Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Team awarded Athlete Of The Month for November

The Bridgton Academy soccer team was awarded the November Athlete Of The Month award by Coach Sawicki in Chapel last week. Coach Sawicki made the presentation by saying, "I think that this might be the best team in the history of the program. This was the best combination of talent and teamwork that I have ever seen from the Wolverine Soccer Team." For their dedication to excellence by exhibiting teamwork and unselfish play, they are awarded the November 2009 Athlete of The Month award. A special t-shirt commemorating the occasion will be produced during winter break and handed out when they return. You can read about the award here: http://www.bridgtonacademy.org/athmonth.cfm

Monday, December 14, 2009

Looking for a holiday gift for the Wolverine Soccer Fan?

Bridgton Academy's bookstore is now available online and with it comes all the BA gear you could want, including Wolverine Soccer t-shirts and BA hoodies and sweat pants. Get some of your shopping done today!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wolverines Complete Undefeated Regular Season

The Wolverines traveled to Exeter, NH to take on Phillips Exeter Academy under the lights. In the final regular season game of the year for Bridgton they faced off against the second ranked team in the NEPSAC East.

In the first half each team had scoring opportunities, however neither could convert. "We had some great shots, we hit two posts and the crossbar once, just couldn't get one in," said Head Coach Kevin Mellon of the first half. Exeter held a 5-4 advantage in shots at the half, which was tied 0-0.

In the second half the Wolverines came out fired up and, "figured out what we needed to do," added Mellon. It was not until the 86th minute that BA would finally capitalize. Coming off of a ball volleyed into the box by Ronaldo Vieira (Framingham, MA) Dillon Flynn was able to make his way through a crowd and find the back of the net for the first goal of the game.

Just a minute later Exeter had a corner kick that brought all of their players into the Bridgton box, after the initial scoring attempt by Exeter, Vieira was able to clear the ball to midfield where he found a wide open Ethan Martin (South Burlington, VT) who had a break away with only the goalie to beat. Martin found the bottom right corner for a 2-0 lead.

However, Exeter did not give up, in the 88th minute they scored to cut the lead to 2-1, but time would run out and Bridgton held on for the win.

"Exeter is one of the best teams we have faced all year, they played us very well" commented Mellon. Bridgton out shot Exeter 10-3 in the second half and 14-8 in the game. The win improves BA's record to 14-0-1 overall and 11-0-1 in NEPSAC play.

Concluding the regular season undefeated for the first time since 1982, when Bridgton went on to be the Maine State Champs with a record of 9-0-1. This is the first undefeated regular season for Bridgton in NEPSAC play.

The Wolverines wait to find out their playoff fate which will be announced Sunday afternoon.

Wolverines Cut Down Lumberjacks

Bridgton Academy took its shortest trip of the fall to take on Hebron Academy. Competing in its final MAISAD competition of the season the Wolverines easily handed the Lumberjacks a 4-0 loss.

In a game that was not as close as the score indicated, the Wolverines jumped on top early and then controlled tempo and play the remainder of the game. In just the second minute of play Omar Khartabil (Hampstead, NH) took a pass from Steve Palumbo (Kingston, NH) and found the back of the net. Just six minutes later Khartabil would score again, this time unassisted. Bridgton took a 2-0 lead into the half.

In the second half Nick Christensen (Waterville, ME) headed a cross from Dillon Flynn (Chapel Hill, NC) into the goal for a 3-0 lead. In the 77th minute Rob Palumbo (Kingston, NH) completed the scoring by converting on a pass from Ronaldo Vieira (Framingham, MA).

Bridgton out shot Hebron 19-2, Coach Mellon said, "It was not our best game of the season, but it was nice to take a short ride and posses the ball and control play in the way we did."

Friday, October 30, 2009

Bridgton Takes Battle of Unbeatens

Wednesday afternoon’s game was a match up of two of the best squads in the NEPSAC as the undefeated South Kent Cardinals (11-0-1) took on the undefeated Bridgton Academy Wolverines (11-0-1) in South Kent, Connecticut.

After a six and a half hour bus ride the Wolverines took the field to less than ideal conditions, as the field was completely soaked and the rain was not letting up. It would take a strong start by the Cardinals including a penalty kick opportunity, for the Wolverines to get into a groove. In the 25th minute South Kent was awarded a penalty kick, battling the muddy conditions in goal, Ryne Tillman (Bedford, MA) was able to stop the shot and start the offensive attack. Dillon Flynn (Chapel Hill, NC) was then able to feed Rob Palumbo (Kingston, NH), in transition, who found the back of the net for the first goal of the game.

The Cardinals, however, would not go away as they answered back just seven minutes later to even the score at 1-1. Just before the half in the 42nd minute the Wolverines would get a penalty kick opportunity of their own. Steve Palumbo (Kingston, NH) took the kick and deposited the ball in the right hand corner after a deflection by the keeper, to take a 2-1 advantage into the half.

