PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dalton Moore, Maine Maritime
(So., F - Hollis Center, Maine)
Moore scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute to lead the Mariners to an upset victory over Thomas on Sunday afternoon in the NAC Quarterfinals. The sixth-seeded Mariners picked up the 2-1 win over the third-seeded Terriers to advance to the Semifinals on Wednesday, which will be played at No. 2 seeded Colby-Sawyer.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Joshua Reeks, Maine Maritime
(Jr., GK - Bedford, N.H.)
Reeks had an incredible performance between the pipes for the Mariners in their 2-1 upset victory over Thomas in the NAC Quarterfinals. The junior keeper made a number of key saves, especially late in the game to preserve the victory for his team. Reeks held the Terriers, who had been averaging over three goals per game in conference matches, to just one goal, while tallying seven saves.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Colby Clarke, Maine Maritime
(Fr., M - Ellsworth, Maine)
Clarke helped lead the Mariners to a 2-1 upset victory over the third-seeded Thomas on Sunday afternoon. The midfielders shot late in the second half set up a corner kick, which led to the game-tying goal. The rookie took the corner kick and earned the assist on the equalizer when teammate Ike Doiron headed in the Mariners' first goal of the game.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton did not compete this week. The Spartans have earned the No. 1 seed in the NAC Tournament and will host New England College on Wednesday, November 1, at 6:00 p.m. in the conference semifinal.
Colby-Sawyer dropped a 3-2 non-conference decision to Plymouth State in the lone game of last week. Colby-Sawyer finished the NAC slate with an 8-1 record to earn a bye in last weekend's NAC Quarterfinals. The team is poised to host sixth seed Maine Maritime in the NAC Semifinals on Wednesday after the Mariners upset third seed Thomas.
UMaine-Farmington finished the season 8-9 overall and 3-6 in NAC action.
Green Mountain ended the season on a high note with a 1-0 thrilling double overtime win over Southern Vermont College on Wednesday. The Eagles needed just about every second of both overtime periods to earn the win as Brandon Bellissimo scored off a feed from Darren Golden with just 36 seconds remaining in the second overtime. The Eagles unfortunately finished outside of the NAC playoff picture in 2017.
Husson (8-8) was defeated by the New England College Pilgrims, 1-0, in the North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinals. This concludes the 2017 season for the Eagles.
Johnson ended the season with a loss at Norwich on Monday. The Badgers finish with a 7-11 overall record.
Lyndon completed the 2017 season with a 5-9-1 overall record and a 1-7-1 mark in NAC action.
Maine Maritime, as the sixth seed, upset the No. 3 seeded Thomas, 2-1, in NAC Quarterfinal action on Sunday. Ike Doiron scored to tie the game and Dalton Moore added the game-winner in the 87th minute. Maine Maritime advances to the NAC Semifinals to face No. 2 Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday.
New England College was in action twice this week, downing Rivier in non-conference action on Tuesday before picking up a 1-0 win over Husson in the NAC Quarterfinals on Saturday. Senior Sina Samali (North Andover, Mass.) scored the game-winner to advance his team. NEC travels to top-seeded Castleton on Wednesday.
Thomas allowed two goals in the final 13 minutes en route to a 2-1 loss in the NAC Quarterfinals against Maine Maritime on Sunday. This is the first time since the 2011 season that the Terriers failed to make the conference championship match.