Friday, December 11, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Alumni Update

A pair of alums getting some press in the Fall coverage by Inside Lacrosse. Art Kell and Diogo Godoi a full article and pictures can be seen here.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wolverines End Fall With 2-1 Weekend

The Lacrosse Team traveled to Lake George, NY and the Golden Goal Complex to play in the Siena College Fall Showcase. In their final showcase of the Fall Bridgton collected two wins in three games.

In the first game of the day the Wolverines took on the Mohawk Indian Club Team. Bridgton came out flat and played a sloppy game. Coach Bamann said, "There was too much individual play, and we did not work well as a team." As a result Bridgton was handily defeated.

The second game of the day was a different story as BA came out focused against a competitive NED Elite, out of Western Massachusetts. Bridgton moved the ball much better and was able to control play most of the game. Goals were scored by Casey Helms (Sandwich, MA), Mark Wood (Camarillo, CA), Kam Bumpus (Needham, MA) and JP Coombe (Annapolis, MD). Ryan Cordero (Orlando, FL) collected his first goal of the Fall, and also picked up an assist. Defensively Joey Estes (Westbrook, ME) anchored the backfield and in net Will Janney (Richmond, VA) played very well. "We played very well, coming off of a loss we were focused and determined," commented Coach Bamann.

In the final game of the Fall, Bridgton played, "one of the best games this season," according to Bamann. Taking on Christian Brothers Academy, BA possessed the ball for the majority of the game, answering each CBA goal with two of their own, en route to an 11-5 victory. Once again Janney played very well in goal, also picking up an assist. Brent Brothers (Tewksbury, MA) did well on face offs winning a high percentage. "This was a great game to end the Fall on," remarked Bamann, "it showed the progress we have made throughout the season."

Coach Bamann said, "We had some long road trips, and a lot of practices, but we handled it well and I want to congratulate the guys on a successful Fall season."

Bridgton Lacrosse concludes its initial Fall season with a record of 10-7, and look to the Spring to pick up where they left off.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

BA Posts 2-1 Weekend At UMass

Bridgton Lacrosse traveled to UMass Amherst for their annual Fall Recruiting Showcase. The Wolverines played three games against elite travel teams and prep schools.

Once again the Wolverines ran right off the bus onto the field, but did not show any signs of a long ride as they jumped out to an early lead against John Jay High School. Facing a number of D-I recruits the Wolverines did not back down, "We played great, moved the ball very well and communicated better than we have in any game," said Coach Bamann. Bridgton out shot John Jay by a large margin and got a solid effort out of Sean Igoe (Oceanside, NY) in goal, taking the first game of the day 13-6.

In the second game BA looked to avenge a loss from last weekend as they took on the Fighting Clams. Bridgton's offense according to Bamann, "Slowed the tempo too much to get back into a rythm." However, the Wolverines had plenty of scoring opportunities, and if not for the great play of the Clams goalie the score would have been much more lopsided, as Bridgton pulled out a 9-8 victory.

Showing signs of having played two full games in the sun earlier in the day, Bridgton played a sloppy third game of the day, dropping a 12-7 decision to New England Select. "There were promising spurts throughout the game, but we looked unfocused at times," commented Bamann.

Commenting on the weekend Coach Bamann said, "This was another good weekend for us, there were over 75 college coaches in attendance, allowing our guys to get exposure, and we played very well against some good competition."

Posting a 2-1 record over the weekend Bridgton's record now stands at 8-6 for the fall. With one showcase remaining at the Golden Goal Sports Complex hosted by Siena College, next weekend.

Bridgton Lacrosse would like to thank all the parents that made the trip to UMass and for putting on another great tailgate.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

BA Finds Success at Crimson Classic

The lacrosse team enjoyed success this past weekend at the Crimson Classic, hosted by Harvard University. Competing in a recruiting showcase featuring some of the top prep and elite teams in the region, the Wolverines went 3-1 on the day.

