Welcome to NYA Athletics!

Fall 2016

Upper School Practices begin
Monday, August 15!

Middle School practices begin
Tuesday, September 6
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Upper School Middle School
Cross Country, Boys  Cross Country, Boys
Cross Country, Girls Cross Country, Girls
Field Hockey Field Hockey
Golf, Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys
 Soccer, Boys Soccer, Girls
Soccer, Girls  Tennis, Boys & Girls
 Volleyball, Girls

Athletics are integral to our curriculum, inclusive, and every day.

The athletic program is an integral part of the North Yarmouth Academy experience. The philosophy of the program is grounded in the importance of physical fitness and developing character, cooperation, and teamwork through athletics. All students are required to participate in an after school commitment, either athletics or performing arts, throughout the year.

More times than we can count, boys and girls here have chosen to fill an athletic requirement by trying a new sport and have ended up finding a lifelong passion that led them to self-confidence and athletic success.

The “everybody plays” approach also turns out to be extraordinarily competitive. NYA students have garnered 77 individual State Champions and 84 state and regional team championships in the past 11 years, a record of which we are quite proud.

NYA competes in the Maine Principals Association (MPA) in every sport except ice hockey. The NYA boys and girls varsity ice hockey teams plays in the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). NYA is on the ice with some of the strongest prep hockey teams throughout New England including Holderness School and The Governor’s Academy, along with skating against the best teams in Maine. The 30-game Prep schedule offers NYA student-athletes the opportunity to compete against some of the country’s best high school players and to be seen by college scouts and recruiters. The junior varsity program acts as a developmental team with a strong focus on skill development. The JV team competes against other prep JV and varsity B teams, as well as public school varsity and JV teams.

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Athletics News

Walsh Named Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Coach at NYA

Tyler-Walsh-1North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is excited to announce the hiring of Tyler Walsh as the new varsity boys ice hockey coach. Walsh, a native of Bangor and a coaching legacy, is looking forward to returning to his home state. He currently serves as an Assistant Coach with the USA Hockey National Development Program U18 team in Plymouth, Michigan. Previous to his time there, Walsh was Director of Hockey Operations at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

Walsh now turns his efforts to NYA Panthers. “The recent success of the program and what Eric Graham has done during his tenure has put the program in a very good place. There is a chance to do something special at NYA this upcoming season and into the future. I have a great passion for hockey in the state of Maine as well as developing players moving on to the collegiate level. Maine is home for me. Always has been and always will be,” said Walsh.

Walsh grew up immersed in hockey culture. He is the son of former University of Maine hockey coach Shawn Walsh, who coached at the University of Maine in Orono (UMO) for 16 seasons and won two National Championships. His grandfather is Ron Mason, who coached at Michigan State and was the second winningest coach in college hockey. It was in UMO’s Alfond Arena, under the winning banners of his father’s teams, where Tyler’s coaching career began. For three years he was an Undergraduate Assistant Coach for the Black Bears under Coach Tim Whitehead. He went on to graduate from UMO with a B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in Management. More »

NYA Coach U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year for Maine

Coach Gerrity played lacrosse throughout his student years at NYA. He was selected a US Lacrosse All American in 2005.

Coach Gerrity played lacrosse throughout his student years at NYA. He was selected as a US Lacrosse All American in 2005.

Congratulations to North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) boys varsity lacrosse coach Peter Gerrity (NYA class of 2005) who was named the 2016 U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year for Maine. All Maine head lacrosse coaches were eligible for this statewide award, and nominations were made by Maine lacrosse coaches. At their year-end meeting, coaches who submitted nominations stood and spoke about their candidate to the voting group. Gerrity was rather surprised to learn that NYA’s across Route One rival, Yarmouth High School boys varsity lacrosse coach David Pearl, was his nominator. “I was very surprised and humbled when David spoke up as my nominator. We have had a great relationship through the past several years, and his teams are always obviously good at lacrosse and also very sportsmanlike.”

“Peter Gerrity deserved to be the U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year for Maine because of the wonderful way he relates to his athletes and guides his team. I have always been impressed with his kind and professional approach to coaching. He always seems to get the most out of his athletes, and it is clear they respect him deeply. I have always been impressed how he has been able to develop the talent he has to knit together a team that plays at a very high level. It is clear his players respect him and give him their best. As his opponent, I have deep respect for the way he approaches lacrosse as a sport that will help develop life-long lessons for his players,” said Coach Pearl.

