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UNE men’s soccer coach Andy Biggs leaving Nor’easters after four-year run

University of New England Director of Athletics Kim Allen said Monday that Andy Biggs has resigned as head coach of the men’s soccer program. Biggs, who led the Nor’easters the past four seasons, has accepted an assistant coaching position at another New England institution.

Biggs posted a 23-37 record during his tenure at UNE, including a 10-win season in 2009, the program’s first since 1997. Under his direction, the Nor’easters made two appearances at The Commonwealth Coast Conference championships.

A search is under way to find a replacement for Biggs.

TOP FEMALE ATHLETES: UConn basketball forward Maya Moore and Penn State volleyball outside hitter Megan Hodge were named co-winners of the Honda-Broderick Cup. The two received the award given to the nation’s top female college athlete during a ceremony at UCLA. It was only the second time in history that two athletes earned the honor.

NESCAC: Track athletes Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan of Topsham, and Anjuli Demers of Dracut, Mass., 2010 graduates of Bates College and Middlebury College, respectively, have been nominated for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year Award by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

BASEBALL: Clemson roughed up Arizona State ace Seth Blair for five runs on seven hits and went on to a 6-3 victory over the top-seeded Sun Devils in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Casey Harman pitched six strong innings for the Tigers, who had 14 singles against Arizona State.

• Mike McGee hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the third inning and picked up the save after Florida made things interesting in the ninth, leading Florida State to an 8-5 victory in an elimination game.

MAINE SWIMMING: Susan Lizzotte , a former Maine captain, assistant coach and interim head coach, has been named head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs, Athletic Director Blake James said.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Washington Mystics rookie forward Jacinta Monroe is expected to miss six to eight weeks after having surgery to repair a broken left hand.

The Mystics said that Monroe was injured during the first half of their overtime victory against the Chicago Sky on Saturday.

BASEBALL

NECBL: The Sanford Mainers scored three runs in the first inning and held on to defeat the Danbury Westerners, 4-1, at Goodall Park.

Sanford (9-4) led off the first with singles from Matt Marra, Pat Cantwell and Jim Schult. Marra scored on Schult’s single, Cantwell came home on an error and Schult scored on Greg Miller’s double for a 3-0 lead.

Mike Aguliera (2-0) got his third start for the Mainers. He allowed just three baserunners through 61⁄3 innings. He gave up a two-out walk in the first. In the third a hit-by-pitch was followed by a double for Danbury’s run. Aguliera finished by retiring the next 12 batters in order.

The Mainers added a run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Marlon Calbi.

AMERICAN LEGION: Brandon Chase hit a three-run homer and Evan Humphrey added an RBI single as Bessey Motors scored eight runs in the third and fourth innings on the way to 12-5 opening win over Dixfield at Dixfield.

Arik Fenstermacher had three singles and two RBI for Dixfield.

JUNIOR LEGION: Shawn Francouer struck out seven batters through five innings to earn a win in the first of two Windham victories over All Sports (1-3) at West Buxton.

Francoeur gave up just one unearned run in the 11-7 win. He walked two and allowed two hits before leaving the game after five innings with a 8-1 lead.

In the second game, Nick Boyle pitched a complete game for Windham’s 8-3 win. Rick Williamson gave Windham (4-0) the lead for good with a two-run double in the fifth.