Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Boston Blitz Is Almost Here!

To start off the New Year, coaches and admissions counselors will be traveling around Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine to meet with high school students interested in a year at Bridgton Academy. If you are would like to set up a meeting, call or email a coach today!


Here is the list of head coaches with phone numbers and email addresses:

Lacrosse- Garrett Bamann, 207-647-3322 ext. 211, gbamann@bridgtonacademy.org

Hockey- Jon Lounsbury, 207-647-3322 ext. 232, jlounsbury@bridgtonacademy.org

Football- Rick Marcella, 207-647-3322 ext. 235, marcella@bridgtonacademy.org

Basketball- Whit Lesure, 207-647-3322 ext. 233, wlesure@bridgtonacademy.org

Soccer- Alan Ashenfelter, 207-647-3322 ext. 231, aashenfelter@bridgtonacademy.org

Baseball- Aaron Izaryk, 207-647-3322 ext. 236, aizaryk@bridgtonacademy.org

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Player Profile: Jeff Pearce




HOMETOWN: Stonington, CT

HIGH SCHOOL: Stonington High School

IN HIGH SCHOOL: I was a soccer and lacrosse player, I snowboarded, and hung out with my friends

HEARD ABOUT BA: My cousin is friends with Coach Bamann and told me about it

GOALS AT BA: I want to stay on honor roll while improving on the field and in the classroom

BA IS DIFFERENT THAN HIGH SCHOOL: It is a lot more focused. Most of the kids are here for the same reason so everyone around you is trying to accomplish the same goals.

BEST THING ABOUT BA: Being able to focus on yourself

WORST THING ABOUT BA: The food

ACTIVITIES AT BA: lacrosse, occasionally soccer, snowboarding, hanging out, dorm wars

OUTSIDE OF BA: I love snowboarding and going to the beach

ROLE MODEL: My Mom

FAVORITE BOOK: Alive

FAVORITE MOVIES: The Departed

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: The Sabers

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Chris Barney

FAVORITE MUSIC: Slightly Stoopid

FAVORITE MEAL: Enchiladas and Chicken Croquets

MY FRIENDS WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: I don’t know how to play checkers and I have never played. But I am really good at monopoly.

BA PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW: If you put in the effort you will be rewarded

Friday, December 17, 2010

Admissions Counselors in MA, CT, and ME!

On January 4-6 the admissions office will have various counselors and coaches around Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine. They will be visiting various schools over the few days to talk with any students who are interested in a year at BA.


Coach Bamann will be in CT visiting Avon, Farmington, Simsbury, Granby, East Granby, Lewis Mills, Canton, East Hartford, Southington, Rham, Rockville, Conentry, Windsor Locks, and Windsor High School. Meanwhile Coach Prudden will be in Mass visiting Burriville, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Westwood, Hopkinton, Bellingham, Dover-Sherborne, Ashland, and Norton . Coach Armour will also be visiting Bolton, Harvard, Westborough, Grafton, Hopedale, Milford, Sutton, and Upton. We also have various other coaches around Mass, Maine, and Connecticut who would love to set up a meeting. If you or someone you might know is interested in meeting with a coach, you can contact Coach Bamann via email at gbamann@bridgtonacademy.org or by phone at 207-647-3322 x211.

Admissions Counselors in MA, CT, and ME!

On January 4-6 the admissions office will have various counselors and coaches around Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine. They will be visiting various schools over the few days to talk with any students who are interested in a year at BA.


Coach Bamann will be in CT visiting Avon, Farmington, Simsbury, Granby, East Granby, Lewis Mills, Canton, East Hartford, Southington, Rham, Rockville, Conentry, Windsor Locks, and Windsor High School. Meanwhile Coach Prudden will be in Mass visiting Burriville, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Westwood, Hopkinton, Bellingham, Dover-Sherborne, Ashland, and Norton . Coach Armour will also be visiting Bolton, Harvard, Westborough, Grafton, Hopedale, Milford, Sutton, and Upton. We also have various other coaches around Mass, Maine, and Connecticut who would love to set up a meeting. If you or someone you might know is interested in meeting with a coach, you can contact Coach Marcella via email at marcella@bridgtonacademy.org or by phone at 207-647-3322 x235.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Nesdale awarded Co-Athlete of The Month for October


One of the aspects of Bridgton Academy that is celebrated is the transformation of our young men. Colin's athletic transformation shone bright during the month of October. Though it did not start well as the Wolverines were upended on Parent's Weekend, they bounced back and proved to be a formidable opponent. For the rest of the month, they were undefeated with wins againsts UNH, BU, and UMaine. The pinnacle was a 9-6 win over a highly touted Hill Academy from Ontario, Canada. Colin led the way as the last line of defense and proved himself worthy over and over again. His work off the field has been remarkable as well. For all his endeavors, Colin is awarded C0-Athlete of The Month for October. You can read about it here:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pictures Are Up!

