Falmouth Yachtsmen Spring Sports Previews

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As talent-laden as the Falmouth spring roster appears, the school will have a very difficult time matching the mind-boggling triumph of a year ago, when every single boys’ sport (and one girls’ team) took home a state title. With that said, the Yachtsmen are sure going to have fun trying. Baseball returns a lot of firepower, including its ace, and likes its chances to repeat. Softball welcomes a new coach for a second stint with the program. That team has the pieces in place to make the postseason. Boys’ lacrosse has won two straight titles and although graduation took a heavy toll, you can’t write Falmouth off. The girls’ squad is coming off its best season to date and hopes to go all the way this time. Boys’ outdoor track once again has an abundance of strong athletes, while the girls’ team is also loaded with talent. Both tennis teams are defending championships and both are once again viewed as favorites. In short, Yachtsmen fans, keep your schedule free in the month of June. The school will likely be vying for multiple championships once more before moving up to Class A in most sports beginning next school year.


Coach: Kevin Winship (fourth year, 38-17 overall record, one state championship)

2012 Record: 17-3 (Beat Foxcroft Academy, 2-0, to win first Class B state championship)

Top returning players: Andrew Emple (Senior), Thomas Fortier (Senior), Connor Murphy (Senior), Seamus Powers (Senior), Drew Proctor (Senior), Will D’Agostino (Junior), Addison Foltmer (Junior)

Pivotal games: April 24 @ Cape Elizabeth, May 1 (H) GRAY-NG, May 3 @ Greely, May 13 (H) YARMOUTH, May 22 (H) CAPE ELIZABETH, May 24 @ Yarmouth, May 29 @ Gray-NG

Coach’s comment: “We lost four starters, but we return a good nucleus. Three of our four infielders are back and we have pitching depth. We’ll see everybody’s number one pitcher. Everyone will be trying to beat us. We hope to get good pitching and defense and timely hitting. If we do, we have a shot to be there again. It’s a very experienced group. I like the newcomers we have coming in. They’ll have to step up this year. If we do the little things right, work hard and get bounces to go our way, we hope to make the playoffs.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Almost everything the Yachtsmen touched turned to gold last spring as they enjoyed a strong regular season, then rode the left arm of Fortier to a first Class B title and a first championship in any class since winning Class C in 1998. While the loss of five seniors, including league all-stars Grayson Beressi and Nick Spencer, will certainly affect the program, it remains in great shape in its quest to go back-to-back for the first time ever. Fortier, a second-team league all-star and Falmouth’s 2012 Spring Male Athlete of the Year, is back to lead the rotation. He wound up 6-1 with a 1.37 earned run average last season and was close to unhittable in the playoffs. He looks to do it again before heading off to St. Joseph’s College next year. Murphy will be in the number two slot and Foltmer is another daunting pitcher who will make life miserable for the opposition. A pair of sophomores, Noah Nelson, the football quarterback, and Luke Velas, who was hampered by a back malady last year, provide pitching depth. If that’s not enough to keep opposing coaches awake at night, the prospect of D’Agostino coming in to close games guarantees insomnia. Unlike some top squads, the Yachtsmen don’t have just one ace. They will put quality on the hill every time out. Sophomore Connor MacDowell will be the catcher. Falmouth will be tough at the plate as well. D’Agostino (shortstop, .308 with a second-best-on-the-team 16 RBI last season), Emple (first base), Powers (designated hitter/outfield) and Proctor (second base, who hit leadoff last year), all first-team all-stars in 2012, will pace the offense, with help from Foltmer and Murphy, who will be in the outfield when they don’t pitch. Junior Patrick Lydon will see more time this season in the outfield. Senior Connor McLeany, an outfielder who played JV last year, sophomore utilityman Caleb Lydick and freshmen Connor Aube (outfield) will also be in the mix for playing time. Unlike last season, when they were still able to sneak up on the favorites, the Yachtsmen will be wearing a huge bulls-eye this spring. Every day will bring championship game-like intensity, but Falmouth has the horses and hunger to meet every challenge. It won’t come easily, but by season’s end, the Yachtsmen should be one of the best teams in Western B and if they can stay healthy, they have a great shot to say goodbye to Class B with another championship coronation.


