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Spring Sports Active After Spring Training Travel. Baseball opens spring home season against CMCC; softball against Massasoit CC

By The Beacon Sports Staff

The SeaWolves softball and baseball teams returned to action on the South Portland Campus after traveling to Florida to open their spring seasons with the SeaWolves baseball team, taking to the diamond to battle it out against the Mustangs on March 31 in a nine-inning game.

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Emma Burns rounds third to score as Madison Eastman crosses the plate on a double by Kahli Philibotte. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff

The Lady SeaWolves opened their home spring season against Massasoit Community College this past Saturday. The ‘Wolves would grab both games of the double header (11-0 and 8-0) in what some might consider not necessarily the best softball weather.
Kristen Mackenzie would take to the pitcher’s circle in the opener as Sarah Guimond would in the second game. Both pitchers would need only five innings of work in order to get the win, as the SeaWolves’ bats manufactured runs galore.

The ‘Wolves would score runs in every inning, posting three to open the game followed by one in the second inning, five in the third and two in the fourth inning, at which point the game was called.

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Amos Herrin breaks for first after hitting a grounder to shortstop. Herrin was called safe as the Massasoit shortstop misplayed the ball. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff

Kahli Philibotte would get the Lady ‘Wolves going with a two-run homer in the first inning and follow later with a triple, driving in Sara Ring in the third inning. Ring would earn two runs batted in (RBIs) in the fourth inning when she pounded a triple to center field. Ring would also complete the first game going three for three from the plate.
Mackenzie would earn her fourth win of the season, striking out four while facing 16 batters. She would also allow one base runner, a double to center field for her day’s work.

In the second game of the double header the scoring would wait for two innings before the ‘Wolves plated four runs in the third inning and then four more in the fourth inning.
Again it would be Philibotte starting the scoring with a double, scoring two, after which Guimond would double also, scoring another two. Guimond would also earn the win from the pitcher’s circle, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out two.

In Sunday’s action against Yankee Small College Conference opponent Saint Joseph’s of Vermont, the Lady ‘Wolves would drop the opener 9-5 and take the second game 6-4. For more information on these games, check out the Official SMCC SeaWolves website.

The men ‘Wolves opened their spring home season against YSCC rival CMCC and dropped a hard fought game in 10 innings the last weekend of March. The Mustangs would plate three runs in the top of the 10th inning, stealing a win in South Portland.

SMCC would get onto the big board first with a line-drive home run off of the bat of Sean Adams to dead-center field. It wouldn’t take CMCC long to answer, as they scored twice in the top of the third inning, pulling ahead two to one. In the top of the fourth inning CM would pad their lead to two runs (3-1).

The SeaWolves would not be able push any runners across home plate until the fifth inning, when designated hitter Lucas Watson scored on a throwing error by the CM pitcher to first base. Watson was able to draw a walk, enabling him to get on base, advancing to second on a sacrifice — which led to him scoring.

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Emma Burns slides in safely under the throw from the catcher to the pitcher on a wild pitch. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff

SMCC would even the score in the eighth inning when Amos Herrin drew a lead off walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Mustang third baseman. A few pitches later Herrin was able to cross the plate on a pass, knotting the score at three.
Two innings later the Mustangs would plate three runs with two outs as key hits pushed runners across the plate. The Mustangs would plate three runners on three hits while leaving one runner on base.

Dylan Francoeur took to the mound to pitch for the ‘Wolves, lasting five complete innings allowing two earned runs on three hits. Devin Sawyer would take the loss for the record books.

In this past Sunday’s games against Massasoit Community College, the ‘Wolves would get out of the gate in the first inning, plating 11 runs. The ‘Wolves would plate four more runs in the second inning and two more in the third.

Massasoit was able to score twice in the top of the third; however, the game was called after Massasoit could not score any more runs after the top of the fifth inning.

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Sean Adams is thrown out at the plate, ending an 11-run inning by the SeaWolves. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff

The second game of the day proved to be more competitive, as the teams would take a 7-7 tie into the bottom of the eighth inning.

Massasoit would score twice in the first and then plate one more run in the third, taking a three-to-nil lead into the bottom of the third inning. The SeaWolves would cut into the lead, trimming it to one run with two in the bottom of the third and evening the score in the bottom of the fourth.