“I am very pleased to have been recognized in this way, particularly because the award was voted on by my coaching peers. It was humbling even just to be nominated among the other coaches in Maine. Most of the coaches I have either worked summer camps with, played with and against, and some even coached against me when I was a high school player. The sport is very small in the state of Maine, and just to be a part of it has been an honor,” said Coach Gerrity.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.

Two NYA Volleyball Players New England Champs

boomTwo of North Yarmouth Academy’s (NYA) own volleyball players have won gold at the New England Regional Volleyball Association (NERVA) Tournament in Hampton, NH. Elizabeth Sevigny ’19 (Portland) and Tessa Quattrucci ’18 (South Freeport) took first place with their BOOM 18-3 travel volleyball team. After giving up the first game of the final match by 2 points, the girls rallied back to take the second game. Although in a uniform other than NYA, Sevigny channeled her inner Coach Krainis, “I remember one of the first points at the beginning of the match. The ball flew to a deep corner. I managed to pop the ball up with one arm and my teammate bumped it over, and we won the point. That point reminded me of something [NYA varsity volleyball coach] Mrs. Krainis taught us last season – to never stop playing until the ball hit the ground and you heard the whistle blow.”

The girls dominated the tie breaker and took the gold. “When our team scored that last point to win the tournament, it was the best feeling in the world. It made all of the hard work, long hours, and endless drills worth it. We were on top of the world. I will never forget the feeling of accomplishment and love as the ball hit the ground on the other side of the net. It was the best feeling in the world,” says Quattrucci.

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Polstein Named New Varsity Field Hockey Coach

polsteinNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is happy to announce Wendy Polstein as the new head varsity field hockey coach. Polstein comes to NYA from Stearns High School in Millinocket, Maine, where she coached for eight years and was named Eastern Maine Field Hockey Coach of the Year. At Stearns, Coach Polstein took over a program that had never made the playoffs, and within three years, led the team to the state finals. During her tenure, she implemented a starter/feeder program in the junior high school to bolster interest in the program and confidence in the players.

“NYA has graciously offered me the opportunity to get back to coaching and working with young women who enjoy playing field hockey as much as I do. I’m very excited about the upcoming fall season and look forward to contributing to this fine program,” expressed Polstein. On March 24, the team met their new coach and first impressions were positive. Student-athlete Amber Rose ’19 (Falmouth) explained, “I am excited for Coach Polstein to lead the NYA field hockey team because of her passion and knowledge for the game. She will help us get to the skill level we want and need to be at in order to win a State Championship. I believe Coach Polstein is the perfect fit for our team.”

This is also somewhat of a homecoming for Polstein who played field hockey for Yarmouth High School. She then attended Syracuse University where she played on the university’s club team. She continues to stay involved in the sport as a player participating in a women’s league in Portland.

“During the past two decades, NYA has been fortunate to have some of the best field hockey coaches in the state of Maine working with our varsity program. Coach Polstein will continue this ongoing tradition. I was very impressed from the moment we first communicated. Those who have directly witnessed her coaching in the past greatly support NYA’s fortune at having her join our coaching staff. I’m really excited for our girls,” said NYA Athletic Director Jack Hardy.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.

Good Luck, Keeley & Gabby!

K--BartoliniThe winter season is officially over for the NYA Panthers, but not all athletes are looking towards spring sports quite yet. Senior varsity girls ice hockey player, Keeley Bartolini ’16 and her U19 Tier II hockey team, the Maine Gladiators, won the state championship this past Sunday, February 28. The Gladiators bested the Portland Junior Pirates, the team Bartolini’s NYA teammate junior Gabby Linscott ‘17 skates for. The high level of competition by the Gladiators and the Pirates this season allowed the two teams to move on in tournament play. So this year, NYA will be represented at the New England Regionals by both NYA varsity girls hockey players and their respective U19 teams. Although they are now opponents and will be wearing different jerseys, they both are thinking black & orange. “It is an amazing opportunity to represent the state of Maine and NYA. Participating in an athletic event like this really gets Maine girls hockey and NYA known for the sport,” says Bartolini.

Linscott believes the eyes of the hockey community should turn more towards the girls on the ice. “It’s an honor to be able to participate in an event of this caliber. I think the level of play of both my and Keeley’s teams really attests to the increasing amount of talent present in Maine girl’s hockey. The sport is definitely on the rise in Maine, and I’m excited to see the new levels it reaches as the younger age group progresses.”

The New England Regionals will be held in Burlington Vermont on March 18-20, 2016.

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