Due to traffic problems the Wolverines were forced to get right into their first game, but there would be no let down from limited warm up time. Bridgton faced Bishop Timon out of Buffalo, NY and the Wolverines were able to come away with a 7-2 win. Speaking of the game head coach Garrett Bamann said, "It was difficult to come right off the bus and play, but we handled it very well and showed no signs of let down from the limited pregame time."

Bridgton's second game of the day matched them up with the defending Connecticut Class A Champions Fairfield Prep. BA played well as they jumped out to an early lead and continued to pressure the defense, winning 10-4. "This was a big win for us, Fairfield is a very good team, and we came out and showed that we can play at a high level," said Bamann.

Entering the third game of the showcase, which was composed of 30 minute running halves, the Wolverines were 2-0. They squared off against the Long Island Sting, an elite travel team, out of Long Island, NY. The Sting would jump on top of the Wolverines and take a one goal advantage into the half. Bridgton came out firing in the second half as they quickly erased the deficit, and continued to put in goals. BA ran away with an 11-6 victory.

In the fourth game of the day Bridgton took on one of the best teams in the showcase, the Fighting Clams, which is made up of players from all over New England. With multiple division I recruits on the team, the Clams were a talented group, gaining an early lead on the Black and Gray. The Clams would hold that advantage through out, BA put together a run in the final minutes closing the gap to two goals, but that is where it would stay. Falling 7-5, the Wolverines finished the day with a 3-1 record.

"We played well all day long, when we got behind we kept our composure and kept pressure on both ends of the field. It was good exposure for our players as over 60 Division I and II coaches were in attendance," commented Bamann.

Bridgton will be competing next weekend in another showcase at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fall Tournament. BA will have three games against Elite and prep teams. Game times are roughly scheduled for 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM.

The following weekend Bridgton will travel to Fort Anne, NY to compete in the Siena College Lacrosse Tournament, held at the Golden Goal Sports Complex. For interested parents the team will be staying at the Hampton Inn, in Lake George, NY

Friday, October 30, 2009

Wolverines Snared by Wildcats

Bridgton Academy traveled to University of New Hampshire to take on the Wildcats on a rainy Wednesday night. The deeper UNH squad was able to control the pace of the game and pull out the win, 13-6.

Bridgton played a solid first half and was able to get shots off by moving the ball quickly. Trailing only 6-3 at the half, the depth and pace at which UNH played at caught up to the Wolverines. The offense was not able to beat the defenders and the goalie made a number of saves.

"The pace of the game got to us. UNH moved the ball around and kept the pressure on us, not letting up on either end. Our lack of communication and inability to finish caused problems for us," said Head Coach Garrett Bamann. Bamann added, "There was no lack of effort on our part."

Kam Bumpus (Needham, MA) scored twice for the Wolverines, while Casey Helms (Sandwich, MA), Kevin Looney (Manhattan Beach, CA) and Steve Knezick (Burlington, NJ) added one goal apiece. Knezick handled the face-off duties, winning 53%. Mark Wood (Camarillo, CA) rounded out the scoring with a goal and two assists.

The Wolverines encourage fans to come out and support them during the upcoming weekend as they compete in the Crimson Classic at Harvard University on Sunday November, 1st. Bridgton will compete against prep schools and elite teams from New England, in front of a number of college coaches.

Monday, October 26, 2009

BA Downs Dean 14-8

Wolverine Lacrosse swept the weekends games by posting a 14-8 over Dean College. The Wolverines have now won three consecutive games to even their record at 3-3.

Bridgton came out, "Flat, and we played a sloppy first half," according to Head Coach Garrett Bamann. Leading 6-4 at the half the Black and Gray turned up the intensity and outscored Dean 8-4 in the second half. "We decided to pick up the play from the first half and gave a great effort in the second half."

