North Yarmouth Academy Spring Athletes of the Year

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CONNOR CLOCK, Senior—Lacrosse

  • WMC all-star, Class C, first-team

  • Senior All-Star

  • Captain

Clock helped the resurgent Panthers control possession and the end result was positive for him and his teammates.

Clock, a Gray resident, came to NYA in the fifth grade, started playing lacrosse in the sixth grade and became a faceoff specialist in the eighth grade.

“I was told I had quick reflexes and in lacrosse, it’s a positive to be quick because possession is important for momentum,” Clock said. “Ben Ambrose, who was a senior when I was a freshman, taught me. I’ve done the same warmup and technique ever since.”

Clock also played goalie in soccer for four years and played basketball for three seasons, but it was on the lacrosse field where Clock made his biggest impact, especially this spring when he won 74 percent of his faceoffs and also scored 18 goals while adding seven assists.

Highlights included three goals, including the winner in overtime, against Gardiner, a goal and 11 faceoff wins in a loss to Yarmouth, three goals in a victory over Wells and four goals in a win over Gray-New Gloucester.

The Panthers earned the top seed for the Class C playoffs and after beating Gray-New Gloucester in the quarterfinals, NYA lost to eventual champion Waynflete in the semifinals.

“We played great,” Clock said. “We had phenomenal chemistry. The best in my four years. Everyone was willing to step up.”

Clock also played in NYA’s Bluegrass Band (he taught himself how to play guitar) and was a member of Model UN. He plans to attend Maine Maritime next year where he’ll study marine engineering technology and will play lacrosse. 

Connor Clock, North Yarmouth Academy’s Spring Male Athlete of the Year, not only made sure his team had possession of the ball more often than not, he was a prominent leader for a squad which enjoyed its best season in many years.

Coach Glenn Gorden’s comment: “Connor was our go-to player on all faceoffs and work in the crease. If you asked him to do something, he would see it through without question. His faceoff talents helped us in tight games and in situations where we needed a quick goal to spark our team. His presence on the field and in the locker room will be missed.” 

Previous winners:

2017 Dana Nichols (baseball)

2016 Thomas Pitts (lacrosse)

2015 D.J. Nicholas (lacrosse)

2014 Bryce Tetrault (tennis)

2013 Jacob Scammon (lacrosse)

2012 Jake Burns (track)

2011 Ryan Salerno (baseball)

2010 Henry Sterling (track)

2009 Sam Fear (track)

2008 Henry Gleason (lacrosse)

2007 Than Wellin (lacrosse)

2006 Michael Moody (track)

2005 Peter Gerrity (lacrosse)

2004 Brian Chin (track)

2003 Matt Curran (baseball)

2002 Matt Fortin (track)

Female:

BELLA MACMAHON, Senior-Lacrosse

  • WMC All-Star, second-team

  • Captain

MacMahon made up for time lost due to injuries and capped her high school career by stuffing the stat sheet.

MacMahon started playing lacrosse in the first grade and quickly became an aficionado of the sport.

“(Lacrosse is) a fun environment,” MacMahon said. “I love the technique.”

MacMahon came to NYA as a freshman, but for the majority of her high school career, MacMahon was hindered by injuries.

She was healthy this spring and put on a show, scoring 50 goals, adding 10 assists.

MacMahon, who also played soccer and competed in swimming and track at NYA, opened the season with three goals in a loss to Greely. She later scored three times in a loss to Lake Region, had five goals in a win over Mt. Ararat, scored six times in a victory over Camden Hills and had four goals in a win over Wells. 

The Panthers made the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and lost to eventual champion Lake Region in the quarterfinals, but MacMahon bowed out with three more goals.

“I was very happy with our season,” MacMahon said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. It was exciting to make the playoffs. I’m very proud of the team.”

MacMahon also played for the 207 Elite team and belonged to NYA’s Key Club and Chorus. She will attend Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston next year, where she’ll study computer science. She hopes to continue to play lacrosse. 

Bella MacMahon, North Yarmouth Academy’s Spring Female Athlete of the Year, showed that when she was fully healthy, she was close to unstoppable and as a result, she and her teammates enjoyed a memorable campaign.

Coach Molly Climo’s comment: “Bella really came into her own in her final season as NYA. She became our top scorer. After being sidelined for two seasons by injuries, it was obvious this season that Bella continued to work on her stick skills even while being hurt and that reliable left hand was key for us in front of the net. Her patience, attitude and drive to improve on and off the field was impressive. I’m so thankful to have had a player like her. She’ll definitely be missed.”

Previous winners:

2017 Sydney Plummer (softball)

2016 Lena Rich (tennis)

2015 Muriel Adams (track)

2014 Olivia Madore (lacrosse)

2013 Muriel Adams (track)

2012 Sarah Jordan (tennis)

2011 Katie Cawley (lacrosse)

2010 Courtney Dumont (lacrosse)

2009 Thu-Trang Ho (tennis)

2008 Kayte Demont (track)

2007 Erin Lachance (lacrosse)

2006 Meghan Meintel (lacrosse)

2005 Molly Moss (lacrosse)

2004: Kristen Lothes (tennis)

2003 Jenny Kendall (tennis)

2002 Emma Harper (track)

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

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