“The weather was a major factor in the game, with puddles and mud on the field stopping the ball,” said Coach Kevin Mellon. “Both teams adjusted well to the conditions, but it would have been a different match with good conditions.”

In the fifth minute of the second half Steve Palumbo would find the back of the net one more time to extend the lead to 3-1. That is where it would stay, as the two squads played to a draw the final 40 minutes of the contest.

Coach Mellon gave a large amount of credit for the win to his keeper, Ryne Tillman, saying, “Ryne kept us in the game, by making some point blank saves. He played his best game of the season, coming off of the line when he needed to and making all the right decisions.”

“I don’t think that was the best game we have played all year, and I think that South Kent is better than what they showed. I look forward to facing them down the road, and under good conditions,” added Mellon.

The Wolverines held a slight advantage in shots at 17-14. With the win Bridgton improves to 10-0-1 in NEPSAC play and 12-0-1 overall. The Cardinals fall to 11-1-1.
Bridgton will close out its regular season schedule next week was they travel to take on Hebron Academy on Wednesday November, 4th and Phillips Exeter Academy on Saturday November, 7th.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wolverines Take Back Traditions Cup

Bridgton Academy Soccer has reclaimed the Traditions Cup; after years of being in Winchendon School's possession, the annual trophy, given to the winner of the season series, is back in North Bridgton.

The Wolverines defeated Winchendon 5-2, to sweep the season series, 2-0. The Wolverines have now won ten consecutive matches, and improve their record to 11-0-1. Bridgton allowed two goals for the first time in seven contests and just the third time all season.

Ethan Martin (South Burlington, VT) was a part of every goal, as he collected nine points on the day. Martin tallied four goals and a helper. Ronaldo Vieira (Framingham, MA) tacked on the other goal while also picking up an assist. Omar Khartabil (Hampstead, NH) assisted on two of Martin’s goals, while Rob Palumbo (Kingston, NH) chipped in one assist.

Bridgton, now looks ahead to a match up with South Kent School, who is one of the top teams in the NEPSAC this season. The match will be October, 28th at 3:30 PM in South Kent, Connecticut.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Watch Today's Match Online

Today's match can be viewed online through South Kent School's live streaming broadcast. The following link will provide full coverage:

Game time is 3:30 PM

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

BA Reaches 10 Wins

The Bridgton Academy Wolverines reached double digit wins for the first time under second year head coach Kevin Mellon. The Wolverines defeated Tilton School, 8-0 to improve their record to 10-0-1.

Bridgton got the scoring going early on, in the 4th minute Dillon Flynn (Chapel Hill, NC took a feed from Rob Palumbo (Kingston, NH) and found the back of the net. Ten minutes later Flynn would return the favor to make it 2-0. Bridgton played what Jamie White (New Orleans, LA) called, "lock down defense, not allowing a shot." The Wolverines would push the lead to 6-0 at the half on goals from Omar Khartabil (Hampstead, NH), Steve Palumbo (Kingston, NH), Ronaldo Vieira (Framingham, MA) and Ethan Martin (South Burlington, VT).

Coach Mellon was very impressed with the way his team competed, and possessed the ball, holding it for 80% of the game. "We played at a faster pace than normal, which is going to help us going into the remaining games."

In the second half the Black and Gray scored two early goals, in the 47th and 48th minutes by Martin and Steve Palumbo respectively. From that point on the Wolverines possessed the ball and controlled tempo.

On the season Bridgton has outscored opponents 70-9, and in the last six matches have outscored opponents 50-3.

BA next travels to Winchendon on Friday October, 23 at 3:30 PM. The Wolverines defeated Winchendon earlier in the season 6-1, and look to continue with their dominating performances.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rob Palumbo Named Athlete of The Month

There was a time when Bridgton Academy soccer was a familiar name in the New England Prep School Class A playoffs each year. The team reached the final four in back to back years in ’04 and ’05 and looked poised to take the next step and hoist a championship banner. With several coaching changes, the program slipped a little but this year’s Wolverine soccer team looks like it may the one to return to the upper echelon of New England Prep School soccer. At the front and center of the team is this month’s Athlete of The Month, Rob Palumbo.

Forget the fact that he scored 30% of the goals for the team that went 7-0-1 for the month. The manner in which he did it was the real story. In the season opener against Bowdoin College, he tallied a hat trick to lead the team to a 4-0 victory. He repeated the task 2 more times, once against Navy Prep and again against Bowdoin College. His 10 goals left him 1 behind the team lead for the month and his 25 points was second as well.

His real impact was felt in his playmaking ability. His play simply lifts his teammates to a higher plane. On any given day, you will hear in the crowd, “Did you just see what he did with the ball?!” after he has set his teammates up for an easy score. His teammates have responded by dominating the competition for the month.

