The University of Maine women’s soccer team is 2-0 after opening the season with 1-0 wins over Fairfield (Connecticut) and Fordham (New York) at Mahaney Diamond in Orono over the weekend.
“It was a good test because they were two different types of teams,” Maine coach Scott Atherley said. “Fordham was a little more athletic and we had to respond physically, which we did. Fairfield was a little more mobile and dynamic and I felt good about how well organized we were.
“We had two great first halves but, in the second halves, we were on the back foot. That’s what’s going to happen in tight games because good teams make adjustments and pressure us. It’s good to have so many young players be under that kind of pressure. It’s not easy,” he said.
“It’s a real nice way to start the season,” said Maine standout senior center back Noelle Leon-Palmer.
Maine, which won four games all of last season, will host the University of Rhode Island at 1 p.m. Sunday before beginning a stretch of four straight road games.
MMA lacrosse players receive honors
Maine Maritime Academy’s Ally Fuehrer of Freeport, Leah Libby of Paris and Lillian Slazas of Stockton Springs have been named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Academic Honor Roll.
The IWLCA honored 404 student-athletes from 127 different institutions with inclusion in the 2015 IWLCA/Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll. All student-athletes were nominated by their schools and have achieved at least junior status academically and had a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater.
Earlier this month, MMA’s women’s lacrosse team earned IWLCA Division III Academic Squad Honors, while Fuehrer and Slazas, both May graduates, received North Atlantic Conference All-Academic honors.