UMPI fall sports roundup

9 years ago

The University of Maine at Presque Isle fall athletic teams have all been busy with a mix of home and road contests.

The recent highlight were victories by coach Mark Kornachuk’s volleyball team, which had started 0-11 but have since won a pair of matches. Summaries of recent competitions for the volleyball, soccer, golf and cross country teams are as follows:

Volleyball team breaks into win column

Abby Jewett

The Owl volleyball team is now 2-16 on the season after following up their first victory Sept. 20 over Pine Manor with another one Saturday over Lyndon State College of Lyndonville, Vt.
In the victory over Lyndon State, played at Becker College in Worcester, Mass., Hannah Williams had 30 assists and Abby Jewett registered 15 kills in the 3-1 victory. The Owls took the first two games, 25-23 and 25-20, lost the third, 21-25, and then captured the fourth, 25-15.
Hannah Boyce had 11 kills and six service aces and Amanda Allen led the Owls with 17 digs.
Also last week, UMPI was blanked twice at home by UMFK last Wednesday by 3-0 scores, dropped a 3-0 decision at Unity Thursday and fell to Becker Saturday, 3-0.
The Owls made the trip to Standish for the St. Joseph’s College Autumn Invitational Sept. 18 and 19 and dropped all four of its matches, but Abby Jewett represented UMPI on the all-tournament team.
UMPI next plays a doubleheader at UM-Machias Saturday.

Women’s soccer ties UMM, shut out twice over weekend

Sam Nadeau

The Owl women’s soccer team is now 3-4-1 after being blanked by both UM-Fort Kent (8-0) and Maine Maritime Academy (4-0) in road games over the weekend.

Those matches followed up a 3-3 tie with UM-Machias last Wednesday on the Johnson Athletic Complex turf field at the Presque Isle Middle School.
In the tie, Sam Nadeau set up Bethany Heald for the first goal, Mikaelah Tracy bent in a corner kick for the second and Autumn Poulin converted a Jessy Dickison assist for a third just before intermission as UMPI bolted to a 3-1 advantage. However, the Clippers tied it with a pair of second-half goals and the squads went through two overtime periods without a goal.
On Homecoming Saturday Sept. 19, the Owls bolted out to a 4-0 lead and defeated Fisher College, 5-2, at Park Family Field.
Nadeau and Janae Libby scored two goals each before the 63rd minute to lead the way for UMPI. Heald closed out the scoring in the 88th minute after Fisher had put a pair of goals on the board.
Holli Boyce picked up a pair of assists, while Dickison and Poulin added one each for the winners.
UMPI will host Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Sunday at 11 a.m.

Men’s squad drops four straight

Sean Barbosa

The UMPI men’s soccer team lost four matches in a row over the past two weeks, falling to 1-8 overall.
The Owls’ best chance for a victory came in the Homecoming contest Sept. 19 as they built a 3-0 lead at intermission, only to fall to Fisher College, 4-3.
Cody Blair put the Owls on top at 9:38 of the first half, while seven minutes later, Sean Barbosa cleaned up a corner kick to make it 2-0. Derek Healy notched assists on both early scoring plays.
It was a three-goal lead after Blair scored off a Jacob Lassonde assist in the 32nd minutes, but the second half belonged to the Falcons as Tyler Gahara had the natural hat trick, including the game-winner in overtime.
Since that tough loss, UMPI lost at home to UM-Machias last Wednesday, 2-0, and also dropped a home contest to St. Joseph’s College, 4-1. Sean Barbosa scored off a Derek Healy assist for the Owls’ lone goal. Caleb Bragg-Grady and Matthew Manter combined for 13 saves in the loss.
The Owls will take on UM-Fort Kent this afternoon at 3 p.m. at Park Family Field.

Bernard leads Owl golf team

Noah Bernard

Noah Bernard was the medalist in the Maine Maritime Academy Mariner Cup, which was played Sept. 16 at Castine Golf Club. Bernard, who carded an impressive 77, finished in a three-way tie with MMA’s Karson Eaton, from Mapleton, and Eric Klopfer but won the title based on the score from the back nine.     Although the team improved the score they posted at the UMPI Invitational by seven strokes, they still finished in third place behind MMA’s White team (316) and MMA’s Blue team (332).
Also contributing to UMPI’s 353 total team score was Eric Depner (85), Hazen Dauphinee (95), Tommy Collins (96) and Adam Begos (111).
On Sept. 19 and 20, the squad participated in the MSGA Collegiate Championships at Fairlawn Golf and Country Club in Poland. UMPI placed 10th out of 11 teams, with St. Joseph’s taking the title.
Bernard paced the Owls with a 36-hole total of 161, tying for 28th place. Depner followed with a score of 164 (tied for 32nd), while Jordan Beaulier had a 167 (tied for 36th) and Dauphinee a 189.
UMPI was scheduled to participate in the Husson Invitational Saturday and Sunday, but results were unavailable at presstime. The Owls wrap up their fall schedule at the Mariner Invitational, hosted by MMA, in Castine Thursday.

Cross country teams compete at Bowdoin

Connor Hrynuk

The UMPI men’s cross country team had a strong fifth-place showing at an invitational meet held at Brunswick’s Bowdoin College Saturday. Connor Hrunyk was the first Owl and was 22nd overall on the 8K course with a time of 27:30.4. Sully Jackson came in at 28:06.3 to place 25th. Matt Forshey, Trevor Levesque and Mitch St. Peter were UMPI’s other scorers. A total of 10 teams competed.
On the women’s side, Tabitha Taylor led the Owls by placing 53rd in 29:44.3, 16 seconds ahead of teammate Chenoa Jackson. Sara Bell, Elise Gudde and Kristen Westrack rounded out the scoring for the 10th-place UMPI squad.
The next meet is the Runnin’ Monks Invitational, hosted by St. Joseph’s College Oct. 10.