The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram » College Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:56:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 UNE gathers ‘head hits’ data to assist athlete concussion research Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:00:00 +0000 BIDDEFORD — Andrew Curro knows first-hand how concussions affect an athlete.

So the University of New England junior didn’t hesitate when asked if he would be a test subject in a pioneering study of “head hits” in men’s lacrosse conducted by two faculty members in the school’s Department of Exercise and Sport Performance.

“It offers a lot of data for head impacts, and it has the potential to make this game a lot safer,” said Curro, a starter on the men’s lacrosse team from Tolland, Connecticut.

University of New England junior Chris Harlow adjusts his sensor during a lacrosse game in April. "We need to continue to compile data on all sports," says UNE Athletic Director Jack McDonald.

University of New England junior Chris Harlow adjusts his sensor during a lacrosse game in April. “We need to continue to compile data on all sports,” says UNE Athletic Director Jack McDonald.

“I’ve had a couple (of concussions)” he said. “I had one last year, so the study definitely appealed to me. Anything to make this game safer is a big thing . . . and anything to improve player health in the long run would be great.”

UNE has joined about two dozen colleges nationwide that are using head-impact sensors to conduct research on the force and frequency of head hits in sports. Many of the studies have been done on soccer and football players. UNE’s researchers chose men’s lacrosse because no academic studies have been conducted on the sport.

“What we can’t do is just focus in on what we think are the major concussion sports,” said UNE Athletic Director Jack McDonald. “We need to continue to compile data on all sports.”

University of New England's Mitch Mullin hits the turf under pressure from Anthony Verville of Nichols College during a lacrosse game in Biddeford. UNE is studying "head hits" in the sport.

University of New England’s Mitch Mullin hits the turf under pressure from Anthony Verville of Nichols College during a lacrosse game in Biddeford. UNE is studying “head hits” in the sport.

Throughout the 2016 season, as many as 20 UNE lacrosse players volunteered to wear headbands that contained impact-motion sensors (also known as accelerometers) during practices and home games. The sensors detect the magnitude of each blow to the head. They also detect the directional vector of the hit, another factor that has been shown to have a relation to concussions.

“Over time, we can see more correlation and see what type of hit caused concussions,” said John Rosene, who along with department head Paul Visich is conducting the UNE research. They plan to extend their study to the UNE men’s and women’s ice hockey teams next winter.


Between 1.6 million and 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur annually in the United States, and most researchers suspect many other cases go unreported, particularly in youth sports. Diagnosis of concussions has been on the rise, in part because of increased awareness of the long-term impact of concussions on brain function and health. Adding to the concern have been well-publicized cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, particularly among deceased football players.

“The big question emerging is what are all the repetitive hits doing, and when we look at all the CTE issues, that’s what keeps coming up,” Rosene said. “The effect of cumulative hits is, right now, an unanswered question.”

Nick Wirth, foreground, and Dr. John Rosene monitor UNE players in their concussion research. Data from G-force sensors worn by some players are relayed to a computer in the press box.

Nick Wirth, foreground, and Dr. John Rosene monitor UNE players in their concussion research. Data from G-force sensors worn by some players are relayed to a computer in the press box.

The impact sensors cannot diagnose a concussion. Rather, they can be used to show that a player has taken a significant hit to the head, helping to alert athletic trainers or other medical personnel.

The sensor detects acceleration of the head caused by either contact or whiplash, and transfers the data to a software program. The sensors, which measure the accelerations as multiples of the acceleration of gravity, can record a G-force as low as 15. For comparison, plopping into a seat can create an acceleration equal to 10 times that of gravity. In a 30-mph car crash, a head hitting the windshield creates a G-force of about 150.

Based on previous studies conducted with football players, the danger zone for concussions appears to be hits that generate G-forces ranging from 90 to 150, Visich said.

Sophomore Andrew Markham of UNE drives into Brian Hancock of Nichols College during a lacrosse game in Biddeford in April. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Sophomore Andrew Markham of UNE drives into Brian Hancock of Nichols College during a lacrosse game in Biddeford in April.
Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Although men’s lacrosse is not considered a contact sport in the same vein as football, lacrosse players can collide at high speed during competition. In UNE’s home game against Western New England in April, the greatest G-force reading came in a fourth-quarter collision that caused a UNE player to fall hard to the turf. It registered a 76.

“I can’t tell you what is the threshold (G-force) number and I don’t think anyone can,” Visich said. “We think it’s something up around 90, but it varies for every person.”


The sensors also can record how frequently an athlete is hit in the head. Counting head hits has value for academic research purposes and general player safety, said Chris Nowinski, president of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a leading nonprofit organization focusing on concussion education.

One of the foundation’s national initiatives is called Hit Count. Based loosely on the principle of a pitch count in baseball, Nowinski contends that if head hits are tabulated and limits set based on the sport and the athletes’ ages, then a reduction in concussions will follow.


BIDDEFORD, ME - APRIL 23: Junior Philip Young holds on to his concussion strap and helmet during the halftime break in a lacrosse game against Nichols College on Saturday, April 23, 2016. (Photo by Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer)

Junior Philip Young holds on to his concussion strap and helmet during the halftime break in a lacrosse game against Nichols College on April 23, 2016. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

“All other things being equal, if athletes are hit half as many times, it seems logical to think we’ll have half as many concussions,” Nowinski said. “And the only way to give (athletes) direct feedback is to have a way to count hits.

“Collecting data in every sport is critical. We’ve been trying to get people to count hits for nearly five years and we’re excited to have researchers adding more data to our understandings,” Nowinski said. “Data on exposure in college lacrosse I don’t believe has been published, so it will be a significant contribution to the literature.”

According to statistics published in 2013 from a five-year meta-analysis conducted by the Institute of Medicine, college men’s lacrosse players suffer sports-related concussions, or SRCs, at a rate of 3.1 per 10,000 athlete exposures, with an exposure consisting of one athlete participating in one game or practice. Lacrosse’s incidence rate is significantly lower than those for college sports such as wrestling (12.4 per 10,000 exposures), men’s ice hockey (8.2), women’s soccer (6.5) and football (6.3). According to the same report, high school athletes are most likely to be concussed in football (11.2), boys’ lacrosse (6.9), girls’ soccer (6.7) and wrestling (6.2).

No UNE men’s lacrosse player suffered a concussion this season while wearing a sensor.

“I don’t really know a good way to put it, but to learn more about what causes a person to be concussed, people have to get concussed while we’re measuring the G-force,” Rosene said. “It’s kind of a double-edged sword when you do this kind of work.”


Over the summer, student research assistants Christian Merritt and Nick Wirth will review game and practice film to match each head hit with the on-field action. The UNE research team will analyze the data, with plans to publish a paper based on their findings.

Merritt and Wirth were responsible for monitoring the system during games and practices. Among the things they already have learned is that rather routine events can cause measurable readings. What appear to be gentle helmet-to-helmet touches during a goal celebration registered in the 30 G-force range during the April 16 game against Western New England. Merritt and Wirth said they quickly learned one UNE player is prone to banging himself in the head with his stick if he makes a bad play. Those self-administered blows routinely top a G-force of 40.

Although the data is recorded in “real time,” there has been no interaction during the game between the researchers and UNE’s coaches, players or athletic trainers.

