November 27, 2012

College Connections: Colpitts plenty busy up north

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Jenn Colpitts was told if she took her multi-sport talents to the University of Maine at Fort Kent she would not have to worry about being bored.

She wouldn't have the time, said women's soccer coach Lucas Levesque.

"And that is so true. If I wasn't playing sports in Fort Kent I probably would be a little bored," said Colpitts, a native of Scarborough. "Playing two sports keeps me so busy. I'm playing in August even before school starts and then until almost the beginning of March."

As a sophomore Colpitts was named the UMFK Female Athlete of the Year. Now a junior, she is again thriving as a nursing major and a key member of the women's soccer and basketball teams.

In soccer, Colpitts scored six goals with nine assists to help the Bengals reach their third straight United States College Athletic Association (USCAA) women's soccer final. After winning championships the two previous seasons, UMFK lost to Daemen College, 1-0 in overtime in this year's final.

In the winter, she is a 5-foot-7 guard known for her ability to slash through the paint and get to the rim. Colpitts is the second-leading scorer on the 4-2 team, averaging 12.8 points on 61.5 percent shooting from the floor with 5 rebounds and 4 steals a game.

She was named the USCAA Division I Player of the Week after scoring 51 points with 22 rebounds, 6 assists and 14 steals, while shooting 75 percent from the floor as Fort Kent won both its games at the Edward Jones Tip-Off Tournament hosted by New Hampshire Technical Institute.

Adapting as an athlete was relatively easy, even though Colpitts' best sport at Scarborough was probably softball.

"Basketball she fit right in and was an instant starter," said Levesque, who was also the basketball coach when Colpitts was a first-year. "In soccer, she saw a lot of time as a freshman but it took a little longer."

The transition from Scarborough to the northernmost wilds of Maine was a little tougher.

"It was a big change, it's so isolated," Colpitts said. "When I went up there I never realized how lucky I was to be able to go 10 minutes to the mall. In Fort Kent the closest thing is Presque Isle and that's an hour away. Bangor is three hours."

Colpitts said the adjustment has been made easier by remembering the reasons why she chose to attend college in Fort Kent in the first place: a strong nursing program, the chance to play two sports in college and to avoid being buried in debt.

"Basically I looked in the future and figured out, do I want to owe over 100 grand or less than 20 grand?" Colpitts said.

"Jenn was intelligent enough and mature enough to know that this was a chance she couldn't pass up," Levesque said.

The soccer roster has players from South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago and Canada and in the past has featured players from Jamaica.

"It's cool. It's a nice diversity that you don't really get when you go to other schools," Colpitts said.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY

Megan Fortier of Falmouth picked the right time to score her first career goal. The Colby College first-year forward scored with 16 seconds left in overtime to give the Mules a 4-3 win at UMass-Boston on Sunday. Fortier also had an assist in the game as Colby improved to 2-2.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Bentley University freshman Tyler McFarland of Rockport (Camden Hills) continued his strong play, earning the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week, it was announced Monday.

McFarland scored 12 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks in a 62-56 win against Merri-mack. He has scored at least 10 points in every game and leads Bentley (3-2) in rebounding (7.6), free throw percentage (.842) and minutes played (31.6).

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