By The Beacon Sports Staff
The last two weeks have seen the Seawolves active on all fields of play as the
baseball, softball and men’s soccer teams have rounded out their seasons, while the
basketball teams opened their 2014-2015 season by participating in the 21st Annual
CanAm tournament hosted by Central Maine Community College.
The big story over from this past weekend is the Lady Seawolves soccer team
winning the YSCC post-season tournament over conference rival University of Maine-
Machias in penalty kicks after playing to a 2-2 tie in regulation and extra periods.
SMCC got on the scoreboard first when Hannah Fields scored on a free kick from
27 yards out at the 28 minute mark. 27 minutes later and approximately 7 minutes into
the second half, Hannah padded the SMCC lead when she ruffled the back of the net to
give SMCC a 2-nil lead.
The Lady Clippers were far from conceding the match as they scored 11 minutes
later and then buried the equalizer in the back of the net seconds before the 79 minute
The remainder of the match went scoreless and continued this trend for 2
extra periods, which forced a penalty kick situation. They Lady Seawolves found the
back of the net three times in the shootout as Hannah Fields, Katy Owen and Marina
West found the back of the net for the Lady Wolves. The win at NHTI sends SMCC to
the USCAA Nationals, hosted by Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.
Saturday on the soccer pitch proved to be quite exciting for the SMCC squads
also. The Lady Wolves advanced to the YSCC finals with a 2-0 win over the Lynx of
NHTI. Kym Hendrix’s goal at the 62 minute mark put the Lady Wolves on the
scoreboard first and was followed by Sunday’s star Hannah Fields. No extra periods or
penalty kicks were needed as NHTI never turned the goose egg over on the scoreboard.
The Men Wolves suffered the worse kind of defeat as they battled NHTI to a 1-1
tie after regulation and two extra time periods. After an initial shoot-out, with the team
that scores the most goals out of 5 shoots advancing, SMCC and the Lynx were tied at 3
goals apiece. Goals for the Seawolves came from Steve Rwendeye, Sean Jackson and
Brandon Ford. The Lynx eventually won in a sudden death shoot-out as the NHTI scored on their
first kick and SMCC missed on their equalizing attempt.
The men Wolves finished the season 7-5-2 as Sean Jackson, Douglas Cloutier and
Hughes Bakunda were named all-conference and Coach Brian Dougher was named
YSCC East Coach of the year.
Cegep Champlain St. Lawrence’s women’s basketball team, the University of
New Brunswick Saint John’s women and men’s basketball teams, and the men’s squad
from St. Thomas University were the three Canadian schools that traveled south of the
border to take to the court against the Seawolve and Mustang squads in the CanAm
tournament at CMCC on Saturday and Sunday.
The Lady Seawolves opened up the two-day tournament at 2pm on Saturday
taking to the court against Cegep Champlain St. Lawrence. The Lady Seawolves picked
up where they left off 9 months ago with a high-pressure defense and a high-octane
offense in route to a 67-47 win. In Sunday’s action the Lady Wolves continued their
high-paced offensive winning against the UNB-Saint John’s, 62-44.
What wasn’t evident in Saturday or Sunday’s win were the rule changes to the
women’s game that were made this past summer by the NCAA Rules Oversight Panel.
The panel approved changes to the format of the women’s games shifting from two
twenty-minutes- halves to four ten-minute quarters. The rationale behind the move was
made by the NCAA’s Women’s Basketball Rules Committee believing that the fourteen-
minute quarters would enhance the flow of the game.
After ten minutes of play, the Lady Seawolves held a two-point lead 18-16 as six
Lady Wolves contributed in the scoring effort. The second quarter saw the Lady Wolves
out score the Lions 20-8, building a 38-24 halftime.
Other changes that affect the women’s game include: shooting two-free throws
(known as the bonus free throws) on the fifth team foul in each quarter. Previously a team
would reach the one-and-one free throw (if you made the first you were awarded got a
second free throw) on the seventh team foul and then shoot the double bonus (two shots)
on the tenth team foul.
Team fouls will also reset to zero at the beginning of each quarter with the
exception that at the end of the fourth quarter the team fouls will remain if there are
overtime quarters played.
Asked how much these changes would affect the Lady Seawolves style of play,
Julia Howe, Lady Seawolves head coach, stated, “As we are a running team it will slow
us down a bit with our transition game.”
In Sunday’s action the Lady Wolves jumped out to a six-point lead after ten
minutes of play with balanced scoring from 6 players. Alicia Hoyt and Amira Jones lead
the scoring with 6 and 5 points respectively.
The second quarter proved to be much more competitive as St. John’s defense
clamped down on the Seawolves as their offense hung with SMCC, scoring 11 points to
the Seawolves’ 12. Nevertheless, the Wolves went into the break with a 34 to 27 lead.
The third quarter proved to be all Amira Jones as she lead the SMCC attack,
draining 7 points, matching St. John’s output, and helping the Lady Wolves to build a 14-
point lead going into the fourth quarter.
After two games in two days, the Lady Seawolves started the 2014-15 season with
a 2-0 record.
As the women’s game went through some changes the men’s game remains the
same. The men’s game Saturday started out rough as both teams took a while to get into
the flow of their offensives. After 10 minutes of play, the men Wolves held a one-point
lead of 12-11 when Jordan DeRosby sank a three point shot. Jordan would end up the
game-leading scorer, draining 18 points, going 5-13 from the field, and hitting two out of
three pointers and hitting both of his free throws.
After 40 minutes of play on Saturday the men Wolves walked off the court with a
23-point win over St. Thomas University and would return to Central Maine Community
College Sunday to face a tougher Canadian team in University of New Brunswick-St.
On Sunday, the third of three overtimes games played by Seawolve teams over
the weekend took place on the basketball court, when last minute heroics by the UNB-St.
John’s squad fought back from an eight point deficit with five minutes to play, tying the
game with one second remaining.
between them and St. Johns, as SMCC held leads of 9, 11 and 12 periodically throughout
the second half.
With a minute to go in overtime SMCC held a three-point lead that they couldn’t
hold as St John’s eventually took the lead with 5 seconds remaining and building a three
point lead by outscoring the Wolves 6-0 over the last minute.
On the baseball diamond the Seawolves traveled to Dean College for a double
header on October 12th, falling in both games 4-12 and 5-6. The baseball team finished
the fall season with a 6-7-1 overall record while posting a 5-3 conference record. The
Wolves dropped their last 4 games of the season, which nearly mirrored how they opened
the season when they went 0-3-1.
The Seawolves’ spring season starts on April 10th when they host University
Maine Presque Isle in a double header.
On the links, The Seawolves golf team traveled to Portsmouth, NH to play in the
YSCC Championship, which was hosted by Great Bay Community College.
The Seawolves placed second as a team, finishing behind Paul Smith College who
shot a 348. SMCC team score came in at 363. SMCC’s Greyson Waterman shot a 77
which secured him the top place on the leader board. Ville Wuorenjuuri finished the day
with a 90, and teammates Brian Gallagher and Nicholas Conley rounded out the scoring
with a 97 and 98 respectively.
Lastly, of all the rule changes the NCCAA made to the women’s basketball game,
the best one was reserved for bands and amplified music. Music could only be played
during time outs and intermission, and now music can be played during any dead ball
situation. Did you hear that SMCC band?
The Beacon sends its congratulations to golf coach Dennis Leaver for being named YSCC Coach
of the Year.