Data from G-Force sensors worn by some of the UNE men's lacrosse players is transmitted wirelessly from the headbands, which are worn under their helmets, to the device at left, which then sends it to the computer at right, which keeps track of the frequency and magnitude of blows to the head a player takes in a game and season. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Data from G-Force sensors worn by some of the UNE men’s lacrosse players is transmitted wirelessly from the headbands, which are worn under their helmets, to the device at left, which then sends it to the computer at right, which keeps track of the frequency and magnitude of blows to the head a player takes in a game and season.
Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

“We aren’t doing it that way right now,” said UNE Coach Charlie Burch. “I suppose if the technology gets better and the way to communicate that down to us from the press box gets better, it would be helpful probably to the trainer, but our trainers are pretty good. If they’re even suspicious that a guy got dinged, they’re going to check him out very carefully.”

UNE goalie John Dusel, a senior, wore a sensor headband for most of the season. He is studying to become an athletic trainer. Someday soon he’ll be checking other athletes for concussion symptoms.

“You could maybe monitor how much force was put on a guy and then maybe take that into account in his diagnosis,” Dusel said. “And then monitoring the amount of force he’s taken over the season.”

Rosene and Visich believe the real value of their data collection will come when it is paired with other measures.

“If we looked at cognitive function during the season then we could ask, ‘Is there a relationship between the number of hits, or the magnitude of hits, and cognitive function?’ ” Rosene said. “That’s not something we did this year.”


Rosene said he also would like to incorporate offseason training focused on areas such as reaction time and neck strength. Then counting the hits over multiple seasons could demonstrate that specific training can reduce the number of hits, and potentially their force.

Triax Technologies, a company based in Norwalk, Connecticut, manufactures the sensors, monitors and software being used by UNE.

Individual headbands with the “Smart Impact Monitors” sell for $189, and Triax is marketing its product for use by parents. The technology for small accelerometers was first developed for the auto industry to trigger air-bag deployment.

“We wanted to make a product that could collect data in all sports,” said Chad Hollingsworth, president and co-founder of Triax.

That process will keep researchers like Rosene and Visich busy.

“It’s such a new area of work, there’s years and years of research ahead of us,” Rosene said.

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College football: Former coach blasts Baylor Fri, 17 Jun 2016 01:02:57 +0000 AUSTIN, Texas — Fired Baylor football coach Art Briles ripped his former employer Thursday, accusing the school of wrongful termination and indicating he has no interest in settling a federal lawsuit filed against him and the university by a woman who was raped by a football player.

In a motion filed Thursday as part of the lawsuit, Briles said he wants new attorneys separate from the school, and his personal attorney said Baylor was using the coach as a scapegoat for its failings in handling allegations of sexual assault.

“The conclusion is inescapable that the motive of Baylor and the Board of Regents was to use its head football coach and the Baylor athletic department as a camouflage to disguise and distract from its own institutional failure to comply” with federal civil rights protections, Briles lawyer Ernest Cannon wrote to Baylor’s attorneys in the latest development in a scandal that has gripped the world’s largest Baptist university for months.

Cannon also demanded that Baylor “immediately turn over to me the entire contents of each and every one of their litigation files” – including information given to the Pepper Hamilton law firm that investigated Baylor’s response to assault allegations in recent years.

Baylor officials did not respond to requests for comment.

Briles had been mostly silent since he was fired on May 26, but the brass-knuckles response from the 60-year-old coach suggests he’s willing to fight the school over his dismissal.

The pushback is similar to his on-the-field demeanor as he built the Baylor program from Big 12 doormat to powerhouse. The Bears went 50-15 over the last five seasons and won two Big 12 titles, stealing the spotlight from programs like Texas and Oklahoma.

Although Briles’ contract remains private, various outlets have reported that it ran through 2023 and averaged as much as $6 million per year.

Multiple outlets also reported this week that some wealthy Baylor donors were pushing Baylor regents to bring Briles back, but the effort appeared to fizzle out by Wednesday. Briles’ legal filings came hours later.

Key for Briles in a potential legal scuffle with Baylor will be his ability to retrieve investigation details that have not been publicly released.

Pepper Hamilton gave university regents an oral presentation of its investigation and issued a 13-page “Finding of Fact” that Baylor released to support its decision to fire Briles and demote school president and chancellor Ken Starr on May 26.

Briles was the only coach who was fired. His assistants, including son Kendal Briles and son-in-law Jeff Lebby, remain at Baylor under interim coach Jim Grobe.

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Colby foul line dunker appears on ‘Good Morning America’ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 02:15:48 +0000 WATERVILLE — Colby College junior Pat Dickert, who became an internet sensation when he posted a video of himself dunking from behind the foul line to his Instagram account, appeared on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Thursday.

“I’m super excited,” Dickert, a Hatfield, Massachusetts, native and reserve guard on the Colby basketball team said Wednesday. “It’s been so crazy. It’s been such a ride to be doing this all because of a crazy video. It’s pretty wild. I don’t even know how to explain it. This kind of came out of thin air. I got a text from Matt Stone of ABC News. I said, ‘OK, we’ll see where this goes.’ ”

Dickert performed the dunk May 24 at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Not long after, his eye-dropping slam created a buzz online. ESPN, FOX Sports, NESN and CBS Sports all aired the dunk.

“I didn’t think I’d be doing this a few weeks later,” he added. “It’s just so amazing,” he said. “I’m going to have fun with it.”

Dickert appeared on the show via Skype.


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Sports Digest: Hyland earns conference Man of the Year at Bentley Tue, 07 Jun 2016 03:13:24 +0000 COLLEGES

Hyland earns conference man of the year at Bentley

Bentley men’s basketball player Keegan Hyland of South Portland was named the Northeast-10 Conference Man of the Year on Monday night at the annual conference banquet in Providence.

Hyland played for three seasons at Bentley while getting his bachelor’s degree in finance and also earning his MBA.

He averaged 20.4 points per game while leading Bentley to the Northeast-10 regular season championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II East Regional.

MAINE: Jesse Orach (men’s cross country), Shannon O’Neil (women’s cross country/track) and Liz Wood (women’s basketball) were honored by the America East Conference as Presidential Student-Athletes.

The award recognizes graduating student-athletes who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher as an undergraduate student and graduated this spring.

KENTUCKY: Brad Calipari, son of Wildcats Coach John Calipari, will be be on next season’s roster. A school release does not specify whether the 6-foot, 180-pound Calipari will be scholarship or walk on.

Calipari averaged 15.3 points per game last season at the MacDuffie School in Massachusetts.

NCAA BASEBALL: More home runs have been hit in Div. I regional play than in the entire 2015 tournament. There were 166 homers in 96 games through Monday. That compares to 150 in 136 tournament games through the College World Series last year.

This year’s total also is the highest since new bat standards went into effect in 2011. This is the second season a flat-seam ball has been used. The new ball was put into play to increase the amount of offense in the college game. In 2014, the last year for the raised-seam ball, 87 home runs were hit in 139 tournament games.


BASEBALL: Nick Mazurek pitched a one-hitter and also drove in the a run as fifth-seeded Oceanside (13-4) earned a 6-0 win over No. 12 Presque Isle (6-11) in a Class B North prelim at Rockland.

Mazurek struck out 11 and did not issue a walk.

Mazurek doubled home Michael Norton in the bottom of the first for an early lead.

The Mariners then put the game away with a five-run fourth, highlighted by Thomas Curtis’ two-run double.


EUROPE: Host Italy again dominated as it beat Finland 2-0 in its final warmup for the European Championship.

AFRICA: Zimbabwe’s soccer federation folded with a debt of more than $6 million and has formed again under a different name.