Check out BA's facebook page for some pictures from the Beantown Classic!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Lacrosse Ends Their Season at the Beantown Classic

The lacrosse team ended their season on a high note as they produced great results at the Beantown Classic. The team won their first two games and although they played a great game they dropped their last. With their fall season all wrapped up the team will start their off season training. They will work hard all winter to prepare for the coming spring.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Player Profile: Jeff Christiano



HOMETOWN: River Vale, NJ

IN HIGH SCHOOL: I played four years of football and lacrosse and was a two time lacrosse captain

HEARD ABOUT BA: My coach recommended it

GOALS AT BA: I want to get my grades up and get a scholarship to play in college

BA IS DIFFERENT THAN HIGH SCHOOL: Because it gives you freedom while still teaching you

BEST THING ABOUT BA: The lacrosse team

WORST THING ABOUT BA: The food and the snow I know we are going to get this winter

ACTIVITIES AT BA: Lacrosse

OUTSIDE OF BA: I like to hang out with my friends and my little brother

ROLE MODEL: My Uncle John

FAVORITE BOOK: I like them all

FAVORITE MOVIES: Too many to choose from, but I love anything with Will Ferrell in it

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: The New York Jets

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Curtis Martin

FAVORITE MUSIC: Anything but country

MY FRIENDS WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: Since they know everything about me they would be surprised to know I have no secrets

BA PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW: This is the best thing that could happen to you- it’s a second chance





Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Showcase Change

The Wolverine Lacrosse team will now be traveling to Thayer Academy on Sunday for the Beantown Classic not Saturday.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

BA Tops the Hill Academy

The lacrosse team had a very busy weekend as they left for Albany, NY on Thursday night. The next morning they continued their journey to Syracuse, NY where they faced a very talented Hill Academy. After hours of driving the guys came out strong. Sean Fosse (New York, NY) wasted no time getting the team on the scoreboard. Matt Stango (Jupiter, FL) capitalized on a pass from Nate Nichols (Penn Yan, NY) to go ahead 2-0. The Hill Academy attempted a comeback, tying things up 2-2. Alec Westerhoff (La Grange Park, IL) made sure that didn’t happen and scored BA’s third goal of the night with Nichols assisting the goal. Nichols then scored an unassisted goal, then assisted Westerhoff’s second goal of the night bringing the score 5-2. Jeremy Buckley (Norwell, MA) scored the last goal of the half.

Going into the second half with a lead of 6-2, BA’s play got a little sloppy. The Hill Academy came out strong with three goals right away bringing the score to a close 6-5. Ian Farley (Camillus, NY) capitalized on a pass from Nichols giving the Wolverines a small lead. The Hill Academy tallied one more goal, but could never pull ahead of the Wolverines. Stango finished a pass from Storm Stockstill (Jupiter, FL) and Cody Leaf (Waquoit, MA) took the ball the length of the field to score the last goal of the night.

Coach Bamann was very pleased with the way his team came together. “I thought it was the best we played all year,” said Bamann. He then added, “The Hill Academy was a very talented team and we proved ourselves against them. We took the lead and kept it the whole game. While they made a late comeback, they never went ahead. I am very proud of our guys and they played some great lacrosse. It was also great to see them perform in front of about 35 college coaches from Division I, II, and III schools.”

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Venue Change

On Friday November 5th the Lacrosse game against Hill Academy will be played at Homer High School, NOT Suny Corland. Also game time has been pushed back 15 minutes and will start at 6:15 pm. Homer high school is 5 minutes from Suny Cortland.

Click this link for a map to Homer High School.

For the GPS the address for Homer High school is:

80 South West Rd.

Homer, NY 13077

Thank you and hope to see you there.

-Garrett

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

BA Tops the Terriers

The lacrosse team had a successful match this weekend as they traveled to Merrimack College to face Boston University’s Club team. While BA dominated the start of the game, BU was lucky enough to slip two goals by Colin Nesdale (Cheshire, CT) and take a 2-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. BA’s lone goal at that point was scored by Matt Stango (Jupiter, FL) and assisted by Alec Westerhoff (LaGrange Park, IL) and Chris Barney (Cheshire, CT).