Coach: Ray Fox (first year)

2012 Record: 8-9 (Lost, 7-4, to Gray-NG in Western Class B preliminary round)

Top returning players: Jayde Bazinet (Senior), Maddie Inlow (Senior), Alyse Bazinet (Junior), Amanda Carver (Junior), Elizabeth Walker (Sophomore)

Pivotal games: April 24 @ Cape Elizabeth, April 29 (H) FRYEBURG, May 1 (H) GRAY-NG May 3 @ Greely, May 4 (H) GREELY, May 13 (H) YARMOUTH, May 22 (H) CAPE ELIZABETH, May 24 @ Yarmouth, May 29 @ Gray-NG

Coach’s comment: “Last year, we were only able to field one team with 13 total players in the program, however, I’m very pleased with the work ethic from the small but competitive group of core players, along with an influx of 14 freshman creating some much needed competition for playing time. Our goal is to improve and compete every day and win enough to contend and make the playoffs.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Falmouth’s gone back to the future this spring as Fox returns for a second stint as head coach. Fox led the Yachtsmen in 2003 and 2004 and has spent the past six seasons coaching at the middle school level. He replaces John Keyes and takes over a program that should be in contention for a third straight playoff appearance. Carver returns to the mound and is joined by promising freshman Julia Treadwell, who will see some innings. Replacing first-team all-star catcher Alli Carver will be a challenge, but Alyse Bazinet, with help from freshman Jessica Collins, will look to step in. The infield is led by second-team all-star Inlow, the shortstop, who could be the team’s top hitter. Jayde Bazinet (second base) joins her to make up a formidable middle infield combination. Treadwell and Walker (another potent bat) will see time at first base. Collins will play third. Alyse Bazinet, Amanda Carver and Walker will help fill spots in the outfield. Falmouth has its share of athletes and has enough pitching to allow it to contend in a difficult league. Look for the Yachtsmen to show steady improvement and be a dangerous team by the end of the year. If Falmouth can get back to the playoffs, it will be a team no one wishes to play.


Coach: Mike LeBel (seventh year, 60-24 overall record, two state championships)

2012 Record: 14-1 (Beat North Yarmouth Academy, 7-4, to win second straight Class B state championship)

Top returning players: Charlie Fay (Senior), Markus Foley (Senior), David Criscione (Junior), Brad Gilbert (Junior), Tyler Jordan (Junior)

Pivotal games: April 24 @ Yarmouth, April 29 (H) CAPE ELIZABETH, May 6 (H) NYA, May 13 @ Greely, May 15 @ Cape Elizabeth, May 24 (H) YARMOUTH, May 29 @ NYA

Coach’s comment: “We’re solid across the board fundamentally, we just lack experience. The kids have been fun to work with. They’ve listened well. They improve every practice. We’ll score goals. The goalie position will make us or break us. We need to develop a defense that can prevent easy shots. I expect and demand that the next kids step up and produce and want it the way the previous kids did. Hopefully, we’ll get there. I don’t want to take a step back. We want to be the best every year. We’re definitely going to be competitive, but I think it will be tough for us to beat Cape this year.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: LeBel has turned the Falmouth program into the gold standard of boys’ lacrosse the past three seasons, featuring by back-to-back championships. The Yachtsmen will be in the hunt for another title this spring, but graduation and departures will certainly make it challenging. For starters, All-Americans Mike Ryan and Mitch Tapley (playing at Endicott College) have graduated and Willy Sipperly eschewed his senior season at Falmouth to play at the Taft School in Connecticut. All-star goalie Cam Bell has also graduated and is turning heads at Endicott. Faceoff specialist Abyn Reabe-Gerwig and Jack Cooleen have also graduated from the program. Weep not for the Yachtsmen, however, the cupboard isn’t even close to bare. For starters, returning league all-star Fay, last seen leading the Falmouth basketball team to an emphatic state title, has been dominant in the preseason and after moving to midfield this spring, figures to dominate all over the field. The Bates College-bound standout will score an abundance of goals. He’s joined at midfield by Gilbert, who many feel is due for a breakout season, and Jordan, who steps into the faceoff role. The attack is bolstered by a newcomer, junior I.V. Stucker will wear No. 4 (his name in roman numerals, which was last donned by Ryan) and could easily average that many goals per contest. He’s receiving Division I college interest. Sophomores Bryce Kuhn and C.J. Leighton hope to aid the cause on attack. While offense shouldn’t be a problem for the Yachtsmen, there are some question marks around the defense and goalie positions, but that should work itself out as the season progresses. Criscione and Foley bring experience to defense and are joined by junior Ethan Brown. Falmouth will take a two-pronged attack to replacing Bell, as senior Will Nash and junior Nick Beaulieu are fighting for the spot. Once again, it looks like Falmouth and Cape Elizabeth are the class of boys’ lacrosse in the state, but unlike the past couple seasons, the more experienced Capers have to be given the slight edge, at least in the preseason. Sleep on the Yachtsmen at your peril, however. This program now expects to win the big prize and that confidence and championship experience will take Falmouth a long way. Circle April 29, May 15 and likely June 12 on your calendar. The Falmouth-Cape Elizabeth showdowns will be memorable. If the Yachtsmen can find a way to solve the Capers in June again, a “three-peat” could be in store.


