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Massachusetts Maritime Academy Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Massachusetts Maritime Academy SAAC Mission:

The mission of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity for all student-athletes, protecting student-athlete welfare, and fostering a positive student-athlete image, while maintaining the tenants of the rules and regulations of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) and Division III philosophy.

Meet The 2019-20 Massachusetts Maritime Academy SAAC

Advisor: Joe Malkin (Sports Information Director, Intercollegiate Schedule Coordinator)

 Executive OfficersNathan Moreira '20 (Regimental Commander), Kamil Bak '20 (Executive Officer)

President: Lucia Buzzell '21 (Softball)

Vice President: George Lampros '21 (Football)

Secretary: Savanna Leite '21 (Softball)

TreasurerBrady Bailey '21 (Football)


Team Representatives: 

Meaghan Hamilton '20 (Women's Cross Country & Track & Field)

Cam Stewart '20, Erik Marchant '20, James Cooke '20, Victor Ramirez '20, Joe Swanson '22, Matt Dunn '22, Nick Khoury '21, Ryan Mailahn '22 (Football)

David Kohler '22, Gerry Mackin '22 (Football & Track & Field)

Sean Smialek '21 (Football & Men's Lacrosse)

Tommy Modula '20, Ben Avakian '20, Patrick Lawson '22 (Men's Lacrosse)

Ben Paine '21 (Baseball & Men's Soccer)

Megan Laurie '20, Sydney Clays '21 (Sailing)

Adam Crawford '20 (Men's Soccer)

Emma McNally '20 (Women's Soccer)

Anna Deely (Women's Soccer & Women's Lacrosse)

Madison Ovadek '20, Malarie Pittsley '22 (Softball)

Christine Murray '21 (Track & Field)

David Moore '20 (Track & Field)

Christina Ruggeri '20, Marie Harrison '20, Bianca Andronic '22 (Volleyball)

Madison Coughlin '21 (Volleyball & Softball)

Michelle Sheehan '21 (Volleyball & Track & Field)

Buccaneer SAAC, Department Of Athletics Assists In Collection Of Record 897 Toys To Benefit Children's Cove

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the Academy’s cadets and staff, the Massachusetts Maritime Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and members of the Buccaneer Athletic Department staff delivered a record number 897 new and unwrapped toys on December 16th, 2019 as part of the annual Christmas toy drive to benefit Children’s Cove of Cape Cod.

Children’s Cove is a freestanding, child-friendly facility designed to ensure that victims of child sexual abuse and their non-offending family members have access to support and services in a safe, respectful and compassionate environment.  McDonough, Pelletier and DiTullio represented the cadet community on the visit to the facility, which they toured along with seven members of the Massachusetts Maritime athletic staff.  Over the past five years, the Buccaneer SAAC has helped gather nearly 1,700 toys for Children’s Cove.

For more information on Children’s Cove, please visit

Buccaneer SAAC, Department of Athletics and Massachusetts Maritime Community Assist in the Collection of 2,400 Food Items to Benefit the Bourne Friend Food Pantry

This year's food drive to benefit the Bourne Friends Food Pantry was one of the best yet. Buccaneer SAAC members and cadets donated 2,400 items which were delivered just in time for Thanksgiving 2019 for families in need in the Bourne community. 

SAAC Vice President George Lampros along with football players senior Chris Nee and freshman Wallace Alden and women's lacrosse players Sophomore Amanda Gould and junior Coreen Carley delivered the items to the pantry. All items donated are then distributed to families in need during the holiday season and year round.

For more information on the Bourne Friends Food Pantry and other food pantries on Cape Cod, please visit

 Buccaneer SAAC Helps Raise $1,000 For 1019 Foundation During NCAA Division III Week Events

The Massachusetts Maritime Student-Athlete Advisory Committee celebrated national NCAA Division III Week by raising $1,000 for the on-going efforts of the 1019 Foundation in honor of Falmouth High School ice hockey student-athletes James Lavin and Owen Higgins.

During competition this past week, Buccaneer student-athletes wore 10/19 Lav/Higgy stickers on their protective batting and playing equipment, and the baseball, softball and lacrosse teams displayed the #10 and #19 jerseys of their respective squads in the dugout and bench areas to honor the memories of the two young men lost last December.  Additionally, both the Fitchburg State softball and baseball teams, along with the Worcester State women’s lacrosse team, took part in the fundraising and awareness drive during respective contests at the Academy last Saturday.

Shortly before Christmas, Falmouth High seniors James Lavin and Owen Higgins lost their lives in a tragic automobile accident that occurred right after ice hockey practice.  The outpouring of support from around the region and around the country led to the establishment of The 1019 Foundation, which is symbolic of the two uniform numbers worn by Lavin (#10) and Higgins (#19) in competition.  Falmouth High School boys’ ice hockey head coach Paul Moore has been instrumental in starting the foundation, which will award scholarships to athletes at Falmouth High School as well as scholarships for families in need for youth sports in the town.

Both Lavin and Higgins helped lead Falmouth’s Clippers to the 2016 MIAA Division 2A Super Bowl football championship last December with a 34-20 victory over Marblehead at Gillette Stadium, just days after practicing with their teammates on the gridiron at Clean Harbors Stadium in preparation for the game.  Lavin was set to enroll at Massachusetts Maritime this fall and play football for the Buccaneers.