After two innings of scoreless ball, both teams would plate four runs in the seventh inning, setting up late-inning dramatics.

Leadoff hitter Cody Bryant was able to reach first base on an error by the Massasoit shortstop, after which Devon Butler singled to left field, advancing Bryant to third base.
With runners at first and third, Evan Leveroni hit a grounder to the shortstop, who fielded the ball cleanly and threw home trying to throw out Bryant, who broke towards home on contact. The Massasoit catcher saw Bryant stranded between third and home, overthrowing the third baseman in an attempt to pick Bryant off; this allowed Bryant to score, securing a double-header sweep for the SeaWolves.

The SeaWolves baseball team return home on Thursday the 12th to play CMCC at 3:30 and then have a three-game home stand against New Hampshire Technical Institute on Friday at 4:00, and Saturday at 12:00 and 2:00.

The Lady SeaWolves return to the South Portland campus on Friday the 13th, to take on the University of Maine-Presque Isle at 3:30 and 5:30; and Saturday the 14th, to battle it out against New Hampshire Technical Institute at 12:00 and 2:00.

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On the Diamonds With the SeaWolves; Squads Open Spring Season in Florida

By the Beacon Sports Staff

While the softball and baseball diamonds were covered in snow and the Southern Maine region was suffering through a few winter “bomb cyclones” over spring break, the SMCC softball and baseball teams where in Florida taking to the diamonds.

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Madison Eastman. Photo Courtesy of Jodi Kenna.

The SeaWolves softball team returned to Florida after a three-year hiatus from traveling during spring break, while the baseball squad made it to Florida after making it to South Carolina two seasons.

The teams would combine winning five games and dropping 12 (the Lady Seawolves would post a 2-6 record, as the men would go 3-6); regardless, both head coaches Magnant and Yanni agreed that the trip was well worth the time and energy making it happen.

Head Softball Coach Magnant reflected upon the trip as, “a great opportunity to expose our players/ladies and compete against some very talented teams. Our trip was a bonding experience and we are ready and confident to take on the rest of our Spring Season.” Baseball Head Coach Yanni stated that the trip was, “a learning experience that I feel will go a long way when we get into our games here in the Northeast and in the YSCC.”

When asked what made this trip special, Meranda Martin shared, “I think what made this trip so special was being able to play softball outside in warm weather instead of being in a gym,” as Sara Ring added, “There were a lot of laughs on and off the field.”

The baseball squad started their spring-break games with a double header against Waubonsee from Illinois, splitting a double header. They would lose the opener 4-2 and win the second game 5-0. The win would come courtesy of the arm of junior pitcher Amos Herrin, who opened his spring season by pitching a complete game, having to throw 90 pitches while striking out 11.   

A day later, the Lady SeaWolves started their spring-break games, also splitting a double header. The Ladies’ double header was a non-traditional one, as they would beat Northland Community & Technical College from Minnesota in the opener, 11-0, and drop the second game against Spoon River College from Illinois, 0-9.

Planning for the trip started last summer for the softball team and last fall season for the baseball team. The goal for both teams was to do as much fundraising as possible in order to keep the out-of-pocket cost for the student athletes as low as possible.

According to Coach Magnant, “The team did a great job fundraising,” as the main goal Magnat had was to make sure all of his players had a chance to go “without breaking the bank.”

Fundraising events included “fall/spring softball clinics, selling DD Booklets, a Fundraiser Night at Buffalo Wild Wings and sending out sponsor letters to their families and friends.” “The team did such a great job fundraising,” Magnant said, “not only did they pay for the spring pre-season in Cocoa Beach and tickets to Universal Studios Park. They only had to pay $100 out of pocket for whole trip. They did a super job!”

While the planning part of the process for the baseball team started a little bit later than the softball, the details that needed to be taken care of were highlighted when Coach Yanni shared that, “Securing flights, lodging, transportation for 21 people (16 players, 3 coaches, and 2 helping hands) for 5 days is a task in itself.”

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Caleb Chambers. Photo Courtesy of Mackenzie Smith.