The theme of “This Is Sparta” for our Athlete of The Month award this year has never been more evident in Rob’s play. While you win or lose as a team, each team needs effective leadership. Rob’s play and leadership for the month have earned him the inaugural Athlete of The Month award for the 2009-2010 school year.

Bridgton Downs Phoenix 9-0

Bridgton Academy took down its second consecutive MAISAD opponent, Hyde School, 9-0 on Saturday. The Wolverines outshot the Phoenix 20-4.

The Wolverines were able to jump out to an early 2-0 lead on the first ten minutes, thanks to two Rob Palumbo (Kingson, NH) goals. The Black and Gray would not let up as they went on to score four more goals in the half to take a commanding 6-0 lead into the half.

In the second half Bridgton continued to pressure Hyde, and were able to find the back of the net three more times. "In the second half we were more patient, and waited for opportunities," said Coach Mellon. "The team is really coming together, we have gotten into a groove of late and played well."

Ryne Tillman (Medford, MA) stopped all four shots he faced, for his fourth shutout of the year.

Rob Palumbo finished the game with two goals and two assists. Dillon Flynn (Chapel Hill, NC) collected three assists and one goal, Ronaldo Vieira (Framingham, MA) had two goals. Ethan Martin (South Burlington, VT) scored twice and had one assist, Steve Palumbo (Kingston, NH) scored once and assisted on two other goals.

The Wolverines next face Tilton School on Wednesday October, 14. "Tilton will be a tough match, they played Winchendon close and it will let us know where we are," Mellon added.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Steve Palumbo's Hat Trick Leads BA

The Bridgton Academy Wolverines defeated the Kents Hill Huskies 7-1, on Wednesday afternoon. All the scoring would take place in the second half as the two teams played to a 0-0 draw in the opening half. Bridgton was not without scoring opportunities as the hosts were out shot 13-2 in the first half.

Captain Omar Khartabil (Hampstead, NH) called the first half of the game a, "wake up call." Tied 0-0 and unable to convert on multiple opportunities the Wolverines in the second half, "Came together, and dominated," according to Khartabil. Steve Palumbo (Kingston, NH) got the scoring started with an unassisted goal in the 65th minute, coming off of a quick counter to a Kents Hill direct kick. Kents Hill would answer back five minutes later to even the score at 1-1. The Wolverines responded with six unanswered goals. Palumbo scored two minutes after Kents Hill scored for the eventual game winner, Khartabil collected the assist. Ethan Martin (South Burlington, VT) scored in the 76th and 83rd minute. Khartabil scored in the 80th minute and brothers Steve and Rob Palumbo (Kingston, NH) scored back to back goals to end the game making the final score 7-1.

Steve Palumbo ended the day with a hat trick, including the game winner, and an assist. Martin had two goals, his fifth consecutive game with two or more goals. Khartabil collected a goal and an assist.

Once again Bridgton had a slow start, however they did not have to be scored on first, this time, to answer the bell. Coach Mellon said, "It took some adjusting for my players to get used to the turf and be able to read the ball, but once that occurred we were able to convert."

The Black and Gray face their second MAISAD school in two games as they host the Hyde School on Saturday at 3:30 PM.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Martin, Wolverines Dominate Holderness

Ethan Martin (South Burlington, VT) lead the Bridgton Academy Wolverines to a dominating performance over Holderness School, 10-0 on Parents' Weekend. Martin collected five goals to go along with three assists for 13 points on the day.

Ryne Tillman (Medford, MA) came up big in the early minutes to prevent his team from a deficit once again. The Wolverines would respond to Tillman's defense by scoring ten consecutive unanswered goals for the second time in two games. Nick Christensen got the scoring started with a header on a corner kick from Rob Palumbo (Kingston, NH). Palumbo then found the back of the net off of a ball played through by Martin. In the 30th minute Omar Khartabil (Hampstead, NH) made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal. Two minutes later Palumbo scored again with the assist once again going to Martin. Palumbo would return the favor in the 40th minute for Martin's first goal of the game, to enter the half up 5-0.

The second half was all Ethan Martin. Including the last two goals of the first half Martin played a part in the final seven goals of the game. In the 49th minute he assisted on Ronaldo Vieira's (Framingham, MA) goal. The next four goals were all scored by Martin with the first two assists going to Vieira, and unassisted goal and the final assist of the game went to Palumbo.

Bridgton out shot Holderness 19-5, Tillman collected five saves for his third shutout of the season. Martin finished with five goals and three assists, Palumbo had two goals and three assists and Vieira had a goal and two assists.

Bridgton has outscored its opponents 46-8 in 8 contests. Coach Mellon contributes alot of his teams success to Steve Palumbo (Kingston, NH) who, "opens up opportunities for others to get goals and get assists. He is one or two passes away from an assist, he draws defenders away from other players allowing them to get the looks."

Coming off of what Mellon called, "the best played game thus far, from beginning to end," the Wolverines will face back to back MAISAD opponents in Kents Hill, Wednesday and home against Hyde School at 3:30 on Saturday.