“The giving spirit of the Academy never ceases to amaze me, and I am extremely proud of our student-athletes for their continued commitment to the community as a whole,” Massachusetts Maritime Director of Athletics Garin Veris said.  “The incredible work that Coach Moore and the entire Falmouth community have done in a very short time will not only honor the memory of James and Owen, it will touch the lives of countless people in the region.  We are honored to be a part of that in a very small way.”

Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment, athletic experience, or leadership/community service/campus involvement.

Over the last two years alone, Buccaneer student-athletes have raised nearly $6,000 during NCAA Division III Week to support on-going community service organizations in the area, including last spring when the Massachusetts Maritime SAAC and Student Government Association teamed up to raise nearly $5,000 in support of The Herren Project and its work in fighting substance abuse.



The Massachusetts Maritime Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted its second Community Games basketball night of the 2017 Sea Term for Special Olympics of Cape Cod on Tuesday evening, as teams from Wareham, Hyannis, Freetown and New Bedford competed in four contests played inside the Clean Harbors Athletic Center.

The Wareham Wild Vikings, Mid Cape Flash, Whitney Wizards and New Bedford Hawks took part in the event, which Massachusetts Maritime has hosted for the last four years.  Buccaneer senior women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse co-captain Kianna Carpenter (Sagamore Beach, Mass./Bourne), junior softball and women’s cross country captain Kaylene Murphy (Randolph, Mass./Ursuline Academy) as well as sophomore men’s lacrosse, softball, baseball and women’s lacrosse standouts Eli DiTullio (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield), Emily Goodwin (Halifax, Mass./Silver Lake), Brandon Gallahue (Plymouth, Mass./Archbishop Williams) and Erica Overstreet (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) served as referees for all four games.

The Massachusetts Maritime SAAC also hosted a Special Olympics Community Games night at the Clean Harbors Athletic Center on January 17th, as the same four squads participated in that event.  The Buccaneer SAAC will once again join members of the Cape community in volunteering at the Special Olympics Field Day event at Barnstable High School in Hyannis this May.

For more information on Special Olympics of Massachusetts, visit


Buccaneer SAAC, SGA Combine To Raise Nearly $7,500 In Support Of On-Going Mission Of Pat Tillman Foundation

 The Massachusetts Maritime community raised nearly $7,500 this fall in its on-going efforts to support the mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation, as the Buccaneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Academy’s Student Government Association teamed up for a pair of events during the recently completed football season.

Over $6,700 was raised during the first “Dress Down Day” of the 2016 academic year on Friday, October 7th, and nearly $800 more was raised during the second annual SAAC Tillman Jersey Raffle at all five of Massachusetts Maritime’s home football contests this fall.  A replica Pat Tillman Arizona Cardinals jersey was the grand prize in this year’s raffle, as all monies raised were donated directly to the Pat Tillman Foundation and its on-going mission of support in military veterans and their spouses.  During the past three years, the Buccaneer SAAC and the Massachusetts Maritime community have now raised well over $10,000 in support of the Pat Tillman Foundation and its Tillman Scholars Program (TS).

Founded in 2004, the Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships – building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.

In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor Pat’s legacy of leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships–building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.

Founded in 2008, the TS Program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and their spouses with an academic scholarship and programmatic support. The scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses, for scholars who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or professional degrees as a full-time student at a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution.   

Since its inception, the TS Program has evolved into a world-class community of military veterans and spouses, accepting less than 5% of applicants based exclusively on merit and potential for impact. In 2016, PTF made a $1.8 million lifetime commitment to the 2016 Class of Tillman Scholars from a pool of nearly 2,000 applications. Overall, the Pat Tillman Foundation has invested nearly $14 million in academic support since 2004, and has named over 460 Tillman Scholars at more than 100 academic institutions nationwide. Since 2011, Tillman Scholars have contributed over 50,000 hours of community service while enrolled in rigorous, full-time degree programs

For more information on the Pat Tillman Foundation and the impact of the Tillman Scholars, visit


Buccaneer SAAC, Athletic Department Staff Participates In Field Day Event At Riverview School

Members of the Buccaneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Department of Athletics staff participated in a field day event at the Riverview School in East Sandwich on Tuesday afternoon, as student-athletes at both institutions competed in a cross country race and soccer match at Riverview’s athletic facilities.

Senior Matthew McDonough (Framingham, Mass./Framingham), juniors Mick Rouette (Three Rivers, Mass./Monson and Thomas Pelletier (Bradford, Mass./Central Catholic), sophomores Erica Overstreet (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham), Sara Merzon (Rockland, Mass./Cardinal Spellman), Elias DiTullio (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) and Rachel Gardner (Bourne, Mass./Sturgis West) as well as freshmen Marie Harrison (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) and Adam Crawford (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake) represented Massachusetts Maritime’s soccer, cross country, lacrosse and volleyball programs at the event, as participants from both schools ran a 2.5 race around the Riverview campus and played a 35-minute soccer match on the Helmsmen’s home pitch.

The Riverview School is an independent coeducational boarding/day school for students, ages 11-22, with complex language, learning and cognitive challenges located on Cape Cod.  Since 1957, Riverview has been recognized as a leader in the field of special education.  The School is committed to developing student competence and confidence in academic, social and independent living skills.  Students hail from every region of the United States and from many foreign countries.

Buccaneer Director of Athletics Garin Veris and Head Volleyball Coach Melanie Appleman also represented Massachusetts Maritime at the field day event, which concluded with Riverview students being presented with “Buc Backer” t-shirts from the SAAC members.  Buccaneer student-athletes plan to welcome Riverview School students to campus next spring as part of a second field day event during the 2016-17 academic year.

For more information on The Riverview School, please visit

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