The debt, blamed on previous leadership, was passed to a liquidator to deal with.

COPA AMERICA: Blas Perez scored two goals, including the winner in the 87th minute, and Panama beat Bolivia 2-1 on a rainy night in a Group D opener in Orlando, Florida.

ITALY: Chinese retail giant Suning has bought a majority stake in Inter Milan, marking the latest entry into the European soccer market by cash-rich firms in China.


NOTTINGHAM OPEN: Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic came late to the Nottingham Open but avoided an early exit.

Saving the only break point she faced, Pliskova served superbly to outlast Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-2.

Second-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain and No. 8 Christina McHale of the U.S. also advanced.

– From staff and news services

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UMaine hockey to play three games in Portland Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:16:54 +0000 The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team will play three games at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland next winter.

The Black Bears will play Boston College, Notre Dame and Brown University at CIA. Seth Woodcock, the associate director of athletic development at UMaine, said more details, including dates and ticket information, will be released on Friday.

“Typically we try to play a game in Portland every year,” said Woodcock. “Red (Gendron, UMaine’s head coach) does a great job with the schedule to bring quality opponents to Portland. And with the Pirates out, we saw an opportunity to bring great hockey to Portland.”

Boston College and Notre Dame, Hockey East opponents, will play back-to-back games, one in Portland and one in Orono.

“Being conference opponents, it’s a big deal for us to move those games from Alfond,” said Woodcock.

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Colby College player makes foul-line dunk video that goes viral Tue, 31 May 2016 23:09:27 +0000 When it comes to foul-line dunks, the first name that comes to mind is Michael Jordan.

Now it’s time to add another name to that list – Pat Dickert of Colby College.

Dickert, of Hatfield, Massachusetts, posted a video of himself making a foul-line dunk to his Instagram account as part of his “Take Flight Tuesday” series last week. Dickert, a 21-year-old junior guard on the Colby men’s basketball team, said he performed the dunk last week at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts.

“I went there with the intent to make the dunk,” he said. “I’ve been practicing it for a long time and I didn’t want to be the known as the ‘missed dunk guy.'”

By Tuesday afternoon, the video had been viewed more than 233,000 times on Instagram and another 35,000 times on YouTube.

“It’s something I couldn’t possibly have expected,” Dickert said. “It’s blown up on so many different platforms. It’s even popular on Reddit, and I’ve posted a bunch of stuff on Reddit before and it really went nowhere.”

The 6-foot-2 guard said he’d never completed a dunk from the foul line before hitting the one featured in the video, which the school confirmed was completed on a regulation-sized basketball hoop.

For authenticity, Dickert opens the video by standing directly under the rim with his left arm reaching toward it.

“I get asked if I lowered the hoop but I didn’t,” he said. “I don’t even know how to lower a hoop.”

Dickert appeared in all 25 games for Colby this past season, averaging six points and just over 19 minutes a game. He was named to the New England Small Athletic Conference Winter All-Academic Team.

Colby Coach Damien Strahorn said Dickert was a “significant contributor” off the bench who will have a chance to start this season.

Strahorn said he was in awe when Dickert showed him the video.

“The fact that he is able to physically take off take off from 15 feet away and stay in the air long enough to dunk it, it’s a very impressive feat. It’s pretty crazy,” said Strahorn, noting Dickert is “no taller” than his listed 6-2.

“To think about the athletes you see do it in the NBA dunk contest, for him to do it at his size is remarkable.”

Dickert said the “Take Flight Tuesday” idea was a product of the “hobby” of dunking basketballs during breaks in training sessions.

Three weeks ago, he posted a video of him missing a foul-line dunk. That, he said, provided all the motivation he needed.

“I’ve been trying the dunk for a while,” Dickert said. “I was especially motivated because I’d missed it. So, I came back at it with a vengeance.”

In other videos, including compilations of several dunks, Dickert can be seen leaping over the head of a 7-foot teammate and dunking from just inside the foul line.

“It’s something I enjoy doing,” Dickert said. “I was always told, ‘If you want to be a Division I player, you have to be more athletic.’ I couldn’t really jump that well when I was younger.”

A number of national media outlets have reached out to Dickert to talk about the feat, but there’s one person he hopes will see the video: Julius Erving, the originator of the foul-line dunk.

“I was at a dinner where he was the featured speaker when I was 11,” Dickert said. “I got to meet him, and I told him that I wanted to grow up to be just like him.”

To have his name mentioned with Jordan and Dr. J, though, takes some getting used to.

“It really is surreal to hear that,” Dickert said.

As for what’s next on “Take Flight Tuesday,” the economics major takes a pragmatic approach.

“Now I have to go work on my jump shot,” he said. “That’s what’s most important.”

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College Roundup: Tar Heels edge Terps to win lacrosse title Tue, 31 May 2016 01:21:53 +0000 PHILADELPHIA — Chris Cloutier’s goal with 1 minute, 39 seconds left in overtime propelled unseeded North Carolina to a 14-13 win against No. 1 seed Maryland and the program’s first NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse championship since 1991.

North Carolina capped the year with a 12-6 record buoyed by four consecutive wins against seeded opponents in No. 6 Marquette, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 7 Loyola Maryland and now Maryland. The Tar Heels became the first unseeded team in seven attempts to win the title.

Cloutier, who broke Eric Lusby of Loyola’s NCAA tournament record of 17 goals in 2012 with 19 goals during this postseason march, paced the team with five goals. Junior attackman Luke Goldstock scored four times, and redshirt sophomore goalie Brian Balkam made a game-high 13 saves including a stop on sophomore midfielder Connor Kelly during a Terps extra-man opportunity.

Maryland fell to 17-3 and suffered its first loss in 17 contests and first since a 9-4 setback to Notre Dame on March 5. The Terps’ lack of success in NCAA title games is now 0-9 since the 1975 squad captured that championship.


NCAA TOURNAMENT: Mackenzie McDonald became the first player in 15 years to pull off a double national championship.

About four hours after he upset top-seeded Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State 6-3, 6-3, to win the NCAA men’s singles title, McDonald and UCLA teammate Martin Redlicki beat Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow of Texas A&M to claim the doubles championship at Tulsa, Oklahoma.

McDonald is the first player since Matias Boeker of Georgia in 2001 (and fifth since 1974) to win both titles.

n Danielle Collins of Virginia defeated top-seeded Hayley Carter of North Carolina 6-3, 6-2 for her second NCAA women’s tennis national championship.

Carter (47-5) battled back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the first set 3-3. Collins then won the last three games to take the set. Collins (38-4) rolled to a 5-1 lead in the second set before winning it.


BAYLOR: Athletic director Ian McCaw has resigned, less than a week after he was put on probation as part of the school’s reaction to a scathing report about its failure to properly respond to allegations of sexual assaults.

The announcement of McCaw’s resignation came a little more than an hour after Baylor hired former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe to replace the ousted Art Briles.

McCaw, who worked in the UMaine athletic department from 1986 to 1992, said in a statement he was stepping down because it would be help Baylor promote “unity, healing and restoration.”

Last week Briles was suspended with intent to terminate and university president Kenneth Starr was demoted.

McCaw has been AD since 2003, hired after a scandal involving the men’s basketball program led to the resignation of then-athletic director Tom Stanton.


FLORIDA: The Gators will have to break the curse of the No. 1 seed to win its first national championship in baseball. No top seed has won the title since Miami in 1999.

