ALUMNI GAMES, SOCIAL ALSO SCHEDULED FOR WEEKEND
WATERVILLE, ME – A trio of North Atlantic Conference matchups Saturday highlight the schedule of events for this weekend’s Homecoming and Family Weekend at Thomas College. The day consists of a 1 p.m. field hockey matchup with New England College followed by a soccer doubleheader against Husson beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Field Hockey – New England College (2-13, 0-3 NAC) at Thomas (6-8, 2-1 NAC), 1 p.m., Bernatchez Field
Thomas is looking to end a three-game skid that includes back-to-back losses to the University of Maine at Farmington. Sophomore forward Abigail Dunn is the team’s leading scorer with 18 points on seven goals and four assists. Junior Gabby Martell has added 11 points on four goals and three assists from her forward position, while senior Taylor Bergeron has eight points on three goals and two assists off a team-high 31 shots. Five other Terriers have at least two goals.
In goal, junior Abbie Charrier has carried most of the weight, starting 12 of the 13 games in which she’s played, posting a 2.12 goals-against average with 81 saves and a .771 save percentage. Senior Brittany Fox (1.33 GAA, 2 saves) and sophomore Jessica Russell (3.45 GAA, 4 saves) have appeared in three games each.
The Pilgrims are led by sophomore midfielder Kayla Donahue. Donahue has a team-high 14 points on six goals and two assists and has scored both of NEC’s game-winning goals. She also leads the team with 44 shots, including 31 on goal. Fellow sophomore Abigail Arsenault has added three goals, while freshman Taylor Daileanes and senior Cody Kent both have two goals and two assists each. Netminder Michaela Clark leads all NAC goalies with 177 saves. Her 12.64 saves per game rank 10th in Division III.
The Terriers defeated New England College, 7-0, last season. It is also Senior Day and the program will be recognizing its six seniors – forwards Taylor Bergeron and Emily Leighton, midfielders Brooklyn Curry and Crystal Cunningham, goalkeeper Brittany Fox and back/student assistant Erin Nelligan.
Women’s Soccer – Husson (5-7-1, 2-3 NAC) at Thomas (6-7, 3-3 NAC), 3:30 p.m., Smith Field
The Terrier women will try to bring a short two-game losing streak to a halt against the Eagles. Thomas was shut out by Castleton (4-0) and UMaine-Farmington (3-0) over the last week and a victory would go a long way towards qualifying for the NAC Tournament. Thomas is currently tied with Johnson St. for fifth place on nine points with three NAC games to play and has two games in hand on the Badgers. Johnson State’s lone remaining NAC contest is Saturday, October 24 at Thomas.
First-year forward Cassie Contigiani is the team’s leading scorer with 16 points on six goals and four assists. She also has a team-high 76 shots and two of Thomas’ six game-winning goals. Fellow first-year Camille Filloramo and senior Bronte Howorth are tied for second with 12 points on five goals and two assists each. Both Filloramo and Howorth also have two game-winning goals.
Junior Paige Leary has started all 13 games in goal for the Terriers, racking up a 6-7 record with one shutout, a 3.00 goals-against average, 146 saves and a .807 save percentage. Leary ranks fifth in Division III in total saves and 14th in saves per game (11.23).
Husson is also coming off consecutive loss and will be playing its third straight on the road. First year Alison Boulier leads the team with 15 points on six goals and three assists. Sophomore Leah Hibbad has matched Boulier for the team lead in goals and sits second in points with 13. Hibbad has also launched a team-high 55 shots.
The Eagles took last year’s contest, 5-0, in Bangor.
Men’s Soccer – Husson (7-3-1, 4-1 NAC) at Thomas (9-4, 5-1 NAC), 6 p.m., Smith Field
The Thomas men enter the contest having won seven of their last eight contests including, most recently, a 3-1 win over UMF on Wednesday afternoon that also clinched a NAC Tournament berth. The Terriers have five players – including three freshmen – with at least 18 points, led by sophomore Willie Clemons with 23 points on seven goals and nine assists. Freshman DJ Nicholas is next with 22 points on a team-leading 10 goals and two assists. He also leads Thomas with three game-winning goals. Freshman Josh Emard and senior Tre Ming are tied for third on 20 points, with Emard posting eight goals and four assists while Ming has four goals and a Division III-leading 12 assists. Freshman Adam LaBrie has launched a team-high 50 shots, resulting in 18 points on eight goals and a pair of assists.
In goal, junior Joakim Sternas has started 12 games, accumulating a 1.61 goals-against average, 63 saves and a .778 save percentage en route to a 7-4 mark. In five NAC games, he has accumulated a 4-1 record with a 1.33 goals-against average, 19 saves and a .760 save percentage.
As a team, the Terriers rank among the nation’s top teams offensively. Through October 15, Thomas ranks third in Division III in assists per game (3.0) and scoring offense (3.77 goals per game), fourth in points per game (10.54), fifth in total assists (39) and sixth in total goals (49) and total points (137).
The Eagles are led by a trio of senior forwards. Phil Frost leads the team in scoring with 18 points on eight goals and two assists off a team-high 36 shots. Cam Libbey is next with 12 points on four goals and four assists, followed closely by Stephen Berenyi with four goals and three assists. Frost and Berenyi each have a pair of game-winning goals.
Cody Gross has been Husson’s primary goalkeeper, starting eight games and accumulating a 5-2-1 record with a 1.46 goals-against average, 12 goals, 53 saves and a .815 save percentage. Steven Paquette got the call against Johnson State on October 3, allowing one goal on four shots in a 3-1 victory.
Thomas and Husson met twice last season with the Eagles taking the win both times. Husson took the regular-season contest by a 3-2 score, then topped Thomas, 4-0, in the championship game of the NAC Tournament.
Welcome Back, Alumni!
Dotting the schedule for the weekend are alumni contests in all nine of Thomas’ varsity team sports. Also on the slate is an athletics alumni social open to all student-athlete alumni. It will be held near the Athletics House to the east of Bernatchez and Smith Fields.
Thomas College Homecoming & Family Weekend
Saturday, October 17
|10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.||Alumni vs. Men’s Basketball||Larry Mahaney Gymnasium|
|10 a.m. – noon||Alumni vs. Baseball||H. Allen Ryan Field|
|10 a.m. – noon||Alumni vs. Softball||Softball Field|
|11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.||Alumni vs. Men's Lacrosse||Smith Field|
|11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.||Alumni vs. Women's Lacrosse||Bernatchez Field|
|11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Alumni vs. Women’s Basketball||Larry Mahaney Gymnasium|
Noon – 3:30 p.m.
|Athletics Alumni Social||Outside tent near Athletic House|
|An athletics social for all alumni will follow Saturday’s games. All former student-athlete alumni,
regardless of alumni game participation are welcome to join.
|1 p.m.||Varsity Field Hockey vs. New England College||Bernatchez Field|
|3:30 p.m.||Varsity Women’s Soccer vs. Husson University||Smith Field|
|6 p.m.||Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. Husson University||Smith Field|
|Sunday, October 18|
|11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Alumni Soccer Matches||Smith Field|
|30 min. each – Alumni vs. Varsity (W); Alumni vs. Varsity (M); Alumni Co-Ed|
|11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Alumni vs. Field Hockey||Bernatchez Field|