BA Downs Bowdoin JV for Second Time

For the second time on the season Bridgton Academy defeated Bowdoin College JV. The first meeting the Wolverines won 4-0, they came up with a 10-1 victory this time.

Bowdoin would jump out to an early lead, scoring in just the second minute of the game, but from that point on it was all Bridgton. After the initial goal by Bowdoin, Rob Palumbo (Kingston, NH) would play a part in the next four goals, alternating between goals, and assists. Palumbo's first goal came 30 seconds after Bowdoin scored. He then assisted Ethan Martin (South Burlington, VT), then scored on an assist from Dillon Flynn (Chapel Hill, NC). Palumbo returned the favor to Flynn in the 34th minute. Martin would close out the half with a goal to make the score 5-1 at the half.

The second half started much like the first ended with Paulmbo having a hand in the first four goals of the half. Scoring off of a Dillon Flynn assist in the 59th minute, assisting on an Ethan Martin score five minutes later. Bridgton also benefited from an own goal caused by a Rob Palumbo shot. The Palumbo to Martin combination connected one more time in the game to make the score 9-1. The scoring was capped of with Jamie White (New Orleans, LA) picking up his first points of the season with an assist to Omar Khartabil (Hampstead, NH).

Speaking of the game Coach Mellon said, "Once again we saw we were not prepared from the start, this is the second game in a row we have gotten down, it is something that needs to be addressed." Mellon was pleased with his teams ability to finish, "Ethan Martin is finishing like he can and Rob has bounced back to be very productive."

Rob Palumbo finished the day with three goals and four assists, Martin collected four goals, Khartabil and Flynn had a goal and an assist each. Ronaldo Vieira (Framingham, MA) and White each had a helper.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Six Unanswered Goals Send BA to Victory

Bridgton Soccer matched its win total from a year ago in just its sixth contest of the year. The Wolverines picked up a 6-1 victory over Winchendon School for their fifth win this year. Standing at 5-0-1, the Wolverines are yet to lose a game this season, however found themselves in a situation they had not yet faced this year. Bridgton allowed the first goal of the game for the first time this season, however that was not until the second half of the game.

Entering the half the teams were tied 0-0, Ryne Tillman (Bedford, MA) kept the first half shutout intact by making a great save on a breakaway attempt in the tenth minute. The Wolverines were not without chances, they missed several opportunities as their inability to finish in the first half continued. During halftime Coach Mellon spoke to his team about the importance of coming to play right from the start. "Winchendon was another physical team, and made us realize that we are not invincible."

The second half started with Winchendon taking a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the half. From that point on it was all Black and Gray. BA went on to score six unanswered goals to win the game going away 6-1.

Rob Palumbo (Kingston, NH) got Bridgton on the board first as he was able to finish a pass from Omar Kharabil (Hampstead, NH). Four minutes later twin brother Steve Palumbo (Kingston, NH) scored off of an Ethan Martin (South Burlington, VT) pass. Martin was then on the receiving end of a pass from Rob Palumbo, which he volleyed into the top corner. Bridgton then scored three goals in nine minutes to finish the game off with a furry. Collecting goals were Steve Palumbo, Ronaldo Vieira (Framingham, MA), and Martin in the 80th, 81st and 89th minute respectively. Vieira assisted on Steve Palumbo's second goal of the game as the other two went unassisted.

Ethan Martin finished the day with five points on two goals and an assist, his second consecutive game scoring two goals. Steve Palumbo collected two goals, his second consecutive game with at least one goal. Rob Palumbo had one goal and one assist, and Vieira collected three points on one goal and one assist.

"Once we adjusted to their style of play, we were able to stop what they were trying to do on offense and attack them," said Captain Steve Palumbo. "They were more skilled than other teams we have played, so once they scored we needed to step up."

Coming off a game in which the Wolverines edged out a 4-3 victory over Milton Academy, Assistant Coach Tom Bishop said the difference was, "our intensity, being down made us play harder and as soon as we scored in the second half we were a different team."

Bridgton has two home games this week, on Wednesday at 4:00PM against Bowdoin JV and then on Saturday at 3:30PM during Parents Weekend they take on Holderness School.

#7 Nick Christensen jumps for header

#3 Rob Palumbo crosses the ball

Ryne Tillman prepares for a corner kick

#8 Omar Khartabil beats a Winchendon defender

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Martin's six-point day leads Bridgton past Milton

Ethan Martin, (South Burlington, VT) who played a hand in every Bridgton goal, capped a two goal, six point game with two second-half markers, as Bridgton got by Milton Academy 4-3.

Playing short handed for the entire first half, including having a forward in goal, the Wolverines were able to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first ten minutes. In the third minute Dave Roberson (Fareham, England) buried a shot from 25 yards out off of a full volley clear from the Milton defense. Martin, collected the assist on the play. Just seven minutes later, Martin fed Steve Palumbo (Kingston, NH) who found the back of the net to give BA an early 2-0 lead. However, the Wolverines would allow Milton to climb back into the game, tying the score 2-2 at the half. Coach Mellon said of the first half, "once we got a lead, we sat back and allowed Milton to take advantage of our inexperienced goalie."