Coach Yanni also shared the same sentiments that Coach Magnant had with keeping the trip as cost effective as possible for the student athletes, stating that, “The biggest obstacle was trying to do this trip and keep it affordable for the players but at the same time allowing them to get the work in and the experience. We held a bowling fundraiser that raised a few bucks and the kids also sent out sponsor me letters to help, in the end it only cost each kid $400 for the trip.”

In terms of play, both teams maintained a schedule that didn’t leave them with much down time. The baseball team played nine games in five days, four days on which they played double headers. The softball team played eight games over the course of five days, as the first two days and last two days of play saw the Lady SeaWolves playing double headers.

Both squads faced teams that are well outside of the New England region, as they took to the diamonds against teams from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey and New York.

When asked how he felt his squad did against the teams they played, Coach Yanni stated, “In general, I guess the athleticism may have been better but in the game of baseball I believe it is more about your mental fortitude. Being able to make adjustments and turn the tide when a game is not going your way is what we struggle with. We could of beat every team we played down there, we have the skill to do it, what we lacked was a little bit of mental toughness. I am not saying we aren’t mentally tough because we battled all week and ended up 3-6 but we should of been 4-5 and some of the games that got out of hand I don’t think the score reflected the team we are.”

Meranda Martin spoke of how the level of competition affected her and her teammates: “…the most challenging part of the trip was staying up when we were down. I think a lot of people got down on themselves when they were not playing their best game. Which then carried over to the entire team, then after we were losing by a few runs it was harder for us to refocus. I will say I think everyone learned that even if we are down we still need to stay up and be focused.”

Sara Ring reflected on how the team responded when they found themselves not playing well. “I really thought we did a good job of laughing things off when we did something that seemed silly,” she said. “I was also extremely proud of how everyone gave it their all when they went in. No one went into the games giving only 70%.”

Considering that the Yankee Small Conference softball and baseball spring seasons are quite short, having a spring-break trip scheduled is quite the marketing component for recruiting. Softball coach Magnant stated, “The Florida Trip is a great recruiting tool! Not only will recruits save a lot of money at SMCC, but it also shows recruits that we are serious about our softball program and we run our program like a Division 3 program with trips to Florida to compete and face talented teams to get ready for the spring season. It also shows Recruits we’re willing to play a tough/busy schedule like Division 3 colleges.”   

Baseball coach Yanni reflected upon the trip as a recruiting aspect with these thoughts, “going to Florida is a commitment to the program and hopefully showing kids we are serious about our program thus pulling some recruits and growing our team. We will undoubtedly need to grow the team especially in the pitching staff department. Currently a lot of my position players are also my pitchers, this puts a lot of stress on arms and the players when we are playing in so many games. Every team except one that we played had a full bullpen, fatigue for them was not in play as much as it was for us.”

The Beacon would like to thank Jody Kenna and Mackenzie Smith for sharing the photos they took of the SeaWolves softball and baseball teams in action with the paper. If you are interested in viewing the softball and baseball portfolios you can find the photos in the Photo Galleries under the dropdown menu in the Fan Zone on the homepage of the SMCC Athletics website. Hit the 2017-18 season prompts for either team. For the softball team you’ll find the softball album labeled as March 11-16, 2018 Cocoa Beach Spring Training (Titusville, Fl).

You should also find the baseball photos under the baseball 2017-18 season prompt with March 10-16, 2018 Russmatt Central Florida Invitational.

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Amos Herrin. Photo Courtesy of Jody Kenna.
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Meranda Martin. Photo Courtesy of Mackenzie Smith.
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Kristen Mackenzie. Photo Courtesy of Mackenzie Smith.
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Amos Herrin. Photo Courtesy of Jody Kenna.

SeaWolves Place 4 on YSCC All-Conference Teams

By The Beacon Sports Staff

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Abigail Ramirez. Photo by Jacob Clowes

Last Friday the Yankee Small College Conference announced its All-Conference First and Second teams.

The teams are generated by all of the head coaches, who each nominate up to four players per team from their squads. The players who are nominated are then ranked in a voting process by the coaches. Coaches cannot vote for their players. After all of the votes are cast, the top five vote receivers are named to the First Team, as the second five are named to the Second Team. The top vote receivers are named Player of the Year.

