St. Joseph’s College of Standish will be making its first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in men’s soccer after winning the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tourney title.
And two brothers from Hampden, senior Andre Cushing and freshman brother Gerald, have played key roles for the 14-7-1 Monks.
St. Joseph’s will travel to play Wesleyan (Conn.) on Saturday.
“They’ve both had a huge impact on our team,” said Monks coach Steve Babineau. “Andre was a first team all-conference choice. He scored some great goals and had a bunch of assists. With his work ethic, he leads by example in training and in games.
“Gerald has come such a long way since day one. He’s a great young man who is always working hard and always asking what can he do to get better,” Babineau said. “He’s willing to play different positions and he competes with the best of them.
“We’ve used him at outside midfield and in the back and he’s done well,” he added.
“This [title] has been something we’ve been working for over the past three years,” said Andre Cushing, who has scored two goals and notched four assists. “We felt we should have won it last year so we’ve played with a chip on our shoulders this year.”
He said being named All-GNAC was nice “but it was a collective team effort. I was just able to make some key plays in key situations. It’s a reflection on how well we’ve played together.”
He said he has been motivated by a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Greely of Cumberland Center in the 2004 Class A state title game, in which Hampden squandered a 2-0 lead. He has also been motivated by a frustrating 2008 season.
“That [Greely] game has been eating at me for five years and I told the guys [in the 2-1 GNAC title game win over Emerson] that wasn’t going to happen to us,” said Cushing.
He said he didn’t play as well as he wanted to last season “but I’ve been more consistent this year.”
Cushing added that the season has been “very rewarding” and getting to share it with his brother has added to it.
“It’s cool. He was a JV when I was a senior at Hampden Academy. It’s nice to share something like this with him,” said Andre Cushing.
Saint Joseph’s hall to induct four
Saint Joseph’s College is scheduled to induct four members into the school’s athletics hall of fame during Saturday ceremonies on campus.
Sister Joyce Mahany, Danielle (Bouchard) Santucci, Brent Dan, Sue (Picard) Rondeau and the 1977 baseball team make up the Monks’ seventh hall of fame class.
Mahany was the director of development at Saint Joseph’s from 1970-1993 and spearheaded several athletic projects, including a new basketball floor, construction of the baseball and softball fields and the addition of the Harold Alfond Center.
Bouchard (Class of 1995) will be on hand to officially accept her induction from 2002. She ranks among the women’s basketball program’s career leaders with 1,437 points. She averaged 22.2 points per game and holds the school single-season record with 621 points.
Dan (2002) was a baseball standout for the Monks. He went 21-10 as a pitcher, striking out 220 batters in 220 innings.
Picard (2002) played both basketball and softball. Her combined efforts helped Saint Joseph’s win six conference championships, five regional titles and make two national tournament appearances.
The 1977 baseball team won the first conference title in school history. The Monks went 12-2 in the district and won the Western Maine Athletic Conference championship.
Hill riding for Endicott College
Kelsey Hill of Dover-Foxcroft helped the Endicott College equestrian team earn a runner-up finish last weekend during a home competition.
Hill qualified for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association regionals scheduled for next spring.
Hill qualified in novice fences, winning that division in the event.