In the second half BA was at full strength, and Ethan Martin in the 60th minute found the back of the net on a pass from Ronaldo Vieira (Framingham, MA) who had returned to his usual forward position from playing keeper in the first half. Martin scored what would be the eventual game winner in the 80th minute on an assist from Omar Khartabil (Hampstead, NH).

Speaking of Martin's game Coach Mellon said, "It was a much needed game for Ethan, who has had some trouble finishing, it was a good game for his confidence, because he is a big part of our offense. It was great to see Steve (Palumbo) score today as well, because he has been having trouble finding his shots, and going forward will be a very important player for us."

With a few days before the Black and Grays' next game, it allows Mellon to focus on what he calls, "the tasks at hand, including individual aspects, and coming together on the pitch as a team."

The Bridgton Academy Wolverines have their home opener Sunday at 2:00 PM against Winchendon School, for the Traditions Cup, which Winchendon currently holds. Bridgton will look to recapture the Cup as Winchendon has outscored BA 14-1 in the last two meetings.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Wolverines Take Navy Prep 6-1

In a game that provided a bit of redemption for last years lopsided loss, the 2009 Bridgton Academy soccer team traveled to Newport Rhode Island to take on Navy Prep in a game that went heavily in Bridgton's favor 6-1.

Rob Palumbo (Kingston, NH) had his second hat trick of the season, book marking the game with the first goal and last goal of the day. His first score came in the 6th minute off freekick assist from Omar Khartabil (Hampstead, NH) who caught the Navy keeper off gaurd. A short bit later Omar scored an unassisted goal in the 18th minute. Navy Prep put a ball in the back of the net in the 27th minute and the game went into half time 2-1.

Coming out of the half Rob Palumbo put Bridgton up 3-1 with a shot off a Dillon Flynn (Chapel Hill, NC) assist in the 58th minute. Less than five minutes later Khartabil put another shot in net, unassisted, in the 63rd minute. Less than ten minutes later Ronaldo Vieira (Framingham, MA) put a ball on Ethan Martin's (South Burlington, VT) foot which he put into the back of the net to put the game comfortably out of reach. Palumbo, however, wasn't done and again was the recipient of a nicely place ball by Vieira to finish the game 6-1 and with his second hat trick of the season.

Speaking about the game Coach Mellon said, "It was everything I expected it to be, having played them last year. A very physical game, which the refs lost control of early on. I am glad to be on the winning side this year."

Bridgton travels next to Milton Academy on September 23rd.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Bridgton Academy Blanks Thayer Academy 4-0

Coming off of a disheartening tie with Providence Country Day School, the Wolverines put together a dominating performance against Thayer Academy en route to a 4-0 victory. In what was a physical, high pressure game Bridgton controlled the ball the entire game. The low scoring first halves continued for the Wolverines, picking up where the last game ended, Ethan Martin (South Burlington, VT) returned the favor to Omar Khartabil (Hampstead, NH) with a cross that Khartabil converted to lead the Wolverines into the half with a 1-0 lead.

At the half Coach Mellon told his players to be patient and the opportunities would come, and they did. In the 69th minute Dillon Flynn (Chapel Hill, NC), scored his second goal in two days, on an assist from Khartabil. Less than five minutes later in the 73rd minute Martin scored what Mellon called, "a much needed goal," on an assist off of a clear from the back field by Taylor Backhaus (Ashford, CT), making the score 3-0. Khartabil once again got in on the scoring action, converting a pass from Steve Palumbo (Kingston, NH).

Khartabil finished the day with five points on two goals and an assist. Martin had 3 points, including his second goal in two games. Ryne Tillman (Bedford, MA) collected his second shutout of the season with five saves.

Bridgton next travles to Newport, Rhode Island on September 19th to take on Naval Academy Prep School, a team which Coach Mellon says, "was the best conditioned, and most physical team a year ago, and I expect them to be no different this year."

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Wolverines Tie Providence Day School 2-2

Bridgton Academy traveled to Rhode Island to take on Providence Country Day school, and escaped with a 2-2 tie. Entering the game the Wolverines were the bigger more physical team, yet the Knights stepped up to the challenge and gave Bridgton all they could handle and more. Coach Mellon said it was, "an eye opener for the team." Trying not to look past any opponent, the Wolverines could not find the back of the net, allowing PCD to hang in the game.