Coach: Robin Haley (11th year, 64-67 overall record)

2012 Record: 10-3 (Lost, 10-9, to Waynflete in Western Class B semifinals)

Top returning players: Alex Bernier (Senior), Katie Cooleen (Senior), Angela Mallis (Senior), Molly Ryan (Senior), Maddie Skop (Senior), Geneva Waite (Senior), Caroline McKeon (Junior)

Pivotal games: April 23 (H) CAPE ELIZABETH, April 26 (H) MARSHWOOD, May 1 @ Yarmouth, May 3 (H) WAYNFLETE, May 11 @ Kennebunk, May 21 @ Waynflete, May 28 @ Cape Elizabeth, May 31 @ NYA

Coach’s comment: “We graduated some solid players and we’re battling some injuries. We’re trying to fill some gaps and get experience. We’re fortunate that we have solid players returning. We’re going to be in the mix somewhere. We’ve set the bar high. Other teams look at us now as equal competition. We hope to be as competitive as last year.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Falmouth enjoyed its best season to date in 2012, winning 10 times, including beating nemesis Waynflete, the state’s gold standard, for the first time ever. Unfortunately for the Yachtsmen, the Flyers got the better of them in a rematch in the semifinals, and rallied late to deliver a gutwrenching loss in an absolute thriller. Falmouth then saw six key players depart, including standout Megan Fortier (now starring in field hockey and ice hockey at Colby) and goalie Moie Aaskov. They both were first-team league all-stars in 2012, so there are some holes to fill this spring. Compounding the departures were injuries to promising juniors Julia Spugnardi and Sabrina Smithwick (both hope to be back at some point this season), but any concerns about how potent the offense could be were dashed in the opener Thursday night, when Bernier, a first-team all-star and an All-American last year, went off for eight goals and Mallis and Ryan each added three in a 16-7 win over Yarmouth. Bernier (bound for the University of Vermont) could be one of the most prolific scorers in the state this season, but she won’t hesitate to share the ball with Ryan, Mallis, Waite (who scored once in the opener), junior Mikey Richards (two assists versus the Clippers), sophomore Leigh Bernardy (who scored a goal against Yarmouth) and her cousin, freshman London Bernier. Defensively, Falmouth is paced by Cooleen, who led the team in ground balls against Yarmouth despite battling illness and McKeon, along with Skop, who saw limited time in 2012. Freshman Sarah Hutcheon got the start against the Clippers and made six saves in earning the victory. Junior Hillary Nash will also see time between the pipes. While Cape Elizabeth and defending champion Waynflete might have more talent returning, the Yachtsmen aren’t far behind and can certainly hold their own against their rivals. Falmouth has a very difficult schedule, which will make it tough to match last year’s win-loss mark, but the Yachtsmen will make life miserable for everyone and might be able to do what last year’s team couldn’t. Win when it matters most in June and really turn heads.