The Gators were awarded the top seed in the NCAA tournament, leading a record four SEC teams among the eight national seeds. Florida (47-13) was ranked No. 1 in the polls for most of the season and finished runner-up to Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament.

The Gators have been a national seed seven times under Coach Kevin O’Sullivan.

The 16 regionals are Friday to next Monday and include four teams playing a double-elimination format. Regional winners advance to super regionals to determine the eight teams in the College World Series in Omaha beginning June 18.

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Saturday’s college roundup: Black wins fourth NCAA title Sat, 28 May 2016 23:55:02 +0000 WAVERLY, Iowa — Mitchell Black of Brunswick won his fourth national championship Saturday, setting a Walston Hoover Stadium record of 1 minute, 49.58 seconds in the 800 meters while running for Tufts University at the NCAA Division III track and field championships.

It was the second straight outdoor title for Black, who is also a two-time indoor champion.

Emily Doyle and Alanna McDonough, both of Colby, and Jeremy Collins of Southern Maine were the top finishers from Maine schools with fourth-place finishes in their events.

Collins broke his own school record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 51.76. Doyle ran a 55.31 in the women’s 400, and McDonough finished in 10:42.28 in the 3,000 steeplechase.

Two Bates athletes, Allison Hill of Brunswick and Sally Ceesay, earned All-America honors. Hill was seventh in the 100 hurdles (14.48), and Ceesay placed eighth in the triple jump (39-0 1/2).

Bowdoin’s Katherine Krupp was 14th in the triple jump at 38-1 1/2.

In other men’s results, Adedire Fakorede of Bates was 15th in the hammer (175-7), and Brian Greenberg of Bowdoin (46-6 3/4) and USM’s Connor Harris (46-3 1/4) were 15th and 16th in the triple jump.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bates College won the second varsity eight race as the Bobcats finished second overall at the NCAA Division III championships in Gold River, California.

The Bobcats’ No. 2 boat finished in 6 minutes, 50.927 seconds, beating the runner-up team from Wellesley by nine seconds.

Bates placed fourth in the first varsity eight race, which was won by Wellesley, the overall champion.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bowdoin’s women’s doubles team of Joulia Likhanskaia and Tiffany Cheng lost in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III championship, falling to Juli Raventos and Linda Shin of Williams, 7-5, 0-6, 6-3 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Raventos and Shin beat Caroline Ward and Katie Kuosman of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the final, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

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Friday’s Maine college roundup: Runner from Brunswick stays on track for repeat title Sat, 28 May 2016 03:17:19 +0000 WAVERLY, Iowa — Defending champion Mitchell Black of Brunswick, a senior at Tufts, kept his quest alive for another national title by posting the second-fastest preliminary-round time Friday in the 800 meters at the NCAA Division III track and field championships.

Black was clocked in 1 minute, 50.42 seconds. He’ll race in the final Saturday afternoon as he tries to sweep the indoor and outdoor titles for the second straight year.

Allison Hill of Bates and Emily Doyle of Colby also qualified for Saturday’s finals.

Hill, a Brunswick High graduate, had the sixth-fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles prelims – 14.33 seconds. Peyton Dostie of the University of Southern Maine missed out on the final, placing 14th in 14.56.

Doyle advanced to the 400 final with a time of 55.30 seconds – also sixth fastest.

In other women’s events Friday, Colby’s Jenna Athanasopoulos finished 15th in the heptathlon with 4,284 points, Nicole Kirk of USM was 18th (12.19) and Alexis Dickinson of Bates was 22nd (12.45) in the 100 prelim; and Kim Donaldson of Colby was 18th in the shot put (41-73/4).

Nick Margitza of Bates was 16th in the men’s shot put (51-1), and Colby’s Brian Sommers was 16th in the 400 (48.39).

WOMEN’S TENNIS: Tiffany Cheng and Joulia Likhanskaia of Bowdoin advanced to the doubles semifinals with a victory in the NCAA Division III championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Cheng and Likhanskaia defeated Kait Brogan and Shelby Harris of Mary Washington, 6-3, 6-1, and will play in the semifinals Saturday.

Likhanskaia also competed in singles but lost in the quarterfinals to Eudice Chong of Wesleyan, 6-1, 6-0.

MEN’S TENNIS: Luke Tercek and Luke Trinka of Bowdoin lost their doubles quarterfinal at the NCAA Division III championships.

The pair were beaten by CJ Krimbill and Louis Stuerke of Case Western Reserve, 6-3, 6-4.

Ben Rosen of Bates was eliminated in the singles quarterfinal, losing to Skyler Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 6-3, 6-2.

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Thursday’s college roundup: Maine ousted in conference baseball tournament Fri, 27 May 2016 04:13:39 +0000 LOWELL, Mass. — The Maine baseball team lost 9-8 to Albany on Thursday night in an elimination game of the America East tournament.

Maine, which ends its season at 20-35, had the bases loaded with one out in the ninth inning but was unable to push across the tying run. Danny Casals, Lou Della Fera and Tyler Schwanz each had two hits for Maine.


NCAA TOURNAMENT: Joulia Likhanskaia and Tiffany Cheng of Bowdoin advanced to the quarterfinals with a straight-set victory at the NCAA Division III women’s tennis doubles championships at Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Likhanskaia and Cheng beat Marie Lutz and Liza Southwick of Trinty (Texas), 6-3, 6-1, and will play Kait Brogan and Shelby Harris of Mary Washington.

Likhanskaia also made it to the singles quarterfinals. She will face Eudice Chong of Wesleyan Friday.


NCAA TOURNAMENT: Bates sophomore Ben Rosen won two matches to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III men’s single championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Rosen earned All-America status with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Arthur Fagundes of the University of Texas-Tyler, then knocked off the No. 8 seed, C.J. Kimball of Case Western Reserve, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.

Rosen faces fourth-seeded Skyler Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the quarterfinals at 9 a.m. Friday.


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: USM hurdler Jeremy Collins and Colby steeplechaser Alanna McDonough advanced to the finals by recording the third-fastest prelim times at the NCAA Division III championships in Waverly, Iowa.

Collins finished second in his 400-meter hurdles heat with a school-record time of 52.22 seconds. He’ll compete in the finals Saturday afternoon.

McDonough also placed second in her heat, posting a time of 10:56.87. She goes into Saturday’s final as the No. 2 seed.

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Baylor demotes president, fires football coach in sexual assault case Thu, 26 May 2016 22:41:45 +0000 AUSTIN, Texas — Ken Starr, who zealously pursued charges against a sitting U.S. president in a White House sex scandal, was stripped of his job as president of Baylor University on Thursday after a scathing review showed that under his leadership, the school did little to respond to accusations of sexual assault involving members of its vaunted football program.

The board of regents at the nation’s largest Baptist university said Starr will vacate the presidency May 31 and stay on as chancellor and law school professor, jobs that will not include any “operational” duties for the school.

Baylor also fired Coach Art Briles and put Athletic Director Ian McCaw – who was the sports information director at the Universty of Maine from 1986-92 – on probation after an external investigation found the actions of the football staff and athletics leadership “in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the university.”

The report didn’t identify specific cases, but two football players have been convicted of sexual assault since 2014. In the past year, there have been multiple reports of assaults and women who said the school did nothing to help.

“We’re deeply sorrowful (for) these events,” said Baylor regents Chairman Richard Willis. “We’re honestly just horrified.”

Starr gets to keep a title and a job, but his demotion at the school in Waco, Texas, is a stunning fall for the prosecutor whose dogged investigation of President Bill Clinton’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to Clinton’s 1998 impeachment.