Coach Bamann was pleased with the weekends results as the goal was to win both games. Leading the way for Bridgton was Mark Wood (Camarilla, CA) with a hat trick, while Casey Helms (Sandwich, MA), JP Coombe (Annapolis, MD), and Kam Bumpus (Needham, MA) each collected a pair of goals. In goal Sean Igoe (Oceanside, NY) turned away eight shots to earn the win.

Coach Bamann and Bridgton Academy Lacrosse would like to send out a special thank you, to Mr. and Mrs. Hay for putting on a great tailgate after the game.

Bridgton will travel to University of New Hampshire on Wednesday October, 28th to take on the Wildcats at 6:30 PM

Wolverines Shootdown Minutemen

The Bridgton Academy Lacrosse team defeated the University of Amherst Club team 13-7. The Wolverines used an early 4-0 lead to keep the Minutemen at bay. Bridgton was then able to continue to move the ball and play consistent defense to hold on for the win.

Coach Bamann said of the game, "Ball movement was key, as we were able to get good shots, because of it." "The defense played well, limiting shots," added Bamann. The defense was lead by Chris Ames (Plainfield, CT), Breck Ecker (Chapel Hill, NC), Matt Janetos (Rollingsford, NH) and Rick Nistico (Trumbull, CT).

Offensively JP Coombe (Annapolis, MD) lead the way with four goals and an assist, Kam Bumpus (Needham, MA) added three goals and an assist, Mark Wood (Camarilla, CA) collected two goals and two assists, while Casey Helms (Sandwich, MA) posted two goals and three assists. Steve Knezick (Burlington, NJ) won 65% of the face-offs. Will Janney (Richmond, VA) stopped 10 saves in the effort.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

BA Picks Up First Win of Season Over Hartwick

Facing the host team, in the Hartwick College Fall Ball Lacrosse Tournament, the Wolverines jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and never looked back, en route to a 9-2 victory.

Coach Bamann saw his squad, "come together as a team; by playing unselfishly, making the extra pass, and moving the ball quickly we found success." The defense played very well, not allowing a goal until five minutes left in the game.

JP Coombe (Annapolis, MD) led the way with three goals, Kam Bumpus (Needham, MA) collected two, while Kevin Looney (Manhattan Beach, CA), Casey Helms (Sandwich, MA) and Mark Wood (Camarillo, CA) added a goal a piece. Steve Knezick (Burlington, NJ) played well on face offs, winning the majority.

The Wolverines will next travel to Amherst, MA to take on the UMass Club team on Saturday October, 24 and Sunday the 25th they face Dean College.

BA Falls to Iroquois National Team

Bridgton Academy Lacrosse traveled to Oneonta, NY to play in its first ever College Fall Ball Tournament, hosted at Hartwick College. BA was the only non-college or non-professional team invited to the tournament. Also participating were Pace University, RPI, Hartwick College, and the Iroquois National Team.

Bridgton first faced off against the Iroquois National Team, a team composed of professional and former D-I players, including Drew and Brett Bucktooth, Brett now plays for the Rochester Rattlers in the MLL, both Bridgton alums. Coach Bamann called the match up with the Iroquois squad, "A great honor to play a team of their caliber." The Wolverines got out to an early 2-0 lead, but the skill of the Iroquois team was too much and Bridgton fell 14-5.

Kam Bumpus (Needham, MA) collected three goals, Casey Helms (Sandwich, MA)and JP Coombe (Annapolis, MD) each added a goal. Defensively Ricky Nistico (Trumbull, CT), Chris Ames (Plainsfield, CT) and Matt Janetos (Rollingsford, NH) played well. Sean Igoe (Oceanside, NY) and Will Janney (Richmond, VA) each collected five saves, in splitting time.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wolverines Fall to LaxPros

The Wolverines Lacrosse team fell 13-4 to the Portland LaxPros, (a professional club team out of Portland, ME), on a rainy Saturday afternoon. In just their second game of the fall, the Wolverines were undermanned with 11 guys playing. Mark Wood (Camarillo, CA) lead the way with three goals and an assist. Casey Helms (Sandwich, MA) scored a goal, and Chris Kidger (Groton, MA) and Ryan Cordero (Orlando, FL) each collected an assist. In goal Sean Igoe (Oceanside, NY) made 10 saves. Brent Brothers (Tewksbury, MA) did well on face-offs as well.

