Don’t think any college sports teams in Maine have been able to host a regularly scheduled event since last Thursday’s latest spring snowstorm? Guess again.

It would take more than a foot of snow and ice to scare away Bates and Colby colleges and the University of Southern Maine.

Thanks to a grounds crew that shoveled and swept away the unseasonable remnants from the running lanes and the pits, anyone traveling past the track on Russell Street last Saturday caught a glimpse of two unconventional NCAA Division III meets in progress.

Bates ran away from Colby, 113-41, for the dual-meet triumph. Senior sprinter Matt Capone of Auburn (Edward Little) topped the chart for the Bobcats, winning the 400 meters in a time of 50.74 seconds.

Steve Monsulick of Kents Hill (Maranacook) and Matt Dunlap of Farmington (Mt. Blue) gave Bates a dose of distance depth. They finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 1,500.

On the women’s side, Colby edged Bates and USM in a close triangular competition. Emily Poliquin of Lisbon flourished in the field for Southern Maine, sweeping the long jump (15 feet, 4 inches) and triple jump (34-2).

Cougar grads seaworthy

Two former multi-sport stars from Farmington and Mt. Blue High School continue to shine for the Maine Maritime Academy men’s lacrosse team.

Junior attack Garrett Lake and junior midfielder Nate Bolduc each scored two goals Tuesday in a 14-5 loss to the University of Southern Maine. USM hosted the game at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

Lake and Bolduc are the season’s leading scorers for Maine Maritime, which is 2-5 with three games remaining. Bolduc has already amassed 11 goals and five assists for 16 points, ahead of last year’s 10-5-15 output that landed him North Atlantic Conference second-team honors. Lake tops the Mariners with 13 goals and one assist. He scored 26 times in earning a NAC first-team slot last spring.

Getting their wings

Endicott College is benefiting from the play of two area softball standouts and one baseball product this spring.

Danielle Sargent of Sabattus (Oak Hill) has started all 18 games for the Gulls. Playing second base and outfield, Sargent, a junior, is hitting .269 with two home runs, 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored. Aly Keene, a sophomore from Auburn (Edward Little), has appeared in nine games for Endicott (13-5), highlighted by a two-run double.

Also following the pipeline from Oak Hill is junior infielder Adam Labbe of Litchfield. In nine starts, Labbe is hitting .348. His seven runs scored rank third on the team.

Double vision

Fryeburg Academy graduates and USM seniors Chris and Justin Chaffee are providing a one-two family punch for the Huskies men’s tennis team.

In Tuesday’s victory over Salem State, Chris cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 singles victory and an 8-1 doubles triumph. Justin also hammered out a 6-2, 6-0 singles triumph.

Justin is 3-1 and Chris 3-2 in singles. They’ve teamed together in doubles only once, and successfully.


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