September 12, 2013

College Connections: Setbacks won't keep Gorham grad from goal

By Steve Craig
Staff Writer

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Kind of a drag ... that’s how Hannah Prince shoots the ball, and rather than try to explain it in depth, the UMass standout says, “You can Google it.”

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Hannah Prince

Because it is a flick shot -- as opposed to a full-swing drive -- it is legal to elevate the shot above the goal's backboard.

"Internationally it's huge and it's getting bigger on the college level," Prince said.

Prince is planning on continued international competition, as well as a career coaching.

But finishing strong at UMass comes first.

Massachusetts opened the season ranked No. 14 and its 5-0 start includes big wins against No. 9 Michigan, No. 19 Boston College and Maine.

The games against Michigan and Maine were played in Orono. Prince scored against Michigan.

"My high school's team came with my coach Becky Manson to the game. They wore their maroon jerseys, which are the UMass colors, and were cheering. It was really exciting. It was the first time playing in Maine since I've been in college," Prince said.

Two of Prince's friends from her high school days are also in their senior seasons.

Brittany Ross of Scarborough is a forward at Providence College. Ross has played in each of the Friars' first four games this year as a reserve.

Prince's former Gorham High teammate Kayleigh Ballantyne is a forward at Bryant University, coming off a team-high 24-point season (7 goals, 10 assists) as a junior. Bryant has seven Mainers on its roster, including Molly Morrison of York (St. Thomas Aquinas).

Endicott College junior Emily Sawchuck of Cumberland (Cheverus) scored two goals, including her school-record 12th career game-winner and added an assist in a 5-4 win over Salem State to earn the Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Week.

Sunday Telegram 2012 Player of the Year Kristy Bernatchez of Belgrade (Messalonskee) scored her first collegiate goal Saturday for the University of North Carolina as the top-ranked Tar Heels routed No. 9 Michigan 7-2 in Iowa City, Iowa.

The three local athletes on the 2012 All-Telegram team are also playing collegiately in their freshman seasons. Karli-An Gilbert of Scarborough has started three of Gordon College's four games at midfield. Mikaela Gove of Scarborough has seen action in two of St. Joseph's College's first three games as a defender. Staci Swallow of South Portland (Cheverus) has played in all four games for Babson College, making one start.

Former Noble player Elizabeth Terry of Lebanon and Hannah Huntress of Saco (Thornton Academy) are Husson freshmen.

Colby College sophomore Megan Fortier of Falmouth assisted on a goal in the Mules' 3-0 season-opening win against Williams on Saturday.

Bentley University sophomore Kelsey Howard of Scarborough notched an assist in the Falcons' 4-0 win against Oberlin. Bentley was ranked eighth in the preseason Division II poll.

Freshman Elly Walker of Scarborough notched her first career goal Saturday for Eastern Connecticut State in a 1-0 win against Lasell.


Bryant University sophomore goalie Chris Knaub of Yarmouth has played every minute of the Division I Bulldogs' first four games, with a 1.50 goals-against average and 1-3 record in his second season as starter. He recorded his second career shutout in a season-opening 3-0 win at Lehigh.

Williams College senior Peter Morrell of Brunswick stopped seven shots Saturday in a 1-0 win at Colby College.

Colby senior Nate Tolman of Scarborough is a co-captain and key member of the Mules' midfield. The team is off to a 1-1 start. Junior forward Charlie Dupree of Portland (Deering) scored his first goal of the year in a 4-1 win against Husson. First-year defender Luke Andrews of Falmouth is also on the team.

Eastern Connecticut freshman Greg Walton of Brunswick recorded his first career shutout Saturday against Bridgewater State.

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