Coach Bamann appreciated the 11 players hard work saying, "the guys who were out there worked very hard the whole game with little rest."

The Wolverines are set to compete in a round-robin tournament at Hartwick College. They will be taking on the Iroquois National Team which includes Brett Bucktooth '02, Cody Jamison and Sid Smith all of whom won a National Championship while at Syracuse University. The Wolverines will also face Pace University freshman team, and host Hartwick College.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Navy Sinks BA

The Bridgton Academy Wolverines lacrosse team opened up their initial fall season with a game against Navy Prep in Newport, Rhode Island. The Wolverines, having played together for only three weeks, facing a very talented group, were handed a 14-3 setback. Coach Bamann called the game, “a learning experience,” in which his defense was being pressured for the majority of the game. Bridgton gave a few scoring opportunities away by shooting too quickly, and not controlling the ball, which lead to opportunities for Navy Prep. The Wolverines had to quickly adjust to the pace of the game, which was quicker than many of the players were used to.

There were positives to draw from the game, Coach Bamann was pleased with the effort saying, “individually we played well, but we are going to have to play better as a team in order to win.” On the offensive side Steve Knezick (Burlington, NJ) won half of his draw controls and also scored a goal. Kevin Looney (Manhattan Beach, CA) and Kam Bumpus (Needham, MA) each had a tally for the Wolverines. Will Janney (Richmond, VA) turned away 15 shots in net for BA.

Bamann commended his players by saying, “We didn’t give up, even being down, and played with class throughout the game.” Coach Bamann looks to work on controlling the pace of the game as his team prepares for their next game on Saturday October, 3rd against Portland Club.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Team Hike Up Mount Sebatus

The lacrosse team took some time on the last day of preseason to get in a hike and enjoy the view from the top of Mount Sebatus. Today they began their academic adventure.

First game of the season is set for September 19th at Navy Prep. It's looking to be a good first season under Head Coach Garrett Bamann '00.

I'm sure they are sending a picture of the view with their phones.
The 2009-2010 Bridgton Academy lacrosse team on top of Mount Sebatus.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

BA Alum Going Out for US Team

Steven Brooks, class of 2003, is looking to make the US Lacrosse Team that will compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England from July 10-24, 2010.

Click here for the complete story.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Do you want to be the one writing these posts?

Bridgton Academy is looking for a Sports Information Intern for the upcoming academic year. This is a great opportunity to get an intensive year of writing and photographing Wolverine games, working with student athletes on a number of levels, getting your work published both in print and online, and having a great year in general.

Here is the official posting:
Position Available: Sports Information Intern

Bridgton Academy, the nation’s premier postgraduate boarding school for young men, seeks a Sports Information Intern for the 2009-2010 academic year. Bridgton Academy's mission is to provide a program for young men in a unique, one-year postgraduate environment to prepare for the rigors of college and beyond.

Sports Information interns are fully involved in all aspects of Bridgton’s postgraduate year. The program is very demanding of one’s time, talents, and energy. The internship is designed to be an introduction to the sports information profession, especially in the private boarding school/college environment, focusing on a combination of responsibilities, including sports reporting/writing, photography, videography, web content management, sports information management, team or club coaching, and residential life leadership. Interns will receive structured support and career advice from faculty mentors.

The Intern position is a nine month appointment: August 15, 2009 – May 15, 2010. Compensation includes stipend, residence hall accommodations, school term meals, and school vacations.