Going into the second quarter BA took the field ready to turn things around, and in the next few minutes they did just that. Stango netted two more goals with assists from Ian Farley (Camillus, NY) and Spencer Matches (Sammamish, WA). Storm Stockstill (Jupiter, FL) followed with an unassisted goal. Farley then set up Jeff Pearce (Stonington, CT) to score BA’s fifth goal. Dom Crowley (Bainbridge Isle, WA) fired a shot for another unassisted goal. Jeremy Buckley (Norwell, MA) scored BA’s last goal of the half putting them ahead 7-2 at the break.

If BU had any thoughts of a comeback in the second half, they were mistaken. BA kept pounding the Terriers goalie. Westerhoff and Buckley each added two more goals for hat tricks, while Stockstill tallied his second for the night. Tucker Drimal (Weston, CT) and Brooks Billingham (Martha’s Vineyard, MA) also added a goal apiece.

Coach Bamann only had good things to say after the game. “We started off really well moving the ball for some very unselfish play. As a team we were up and down field and made sure they weren’t in the game from the start. It was really great to see that eight of the fifteen goals we scored were assisted- it shows us working as a team,” said Bamann.

“Even the opposing team saw us come together and work as a unit,” Bamann added. “Matt Burke ’99 who was on the sidelines for BU said we were a great team. That’s always good to hear from alumni.”

The Wolverine Lacrosse team is hitting the road Thursday night so they will be fresh and ready to take on the Hill Academy on Friday at SUNY Cortland at 6:00 P.M. After returning to Bridgton Friday night, they will leave again Sunday morning to travel to Harvard and take part in the Crimson Classic Showcase.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Weekend Updates

Today (10/29) the team will be traveling to Merrimack College where they will face to BU Club team at 7:00 PM. In the following two weekends there have been a few schedule changes:

11/4- 11/7
On Thursday November 4th the team will be leaving at the end of classes (around 2:00) and driving to Albany, NY where they will be spending the night at the Ramada Inn. The following day they will be playing the Hill Academy at Suny Cortland. Game time is 6:00. Following the game the team will travel back to Maine and arrive in Bridgton around 3:00am. Saturday will be spent on campus. On Sunday the team will then travel to Harvard Academy to play in the Crimson Fall Classic. They will then return to BA Sunday night.

11/13
The team will travel to Thayer Academy in Braintree MA to play in the Beantown Fall Classic. They will travel back to Bridgton that night.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kaleikau and Kell Represent the Class of '08

Inside Lacrosse analyzed five breakthrough lacrosse players for the 2011 season. Grant Kaleikau ’08 who will start his junior year for the University of Delaware was named number four on the list. At Delaware last season Kaleikau was second in total points with a total of 41 (16 goals, 25 assists). Check out this video to see what inside lacrosse has to say about him.

Also check out the article that Inside Lacrosse wrote that mentions UMass junior Art Kell ’08. Kell was tied for the second leading scorer in 2010 with 21 goals. He also tallied 12 assists landing him with 33 points for the season. Kell suffered a broken foot eight games into the season, but was still ranked high in the team statistics. Before his injury he was 12th in NCAA points per game with 4.13, 19th in goals per game with 2.63, and 33rd in assists per game with 1.5. Here is the link to the article, with Kell pictured at the top .

Monday, October 25, 2010

BA Crushes UMaine

This Sunday the lacrosse team took the field against the University of Maine’s club team. Bridgton put all they had on the field, which resulted in an 18-4 victory for the Wolverines. Ian Farley (Camillus, NY) had a total of four goals for the game high. Alec Westerhoff (LeGrange Park, IL) and Matt Stango (Jupiter, FL) each added a hat trick to the books, while Spencer Matches (Sammamish, WA) had two. Nate Nichols (Penn Yan, NY), Sean Fosse (New York, NY), Sean Williamson (Falmouth, MA), Eddie Suh (Colchester, CT), Brooks Billingham (Martha’s Vineyard, MA), and Jeremy Buckley (Norwell, MA) all added a goal apiece. While Colin Nesdale (Cheshire, CT) didn’t see much action in net, he tallied nine saves for the day. Chris Barney (Cheshire, CT) and Matches combined to win 17 of 21 face-offs. In the field BA scooped 40 ground balls and took 46 shots.