The sole SeaWolf to receive enough votes to earn YSCC All-Conference First Team on either squad was Abigail Ramirez. Ramirez joined New Hampshire Technical Institute’s Riselly Deoleo, University of Maine-Augusta’s Caitlin LaFountain and Dominique Lewis, and the Community College of Central Maine’s Brooke Reynolds.

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Dylan Silvestri. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff

Ramirez ended the season averaging 11.3 points per game over 26 games played.
SeaWolf freshman center Amanda Brett was voted onto the All-Conference Second Team, joining CMCC’s Natalie Thurber and Kristina Blais, NHTI’s Michaella Biron and UMA’s Carmen Bragg. Brett averaged 10.5 points per game over the course of playing in 28 games.
On the men’s side of the court, SeaWolves Dylan Silvestri and Ryan Cloutier, the “Pelham Connection,” earned All-Conference Second Team standing, joining Vermont Tech’s Cameron Carter and Daniel Gill and University of Maine-Machias’s Darius Clark.

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Ryan Cloutier. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff

Cloutier maintained a 30 percent 3-point shooting average, draining 44 of 145 shots launched, while averaging 13.1 points per game throughout 28 games played. SeaWolf teammate Dylan Silvestri, who is the sole player leaving the program, grabbed 275 rebounds while averaging 15.2 points per game on a 55.0 shooting percentage over 27 games.

The Beacon would like to extend hearty congratulations to all four players. We wish all of you the best in your academic pursuits for the remainder of the semester and look forward to seeing the returning SeaWolves on the court next season.

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Amanda Brett. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff

 

SeaWolves Win Opener, Fall in Semifinals; Gutsy Efforts Keep Teams Competitive

By The Beacon Sports Staff

 

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Priscila Berdeja showing us her tenacity, trying to get it up over two defenders. Berdeja would end the game getting one steal and one rebound against VTC. Photo by Jacob Clowes

Two weekends ago the SeaWolves basketball teams traveled to Concord, New Hampshire, to participate in the Yankee Small College Conference Elite Eight postseason tournament. This year marked the first time that the name “Elite Eight” presented the tournament a slight challenge, as only six women’s teams were eligible to participate in the tournament.

The four-day tournament traditionally starts on Thursday with the top eight teams in the women’s field pairing off against each other with the first tip-off at 2 p.m.

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Lauryn Fagan going for the layup, pushing through the defense and her defender to try for 2 points. Fagan ended the game with 1 point and 4 rebounds against VTC. Photo by Jacob Clowes

With only six teams qualifying (teams that suffer a forfeit are ineligible), this year’s tournament got underway with the third through sixth seed teams playing Thursday: New Hampshire Technical Institute taking to the court against University of Maine-Machias at 6 p.m. and SMCC playing Vermont Tech at 8 p.m. The top two seeds, Central Maine Community College and the University of Maine-Augusta, drew first-round byes.

The NHTI Lady Lynx would open the tournament with a 70-54 win over the Clippers of the University of Maine-Machias squad. NHTI would next take to the court against the tournament’s top-seeded and United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) top-ranked team, CMCC.

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Men End Home Regular Season on Winning Note

By The Beacon Sports Staff

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Ryan Cloutier slamming the ball down with authority against the College of St. Joseph, making the crowd scream and ending the game with 10 points. Photo by Jacob Clowes

The 2017-18 YSCC regular season ended this past Saturday afternoon in the Hutchinson Gymnasium when the Vermont Tech Knights visited South Portland with the intent of winning both regular season games against the SeaWolves. The Knights, who took the first meeting 89-86 in Randolph, Vermont, would find themselves in a similar situation to the SeaWolves in the November meeting.

The Vermont Tech Knights would get on the scoreboard first, after which the SeaWolves would respond with 6 straight points. The lead would change three times and be tied five times over the course of the first 20 minutes of play. Twice, the SeaWolves would build 8-point leads that Vermont Tech would cut back into.

After 10 minutes of play, with the Wolves holding a five-point lead, Dylan Silvestri would work his moves under the basket scoring on a layup, earning a trip to the line as he was fouled on the play. Silvestri would complete the old-fashioned three-point play grabbing the Wolves their first eight-point lead of the half.