The review by Philadelphia-based law firm Pepper Hamilton found that under Starr, school administrators discouraged students from reporting or participating in student conduct reviews of sexual assault complaints and even contributed to or accommodated a “hostile” environment against the alleged victims.

In one case, the actions of administrators “constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault,” the report said.

University leadership was also slow to enact federally-required student conduct processes, and administrators failed to identify and eliminate the hostile environment toward victims, the report found.

In a statement to the Waco Tribune-Herald, Starr apologized to “those victims who were not treated with the care, concern, and support they deserve.”

He insisted he didn’t learn about the problems until fall 2015 and launched investigations as soon as he did.

“Despite these dark days, I remain resolved to join hands with the Baylor family to continue to build the University as we carry out its distinct mission in Christian higher education. May God grant us grace, mercy, and peace,” Starr said.

Once a losing program, Baylor football enjoyed unprecedented success under Briles, including two Big 12 championships in the last three years. Starr, who arrived at the school in 2010, went along for the ride and often ran onto the field with students during pregame ceremonies.

Football victories brought a financial windfall. In 2014, Baylor opened a new, $250-million on-campus football stadium and Starr became one of the leading voices among the presidents in the Big 12.

The 13-page “findings of fact” released by Baylor didn’t name Starr, Briles or McCaw individually, but the investigation covered from 2011-2015. Briles has been Baylor’s football coach since 2008 and McCaw became athletic director in 2003.

None of those three immediately responded to requests for comment.

Jasmin Hernandez, a former Baylor student who testified in football player Tevin Elliott’s 2014 rape trial, has filed a federal lawsuit against the school. She said Thursday the Pepper Hamilton report appears “honest and forthright” and shows the systemic way students who complained of sexual assault were denied their rights.

While The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify sexual assault victims, Hernandez has spoken publicly to draw attention to the case.

Hernandez agreed with Starr’s demotion but said “what concerns me more was the propagation of rape culture within Baylor University.”

University officials time and again had knowledge of assaults committed by football players and others but took no action, Hernandez said, adding she won’t drop her lawsuit.

It was Starr who initiated the Pepper Hamilton review that would lead to his downfall, ordering it last year after former football player Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexually assaulting a female soccer player.

Pepper Hamilton lawyer Gina Smith said the firm reviewed more than a million pages of documents, reports and interviews before presenting its findings to Baylor’s regents earlier this month.

While critical of top administrators for ignoring problems or being slow to act, the most critical elements were aimed at Briles’ football program.

The report found that football coaches and athletics administrators had run their own improper investigations into rape claims, and that in some cases, they chose not to report such allegations to an administrator outside of athletics.

By running their own “untrained” investigations and meeting directly with a complainant, football staff “improperly discredited” complainants’ claims and “denied them a right to a fair, impartial and informed investigation.”

The football program acted in ways that “reinforced an overall perception that football was above the rules,” the report said.

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Wednesday’s Maine college roundup: Bowdoin men’s tennis team wins NCAA crown Wed, 25 May 2016 22:16:09 +0000 KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Bowdoin College men’s tennis team won its first NCAA Division III title Wednesday, defeating conference rival Middlebury 5-0 in the championship match.

The Division III title is the first for a Bowdoin men’s program. The Polar Bears’ field hockey squad has won four NCAA championships, most recently in 2013.

Bowdoin had lost six consecutive matches to Middlebury, a NESCAC foe, dating to 2012. The win gave the Polar Bears a school-record 20th victory on the season.


AMERICA EAST: Colin Ridley had three hits, drove in three runs and scored once as Maine (20-34) cruised to an 11-1 win over fourth-seeded UMBC (28-23) in an elimination game during the first day of the America East tournament at Lowell, Massachusetts.

Brett Chappell added four hits, two runs and one RBI for the sixth-seeded Black Bears, who scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend their lead to 10-0.

Starter John Arel gave up one unearned run on two hits, striking out 11 and walking three over eight innings.

In their opening game of the day, Maine lost 1-0 to third-seeded Stony Brook on a walk-off homer by Bobby Honeyman in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Maine will play another elimination game at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Black Bears won’t know their opponent until after the two earlier games.

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Tuesday’s college roundup: Bowdoin men’s tennis team wins to reach NCAA final Wed, 25 May 2016 01:38:21 +0000 KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Luke Trinka battled back to force a tiebreaker in the second set at third singles to pick up the pivotal fifth point Tuesday as Bowdoin outlasted Emory 5-4 in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III tennis championships.

Luke Tercek won at No. 1 singles for the Polar Bears, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, and Gil Roddy and Grant Urken each picked up points with straight set victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

Gil Roddy and Chase Savage picked up the Bowdoin point at doubles, winning 9-7.

The Polar Bears advance to the championship match at 10 a.m. Wednesday vs. Middlebury.

It is the first men’s program in Bowdoin history to play for a national title.


BOWDOIN: Bowdoin was swept in its doubles matches and fell 5-0 to Williams in a NCAA Division III semifinal at Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Polar Bears finished 15-7, reaching the NCAA semifinals for the first time.

Tiffany Cheng fell to Mia Gancayo in straight sets in No. 2 singles and Samantha Stalder was defeated by Hannah Atkinson at No. 5 singles to finish the match.

The Ephs (22-3) avenged a regular-season loss to Bowdoin and advance to face Emory for the national title on Wednesday.


SMCC: Katie Bergeron was named the new coach.

Bergeron, the seventh coach in program history, recently was an assistant coach at South Portland High School.

VANDERBILT: The Commodores want Stephanie White of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever as their new women’s basketball coach so much that they’re willing to wait.

And White will lean on her old Purdue coach, Carolyn Peck, to run the Commodores while she finishes out the WNBA season.

Vanderbilt announced that White will be the program’s fifth head coach, and Peck will be the interim head coach while White works the rest of the WNBA season. When Indiana’s season ends, Peck then will be associate coach.

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Oklahoma State eliminates UMaine from NCAA softball regional Sat, 21 May 2016 22:22:55 +0000 ATHENS, Ga. — Although Maine was the first team ousted from the NCAA softball regional at the University of Georgia, there were a couple bright moments in the Black Bears’ 10-1 loss Saturday to Oklahoma State.

First, Maine scored for the first time in an NCAA tournament game when Janelle Bouchard – the team’s only senior – drove home Erika Leonard with a single in the fourth inning.

And while the Black Bears (28-21) seemed overmatched against Oklahoma State (30-25), the team’s future looks bright, with a host of battled-tested young players who are hungry to earn another shot at the NCAA tournament.

“We’re not ready to play at this level offensively, so it’s a thing we’ve got to learn from and move forward from. … We know now that we have to play at a level higher than our conference is,” UMaine Coach Mike Coutts said.

“We struggled offensively, and there’s a reason we struggled. We have to be able to address those reasons every day we go to practice next year.”

Maine dodged bullets in the first and second inning as Oklahoma State, which recorded 14 hits, put runners aboard but couldn’t score any runs. An unassisted double play by third baseman Alyssa Derrick ended the first inning, and starter Molly Flowers snuffed out a second-inning threat by striking out Randee O’Donnell.

But Oklahoma State’s Tiffany Mikkelson drilled a three-run homer in the third inning, then added an RBI double in the fourth, capping a three-run outburst that made it 7-0.

Oklahoma State also scored another run in the sixth and two in the seventh.