Coach: Danny Paul (12th year, four state championships)

2012 Results:
(Boys) Class B state co-champions
(Girls) 5th @ Class B State Meet

(Boys) Jacob Buhelt (Senior), Grant Burfeind (Senior), Alex Gowen (Senior), Azad Jalali (Senior), Max Pacetti (Senior), Spencer Brown (Sophomore), Andy Clement (Sophomore), Matt Edmonds (Sophomore), Scott Lambert (Sophomore), Gabe Mahoney (Sophomore)
(Girls) Cassie Darrow (Senior), Nevada Horne (Senior), Denali Nalamalapu (Senior), Hayley Simmons (Senior), Sarah Sparks (Senior), Charlotte Cutshall (Junior), Jane Pryzant (Junior), Madeline Roberts (Junior), Jillian Rothweiler (Junior), Maggie Seitz (Junior), Olivia Baranowski (Sophomore), Lizzie Cattell (Sophomore), Keirsten Dyhrberg (Sophomore), Emma Van Wickler (Sophomore)

Top foes: Greely, Lake Region, York

Coach’s comment: “Overall, our numbers are strong, so we have a bit more depth than during indoor. Adding new coaching staff for the throws and pole vault may be a help as the season progresses for both squads. If the pieces come together, our boys should be in the mix at states. The girls should be competitive too, but Waterville is still loaded. We hope to stay with Greely and York.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Falmouth’s outdoor program is always strong and with the addition of coaches Paul Snyder and Samantha Smyth to a staff that includes longtime leaders Paul, Jorma Kurry and Warren Wilson, it should be even more formidable.

The boys graduated a lot of their points, but have plenty of talent in reserve. Buhelt is the reigning Class B champion in the 200 (he was also third in the 100) and along with Burfeind, was part of a champion 400 relay team. Another top sprinter projects to be freshman Tony St. Angelo. Clement and freshman Nigel Dunn are hurdlers to watch. In the middle distance, Brown, Jalali and freshman Sean Soucy lead the way. Lambert and Mahoney are top returners in the longer distance races. They’re joined by senior Jay Lesser, junior Sage Tanner, sophomore Bryce Murdick and freshman Josh Simensky. Burfeind will be a force in the jumps. He’s joined by St. Angelo. In the throws, Edmonds and Pacetti, along with senior Jon Walker, will contend. Gowen is the top vaulter. The Yachtsmen might take awhile to hit their stride, but they’ll get there, meaning come the postseason, they’ll be in position to make a run at the top spot. Again.

On the girls’ side, the loss of 2012 Spring Female Athlete of the Year Jenna Serunian (the Class B discus and shot put champion) will certainly be felt, but Falmouth does return Cutshall (fifth in the long jump, seventh in the 100), Horne (sixth in the pole vault) and relay scorers Nalamalapu, Roberts, Rothweiler and Van Wickler. Joining Cutshall in the sprints this spring are Rothweiler, Seitz, Sparks, Van Wickler and freshmen Sarah Dobbins, Se’ Ferrell, Seterah Jalali, Gina Pardi and Martina St. Angelo. Baranowski and Pryzant are top hurdlers. Cattell, Darrow (Falmouth’s Fall Female Athlete of the Year), Nalamalapu, Simmons, junior Rachel Simonds and freshman Alexa Hoffman look to score in the middle distance races. Roberts, sophomore Alta Farrell and freshmen Vishva Nalamalapu and Eleanor Roberts will run the longer distance events. Freshman Kaliegh Wimert will compete in the racewalk. On the field side, Cutshall hopes to score even higher in the long jump. She’ll be joined in the jumps by Dobbins, Rothweiler and Seitz. Horne returns looking to soar in the pole vault. She’ll get company from freshmen Meghan Charest and Mary Johnson. Dyhrberg and senior Gabby St. Angelo are top throwers. Falmouth will be one of the best teams in the conference. A sixth consecutive top 10 finish at states is likely.