“As a whole we are very satisfied with the way the guys played this weekend. They put forth great effort which resulted in winning the small battles such as ground balls, face-offs, and limiting our unforced turnovers. We look forward to playing Boston University this Friday night,” said Coach Armour.

The team will travel to Merrimack College this Friday where they will play Boston University at 6:30 P.M.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pictures on Facebook

Check out this link to see some pictures from the 9-8 win at UNH on Bridgton Academy's Facebook page!

Monday, October 18, 2010

BA Sneaks Past UNH

The lacrosse team battled the wind and rain this Friday as they traveled to UNH to play the Wildcat’s club team. After an exciting back and forth game, the Wolverines came out on top with a close score of 9-8.

With what Coach Bamann called a “rainy and sloppy start to the game”, UNH came out strong to score two goals right off the bat. While they did not dominate play, they were able to grasp a 2-0 lead. It didn’t take long however for Nate Nichols (Penn Yan, NY) to put BA on the board. Sean Williamson (Falmouth, MA) followed Nichols lead netting BA’s second goal a few minutes later. The first quarter ended tied at two goals apiece. However as the second quarter started UNH came out and scored three unanswered goals to move ahead 5-2 at the half.

At the start of the half Alec Westerhoff (LeGrange Park, IL) started BA’s comeback as he scored right off the bat. UNH tallied two more goals, but both Brooks Billingham (Martha’s Vineyard, MA) and Ian Farley (Camillus, NY) scored to get BA back in the game. Starting the fourth and final minutes of play BA knew they needed to capitalize on good passes and opportunities to secure the win. Nichols worked his way through the Wildcat defense two more times to add two more goals to complete his hat trick for the night. A few minutes later Farley scored again giving BA an 8-7 lead. However, UNH kept things close as they tied it up with another goal with only a few minutes left. BA worked hard and Storm Stockstill (Jupiter, FL) fired a rocket for the game winning goal.

While it was a close game on the field, BA dominated UNH in every statistic in the book. Chris Barney (Cheshire, CT) and Spencer Matches (Sammamish, WA) combined to win 20 of 22 face-offs. Barney and Matches also lead the team in groundballs with 8 each. As a team BA out ground balled UNH 23-10 and outshot them 35-24. Colin Nesdale (Cheshire, CT) played in goal for the Wolverines and tallied 9 saves for the night.

Coach Bamann was all in all very happy with the nights performance. The team overcame a sloppy start to play what Bamann called a “very sharp” game. “We moved the ball well and had very unselfish play. The defense shutdown the UNH attack with Leaf, Caufield, Oliver, and Drimal playing solid D all night combined with Nesdale’s key saves in net,” said Bamann.

“We played a really sharp second half with the offense spurred on by great ball movement. They had a lot of good possession so our defense didn’t have to work as hard,” Bamann added.

The team's next game is a home match up with the University Of Maine's Club team on Sunday October 24th at 2:00 P..M.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Photos on Facebook

Check out this link to see some photos from the game vs. the Lax Pros on facebook!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

LaxPros Sneak Past BA

The lacrosse team played a solid game this weekend holding the Portland Lax Pros to a one goal difference for the first three quarters of the game. In the first quarter Alec Westerhoff ( LeGrange Park, IL) gave BA a 1-0 lead when he completed a pass from Jeremy Buckley (Norwell, MA). It didn’t take long for the Lax Pros to get on the scoreboard with two goals following. However, the Wolverines continued to play a solid game and keep it close into the second quarter. The Lax Pros scored two more, but Eddie Suh (Colchester, CT) tallied an unassisted goal shortly following to get BA back in the game. A few minutes later Chris Barney (Cheshire, CT) won a faceoff, took the ball down the field, and netted BA’s third goal of the game. BA entered the half only down 4-3.

While the team worked hard in the second half, the Lax Pros were able to slip four goals past the Wolverine’s goaltender to secure the 11-6 win. The coaching staff saw both the good and bad elements of the game. Assistant Coach Brock Armour had a few thoughts about the game. “In the first half we played with poise and confidence, both offensively and defensively. Unfortunately we came out in the second half stringing together multiple sequences of unforced turnovers, which resulted in a swing of goals for the opposing team. We look to correct those mistakes and rebound for next weekend’s game,” said Armour.

This Friday the team will travel to the University of New Hampshire to take on their club team at 6:30 P.M.



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Parents Weekend is Here!

