the Privateers, Merchant Marine and Mass. Maritime in the Ninth Annual Maritime Classic on Saturday and Sunday.

UMaine-Presque Isle enjoyed a solid weekend with two wins at home. The Owls defeated Fisher College in three close sets (26-24, 25-23 and 27-25) and then completed their second sweep of the day with a 3-0 win over UMaine-Machias. Sophomore Miranda Washinawatok (Shawano, WI) led the way offensively for the Owls recording 15 and 14 kills respectively. Junior setter Laura Arzo (Tucson, AZ) continued to put her teammates in great scoring position recording 17 assists versus Fisher and 22 assists against UMaine-Machias.