Maine football schedule includes FBS teams in 2017

The University of Maine will play two Football Bowl Subdivision opponents next season.

The Black Bears will travel to Orlando, Florida, on Sept. 30, 2017, to play the University of Central Florida. Maine also goes to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on Nov. 11, 2017.

Maine, a conference opponent of UMass until it transitioned to the FBS in 2011, is 16-41-1 all time against the Minutemen. The Black Bears beat the Minutemen in their most recent meeting, 24-15 in 2013. The victory over UMass is one of two victories Maine has in 17 games against FBS opponents. The Black Bears also beat Mississippi State in 2004. Maine is 0-2 all time against Central Florida.

Maine, a member of the Football Championship Subdivision, receives substantial financial benefits by playing away games against higher level FBS teams. This season, Maine received $700,000 total for playing games at Connecticut and Toledo.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Morgen Gallagher got a nifty feed from Nikki Wilson and tucked it home at 1:23 of the first half as Bowdoin edged the University of New England 1-0 in a non-conference match at Brunswick.

The Polar Bears (6-1) outshot UNE 13-6 and had a 12-3 edge in corner kicks.

Anne Parrish and Sabrina Albanese split time in goal for Bowdoin, combining for three saves, while Brielle Robinson stopped six shots for the Nor’easters, now 6-2.

n Hannah Brozdowski scored twice and Aliza Van Leesten had a goal and two assists to lead Colby (3-4) to a 7-1 win over the University of Southern Maine (3-5) in Gorham.

Nicola Katz had a goal and an assist for the Mules, who also got goals from Laura Arnold, Kara Wilson and Catherine Fraser.

Olivia Mull scored for USM.

MEN’S SOCCER: Bronson Kieltyka and Ryan Forkley scored and the Southern Maine Community College (1-0-0, 1-0-0 YSCC) beat Central Maine Community College (0-1-0, 0-1-0) 2-1 in Auburn.

Ryan Bennett put the Mustangs on the board midway through the second half.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: The University of Maine annouced the signing of Jaquan McKennon, a junior college guard from Broward Community College, who started classes this August. McKennon, a sophomore, will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Also on Tuesday, Coach Bob Walsh announced that Tyler Schlegel had been promoted to assistant coach after spending last season as director of operations/recruiting coordinator. Tom Barrett will fill Schlegel’s position.


UFC: Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch will be on the undercard when the Ultimate Fighting Championship holds an event in New York for the first time.

Boetsch, 35, will fight Rafael Natal of Brazil at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden. The main event will feature Conor McGregor fighting for Eddie Alvarez’s lightweight championship.

Boetsch, who now lives in Pennsylvania, has a 10-9 career record. He won his last UFC fight, against Josh Samman, on July 13 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The New York card will include welterweight champ Tyron Woodley’s first title defense against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, along with strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s defense against Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Veteran fighters Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Miesha Tate, Frankie Edgar, Chris Weidman and Rashad Evans also are in the show.

UPDATE: This item was corrected at 8:50 a.m. on Sept. 28 to show that the University of Maine football team beat Mississippi State in 2004.

– Staff and news service report