The team is working hard to prepare for their game against The Portland LaxPros on Saturday October 9th at 11:00 a.m. They can't wait for their families and friends to come out and support them!

Player Profile: Jacob Lucovich



HOMETOWN: Stonington, CT

IN HIGH SCHOOL: I was outgoing, funny, and athletic

HEARD ABOUT BA: When my parents presented me with an opportunity to better myself in life

GOALS AT BA: I want to achieve a 3.5-4.0 GPA, meet as many people as I can, and improve my abilities in lacrosse

BA IS DIFFERENT THAN HIGH SCHOOL: It’s more of a college atmosphere and there are more people who will help you out to achieve your goals

BEST THING ABOUT BA: The teaching staff

WORST THING ABOUT BA: The food

ACTIVITIES AT BA: I want to go beaver trapping and learn how to ski

OUTSIDE OF BA: I hang out with my brother, go swimming, and go to the beach

ROLE MODEL: My dad

FAVORITE BOOK: The Biography of John Wooden

FAVORITE MOVIES: Happy Gilmore, The Sandlot, Wedding Crashers, Shawshank Redemption

FAVOTITE SPORTS TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Michael Jordan

FAVORITE MUSIC: Hip Hop

FAVORITE MEAL: My Mom's Three Cheese Pasta with Flank Steak

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense” –Winston Churchill

MY FRIENDS WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: : I had cancer

BA PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW: If you are looking for a place to better yourself not only academically but also in life, come to BA.

Player Profile: Eddie Suh



HOMETOWN: Colchester, CT

IN HIGH SCHOOL: I was outgoing, funny, athletic

HEARD ABOUT BA: When didn’t get into the colleges I wanted to, I came home and my mother told me I was going to Maine

GOALS AT BA: To better myself in academics and get into to a good school

BA IS DIFFERENT THAN HIGH SCHOOL: It’s more structured

BEST THING ABOUT BA: No distractions

WORST THING ABOUT BA: No distractions

ACTIVITIES AT BA: learning how to play hockey

OUTSIDE OF BA: I live for lacrosse, I play chess with my grandfather, and I’m training for a food eating contest

ROLE MODEL: My grandfather and my mother

FAVORITE BOOK: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

FAVORITE MOVIES: The Wedding Singer and Fast Times at Ridgemont High

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Syracuse lacrosse

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Kyle Harrison

FAVORITE MUSIC: Bob Marley

FAVORITE MEAL: Anything my mom makes

FAVORITE QUOTE: “You just can’t live in that negative way… make way for the positive day” –Bob Marley

MY FRIENDS WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: I am a huge, huge, huge, fan of Bob Marley. If I were a girl, I would marry him. It’s the first and only music I listen to.

BA PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW: Come into it with an open mind and heart

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Player Profile: Matt Zellen


HOMETOWN: Tampa, Florida

IN HIGH SCHOOL: I played four years of lacrosse

HEARD ABOUT BA: On the internet when I was looking for prep schools

GOALS AT BA: I want to get a 3.7 GPA and learn how to study

BA IS DIFFERENT THAN HIGH SCHOOL: There is more down time and you have more responsibility

BEST THING ABOUT BA: You only have four classes at a time, plus the coaches and teammates

WORST THING ABOUT BA: Study Hall

ACTIVITIES AT BA: Lacrosse and Rugby

OUTSIDE OF BA: I enjoy snowboarding

ROLE MODEL: My Mom

FAVORITE BOOK: Tuesdays With Morrie- Mitch Albom

FAVORITE MOVIES: The Departed

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: The Boston Celtics

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Ray Allen

FAVORITE MUSIC: Old school rap- like Biggie Smalls

MY FRIENDS WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: That I wear slacks and a collared shirt every
day

BA PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW: If you are going to come embrace it 100%

Monday, October 4, 2010

Photos on Facebook

Click this link for some shots of the lacrosse game at Navy Prep on Bridgton Academy's facebook page.

Navy Sinks BA

The Wolverine Lacrosse team traveled to Providence, RI to face Navy Prep for a second time this season. In hopes of a victory, the team came out strong. There was even play, but with six minutes left in the first quarter Navy scored their first goal, and again with 25 seconds left. BA went into the second quarter down 2-0 but ready to play. Storm Stockstill (Jupiter, FL) and Eddie Suh (Colchester, CT) both had scoring opportunities but were not able to finish. Navy then scored three more goals before Bridgton could make it on the scoreboard. Alec Westerhoff (LaGrange Park, IL) put away a pass from Nate Nichols (Penn Yan, NY) to make the score 5-1. Navy scored once more in the half, ending ahead 6-1.

