News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 15, 2022
Butterfield earns top individual medal at Mariners team takes second place

Senior Benjamin Butterfield

Senior Benjamin Butterfield claimed the top overall individual spot in the 2022 Ron Ouellette Invitational hosted by the University of New England in Biddeford September 10.

Photo courtesy of Maine Maritime Academy

Senior Benjamin Butterfield claimed individual medalist honors and Maine Maritime Academy’s men’s cross country placed second overall at the 2022 Ron Ouellette Invitational hosted by the University of New England September 10 in Biddeford, according to a press release.

Butterfield ran an impressive 27:55.6 on the 8K course to claim the top overall spot. Sophomore Ponce Saltysiak put together a top-five finish, placing fourth overall, with a time of 28:09.9.

Freshman Cooper Parlee placed 12th overall, with a time of 29:30.5. Senior John Hassett finished 23rd overall, with a time of 30:05.6, while senior William Procko rounded out the Mariners’ top-five finishers, placing 45th, with a time of 31:37.7.

Maine Maritime placed second with a team score of 81 and total time of 2:27:19.

The men’s team placed three runners inside the top five to claim their fourth consecutive title at the University of Maine Presque Isle Invitational September 3. Sophomore Saltysiak paced the Mariners in the season debut, finishing second overall on the 6K course with a time of 21:32.89. Senior Hassett finished just behind Saltysiak in third place, with a time of 22:18.34. Freshman Parlee finished in fourth place in his collegiate debut for the Mariners, with a time of 22:33.61.

Women’s soccer

Kirra Magaña scored her first goal of the season to lead the Mariners to a 1-0 victory against UMaine-Presque Isle in their North Atlantic Conference opener.

The Mariners got on the board early in the first half when Hazel Stoddard sent a cross to Magaña who found the back of the net in the sixth minute of play. This was the only goal of the afternoon as both teams were able to contain the opponents’ offense for the rest of the match.

The team improves to 1-2-1 overall and 1-0 in conference, while the Owls fall to 1-1-1 on the season and 0-1 in conference. The Mariners return to action on Saturday, September 17, at 3:30 p.m. when they host NVU-Lyndon in a conference matchup during MMA’s Homecoming weekend.

Women’s volleyball

Senior Rachel Melampy recorded 33 kills September 3 to become the third Mariners volleyball player to reach the 1,000 kill milestone as Maine Maritime completed the sweep of opening weekend against the University of New England and the University of Southern Maine, according to the academy.

Melampy and Ila Smith combined for 71 kills to lead the Mariners to a 3-2 win over New England College and a 3-1 win over UMass-Boston in the Beacon Invite September 10.

This week, the Mariners improve to 7-0 overall and return to action on Friday, September 16, at 5 p.m. when they host UMaine-Fort Kent in their home opener.

Women’s cross-country

The women’s cross-country team placed three runners inside the top 10 at the UMPI Invitational, including a top-five finish by senior Milo Cook-Sharp. She paced the Mariners on the 4K course, finishing fifth overall with a time of 20:12.62. Senior Sarah Smith placed eighth overall with a time of 22:25.31.

Men’s soccer

The men’s soccer team fell to strong non-conference opponent Emmanuel College, 5-0, September 3. The Saints came out strong in the first half, scoring four goals in just under 30 minutes against the Mariners. In the second half, Emmanuel College capped off the afternoon with one more goal to end the game at 5-0. The Saints held a 23-3 advantage in shots and Maine Maritime held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.