Southern Maine defeats Western Connecticut men, 6-3

from the desk of Christina Cracolici - USM Assistant Sports Information Director


GORHAM, MA (Apr. 14) — Freshmen Scott Gagne (Lewiston, Maine) and Thaddeus St. John (Weld, Maine/Mt. Blue) each earned key singles victories to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 6-3 win over the Western Connecticut State University Colonials in a Little East Conference men’s tennis match Saturday afternoon in Gorham, Maine.

Troy Pandolfi (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) won two events for the Colonials, defeating Adam Whitman at top singles, 6-2, 6-0. He earlier, teamed with Austin Werner (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde), he edged out Whitman and Gagne, 8-6 at number one doubles.

Werner defeated Zach Caron at second singles for the other Western victory, 6-3, 6-0.

The win is the fifth straight for Southern Maine which improves to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the Little East Conference.  The loss drops the Colonials record to 3-3 overall and 1-3 in the LEC.

Ahead 2-1 after the doubles points, Southern Maine won four of the six singles points to earn a key Little East Conference victory.  Playing at third singles, Gagne defeated Western Connecticut sophomore Brian Buckman (Woodbury, Conn./Nonnewaug) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.  St. John earned a hard-fought 6-7, 6-2, 10-4 battle at sixth singles over Colonial freshman Enea Dervishi (Waterbury, Conn./Kennedy).

Junior John Sproul (Bristol, Maine/Lincoln Academy) and sophomore Christopher G. Ross (Somerset, Mass.) picked up wins at fourth and fifth singles respectively.  Sproul downed sophomore Ryan Kelm (Newport, R.I./Southington) 7-5, 6-4, while Ross defeated senior Kyle Wilson (Naugatuck, Conn.) 6-4, 6-2.

Southern Maine travels to UMass Boston on Sunday (1:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference match.  Western Connecticut hosts Rutgers-Newark on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.).

Tennis Match Results
Western Connecticut Men vs Southern Maine
Apr 14, 2012 at Gorham, Maine
(Gorham H.S. Courts)

Southern Maine 6, Western Connecticut Men 3

Singles competition
1. Troy Pandolfi (WCSU) def. Adam Whitman (SMMT) 6-2, 6-0
2. Austin Werner (WCSU) def. Zach Caron (SMMT) 6-3, 6-0
3. Scott Gagne (SMMT) def. Brian Bucknam (WCSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
4. Jonathan Sproul (SMMT) def. Ryan Klem (WCSU) 7-5, 6-4
5. Christopher G. Ross (SMMT) def. Kyle Wilson (WCSU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Thaddeus St. John (SMMT) def. Enea Dervishi (WCSU) 6-7, 6-2, 10-4

Doubles competition
1. Troy Pandolfi/Austin Werner (WCSU) def. Adam Whitman/Scott Gagne (SMMT) 8-6
2. Zach Caron/Christopher G. Ross (SMMT) def. Brian Bucknam/Ryan Klem (WCSU) 8-6
3. Corey Dyke/Zac Cary (SMMT) def. Kyle Wilson/Enea Dervishi (WCSU) 9-7

Match Notes:
Western Connecticut Men 3-3, 1-2 LEC
Southern Maine 6-1, 1-0 LEC
T-3:30 A-35