The teams played to a 0-0 tie in the first half, before Dillon Flynn (Chapel Hill, NC) was able to connect on a cross from Steve Palumbo (Kingston, NH), in the 55th minute. Less than two minutes later a questionable foul was called against the Wolverines in the penalty area creating a penalty kick opportunity for PCD, which they converted on evening the score at 1-1. The Knights were able to take advantage of a miscue during a clear by goalkeeper Ryne Tillman (Bedford, MA), in which Will Arvanties buried a perfectly placed one timer from 25 yards out, giving the Knights a 2-1 advantage. With 4 minutes remaining in the contest Ethan Martin (South Burlington, VT) found the back of the net on a ball from Omar Khartabil (Hampstead, NH) to even the score at 2-2.

Coach Mellon tipped his cap to Providence Country Day School saying, "they played spectacularly, we did not match their intensity and were lucky to escape with the tie."

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Palumbo's Hat Trick Propels BA to Victory in Season Opener

The Bridgton Academy Soccer team kicked off their first regular season game with a 4-0 victory over Bowdoin College. In what Coach Mellon described as, “a very good win, against a deep team,” the Wolverines controlled play in the first, with the offense constantly pressuring the Bowdoin defense. BA was able to finally break through and get on the board, after several narrow misses, including hitting two posts, when Omar Khartabil (Hampstead, NH), caught the defense off guard and sent a direct kick into the bottom right corner in the 33rd minute for the eventual game winner.
The start of the second half saw Bowdoin controlling the ball on the Bridgton side of the field, but the defense was able to preserve the shut out, including shutting down a great scoring opportunity for Bowdoin, which had an indirect kick inside the 18 yard mark.
From that point on Rob Palumbo (Kingston, NH), took over. Palumbo scored three goals within 10 minutes. In the 66th minute Rob found the back of the net on a pass from twin brother Steve Palumbo (Kingston, NH). Four minutes later Rob scored again, with the assist going to Ethan Martin (South Burlington, VT). Palumbo was able to complete the hat trick by finishing a ball that Khartabil played down the line in the 75th minute.
The score could have been even more lopsided if it were not for the exceptional goal tending of the Bowdoin keeper, who turned away three consecutive shots from point blank. Ryne Tillman (Bedford, MA) collected the shut out victory in goal by stopping seven shots. Rob Palumbo finished the day with six points, Khartabil had three. Ethan Martin, and Steve Palumbo each had one assist. The Wolverines are on the road for their next game against Providence Country Day School on the 12th.
Thank you to Kevin Lombard (Josh Lombard's Dad) for providing the photography.
#10 Ronaldo Vieira and #11 Ethan Martin talk while on the run.

#12 Josh Lombard works the ball against a single defender.

#5 Dillon Flynn works the ball up the field.
#14 Taylor Backhaus and #12 Josh Lombard talk during a lull in the action.
#8 Omar Khartabil sets to strike the ball.
#11 Ethan Martin splits two Bowdoin defenders.
Nick Christensen move the ball out of the backfield.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Season Preview

Coming off of a disappointing season, which saw the Wolverines go 4-10-2, second year head coach Kevin Mellon has much higher expectation for his first recruiting class. “This is the first team which I have had a hand in bringing every player on the team to campus, due to that fact, I will be pushing them harder and expecting a higher level of play from them,” said Mellon. Athletic Director Brad Smith echoes Coach Mellon’s thoughts saying, “I'm excited for Kevin. This is his first recruited team at BA. He's brought in some talented kids, and if they can stay healthy, they should do very well.”

The Black and Gray will not be looking past any team, as they cannot afford to with the difficult schedule they face. Coach Mellon put the schedule together in order to test his players and looks to have a successful season because of it. By having 10 of the 14 regular season games on the road, Coach Mellon hopes to prepare his players for the college game and make them face adversity. The Wolverines will take some lumps along the way, but they look to avenge some of last season’s losses. Mellon is pushing tradition to his players, who are now part of the Long Black Line of soccer players at Bridgton Academy. The NEPSAC schedule kicks off against Providence Country Day school on September 19th. The home opener is September 27th, against Winchendon, where the Wolverines look to make up for last seasons set back in which they were easily handled.

Joining head coach Kevin Mellon is first year assistant Tom Bishop, who Mellon says, “Brings a good demeanor and a competitive edge to the team, yet has big shoes to fill.” Bishop, who takes over the assistant roll, with the departure of former assistant coach Matt Berk, has a football background, as he is the former kicker and punter for the UNH football team. Bishop says that he hopes to, “lead by example and set a tone for the team to follow, in terms of work ethic.”

Bridgton’s roster may not be as deep as it has been in previous year, but coach Mellon believes that his team’s ability to pull together and form an identity is what will ultimately lead to wins. “If everyone does their job, with the best players stepping up and setting the tone the rest of the team will follow and step up their game, we can have a very successful season,” added Mellon.
Anchoring the team in goal is Ryne Tillman, a relative newcomer to goal keeping who, as coach Mellon says, “Has all the tools to be unstoppable.” The defensive backfield is patrolled by a group of tall defenders that will be difficult to get around. The backs are a group that communicate well, and help to keep the rest of the field in position. Among the backs that are in position to see starting roles are Taylor Backhaus, Josh Lombard, Nick Christensen and Jamie White. The midfield is comprised of a core of players that have experience playing together with twins Steve and Rob Palumbo, both very skilled technical players that will control the pace of the game. Joining in the midfield is a former teammate of the Palumbos’, Omar Khartabil, as well as Dillon Flynn, who is coming in from Ohio Wesleyan University. The forwards will be Ethan Martin, and Ronaldo Viera. The forwards will play off of each other very well as their styles compliment each other. Viera is a strong technical player that can score from anywhere, while Martin will be a challenge for teams to cover with his speed and scoring ability.

