Wednesday, April 23, 2014
ORONO - The University of Maine scored a first-period goal, and goalie Dan Sullivan made it hold up as the Black Bears beat the University of New Hampshire 1-0 Saturday evening at the Alfond Center.
With the victory, Maine finished in fourth place in Hockey East and will have home-ice advantage in the league playoffs next weekend. The Black Bears (20-11-3) will play Merrimack.
Maine took a 1-0 lead at 10:13 on Brice O'Connor's soft wrister.
Sullivan made some nifty saves throughout the game, especially an incredible sliding left pad save in the second period.
Three Maine college women’s basketball teams finished their seasons Friday. One moved on to play Saturday.
In the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament first round, Bowdoin defeated Southern Maine 75-68, and Johns Hopkins eliminated the University of New England with a 53-51 decision.
Earlier in the day, in the America East quarterfinals, top-seed Boston University beat No. 8 Maine 52-43.
The Bowdoin-USM match-up was a typical back-and-forth game between these two rivals. Down by seven at halftime, the Polar Bears rallied in the second half.
Samantha Baranowski converted a lay-up to break a 43-43 tie with 65 seconds left, and the University of Maine women’s basketball team held on for a 49-43 victory over Stony Brook in Wednesday’s America East tournament play-in game at the University of Hartford.
Baranowski led Maine with 16 points and eight rebounds. Danielle Walczak scored 10 points. Brittany Williams added nine points, and Rebecca Knight contributed eight.
Maine improved to 8-22, which includes three wins over Stony Brook (4-26) this year. The eighth-seeded Black Bears now play top-seeded Boston University (22-7) in the quarterfinals Friday at noon.
In the men’s tournament, Maine (12-16) is seeded seventh and will play No. 2 Vermont (20-11) in Saturday’s 6 p.m. quarterfinals.
Bowdoin College, the University of Southern Maine and the University of New England were all invited to the NCAA Division III women's basketball tournament, when the field of 64 teams was announced Monday afternoon.
Bowdoin (19-7) will plays USM (21-6) in the first round on Friday, but the local rivals will be traveling to Ithaca, N.Y. for the game.
The first two rounds of the tournament are played at 16 different sites. Neither Bowdoin nor USM qualified to host, so they will play at Ithaca on Friday. Also that night, Ithaca (23-8) will play Elms (20-8). The two winners will play in the second round on Saturday.
Times for all games will be announced later.
The University of Maine football team released its 2012 scheduled today and right at the top is a game at Boston College.
Maine annually plays a FBS team (the old Division I) and played at Pittsburgh last year. The Black Bears last played at BC in 2006, losing 22-0.
Here is the Maine schedule:
Sept. 8: at Boston College