Maine Girls' Academy Lions Fall Athlete of the Year

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MADDY BEAULIEU, Senior-Soccer

  • SMAA honorable mention

  • SMAA All-Academic

  • Team MVP

  • Captain

Beaulieu rarely left the field and was the backbone of a Lions squad which came of age during a season that was enjoyable for all involved.

Beaulieu grew up in Cumberland and started playing soccer at a young age. As a throwback three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and softball, Beaulieu moved from defense to the midfield in high school and played varsity all four seasons.

This fall, the Lions welcomed a new coach, Dillon Bates, and with a vastly different roster than the year before, weren’t expected to do much, but Maine Girls’ Academy won three games, tied another and wasn’t eliminated from playoff contention until the last week.

Beaulieu’s worth to her team wasn’t reflected in statistics, but Bates appreciated all she had to offer.

“Maddy started all 14 games this year and played 80 minutes in almost all of them,” he said. “She anchored our midfield this year and is an inspirational leader both on and off the field. She played relentless defense, made smart passes and saw the field and matchups well. In the midfield, it’s often difficult to judge quality by statistics and most of Maddy’s work was in setting up other players. She also took our free kicks.”

Beaulieu was pleased with her final soccer season.

“It was really fun,” she said. “We had a brand new team and coach, but we were always laughing and we won more than last year. I tried to lead by example and tried to keep everyone inspired. I’m competitive and I like to have fun.”

Beaulieu is also the President of the MGA Student Council and belongs to the school’s Art, Civil Rights and Language Clubs. She is gearing up for basketball this winter, is weighing her college options and doesn’t expect to play varsity sports.

She certainly had a senior soccer season to remember. Maddy Beaulieu, Maine Girls’ Academy’s Fall Athlete of the Year, was a force all over the field and led the Lions to a satisfying campaign.

Coach Dillon Bates’ comment: “Maddy is an absolute workhorse who drives those around her to pick up their effort, to hustle more and to work harder. She has always led by example, but as a captain this year, she grew into her role as a more vocal leader of the team. Maddy is the epitome of what a captain should be. She was one of our ‘sparkplug players’ who would always up the level of play of those around her. She kept us in games, at times almost singlehandedly. Maddy really became the face of an improving program, both to teammates and classmates alike.”

Prior winners:

2015 Chelsea Rairdon (soccer)

2014: Ayla Tartre (soccer)

2013: Katherine Lake (soccer)

2012: Adele Werner (cross country)

2011: Molly Miller (soccer)

2010: Maura Esten (soccer)

2009: Lauren Fecteau (cross country)

2008: Olivia Mackenzie (cross country)

2007: Olivia Mackenzie (cross country)

2006: Mikayla Call (soccer)

2005: Abby Iselborn (cross country)

2004: Jill Johnson (cross country)

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

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