“They keep coming at you offensively, and we’ve got to pitch more efficiently,” said Coutts. “We scored one run, and you’re not going to win a lot of games – you’ve got to pitch perfectly to win 1-0. Their 1-9 (hitters) put a lot of pressure on you, and we just weren’t ready to handle it all (Saturday).”

Kacey Freeze held Maine hitless through the first three innings. Leonard singled to start the fourth, reached second on sacrifice by Rachel Carlson and scored on Bouchard’s single – the first of her two hits.

Bouchard, a Kennebunk native who played two years at Valparaiso before transferring to Maine, said she sees happier days ahead for her teammates.

“My time here was short, but I definitely feel we got better this year and I think we’re going to get every better next year,” said Bouchard, who finished the season batting .398 with 40 RBI. “I’m proud of how the girls fought this year and how far we’ve come from last year. We struggled offensively last year, but everybody in the team improved this year. We had a great run and I’m really proud of the girls.”

Coutts, in his first year at the helm of the program, knows the Black Bears will miss Bouchard’s presence in the lineup.

“It’s going to be hard for us to replace (Bouchard’s) leadership,” he said. “Her passion and commitment to the game – it’s going to be hard for us to replace that. I’m hoping that someone will step forward and do that.

“It’s a great learning experience and it’s going to be exciting to build on it, and the girls will be ready to do it because we felt we could win a game here. It wasn’t that we were just happy to be here; we felt we could win a game here. Having that taste in your mouth just makes you want to go home and work your tail off to win a game.”

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UMaine softball shut out in NCAA tournament opener Fri, 20 May 2016 21:50:58 +0000 ATHENS, Ga. — For a team with only one senior, Maine’s opening game of the NCAA softball regional was a learning experience.

The Black Bears, making their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2004, fell behind early against 16th-ranked Georgia and couldn’t generate any offense against the host team. Maine struck out 14 times and didn’t advance a runner beyond first base in a 6-0 loss Friday afternoon.

“It was a great experience for our girls to get here,” said UMaine Coach Mike Coutts, whose team won the America East championship last weekend. “What we went through … I can’t teach at any practice session or anything else, so as I said to the girls afterward, just having the opportunity to play in a regional is huge for us, and we’ll be better prepared (Saturday).”

Maine (28-20) will face Oklahoma State (29-25) at 3:30 p.m. in an elimination game. Oklahoma State lost 2-1 to Northwestern in Friday’s opener.

Northwestern (27-26) will meet Georgia (41-17) at 1 p.m. and the loser of that contest plays the Maine-Oklahoma State winner at 6 p.m.

The trouble began early for Maine, as Erin Bogdanovich walked the first two batters, setting the table for Bulldogs slugger Alex Hugo. Bogdanovich was able to coax a popup to the pitching circle, but her throw to first base for a potential double play was mishandled by Kristen Niland.

After another infield out by Georgia’s Tina Iosefa, freshman Alyssa DiCarlo doubled, driving home two runs to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, Hugo opened the inning with a walk and came all the way home on a deep drive to left field by Iosefa that was dropped by Rachel Harvey at the warning track. Iosefa eventually scored on a fielder’s choice by DiCarlo, putting Georgia up 4-0.

The Bulldogs also scored in the fifth and sixth.

Coutts admitted that the inning-opening walks were problematic, but he said tighter defense would have made a considerable difference.

“That usually does present trouble, but in the first inning, if we catch a ball at first base on a popup to (Bogdanovich) we’re out of the inning, and if we catch a fly ball in left field (in the third inning) we’re out of that inning,” he said.

“When you play good teams, when you walk people and give them extra people on base, it shows up a little bit more, no question.”

Just getting on base proved difficult for the Black Bears, as Georgia starting pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson and reliever Kylie Bass held Maine at bay.

Wilkinson pitched the first three innings and fanned eight of the 10 batters she faced, allowing one hit, to Felicia Lennon. Bass closed out the game, giving up four hits and striking out six.

“The first couple of innings we were just trying to get the jitters out – maybe everybody came in a little too hyped for the game, but once we settled in we were working the counts more and working against pitching from a (Southeastern Conference) school,” said Janelle Bouchard, who recorded one of Maine’s five hits.

“It’s certainly pitching we haven’t seen a lot of this year, but we made great adjustments, and toward the end of the game we were making better contact.”

Maine also got hits from Harvey, Rachel Carlson and pinch-hitter Maddie Decker.

Bogdanovich went the distance for the Black Bears, allowing nine hits, including a towering fifth-inning home run by Iosefa, her 21st of the season. She walked four and struck out four.

“I knew I couldn’t give them anything great to hit,” said Bogdanovich, noting Georgia had seven players in its starting lineup hitting .327 or better. “They did a good job holding off on some close ones. They did very well.”

Although the Black Bears are now in a must-win situation, Coutts insists there’s no extra pressure on his team.

“To be honest, it’s just another game,” he said. “For me, it’s more (a question of) how are we going to come in tomorrow to play. Will we come in a little nervous like we did today or are we going to use today’s experience and be better tomorrow?

“And to me, that’s how we’re building our program. We learn from today and (get) better tomorrow. At the end of the day, if we’re good enough to win, that’s great. But we haven’t talked about winning all year – we’ve talked about handling every pitch and every inning and every situation, and I’m really anxious to see how we come in and play.”

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UMaine softball team brings winning mindset to NCAA tournament Fri, 20 May 2016 08:00:57 +0000 Mike Coutts believes that winning softball teams have the better hitters, better pitchers and better mental approach.

It is the mental trait that may be behind the University of Maine’s success this spring. The Black Bears qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004.

Maine (28-19) will play Georgia (40-17) in a regional double-elimination first-round game in Athens, Georgia, at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The game will be preceded by the opener between Oklahoma State (29-24) and Northwestern (29-29).

The host Bulldogs are ranked in the Top 20 (between 15th and 19th in the three national polls) and will make their 15th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Georgia won its first 11 games this season and struggled down the stretch in the tough Southeastern Conference, losing seven of its last 10 and nine of its last 14.

But the Bulldogs went 20-7 at home and hit .354 as a team, fourth-best in the nation.

The Black Bears will be underdogs but also believe their mental approach has put them in a very good place.

“It’s come together for us,” said Coutts, who took over as head coach last summer, replacing his wife, Lynn, after she was named an associate athletic director at UMaine.

“Obviously you’ve got to have decent players. But more than anything these days it’s about chemistry and culture, and kids being unselfish and playing for each other. That’s a hard thing to get.”

As the team prepared for the America East tournament, junior pitcher Erin Bogdanovich (the conference pitcher of the year from South Portland) and senior catcher Janelle Bouchard (the conference player of the year) talked about how much team chemistry factored into the Black Bears’ success.

“We spend so much time preparing for the mental side of the game,” said Bouchard, who is from Kennebunk.

It started last summer with a reading assignment for the team: “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon. Afterward, Coutts said, “The girls understood the importance of being positive and being around the right people.”

Coutts said the Black Bears now do five things each day to improve their focus and team chemistry:

 A team member has to send a text message to everyone in the program with a quote and why it’s important to her. She also picks the next person to send the message.

 A team member is assigned to call an inspirational-message hotline. At practice she tells her teammates about the message was and what it meant to her.

 A team member has to read a passage from “The Daily Dominator,” a book by sports performance coach Brian Cain that includes a lesson of the day. The player then tells her teammates what the lesson means to her. Coutts said the team has Skyped with Cain four times this year to help retain their mental focus.