In the third quarter BA held Navy to only two goals, but the offense was not able to capitalize on their scoring opportunities. Jeremy Buckley (Norwell, MA) scored two goals in the fourth quarter to give Bridgton three for the day. Unfortunately Navy was able to slip a few more past the Bridgton goaltenders tallying 13 for the day, with a final score of 13-3.

The wolverines will face the Portland LaxPros at home this coming weekend for Parents Weekend. The game will be on Saturday October 9th at 11:00 A.M.



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Player Profile: Sean Fosse


HOMETOWN: Bronx, NY

IN HIGH SCHOOL: I was a diehard lacrosse player who procrastinated too much in school and would rather find an excuse to hang out with friends and not do work

HEARD ABOUT BA: From my mom who had looked into schools for my brothers when she found BA

GOALS AT BA: I want to walk out with a mindset to complete all of my work and not have it be a big deal. Plus I want to leave with a 3.6 GPA and go to school to play D1 lacrosse.

BA IS DIFFERENT THAN HIGH SCHOOL: Because its structured. Its built so that you want to succeed where as high school seems like you are just pressured to go through the motions. BA is a positive pressure.

BEST THING ABOUT BA: The athletics and coaches

WORST THING ABOUT BA: Hands down no girls, but really the worst is being away from home and even that’s not too bad

ACTIVITIES AT BA: Lacrosse, Paintball, Dorm Wars, maybe Rugby

OUTSIDE OF BA: I enjoy playing lacrosse with my brothers and hanging out with friends

ROLE MODEL: Spencer Wright (my high school lacrosse coach and all around genius)

FAVORITE BOOK: A Long Way Gone- Ishmael Beah

FAVORITE MOVIES: Blood Diamond

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: RIP New York Titans- now it’s the Boston Blazers

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Spencer Wright and Oliver Kahn

FAVORITE MUSIC: Music that makes people get rowdy- i.e. techno or techno

FAVORITE MEAL: Breakfast- eggs, bacon, toast, and waffles

MY FRIENDS WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: I used to go to dance conventions where I would tap dance and perform hip hop routines when I was younger and I was an avid artist in high school

BA PROSECTIVE STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW: Exactly how awesome the laundry loops are

Monday, September 27, 2010

Lacrosse Takes Down Stonehill

The lacrosse team added another win to their record this week as they beat Stonehill College 7-3. There was a slow start to the game and it was close through the first half. “I thought the team looked a little sloppy on the field,” said Coach Bamann.

However, with Matt Stango (Jupiter, FL) scoring four of the Wolverines seven goals, Stonehill could not hold on. Andrew Suh (Colchester, CT) added a goal and an assist and had 6 ground balls for the day. Both Edward Suh (Colchester, CT) and Alec Westerhoff (LeGrange Park, IL) tallied goals as well. Chris Longo (Somers, NY) kept BA in the game with seven saves in net.

BA dominated the game on the field as well as in the books. Chris Barney (Cheshire, CT) kept BA in the game winning 8 of 13 face-offs and six ground balls. BA outshot the Skyhawks by 21 shots (35-14) and scooped 22 more ground balls than Stonehill (49-27). BA also had 17 successful clears of the 20 they attempted.

While there was a slow start, Coach Bamann was happy with the day’s performance. “The offense had a lot of good opportunities but we weren’t able to capitalize on them. Stonehill’s goalie also had a number of great saves. Defensively we played great and kept them out. This game is a great transition to the rest of the season,” said Bamann.


The team is working hard in practice this week for their game at Navy Prep (Newport, RI) on Saturday October 2nd at 1:00 P.M.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Directions to Stonehill

Here is a link for directions to Stonehill College for the lacrosse game being played Sunday.

http://www.stonehill.edu/x980.xml

A note from Coach Bamann: Game time is at 2:00 on the turf field stadium.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Player Profile: Colin Nesdale


HOMETOWN: Cheshire, CT

IN HIGH SCHOOL: I was a lacrosse player, a hockey player for a few years, and I was talkative and energetic.

HEARD ABOUT BA: My coach Erik Bailey went here and Matt Cyr ’08 went to my high school and both told me about it.