Candidates should submit a letter of introduction, resume, and three letters of reference to Mrs. Susan Cole, Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 292, North Bridgton, ME 04057. Alternatively, applications may be submitted by email to The position will remain open until filled. For further information, visit our web site at

Maybe you'll be the one bringing Wolverine Athletics to the world next year!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Former Wolverine Cavaliere Competes in DI NCAA Lacrosse Championship

On Monday May 25, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA, former Wolverine lacrosse captain Lincoln Cavaliere (’06) celebrated a victory in the DI NCAA Lacrosse Championship along with the rest of the Syracuse University Lacrosse team. After a tough fought game which resulted in overtime, Syracuse downed Cornell University 10-9, earning Syracuse their 11th NCAA Championship. As Cavaliere enters his senior year, we hope to see Syracuse defend their title for the third year in a row and add a 12th NCAA Championship.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wolverines Lacrosse Players Receive Awards

Seven of this year's Wolverines Lacrosse team members received awards during last weekends Graduation events. Joe Robichaud, Nate Rivet, Eric Clemmenson, Simon Hudson, Ben Cullen, Ryan Hunt, and Dave Brackett all were recognized either Friday or Saturday and we wanted to wish a special Congratulations to them all and best of luck with all of their future endeavors!!

Ryan Hunt with Headmaster Grady Vigneau.

Ben Cullen with Athletic Director Brad Smith.

Eric Clemmenson receives congratulations from Headmaster Grady Vigneau.

Joe Robichaud with Head Lacrosse Coach Mike Jones.

First Row: Dave Brackett and Simon Hudson
Second Row: Ryan Hunt and Ben Cullen
Third Row: Eric Clemmenson and Nate Rivet
Fourth Row: Joe Robichaud

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Six Wolverines Earn Division I Scholarships

Six members of this years Bridgton Academy Lacrosse team have earned Division I scholarships for next season. Charlie Kocmond, Andrew Duckett, and Dave Rothenberg have all chosen to sign National Letters of Intent to join the University of Jacksonville next season. Teammate Eric Clemmenson will be heading to Colgate University, while Ben Cullen will be attending Air Force, and Dorian Wolff has selected Quinnipiac University.

Front Row Left to Right: Ben Cullen (Air Force), Andrew Duckett (Jacksonville), Charlie Kocmond (Jacksonville), and Dave Rothenberg (Jacksonville)

Back Row Left to Right: Eric Clemmenson (Colgate), Assistant Coach Garrett Bamann, Head Coach Mike Jones, Assistant Coach Pat Shairs, and Dorian Wolff (Quinnipiac)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Bridgton Falls to Navy Prep 11-2

The Wolverines traveled down to Navy over the weekend for an annual showdown with an always talented Navy Prep squad. This year was no exception as Navy Prep was able to break apart the Wolverines on their way to an impressive 11-2 win over a struggling Wolverines squad. Ben Cullen (Huston, TN) scored both goals for the Wolverines on the afternoon to lead the Bridgton offense. Joe Robichaud (Madison, CT) turned away 35 Navy Prep Shots in an impressive performance in the Wolverines net.

Bridgton will take the field for the final time this season on Friday, May 1st when they travel to Hyde School for a 3:30 PM game.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bridgton Downs Cape Elizabeth 11-4

The Wolverines picked up their first win of the season on Wednesday when they played host to Cape Elizabeth. Bridgton struck first and was able to build a lead early in coasting to an impressive 11-4 win on a cold, rainy afternoon at Bridgton. Ryan Hunt and Junior Burke each scored 3 goals on the afternoon, while Ben Santos added 2, and Ben Cullen, Jacob Boutillier, and Dave Rothenberg added 1 goal apiece.

The Wolverines will look to carry some momentum from Wednesdays win with them on Saturday as they travel down to Navy Prep for a 1 PM showdown.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Wolverines Fall to Polar Bears 12-6

Bridgton Academy played a strong first half on Friday while taking on Bowdoin College, however fell apart in the second half before going on to drop a 12-6 decision to the Polar Bears.