 At the beginning of the year, the players had to select words or phrases that would become the team’s five core principles. They came up with “represent, toughness, family first, all-in and finish.” Each day at practice, Coutts will pick a player, give her one of those core principles and ask her to say what it means to her.

 Finally, Coutts will ask the team a question – such as, “What does preparation mean?” – and the players have to talk about it. “It gets you on the same page thinking about the importance of those words,” he said.

Through these exercises, Coutts and his players believe they formed a bond that will carry them through adversity.

“I told the kids, ‘I can teach you how to hit and pitch and field, but if you’re not doing the other stuff off the field and not making a commitment to your teammates, we have no shot at winning.’ ”

Coutts also sometimes comes up with a theme for a practice, telling a player that she has to pick a teammate to dedicate that practice to.

“It makes them practice a little harder,” he said. “We try to make practice really important so that the games didn’t become really important.”

It appears to have worked. The Black Bears have great confidence in their ability to hit (.320 batting average, 33rd in the nation), pitch (3.01 ERA, 12 shutouts) and field (.960 fielding percentage, only 52 errors).

They are willing to do whatever is needed to help the team. Junior Rachel Harvey, for instance, was a catcher last year but told Coutts she wanted to learn the outfield. “She went home last summer, learned the outfield and played left field for us every day,” said Coutts. She also hit .352, second on the team to Bouchard’s .395.

Pitching was a question entering the season. But Maine has three pitchers it can count on, led by Bogdanovich, who is 10-4 with two saves and a 2.87 ERA, and sophomore Molly Flowers, who is 11-10 with a 2.58 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 1081/3 innings.

“We’ve got to do what our team does best,” Coutts said of the NCAA tournament. “We’ve got to go play with the mentality that we can win and that we’ve got to play good. We don’t have to play great but we have to play good.

“That comes from our preparation and our mental game and staying in the moment, all the stuff we’ve talked about all year. We’ve got to have a championship mindset.”


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Two starters leaving UMaine men’s basketball program Thu, 19 May 2016 12:36:53 +0000 The University of Maine men’s basketball roster underwent sweeping changes Thursday.

Coach Bob Walsh announced that guard Kevin Little and forward Devine Eke, both starters last winter, have been granted requests to transfer from Maine – the third and fourth scholarship players to leave the team since the end of an 8-22 season.

A few hours later, Walsh announced that the Black Bears would add two players: 5-foot-10 freshman guard Marcus Floyd of Wilmington, Delaware, and junior college transfer Ilker Er, a 6-foot-6 wing from Istanbul, Turkey.

“We knew all of it was coming. This has all been part of what we’ve been doing the past six weeks,” Walsh said.

The roster overhaul began when freshman Issac Vann, the team’s leading scorer, decided in late March to leave Maine. Limited to 17 games by injury, Vann averaged 16.4 points per game and was named to the America East all-rookie team. He accepted a scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University, a member of the Atlantic-10.

Reserve guard Lavar Harewood (28 games, 8 starts, 5.1 points) was the next to announce his intention to transfer.

Then came Thursday’s announcement that Little and Eke – the second- and fourth-leading scorers on the team – also would be departing.

Together the four departed players accounted for 46 percent of Maine’s points last season and 37 percent of the minutes played.

“When guys see what other opportunities are out there for a teammate, they begin to think, ‘We can be part of that, too,’ ” Walsh said. “We have a free-agent culture in our sport and it’s really common for guys to look around. I certainly think (Vann’s transfer) had an impact.”

Eke, from Plainfield, New Jersey, played 30 games last season as a freshman, starting 22. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 9.5 points on 61.2 percent shooting and led the team in rebounding (6.8 per game) and blocks (1.7).

Little, a 6-foot guard from Wyandanch, New York, appeared in 23 games with 20 starts as a sophomore, and averaged 14.7 points with 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals. He scored 12.5 points a game in an all-rookie freshman season.

Walsh said Little and Eke told him they were happy with “our culture and happy with the way they were coached and they were successful academically” but wanted a chance to see if they – like Vann – could play in a higher-profile conference.

Walsh was asked how he would handle negative perceptions from having four of his recruits transfer in just a few months.

“Transparency. That’s how we do it,” he said. “I reached out to (incoming recruits) Andrew Fleming and Danny Evans and told them what was going on, and we’ve had honest conversations with the guys we have here now.”

Walsh emphasized he wants a roster full of players fully committed to Maine basketball.

“I will say this candidly: I could not get this team to respond the way we needed to respond (last season) when things got tough,” he said. “We made progress. We had talent. But ultimately that high level of trust you need, we hadn’t gotten there yet. I didn’t correlate it at the time (to players thinking about transferring), but certainly now looking back I have an understanding of why it was so hard.”

Floyd and Er, the newest additions, are eligible for next season.

Floyd played last season for Sunrise Christian Academy, a prep school in Wichita, Kansas. He played his final two seasons of high school ball for Trenton Catholic Academy.

“Marcus Floyd is a talented, tough, competitive scoring guard,” Walsh said. “He’s a great penetrator. He lives in the paint and can make his teammates better.”

Er, a native of Istanbul, Turkey, averaged 10 points and 7.5 rebounds last season for San Jacinto Junior College in Pasadena, Texas.

“He is a skilled, versatile wing player,” Walsh said. “He can shoot it. He’s a veteran with two years (of eligibility) left. Again, he’s a player who is really excited to be here.”

Walsh is 11-49 in two seasons as Maine’s coach. He said the transfers “will leave some voids,” but does not mean the building process is starting over.

“I don’t agree with that at all,” Walsh said. “We’re moving forward, not starting over. We’re in a really good place with the culture we’re creating, and we have talented kids fully invested who are mentally tough, and we have newcomers who we think can help us.”

The returning players include point guard Aaron Calixte (10.8 points, 2.7 assists in 26 starts), forward Ilija Stojiljkovic (22 starts) and guard Troy Reid-Knight (five starts).

Redshirt freshman Vincent Eze (6-8, 202 pounds) and junior transfer Wesley Myers, who played two seasons at Niagara, are “college ready,” Walsh said.

In addition to Floyd and Er, Maine will add incoming freshmen Fleming of Oxford Hills High and Evans of Leeds, England.

Fleming, a 6-7 forward, was the Gatorade Maine high school player of the year this winter, averaging 28.2 points and 14.0 rebounds. Evans, a 6-4 point guard, averaged 17.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists in a postgraduate year at Phillips Andover (Massachusetts) Academy.

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: Maine headed to Georgia for NCAA softball tourney Mon, 16 May 2016 00:16:13 +0000 The University of Maine softball team will play at 16th-ranked Georgia in its NCAA tournament opener Friday afternoon.

The Black Bears (28-19), who earned an automatic bid by winning the America East championship on Saturday, were drawn into a regional that also includes Oklahoma State (29-24) and Northwestern (26-26). Maine’s game against Georgia (40-17) is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

The double-elimination regional runs through Sunday, with the winner advancing to the best-of-three super regionals.


BOWDOIN 5, MIT 2: The Polar Bears (17-3) won three of four completed singles matches in Brunswick to advance to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals for the third time in program history.

Bowdoin grabbed a 2-0 lead, getting doubles victories from the tandems of Chase Savage and Gil Roddy and Kyle Wolfe and Jerry Jiang.

Roddy also won his singles match in straight sets, as did Grant Urken. Luke Trinka provided the clinching point with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph.

Bowdoin will play Johns Hopkins in the quarterfinals in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on May 23.


