"Family on 3- 1,2,3…FAMILY!!!!" The chant echoed Sunday across the pitch prior to the start of the match at Green Mountain College. The University of Maine at Machias Women's Soccer team defeated the Paul Smith's College Women 5-0 the previous afternoon in New York and continued to Vermont to take on their third consecutive opponent on the road with a 3-1 victory. The Clippers are 5-0 and have played all five contests in a short 10 days. The Clipper family is only 12 strong - yet the dynamics of this team are unmatched as these ladies provide magic in each game and have the capability of playing in different positions each night. Offensively, Machias has started off brilliantly with first year players Amber Chasse and Morgan Doughty ranking in the top five scorers in the nation; Dawn Johnson, Anna Mahanor, and Amber Chasse top 5 nationally for assists; and Amber, Morgan and Dawn are the top three nationally ranked players for shots taken. The stellar midfield should not go without recognition; Emma Parker, Anna Mahanor, and Josie Griffin or Dawn Johnson or Elana Lancia - whoever gets the call, drive the course of the match. Goals from Emma, Anna, Dawn, Josie and Elana have shored up the Clipper Offense. Elana's scoring emerged after coming out of the Goalkeeper position for a few games – the quintessential example of adaptability. The Clippers' defense epitomizes the Latin word 'Aegis' which translates to "Protector or shield". Without a doubt, the Clippers back lines are a force to be reckoned with. McKenna Roden, Josie Griffin, and Danica Chadwick control a well-oiled machine from the middle while Jill Dow and Chloe Galka pinch the corners off. Each defender moves the ball up-field at will and punishes their opponent's defense by taking quality shots on goal and completing their chances – in fact, the Clipper defense has scored 5 goals this season – outscoring all of the offenses combined in the first 5 games. In Goal, Elana Lancia and Megan Cote are undefeated. Megan is currently ranked #4 in the nation in save percentage.
Although it is early into the season, Coach BJ Marshall and Assistant Coach Aisling Farragher-Gemma could not be prouder. The preponderance of the team is young with heart and determination. The upperclassmen are experienced and excited to share the Clipper legacy with six talented and energetic first years. The team motto "Tough Beats Tired" is ingrained into the balance of their game. The next games for UMM takes the team to NHTI in Concord, NH for a Yankee Small College Conference game against another undefeated team. Following that match, UMM will take on the University of Maine in Orono, ME for the biggest challenge of their regular season against an NCAA Division 1 program.