The 2009 Bridgton Academy Wolverines are, as Coach Mellon described, “not intimidated by anyone, and willing to run through walls to succeed.” The team has filled holes from last year and look to be a much improved team from a year ago.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Wolverines take on NCCC

The Bridgton Academy Wolverines continued with their early season schedule by taking on the North Country Community College Saints at the Tree Farm Recreational Park in Essex Junction, VT. The Wolverines, playing short handed for most the game, were able to keep the game close early on against the much deeper Saints squad. NCCC jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Bridgton was able to cut the deficit to 2-1 late in the half. The Saints responded with a late two goal surge pushing the lead to 4-1 at the half. Despite being undermanned in the second half due to injuries the Wolverines were able to control play for most of the half, scoring the first goal of the half. However, the Saints were able to take advantage of their depth in route to a 6-2 win over the Wolverines.

The Wolverines look forward to the rest to allow players to get healthy before their season opener against Bowdoin JV on September 9th and then the Wolverines will open up NEPSAC play against Providence Country Day School on the 12th.

NCCC runs into the BA defense.
Coach Mellon watches the action unfold.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Second Annual Wolverines in Training Soccer Clinics Set To Take Place At Bridgton Academy

After a successful inaugural year the Wolverines In Training Soccer Clinics are set to kick off once again on Sunday, September 13th at Bridgton Academy.

Bridgton Academy head soccer coach, Kevin Mellon, will oversee the program which brings area youth to the Academy so they can work with and learn from the players at Bridgton. “We have a number of top level athletes that will likely move on to play at a very high level in college, this is a chance for our players to work with area kids as well as for area youth to get to know the Wolverine soccer team,” said Mellon.

“Our mission is to improve the skills of all young soccer players with one-on-one instruction from our Bridgton Academy soccer athletes. This clinic is for soccer players of all levels from beginners to the junior high school level. Some of the many topics that will be covered over the three Sunday’s are dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, defending, one-on-one, and small-sided games,” continued Mellon.

The program is built for boys and girls ages 5-15. The cost is $40 with pre-registration or $50 day of. The program will take place on Sundays and run from September 13 through September 27, from 8:30 am to 10:30 pm.. Participants will receive a soccer ball and t-shirt. For more information contact Coach Mellon at 207.647.3322 x211.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Success in Friendly Scrimmage With English Club

The Bridgton Academy Soccer team kicked off its 2009 season with an international friendly in which they took on the Youth Minded Football Club out of Portsmouth, UK. The Wolverines, seeing the field for the first time together, experienced better results than a year prior versus the same club. Youth Minded Coach, Gareth Barnard was very impressed with the transformation from a year ago, saying, “Bridgton is much improved over last year’s club.” He went on to give his respect to Coach Mellon, who brings in his first recruiting class, and the Wolverines by saying, “these are some of the best players our guys will ever play against.” The game is a great opportunity for both squads, allowing the Youth Minded Club a chance to play in front of scouts, as well as for the Bridgton players who get to compete against an elite international group.
Coach Mellon, impressed with the play of his squad which had players in positions they were unfamiliar with said, “If this is the worst we play all season, the first day we are on the field, and we continue to improve every day, we are in for a very good season.”
The Wolverines look to build upon early season success as they take on the Saints of North County Community College on Sunday.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A good start to the season

Wolverine soccer got off on a good foot, with a strong scrimmage performance serving as the first time the team hit the field.

A full write up to follow, but to tide you over a couple shots of your 2009-2010 Wolverine Soccer Team.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Class of 2010 Arrives

The students began arriving on campus at 8 a.m. and after a day of getting registered and moved into their dorm rooms the athletes headed to the top of the hill for testing.

The 2009-2010 school year and athletic seasons have arrived at Bridgton Academy.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Do you want to be the one writing these posts?

Bridgton Academy is looking for a Sports Information Intern for the upcoming academic year. This is a great opportunity to get an intensive year of writing and photographing Wolverine games, working with student athletes on a number of levels, getting your work published both in print and online, and having a great year in general.

Here is the official posting:
Position Available: Sports Information Intern

Bridgton Academy, the nation’s premier postgraduate boarding school for young men, seeks a Sports Information Intern for the 2009-2010 academic year. Bridgton Academy's mission is to provide a program for young men in a unique, one-year postgraduate environment to prepare for the rigors of college and beyond.