Over the course of the next eight minutes, the Knights would work their way back tying the score at 30 apiece, setting up what one could considered a momentum changing play. The Knights would outscore the Wolves 15-7 tying the game at 25 before they would tie the game again at 30.

With 1:59 left on the clock and the SeaWolves inbounding the ball to the side of the basket, the Wolves executed a perfectly timed inbound lobe pass to Ryan Cloutier who made his way down the right had side of the lane. Cloutier who has finished the play off numerous times this season, nestled the ball in his right hand at its apex allowing his momentum to finish the play off with a thunderous statement dunk.

The Wolves would build another eight-point lead (38-30) before Vermont would cut SMCC’s lead to six heading into halftime.

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Dylan Silvestri in his last game at the HUB, showing us how good of a player he is. Here, Silvestri forces his defenders off him as he drives into the paint, scoring 2 of his 15 points against the Knights and ending the game with a double-double with 11 rebounds. Photo by Jacob Clowes

The second half opened with Anderson Kavutse draining a three-pointer padding the Wolves lead to nine.

As the beginning of the second half panned out the Wolves would build a 13-point lead (48-35) off of a Timothy Dixon three-pointer and two Dylan Silvestri foul shots.

Again, the Knights would put together an offensive string rattling off ten straight points to get within three (48-45). After trading baskets, Vermont was again able to knot the score and level the playing field at 51 apiece with 9:51 remaining. The next minute of play saw Vermont grab a short-lived lead as SMCC would tie the game at 54 with 8:34 left on two fouls shots by Jacobee Burpee. Vermont Tech would respond grabbing another lead on a Tyrone Hilson three-point jumper.

With 7:02 remaining and SMCC down by three (60-56) Timothy Dixon buried two consecutive three-pointers to pull the Wolves within one and to grab a two-point lead (62-60).

The Wolves would pad their lead to seven on a two and three-pointer by Jacobee Burpee and a layup by Anderson Kavutse.

With 58 seconds remaining and Vermont Tech down by five, the Knights would claw their way to within one (59-58). Over the course of the final minutes, the Wolves had numerous chances to extend their lead only to watch missed laps and turnovers foil the opportunities.

Free throws by Jacobee Burpee and Anderson Katvutse with 28 and one seconds remaining sealed a hard-fought win for the SeaWolves.

The Wolves finished their regular season last night when the traveled to Abrn to take on CMCC. The game which was originally scheduled for last Wednesday was postponed because of school being cancelled due to snow.

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Sean Bowering driving into the paint, beating his defenders and going for the layup in a dominant game against the College of St. Joseph; Bowering would end the game with 3 points. Photo by Jacob Clowes

A week ago this past Saturday, the College of Saint Joseph’s of Vermont visited the Hutchinson Gym taking on SMCC in a non-conference game. St. Joe’s who was in the YSCC is an independent school right now searching for a conference to join.

In the early stages of the game, both teams traded buckets until SMCC went on a 15-0 run separating them from the Fighting Saints in front of an electrified crowd. The Wolves outscored St Joe’s by a 22-point margin in the first half and shot near 58.0 percent in the second to win the last 20 minutes.

Sophomore Timothy Dixon scored a season-high 23 points on his way to his first SeaWolf of the Game performance. Dixon was an efficient 9-11 from the floor through 24 minutes, his only misses coming from beyond the arc.

Dylan Silvestri would tally 23 points while grabbing 13 rebounds. The six-foot three-inch center netted his 120th offensive rebound of the season, a statistic that he leads in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division I and Division II players.

First-year point guard Jacobee Burpee contributed to the SeaWolves’ 53.2 percent shooting making 4-4 from the field finishing with 14 points.

The Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) men’s basketball team attained the 100-point total for the sixth time this season racking up 107 points while holding St Joe’s to 73.

The SeaWolves Travel to Concord New Hampshire to participate in the YSCC Elite Eight Tournament on Friday. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the USCAA Nationals in Pennsylvania.

Women’s Hoops Head to YSCC with High Hopes

By The Beacon Sports Staff

Since the last Beacon, the women’s basketball team has won two and lost one. The two wins come at the expense of the College of Saint Joseph’s of Vermont (80-51) and Vermont Technical College (77-60). The loss comes by the hands of New Hampshire Technical Institute, a 73-47 thrashing in Concord, New Hampshire.