GOALS AT BA: To improve my grades and my athletics

BA IS DIFFERENT THAN HIGH SCHOOL: It’s a lot more structured and helps you stay focused on school and sports

BEST THING ABOUT BA: Lacrosse

WORST THING ABOUT BA: Food

ACTIVITIES AT BA: Hanging out

OUTSIDE OF BA: I try to keep my room clean

ROLE MODEL: My parents

FAVORITE BOOK: The Power of One

FAVORITE MOVIES: Heavyweights

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Virginia Cavaliers

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Michael Jordan

FAVORITE MUSIC: Anything

FAVORITE MEAL: Pizza

MY FRIENDS WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: I love to read

BA PROSECTIVE STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW: It is worth it to come here and try and do everything you are supposed to.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Lacrosse falls to Navy

The wolverine lacrosse team put up a good fight against the Naval Academy Prep team but lost 13-6. The wolverines played a solid game for the first three quarters with even play. However, concentration was broken in the fourth and the level of play decreased and the Naval Academy took advantage and scored 7 of their 13 goals.

After the first quarter, Navy was up 2-0. Play was very even and no one team clearly dominated. Navy put up a strong attack, but BA was able to hold them to two goals. BA went into the second quarter looking to even out the score. After another goal by Navy, Sean Williamson (Falmouth, MA) scored with an assist from Matt Stango (Jupiter, FL) with 1:48 left in the first half. While the Wolverines ended the first half down 3-1, they were looking to come back even stronger in the second half.

Ian Farley (Camillus, NY) started off the half with a goal four minutes in with an assit from Storm Stockstill (Jupiter, FL). Unfortunately, it wasn't enough at that point to put BA in the lead. While they still continued with strong play and solid defense, Navy came back and scored four goals, putting them ahead 7-2 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, BA came out strong once again. With 12:58 left in the game Nate Nichols (Penn Yan, NY) scored BA's third goal of the game. However, play seemed to dissolve for BA as Navy answered back with three goals in the next 3 minutes. Alec Westerhoff (LaGrange Park, IL) scored with eight minutes to go. Navy scored once more, but Westerhoff assisted Jeremy Buckley (Norwell, MA) as he added to the Wolverine's goals. While Navy scored two more goals in the next minute, bringing their final tally to 13, BA scored again with 18.4 seconds left when Farley finished a pass from Edward Suh (Colcester, CT)to bring the final score to 13-6.

Farley led the scoring with two goals while Westerhoff had both a goal and an assist. Stockstill also added an assit for BA. Colin Nesdale (Cheshire, CT) kept the defense in the game with 15 saves for the day. Bridgton beat Navy in ground balls 33-31 and won 12 of the 22 faceoffs. Navy only managed to out shoot BA 34 to 28.

When asked about the game, Coach Bamann was positive about the days performance. "We played well, we just didn't take care of the ball on offense and the defense gave it back to Navy too many times. They were able to capitalize and score on our turnovers. Nesdale did a great job in goal, keeping us in the game. Overall it was just too little too late, but I am happy with the game and where we will go from here," says Bamann.

With a change in scheduling the Wolverine's next match up will be on the road as they travel to Stonehill College to play on Sunday September 26th at 2:00 P.M. Check back for directions to the game.






Friday, September 17, 2010

Player Profile: Tom Garofano



HOMETOWN: North Andover Mass

IN HIGH SCHOOL: I was the funny guy

HEARD ABOUT BA: From a few alumni I know, Sean Daily and Josh Aresnault '06

GOALS AT BA: I want to do well in school overall and finish out the lacrosse season

BA IS DIFFERENT FROM HIGH SCHOOL: It is a lot more regimented, everything is on a schedule

BEST THING ABOUT BA: The teachers

WORST THING ABOUT BA: The food

ACTIVITIES AT BA: Lacrosse and work study

OUTSIDE OF BA: I really enjoy hanging out with friends

ROLE MODEL: My Mother

FAVORITE BOOK: The Twilight Series but New Moon if my favorite

FAVORITE MOVIE: Gladiator

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: The Red Sox

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Kevin Youkilis

FAVORITE MUSIC: Country

MY FRIENDS WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: Everyone knows everything about me.

BA PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW: Enjoy your time at BA and make the most of it

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Student Profile: Ryan Gilligan



HOMETOWN: Beverly, Massachusetts

IN HIGH SCHOOL: I played two years of football, four years of hockey (2 year captain), and four years of lacrosse (1 year captain)

HEARD ABOUT BA: From past BA students that came from Beverly. I have always known about it.

GOALS AT BA: Improve myself athletically and academically.