Coach: Bob McCully (42nd year, 469-151 overall record, seven state championships)

2012 Results: 16-0 (Beat Ellsworth, 5-0, to win second straight Class B state championship)

Top returning players: Sam Holland (Senior), Tom Wilberg (Senior), Brendan McCarthy (Junior), Aidan McGrory (Sophomore)

Pivotal matches: April 22 (H) YARMOUTH, April 24 (H) WAYNFLETE, April 25 @ York, April 26 (H) CAPE ELIZABETH, May 5 (H) YORK, May 13 @ Yarmouth, May 20 @ Waynflete

Coach’s comment: “I expect to have a good year and enjoy the players I have on the team. They are a great group to work with. As always, how the Heal Points form the draw for the Western Maine tournament will be a huge concern for us.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Falmouth enters the season on a 32-match win streak and has won the past two Class B titles (and four of the past seven). The Yachtsmen did lose some talent but as always, have plenty in reserve as they chase another crown. McCarthy (a first-team WMC singles all-star last season), McGrory (a second-team singles all-star), Wilberg (Falmouth’s Winter Male Athlete of the Year and a second doubles all-star last season) and Holland (all-conference second doubles team in 2012) will vie for singles spots. Also in the mix for playing time are juniors Russell Barnard, Matt Hutcheon, Matt Klemperer, Joe Lesniak, Tyler Robinson and Alex Tuefel and freshmen Jamie Adelman, Jaspeet Kohli and Tom Lesniak. Falmouth may not be the overwhelming favorite it’s been the past couple seasons, but it’s hard to imagine the Yachtsmen not boasting a stellar record once again. It looks like Falmouth will (as always) have to get past Cape Elizabeth to wind up where it wants to be, celebrating another championship, but don’t bet against this group. They’re used to being the last team standing.


Coach: Sandra Stone (11th year, 139-14 overall record, seven state championships)

2012 Results: 16-0 (Defeated Waterville, 5-0, to win fifth straight Class B state championship)

Top returning players: Abby Payson (Senior), Katie Ryan (Junior), Olivia Leavitt (Sophomore)

Pivotal matches: April 22 @ Yarmouth, April 23 @ Waynflete, April 26 @ Cape Elizabeth, May 6 (H) NYA, May 13 (H) YARMOUTH, May 20 (H) WAYNFLETE

Coach’s comment: “We’ll have 28 players this year and once again, due to the skill and depth of these players, some of our best competition will come from intrasquad play. We have such great junior tennis programming and access to indoor year-round courts. We gained 13 new players, in addition to welcoming back two previous varsity players after their year away. The team has incredible skills and amazing depth and the girls are just really pleasant and upbeat young women, so I expect we will have a fun year and enjoy a deep run into the playoffs once again.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Falmouth has simply been on another stratosphere over the past eight seasons, winning Class B on seven occasions. Even after graduating first-team league all-stars Annie Criscione and Analise Kump, the Yachtsmen enter the year on a 77-match win streak and are looking for a sixth straight title. Stone is joined this year by assistant coach Barb Neff. Leavitt is the lone returning singles player. She was a first-team all-star and a semifinalist in the state tournament. Leavitt is joined by senior Libby Voccola, who played as a freshman and sophomore before spending her junior year at Holderness School in New Hampshire, and freshman Julia Brogan. At press time, Leavitt and Voccola were still battling for the top singles spot. Falmouth’s again absolutely loaded at doubles as Payson (a first-team doubles all-star) and Ryan (second-team doubles all-star in 2012) will make up the first team. Payson hopes to win the conference doubles crown again, this time with a new partner (first-team all-star Steffi Rothweiler graduated). The second doubles team features senior Katie Carew, who was sidelined with an ACL injury last season, and freshman Caroline Ray. There’s plenty more in reserve, giving the Yachtsmen unparalleled depth as juniors Lexi Anderson and Riley Burfeind, sophomore Meg Pierce and freshman Annie Gott look to make their mark. Falmouth tuned up for the season in Hilton Head, S.C. Upon their return, the Yachtsmen figure to keep on winning, right through the regular season and into June where they’ll likely be the last team standing once more. Almost certainly in emphatic fashion. Again.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

Senior Thomas Fortier was a revelation a year ago, hurling the Yachtsmen to a title. Before taking his arm to St. Joseph’s College next year, Fortier hopes to lead Falmouth to another championship.

Junior Will D’Agostino is a top returner for the Yachtsmen. He’ll make an impact at the plate, in the field and on the mound.

Senior Drew Proctor returns to anchor the Falmouth infield and play a key role in the hitting lineup.

Junior Amanda Carver is back on the mound for the Yachtsmen this spring.