The women’s team traveled to Concord ranked sixth in the latest USCAA coaches poll and was handed just its third Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) loss of the season, 73-47, by the Lynx, who are ranked ninth.

The Lady ‘Wolves grabbed a first quarter lead (13-9), which was generated by freshman center Amanda Brett’s 8 points. After the Lady ‘Wolves drained the first basket of the second quarter, the Lynx lived up to their namesake, outscoring the ‘Wolves 16-3 in one stretch and outscoring SMCC 21-11 for the quarter.

After 20 minutes of play, NHTI held a 9-point lead (30-24); however, once the Lynx opened the floodgates, there seemed to be no stemming the onslaught, as the Lynx would scorch the nets for 25 points in the third quarter besting SMCC’s 12 points by 13.

SMCC center Amanda Brett would bring home top scoring honors with 22; first-year guard Abigail Ramirez finished with nine rebounds, bringing her season total to 122.
Four contributed double-digit point totals for the Lynx were paced by Melissa Martel, who scored 17, and by the conference leading scorer Riselly Deoleo, who posted a 15-point performance while grabbing seven rebounds, five assists, and six steals in a yeoman’s effort.

After the game SMCC remained tied for second spot in the YSCC standings at 11-3 in league action and 16-7 overall. The Lynx shrank SMCC’s lead as they stood at 10-4 in conference, 18-5 after the contest.

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Emily Hogan shooting at mid range and getting 2 of her 5 points against the College of St. Joseph. Photo by Jacob Clowes

Two days after suffering their second-lowest offensive output of the season, the ‘Wolves took to the court to play the Fighting Saints of the St. Joseph’s. The ‘Wolves bounced back in splendid fashion, posting an 80-51 win in their next-to-last regular season game.

The Saints opened the game, scoring the first three points. After that, the Lady SeaWolves responded with a 10-point run, netting 23 points in the opening quarter. The first and last lead change of the game was stamped with only a minute or two elapsing on the game clock.

The Fighting Saints were only able to manage two baskets and a free throw in the second quarter. In the SMCC offensive side, Amanda Brett helped to build a 17-point lead for the SeaWolves, as she hit the nets for 9 points on 4-4 shooting.

Brett’s offensive prowess continued in the third quarter: She hit double figures with 10 points, dropping eight out of 10 from the foul line. Outscoring the Saints 19-12 in the third, the ‘Wolves held a 26-point lead heading into the final 10 minutes.

The SeaWolves’ offensive burst continued in the fourth quarter, when they posted their highest scoring for a quarter (24 points) for the season. After 40 minutes of play, the ‘Wolves would walk off the court with an 80-51 win, holding the Fighting Saints to 21 points less than their average.

SMCC’s point guard Abigail Ramirez, turned in a stellar performance, proving how effective she can be on both sides of the basketball. Ramirez finished the game with 18 points and six steals, and she had grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds over 38 minutes of play. Amanda Brett netted 27 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. This was her second consecutive 20-point performance, as her 13 points from the foul line helped her cause.

In Saturday’s action against Vermont Tech, the ‘Wolves outlasted a pesky team that they had beat down severely on Vermont’s home court, 73-42. This go-around would be different, as the Knights hung close through close to three quarters of play.

After ten minutes of play, the ‘Wolves held a 3-point lead (16-13) and a 6-point lead at the half. Jordan Farquharson lead the team with 6 points in the first quarter, as Abigail Ramirez and Alicia Ruth hit the nets for nine apiece. Emily Emerson added four for the ‘Wolves’ 22-point quarter.

The third quarter saw the Lady ‘Wolves outscore the Knights by 10 and build a 15-point lead after three quarters of play. Jordan Farquharson’s 8 points lead the scoring for the ‘Wolves.

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Lauryn Fagan pushing her way to the paint with power, looking for that layup and getting two rebounds against the Knights. Photo by Jacob Clowes

With 10 minutes to play, the ‘Wolves would outscore the Knights by 2, securing a 16-point win and providing themselves with some momentum for Monday night’s game against CMCC.