The Wolverines struck first early in the game to take a 1-0 lead on a goal from Kane Henderson (West Linn, OR), however Bowdoin was able to answer each time the Wolverines were able to find the net in the first half before ultimately taking a 5-4 lead into halftime. With the game in striking distance down just one goal, the Wolverines quickly saw the game slip away from them trailing 9-5 entering the final quarter. Despite some late game comback bids earlier in the season the Wolverines just did not have one in them this time as the Polar Bears cruised to a 12-6 win.

Henderson was able to record three goals, while Ben Cullen (Huston, TN) added two, and Dave Rothenberg (Scranton, PA) scored the teams 6th goal.

Lacrosse will return to action this Wednesdday when they take on Cape Elizabeth High School in a 4PM game, right here at Bridgton Academy.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bridgton Academy Visits California

Our Director of Admissions, Chris Webb and our Head Football Coach, Rick Marcella, will be heading out to the left coast to visit high schools, prospects, coaches, and alumni and fans of Bridgton Academy. If you'd like to try and connect with Mr. Webb or Coach Marcella during their California trip (April 26 - May 1), drop them a line ( or

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kaleikau Named CAA Rookie of The Week

Grant Kaleikau, Bridgton Academy class of '08, has recently been named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the week following his performances against Sacred Heart and Robert Morris while helping to lead his Delaware Blue Hens to a pair of wins. On Wednesday, Kaleikau scored his first two career goals against Sacred Heart and followed up that performance with a goal and an assist in a 12-10 win over Robert Morris.

For the official press release click Here.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bridgton Falls to UMass In A Close One, 10-7

The Wolverines Lacrosse team lost a hard fought game to host UMass on Friday despite playing very good Lacrosse for the majority of the game. Trailing 5-3 coming out of halftime the Wolverines were able to keep things even for the majority of the 2nd half with the two teams exchanging goals throughout. Down 8-5 with just over 4 minutes remaining, Bridgton had a pair of man up opportunities which they were able to convert cutting the lead to one at 8-7 with only two minutes remaining. The Minutemen however were able to hang on adding a pair of insurance goals as the game drew to a close handing the Wolverines a tough 10-7 loss.

Ben Cullen (Huston, TN) and Ben Santos (Boxford, MA) led the Wolverines with two goals apiece, while Nate Rivet (Lewiston, ME), Kane Henderson (West Linn, OR) and Kyle Carman (Wakefield, MA) each added one goal on the afternoon.

Bridgton will return to action Tuesday, April 14th, when they travel down to Wesleyan College for a 3 PM game.

Bridgton Alum's Mix Things Up in Showdown of NCAA Division II Elites

Five Bridgton Academy Alums faced off on the field over the weekend in a showdown between two of Division II's elite teams. Le Moyne College came into the game the consensus #1 team in the land with an undefeated 9-0 record and featuring three Bridgton Academy Alums, while Merrimack College currently ranked #4 brought an undefeated 8-0 record into the contest along with two BA alums. (To see a list of all former Bridgton Academy Lax players currently playing in college click Here!)

The former Wolverines made their mark on the game as former teammates Jikado Hanna '07 now playing for Le Moyne, and Michael Balbuena '07 now playing for Merrimack, each had a hand in the game's scoring. Hanna recorded the first goal of the game to make things 1-0 in favor of Le Moyne, while Balbuena got things started for his Merrimack squad when he got them on the board to make the game 2-1 early in the second quarter. Balbuena again got his name in the books when he recorded an assist in the 3rd quarter, on a goal that tied the game up at 4-4 heading into the fourth.

Le Moyne was able to hold on for a 5-4 win in solidifying themselves as the best in the country as they improved to 9-0 on the season, while Merrimack's upset plans fell short as they dropped to 8-1. The two teams will return to action this week when Le Moyne play host to AIC on Tuesday with game time slated for 4 pm, and Merrimack will travel to St. Anselm the same day with their game scheduled for 4:30 pm.