BA IS DIFFERENT FROM HIGH SCHOOL: It is a lot more personal. There is a much smaller student to staff ratio which is nice. At BA you also have a lot more responsibility which is important for college.

BEST THING ABOUT BA: The kids- especially the lacrosse team.

WORST THING ABOUT BA: No sleeping in.

ACTIVITIES AT BA: Lifting, Lacrosse, Intramurals

OUTSIDE OF BA: I participated in a lot of community service. I also love fishing, sports, movies, boating, and the beach.

ROLE MODEL: Bobby Hull

FAVORITE BOOK: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

FAVORITE MOVIE: Braveheart

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM AND ATHLETE: Notre Dame Football and Sydney Crosby

FAVORITE MUSIC: Reggae

FRIENDS WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: I used to do musicals and sing a lot

BA PROSPECTIVE STUDENT SHOULD KNOW: Make sure you know what you want to do after BA. Have an idea so you can use your time here to work towards it. Set goals for yourself and work hard to achieve them.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lacrosse Opens With A Win

The Bridgton Academy Wolverines lacrosse team opened up the season with a victory on the road. The team travelled to UMass this weekend and won 11-5. Coach Bamann was very happy with the game saying, “The team played great. It was a little sloppy in the beginning buts it’s our first game so that’s to be expected.”

The game started off with Bridgton dominating the play. For the first few minutes the ball never left BA’s offensive zone. Then UMass took control of the ball and scored on their first trip down the field. Bridgton didn’t give up and answered right back when Ian Farley (Camillus, NY) scored with an assist from Matt Stango (Jupiter, FL). In the next few minutes of play there were two more goals exchanged before Edward Suh (Colchester, CT) cut through the UMass defense and fed a pass to Stango who turned it into Bridgton’s 3rd goal of the game putting BA ahead 3-2 at the end of the first quarter.

“The team played a very unselfish game,” said Coach Bamann. “We moved the ball well and there were a lot of assisted goals which is always nice to see.”

Farley led the scoring with four goals. Alec Westerhoff (LeGrange Park, IL) also lit up the scoreboard with three goals and two assists while Sean Williamson (Falmouth, MA) added a goal and an assist. The rest of the Wolverine goals were scored by Nate Nichols (Penn Yan, NY) and Storm Stockstill (Jupiter, FL) with assists from Spencer Matches (Sammamish, WA) , Jacob Luchovich (Stonington, CT), and Chris Barney (Cheshire, CT). BA out shot UMass 25-7 and had 37 ground balls while UMass only had 23. Bridgton also won 14 out of the 20 face-offs in the game.

With a win in the books the Wolverines look forward to their next contest. They will face Navy Prep at home on Saturday September 18th. Game time is set for 1:00 P.M.



Williamson looks for the open pass



Matches wins the face-off



Evan O'Donnell (Monclair, NJ) defends an oncoming Umass forward

Friday, September 10, 2010

Lacrosse Hits the Road for Season Opener

The lacrosse team will be traveling to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst to face their club team in the Wolverine's season opener. The game will take place on Sunday September 12th at 2:00 P.M.

Parents: The lockeroom is in the Garber Field but the team playing on the big field in front of athletic complex (adjacent to Hockey Rink)

Here is a link to the U MASS website for driving directions:

http://www.umass.edu/visitorsctr/Directions_to_Campus/

Monday, September 6, 2010

Lacrosse Takes the Field

On Saturday the lacrosse team stepped on the field for an intrasquad scrimmage. The team split into two and faced each other in a very well played game. The coaches took it as an opportunity to see the skill level and make any changes that needed to be made. Coach Bamann was very happy with what he saw. "I thought that both teams played hard this weekend. I saw good effort and the guys showed a lot of promise."

With one scrimmage under their belt, the team is working as hard as ever to prepare for their first regular season game. On September 12th they will travel to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to face their club team at 2:00 P.M.





Friday, August 27, 2010

A Full Days Work

The BA Lacrosse team had an early start today as they kick the season off. With a full day practices Coach Bamann had his team working hard. The Wolverines will start their season off with an intrasquad game at BA on September 4th at 3:00 before traveling to UMass to start of their season against the UMass club team. That game will take place at 2:00 on September 12th.





Thursday, August 26, 2010

Preseason Underway

The lacrosse team arrived on campus today excited and ready to go. Things got started off with a team meeting in the Marcella-Sands lecture hall at three o'clock this afternoon. The boys have their gear and are ready for testing immediately following.