Senior Maddie Inlow returns at shortstop for Falmouth as it looks to reach the postseason.

Senior middie Charlie Fay is primed for a huge season.

Senior Alex Bernier is a reigning All-American and appears primed for another superb season. She had eight goals in a season-opening win over Yarmouth.

Senior Molly Ryan is extraordinary in the draw circle and is a potent scorer as well.

Senior Angela Mallis will be a big part of Falmouth’s offense this season.

Senior Geneva Waite is another top returning scoring threat for the Yachtsmen.

Senior Katie Cooleen returns to anchor the Falmouth defense.

Junior Caroline McKeon is another top defensive player for Falmouth.

Senior Jacob Buhelt is one of the state’s elite sprinters. He’ll look to cap his Falmouth career in style.

Sophomore Andy Clement returns as a top hurdler.

Junior Charlotte Cutshall will be a force for the Yachtsmen in the sprints and jumps.

Falmouth Spring Previews


Wed., April 24 @ Cape Elizabeth

Fri., April 26 @ Freeport

Mon., April 29 H FRYEBURG

Wed., May 1 H GRAY-NG

Fri., May 3 @ Greely

Mon., May 6 @ Lake Region

Wed., May 8 H POLAND

Fri., May 10 @ Wells

Mon., May 13 H YARMOUTH

Wed., May 15 @ Poland

Fri., May 17 H TRAIP

Mon., May 20 H FREEPORT


Fri., May 24 @ Yarmouth

Wed., May 29 @ Gray-NG


Wed., April 24 @ Cape Elizabeth

Fri., April 26 @ Freeport

Mon., April 29 H FRYEBURG

Wed., May 1 H GRAY-NG

Fri., May 3 @ Greely

Sat., May 4 H GREELY

Mon., May 6 @ Lake Region

Fri., May 10 @ Wells

Mon., May 13 H YARMOUTH

Wed., May 15 @ Poland

Fri., May 17 H TRAIP

Mon., May 20 H FREEPORT


Fri., May 24 @ Yarmouth

Wed., May 29 @ Gray-NG


Wed., April 24 @ Yarmouth

Sat., April 27 H PORTLAND


Wed., May 1 @ Lake Region

Mon., May 6 H NYA

Wed., May 8 H WELLS

Fri., May 10 @ Deering

Mon., May 13 @ Greely

Wed., May 15 @ Cape Elizabeth

Tues., May 21 H YORK

Fri., May 24 H YARMOUTH

Wed,. May 29 @ NYA


Tues., April 23 H CAPE ELIZABETH

Fri., April 26 H MARSHWOOD

Wed., May 1 @ Yarmouth


Thurs., May 9 @ Fryeburg

Sat,. May 11 @ Kennebunk

Tues., May 14 @ York

Fri., May 17 H WELLS

Tues. May 21 @ Waynflete

Tues., May 28 @ Cape Elizabeth

Fri., May 31 @ NYA


Sat., May 25 @ WMC championships



Mon., April 22 H YARMOUTH

Wed., April 24 H WAYNFLETE

Thurs., April 25 @ York



Mon., May 6 @ NYA

Wed., May 8 H YORK

Fri., May 10 @ Greely

Mon., May 13 @ Yarmouth

Wed., May 15 H FREEPORT

Fri., May 17 @ Fryeburg

Mon., May 20 @ Waynflete


Mon., April 22 @ Yarmouth

Tues., April 23 @ Waynflete

Fri., April 26 @ Cape Elizabeth

Mon., April 29 H OOB

Wed., May 1 @ Lake Region

Mon., May 6 H NYA

Wed., May 8 @ York

Fri., May 10 H GREELY

Mon., May 13 H YARMOUTH

Wed., May 15 @ Freeport

Fri., May 17 H FRYEBURG

Mon., May 20 H WAYNFLETE

Sidebar Elements

Falmouth’s baseball team celebrated a first Class B title a year ago. The Yachtsmen are primed for another run this spring.

Falmouth’s boys’ lacrosse team won a second successive Class B title last spring. Don’t write off the Yachtsmen this season.

More photos and schedules below.

Sports Editor of The Forecaster since 2001. Find detailed game stories at theforecaster.net. I tweet prodigiously at @foresports.