While results from Monday’s game cannot be posted in this issue of The Beacon, since they became available after our deadline, the Lady ‘Wolves have positioned themselves to make a serious run in the YSCC Elite Eight Tournament.

The Beacon wishes the Lady SeaWolves the best of luck in Concord.

Senior Day Comes to the HUB Gym

By The Beacon Sports Staff
As has been the tradition at SMCC, pregame warmups were delayed in order to honor the senior basketball players on the women’s and men’s team Saturday afternoon. Prior to tip-off for the women’s game against Vermont Tech, Amanda Matos, Alicia Ruth and Jordan Farquharson were acknowledged for their on-court contributions and their academic accomplishments. Dylan Silvestri, the solo senior on this year’s men’s team, was acknowledge after the women’s game finished and prior to the men’s game.

From left to right: Amanda Matos, Dylan Silvestri, Jordan Farquharson, Alicia Ruth. Photos by James Clowes

Amanda Matos, who graduated from Montverde Academy outside of her hometown of Orlando, Florida, attended Hollins University in Virginia (a member of the basketball team) prior to joining the SeaWolves squad in the fall of 2016.

Matos played in 16 games during her first season, averaging 10.3 minutes per game. Amanda scored 7 points against Hampshire College while grabbing 32 rebounds and dishing out 17 assists for the 2016-17 season.

Alicia Ruth also joined the SeaWolves in 2016, and is completing her two seasons of play with the reputation of being a deadly sharp-shooting small guard. Ruth shot an impressive 40.7 percent form behind the three-point arch during her freshman season, draining 74 of them. She started in 16 games during the 2016-17 season, averaging 20.8 minutes per game and 10.7 points per game, and tallying 300 points for the season. Ruth’s efforts on the court earned her YSCC Second-Team All-Conference status.

Prior to SMCC, Alicia attended and graduated from Timberlane Regional High School in New Hampshire, and was a four-year standout in basketball and softball. In her senior year at Timberlane, Ruth led all of New Hampshire in three-point shots made, draining 68 her senior season.

Jordan Farquharson rounded out the seniors for the women’s squad. Farquharson graduated from Blue Mountain Union High School in Vermont, where she also served as class president and student-government president. Farquharson was a First-Team All-State selection in basketball, soccer and softball. She was also a member on the softball State Champion team and scored 1,000 points on the basketball court.

As a SeaWolf, Farquharson started 25 games her freshman year, while playing in 27 games. Jordan averaged 17.4 minutes of play as well as scoring 6.4 points per game in her freshman year. She tallied 174 total points for the 2016-17 season, with her high-scoring game coming against Cegep Champlain – St. Lawrence, when she scored 20 points. She also grabbed 109 rebounds and completed 40 assists during the 2016-17 season.

All three seniors made an appearance in the United Small College Athletic Association’s national tournament last spring when the SeaWolves were extended an at-large invitation. Farquharson and Ruth are transferring to Granite State College in New Hampshire and Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts, respectively.

On the men’s side of Senior Day, Dylan Silvestri was acknowledged for his accomplishments over the course of his three-year career. Silvestri joined the SeaWolves for the 2015-16 season. He played in all 31 games his rookie season, starting one while averaging 13.1 minutes a game, scoring 4.9 points a game. He finished his freshman year with 153 points, 30 assists and 163 rebounds.

In Silvestri’s sophomore year he played in 30 games, averaging 14.3 minutes a game and averaging 12.1 points per game. For the season he tallied 362 points, 31 of which came against the University of Maine-Augusta, while averaging 6.4 rebounds per game — which stood as a team high — and recording six double-doubles.

Dylan was a two-time YSCC Player of the Week, a USCAA Player of the Week and a member of the YSCC Championship team that won the Elite Eight Tournament here at SMCC, earning an automatic bid to a USCAA National Tournament appearance.

A graduate from Pelham High School, Silvestri was a member of the 2015 squad that went undefeated and were State Champions. He was also an All-State selection his senior season and is planning on attending the police academy after SMCC.

The Beacon would like to extend the best of wishes to the graduating SeaWolves and a note of thanks for all of the effort and energy they used on the basketball court making SeaWolves basketball what it is today, an exciting display of athleticism and teamwork.