For an official write up of the Le Moyne vs. Merrimack game click Here.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wolverines Fall to Phillips Exeter

Bridgton Academy traveled over to Phillip Exeter Academy on Wednesday for an afternoon Lacrosse game. The Wolverines found themselves in a hold early as PEA was able to get on the board just two minutes into the game. Bridgton's offense continued to struggle as Exeter's continued to thrive adding three more goals over the next 6 minutes to make it 4-0 before BA's Junior Burke (Wakefield, RI) got the Wolverines on the board to cut it to three goals entering the second quarter.

Less then 40 seconds into the start of the second quarter PEA struck again, and soon followed with their 6th goal of the game 30 seconds later. The Wolverines were struggling to build any momentum as they were faced with numerous penalties forcing them to play a man down. PEA continued to extend their lead to 6 goals at 7-1 with 5:37 to go in the first half. Two and a half minutes later the Wolverines began to show a bit of life when Ben Santos (Boxford, MA) found the back of the net for his first of the game.

The two teams played even over the following 7 minutes before PEA scored their 8th, and then 9th goals of the game in closing out the 3rd quarter putting the Wolverines down 9-2 with only the final 12 minutes of the fourth quarter ahead of them. Wolverines Head Coach Mike Jones did his best to motivate his team in attempt to mount what would need to be an all hands on deck comeback.

Bridgton came out with a sense of urgency, something that had been lacking throughout the first three quarters, and with the offense pressing Kane Henderson (West Linn, OR) scored his first goal of the game cutting the lead to 6 at 9-3 with only 9 minutes remaining. Despite the continued pressure from the Wolverines the next 5 minutes saw neither team score as PEA worked to protect their lead. Santos, however, was able to find the back of the net for his second goal of the game with just 4 minutes remaining...78 seconds later teammate Kane Henderson scored again. It was now a four goal game with 2:53 left to go. The Wolverines continued to apply pressure and were able to find the net one more time with just 8 seconds remaning when Santos connected on his 3rd goal of the game, but it was too little too late for the Wolverines as they lost a tough one 9-6.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wolverines Play A Pair of Short Tune-Ups

The Bridgton Academy Lacrosse team played a pair of short games versus Holderness and Kimball Union on Wednesday. It was a chance for the Wolverines to get outside on a full size field with game like conditions. Bridgton played 2 20 minute halves of running time with both Holderness and Kimball Union.

The Wolverines will return to regular season action this weekend when they travel down to Army for a pair of games with Army JV and Army Prep.

Here are some photos from Wednesdays action...

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wolverines Fall In Season Opener, 7-6

The Bridgton Academy Lacrosse team lost a close game to Hartwick College yesterday 7-6 in their season opener. The contest started rather slow for Bridgton and Hartwick was able to capitalize on some opportunities en route to opening up a 5-0 lead at halftime. The second half, however, saw Bridgton come out with more life, ready to take care of business. Bridgton's Ben Cullen (Huston, TN) put 3 shots in the back of the net, while Ben Santos (Boxford, MA) saw 2 shots find a home and David Rothenberg (Scranton, PA) also scored, and had his last second shot narrowly miss the net for what would have been the tieing score. Joe Robichaud (Madison, CT) had a great game manning the net for the Wolverines as he recorded an impressive 70 saves. Of Hartwick's 7 goals, four of them came on man down plays.

Wolverines Head Coach Mike Jones was pleased with his teams second half effort as Bridgton was able to outscore Hartwick 5-2, he's hoping that strong play will carry over into the Wolverines next game this Wednesday, April 1st, at the Holderness School.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Wolverines Prepare To Get Season Underway

The Bridgton Academy Lacrosse team spent last Thursday and Friday at Gould Academy taking part of some scrimmage play in hopes of getting prepared for Wednesday, March 25th's season opener against Bowdoin College.