Sports Information interns are fully involved in all aspects of Bridgton’s postgraduate year. The program is very demanding of one’s time, talents, and energy. The internship is designed to be an introduction to the sports information profession, especially in the private boarding school/college environment, focusing on a combination of responsibilities, including sports reporting/writing, photography, videography, web content management, sports information management, team or club coaching, and residential life leadership. Interns will receive structured support and career advice from faculty mentors.

The Intern position is a nine month appointment: August 15, 2009 – May 15, 2010. Compensation includes stipend, residence hall accommodations, school term meals, and school vacations.

Candidates should submit a letter of introduction, resume, and three letters of reference to Mrs. Susan Cole, Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 292, North Bridgton, ME 04057. Alternatively, applications may be submitted by email to scole@bridgtonacademy.org. The position will remain open until filled. For further information, visit our web site at www.bridgtonacademy.org.

Maybe you'll be the one bringing Wolverine Athletics to the world next year!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wolverines Soccer Players Receive Awards

A pair of this year's Wolverines Soccer team members received awards during last weekends Graduation events. Nick Gardner and Dave Brackett were each recognized either Friday or Saturday and we wanted to wish a special Congratulations to them both and best of luck with all of their future endeavors!!

Headmaster Grady Vigneau congratulates Dave Brackett.

Left to Right: Dave Brackett and Nick Gardner

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bridgton Academy Visits California

Our Director of Admissions, Chris Webb and our Head Football Coach, Rick Marcella, will be heading out to the left coast to visit high schools, prospects, coaches, and alumni and fans of Bridgton Academy. If you'd like to try and connect with Mr. Webb or Coach Marcella during their California trip (April 26 - May 1), drop them a line (cwebb@bridgtonacademy.org or marcella@bridgtonacademy.org).

Friday, March 6, 2009

Fall 2009

Bridgton Academy is pleased to announce a dramatically revamped fall sports schedule for the coming fall 2009 season. In particular, the spring sports of lacrosse and baseball will begin a full and aggressive fall schedule of practices and games, joining with the Academy’s traditional fall sports of football, soccer, and golf.

“This move ensures that all of our athletes, including those playing lacrosse and baseball, get a great opportunity for broad exposure to college coaches during the critical first half of their year at Bridgton,” said Brad Smith, the Academy’s Director of Athletics. “Given our athletes’ status as post-graduate students, recruiting focus on them must be in the fall before early decision and regular application deadlines, financial aid form due dates, and national letter of intent dates stack up throughout December, January, and February.”

This move builds upon the existing fall baseball and lacrosse programs and will ensure an exciting and very busy campus come September, October, and November. “We typically have some level of athletic training taking place for all of our student athletes during the fall, but this new emphasis will ensure that all of our athletes are fully engaged both academically and athletically right from the time they arrive on campus,” Smith said.

This change also alters the way the start of school with take place. Starting this fall, all students will report to campus at the end of August with the first week being filled with an intensive pre-season for the athletes mixed in with school orientation and other activities. Those not competing in varsity athletics will also report early to participate in experiential programs showcasing the great outdoors of Maine.

Bridgton has traditionally fielded strong football and soccer programs each fall, followed by nationally ranked prep basketball and junior hockey squads during the winter. However, spring sports have often dealt with difficult Maine winters, limiting access to fields until late March or early April. This annual challenge often meant Bridgton’s nationally recognized lacrosse program and perennially strong baseball program struggled to get in home games and get quality outdoor practice time.

In addition to the weather, there is another critical factor that makes the move opportunistic. College athletic recruitment tends to be very focused on the months of September through January. In order to maximize BA’s spring athletic programs’ exposure to interested college coaches, it only made sense to build a legitimate fall schedule, thus directly addressing college coaches’ scouting schedules and recruiting needs.

The Academy’s action adds to a fall athletics schedule that currently features a football team that plays a predominantly college JV schedule against schools such as Yale, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, and Holy Cross, among others. The soccer schedule is evolving towards a mix of college JV and NEPSAC (New England Prep School Athletic Conference) schools. The golf team will continue to play in the NEPSAC and MAISAD leagues. Baseball will play up to 16 games against college club teams and other year-round baseball programs. Lacrosse will participate in several college showcases as well as play 12-15 games versus college club teams and other U-19 select teams.

“We are excited about our decision. We feel it will give your young men a chance to better engage and get into the rhythm that is Bridgton Academy. Being a PG only school means we have to ensure that every day counts, knowing that there isn’t a “next year” for our students. We attack that challenge right alongside our students. It is one that we both embrace,” said Grady Vigneau, Bridgton’s Head of School.

Look for a finalized fall athletics schedule to published by mid-May or earlier.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Where Are They Now?

Hey Wolverines Fans, be sure to check out the newest portion of our Athletics Website by visiting the New!Where Are They Now section to see where our many former Wolverines spent this past season playing!