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Several UMFK soccer players recognized as Sunrise Conference stand-outs

November 26, 2004

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From Left to Right, 1st Row: Rob Rochester, Carlos Martinez, Derrick Cooper, Nicholas Thibodeau, Charles Bard, Donatas Sumyla. 2nd Row: Lucas Levesque, Sara Quint, Maria Williams, Kara Jackson, Nicole Sirois.


Several University of Maine at Fort Kent men and women's soccer players are being recognized by the Sunrise Athletic Conference for their outstanding performance on the field during the recently completed soccer season.

The Bengals dominate the men's All-Conference Team, with six names on the roster.

Forwards Carlos Martinez, a freshman from Cali, Columbia, and Rob Rochester, a freshman from Kittery, Maine, join midfielder Donatas Sumyla, a sophomore from Vilnius, Lithuania, and defenders Derrick Cooper, a senior from Madawaska, and Charles Bard, a senior from Fort Kent, on the All-Conference first team.

Goalkeeper Nicholas Thibodeau, a junior from St. Francis, was also named to the Sunrise Conference All-Conference first team.

In addition to these honors, Sumyla was named Sunrise Conference offensive player of the year and Cooper was named defensive player of the year.

Bengal players were also named to the All-Conference women's team.

Defender Nicole Sirois, a senior from Fort Kent, and goalkeeper Kara Jackson, a sophomore from Anaheim, California were named to the first team, while Maria Williams, a freshman from Bath, Maine, and Sara Quint, a junior from Hodgdon, were named honorable mentions.

In addition to the Lady Bengal player recognition, UMFK head women's soccer coach Lucas Levesque was recognized as Sunrise Conference Coach of the Year.

UMFK men and women's teams in soccer compete through the Sunrise Conference in Division II of the NAIA. The conference is composed of five New England schools. In addition to UMFK, other schools in the conference are the University of Maine at Machias, Lyndon State College and College of St. Joseph's, both in Vermont, and Fisher College of Massachusetts.