On Thursday, the Wolverines mixed things up with Gould Academy, taking part in a controlled scrimmage and taking advantage of being outside on a much larger surface than the Wolverines had been exposed to so far this spring. On Friday, BA and Gould were joined by Tilton school and together the 3 teams mixed things up sharing some precious field time before taking part in about an hour long full field scrimmage in which Bridgton took on a combined squad made up of Gould and Tilton players.

Here are some photos from Friday!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Fall 2009

Bridgton Academy is pleased to announce a dramatically revamped fall sports schedule for the coming fall 2009 season. In particular, the spring sports of lacrosse and baseball will begin a full and aggressive fall schedule of practices and games, joining with the Academy’s traditional fall sports of football, soccer, and golf.

“This move ensures that all of our athletes, including those playing lacrosse and baseball, get a great opportunity for broad exposure to college coaches during the critical first half of their year at Bridgton,” said Brad Smith, the Academy’s Director of Athletics. “Given our athletes’ status as post-graduate students, recruiting focus on them must be in the fall before early decision and regular application deadlines, financial aid form due dates, and national letter of intent dates stack up throughout December, January, and February.”

This move builds upon the existing fall baseball and lacrosse programs and will ensure an exciting and very busy campus come September, October, and November. “We typically have some level of athletic training taking place for all of our student athletes during the fall, but this new emphasis will ensure that all of our athletes are fully engaged both academically and athletically right from the time they arrive on campus,” Smith said.

This change also alters the way the start of school with take place. Starting this fall, all students will report to campus at the end of August with the first week being filled with an intensive pre-season for the athletes mixed in with school orientation and other activities. Those not competing in varsity athletics will also report early to participate in experiential programs showcasing the great outdoors of Maine.

Bridgton has traditionally fielded strong football and soccer programs each fall, followed by nationally ranked prep basketball and junior hockey squads during the winter. However, spring sports have often dealt with difficult Maine winters, limiting access to fields until late March or early April. This annual challenge often meant Bridgton’s nationally recognized lacrosse program and perennially strong baseball program struggled to get in home games and get quality outdoor practice time.

In addition to the weather, there is another critical factor that makes the move opportunistic. College athletic recruitment tends to be very focused on the months of September through January. In order to maximize BA’s spring athletic programs’ exposure to interested college coaches, it only made sense to build a legitimate fall schedule, thus directly addressing college coaches’ scouting schedules and recruiting needs.

The Academy’s action adds to a fall athletics schedule that currently features a football team that plays a predominantly college JV schedule against schools such as Yale, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, and Holy Cross, among others. The soccer schedule is evolving towards a mix of college JV and NEPSAC (New England Prep School Athletic Conference) schools. The golf team will continue to play in the NEPSAC and MAISAD leagues. Baseball will play up to 16 games against college club teams and other year-round baseball programs. Lacrosse will participate in several college showcases as well as play 12-15 games versus college club teams and other U-19 select teams.

“We are excited about our decision. We feel it will give your young men a chance to better engage and get into the rhythm that is Bridgton Academy. Being a PG only school means we have to ensure that every day counts, knowing that there isn’t a “next year” for our students. We attack that challenge right alongside our students. It is one that we both embrace,” said Grady Vigneau, Bridgton’s Head of School.

Look for a finalized fall athletics schedule to published by mid-May or earlier.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Fall 2009 Schedule Coming

The Athletic Director at Bridgton Academy recently announced a ramped up fall schedule for both Lacrosse and Baseball for this coming fall. This will make for a busy and exciting fall sports program at the school and give fans of Wolverine Athletics plenty of opportunities to see the teams in action. Look for a more detailed press release to follow.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

2009 Lacrosse Schedule is Up

Wolverine Lacrosse is ready for the snow to start to melting so they can hit the field. Click here for the spring schedule.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Spring Schedule

The spring schedule for the 2009 Wolverine Lacrosse Team will be released soon. Stay tuned!