SPRINGFIELD 3, BATES 2: The Pride (16-5) scored the final two goals in Lewiston to win the lowest-scoring game in NCAA Division III tournament history and advance to the third round.

Kaileigh Maguire of Bates opened the scoring in the first half, which ended in a 1-1 tie. The Bobcats (12-6) took a 2-1 lead on a goal from Alex Briody with 21 minutes remaining.


STONY BROOK 9, MAINE 0: The Black Bears (18-31, 7-13 America East) couldn’t get their offense going on Senior Day, producing just three hits in a loss to Stony Brook (22-24, 11-8) in Orono.

Tyler Honahan struck out 10 en route to the shutout.

Danny Casals, Brenden Geary and Kevin Stypulkowski recorded the only hits for Maine.

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Readfield native excelling in men’s field hockey Sun, 15 May 2016 01:05:03 +0000 When Nick Richardson tells people that he’s a member of the United States Junior National men’s field hockey team, they usually offer him congratulations. Then they ask the inevitable question.

Did you say men’s field hockey?

“All the time,” Richardson, a Readfield native, said. “That’s something I’ve been getting ever since I started playing.”

So, when Richardson, a midfielder, and his Team USA teammates compete in the Pan American Junior Championships, beginning May 20 in Toronto, they’re making a social statement as much as an athletic one. Guys not only play field hockey, the excel at the sport.

According to the website, field hockey has two billion fans, making it the third most popular sport in the world, behind soccer and cricket.

“It’s only really the U.S. where it’s a girls’ sport,” Richardson said.

Team USA will play three games in pool play, against Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Trinidad and Tobago. After that, the team is guaranteed three more game. The tournament winner and runner-up qualify for the Junior World Cup in December in New Delhi, India.

A 2013 Kents Hill School graduate, Richardson is finishing up his sophomore year at St. Anselm in Goffstown, New Hampshire. He fell in love with field hockey when he was a child, hanging around as his father, Randy Richardson, coached the Kents Hill team.

“I picked up a stick on the sidelines at Kents Hill when my dad was coaching and I was hooked,” Richardson said.

Once he reached high school, rules barring boys from competing in field hockey alongside girls forced Richardson to find a team. He found the Cape Ann Field Hockey Club, a Boston club that featured a men’s team. If you’re serious about wanting to become a better player, Pothier said to Richardson, we’ll get you good enough to play with the guys.

Along with his time with Cape Ann, Richardson worked with coaches at USA Field Hockey’s East Coast High Performance Center in Pennsylvania, where he met many of his teammates on the junior national team. The American male field hockey community is a small one. The high performance center in Pennsylvania is one of three in the country, with the other two on the West coast.

“The guys I’m playing with, I’ve known since I got involved,” Richardson said. “Us three (centers) are basically the small feeder program for the national team. It’s slowly growing, emphasis on the slow.”

The game played by men is the exact same game played by women, Richardson said. Unlike ice hockey and lacrosse, which have different rules for the sexes, or basketball, in which women play with a smaller ball, field hockey is field hockey, no matter the gender on the pitch. The game played by Richardson and his teammates is faster, and men strike the ball harder, but the rules don’t change. It’s about skill, not force.

“If you’re skillful, you have an advantage, rather than if you’re big and strong,” Richardson said.

“I’m not ashamed to say I’ve been knocked on my (butt) by girls who were better stickhandlers than me.”

While still in high school, Richardson went to South Africa to train and play field hockey. As a freshman at St. Anselm, he was a student assistant coach with the college’s team. Richardson took 2015 off from school before his sophomore year to play and coach in Melbourne, Australia.

“They (Australia) have a very strong men’s team. They have very strong hockey,” Richardson said.

Richardson’s goal is to help make Team USA stronger. At 20, this is his last year of eligibility at the junior level. In the long term, Richardson hopes to make the Olympic team in 2020. In the short term, he hopes to help Team USA qualify for the Junior World Cup with a strong showing in Toronto.

“If we qualify, it would really bring publicity to the guys’ side. It would get interest up and start scrubbing away the ignorance that field hockey is just a girls’ sport,” Richardson said.

Until then, the question is still going to be asked of Richardson, over and over. Did you say men’s field hockey?

You’re darn right he did.

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College roundup: UMaine captures America East softball title Sat, 14 May 2016 19:19:53 +0000 ORONO — The University of Maine softball team left no doubt Saturday.

The Black Bears stormed past Albany 14-1 in five innings to capture the America East championship and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

The pairings for the national tournament will be given at 10 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.

Maine won all three of its games in the tournament, outscoring its opponents 24-5.

On Saturday, Maine took a 4-0 lead in the first inning and led 11-0 after three.

Janelle Bouchard, the America East player of the year, had an RBI single to put across the first run before Felicia Lennon, Alyssa Derrick and Kristen Niland followed with run-scoring singles.

In the second, Bouchard made it 6-0 with a two-run homer.

In the third, Rachel Carlson and Rachel Harvey had RBI doubles, and Erika Leonard, Bouchard and Lennon added RBI singles. Leonard had a three-run double in the fourth to make it 14-0.

Junior pitcher Erin Bogdanovich of South Portland, the America East pitcher of the year, allowed four hits and improved to 9-0 against America East competition. She was named the outstanding player of the tournament and was joined on the all-tournament team by Bouchard, Lennon and Leonard.


MAINE, STONY BROOK SPLIT: Kevin Stypulkowski’s second-inning homer down the right-field line made it 1-1 before Colin Ridley singled home Jeremy Pena in the third as Maine (18-30, 7-12 America East)won the opener 2-1 at Orono.

Stony Brook (21-24, 10-8) came back for an 8-1 victory in the second game.


BOWDOIN 5, NICHOLS 0: Kyle Wolfe and Jerry Jiang opened Bowdoin’s second-round play in the NCAA Division III tournament with an 8-0 victory against Nichols in second doubles at Brunswick.

Luke Tercek and Luke Trinka followed with an 8-1 win in first doubles before Chase Savage and Gil Roddy earned an 8-3 win at third doubles. Grant Urken and Roddy added singles wins to clinch the victory for the Polar Bears.


BOWDOIN 5, TUFTS 1: Tess Trinka won her singles match 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to clinch Bowdoin’s victory in the NCAA Division III regional final at Brunswick. The Polar Bears advance to the national quarterfinals May 23 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Tufts won the first match, with Conner Calabro and Tomo Iwasaki downing Kyra Silith and Pilar Giffenig, 8-2. The Polar Bears tied it with an 8-3 doubles win by Trinka and Samantha Stalder. Joulia Likhanskaia and Tiffany Cheng then gave Bowdoin the lead for good, winning 8-6 as Likhanskaia held serve at 6-6 before the Polar Bears broke for a 2-1 overall lead.

Stadler and Sarah Shadowens also won singles matches for Bowdoin.

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UMaine softball advances to conference title game Fri, 13 May 2016 21:55:28 +0000 ORONO — Erin Bogdanovich pitched her fourth shutout of the season and the University of Maine advanced to the championship round of the America East softball tournament Friday with a 3-0 win over Binghamton.

The Black Bears are the only unbeaten team remaining in the double-elimination tournament. The other remaining teams – Albany and Binghamton – would need to beat Maine twice on Saturday to win the title and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Albany and Binghamton meet in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to face Maine at 1 p.m.

Bogdanovich allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one to improve to 9-4 overall and 8-0 against conference opponents.

Maine got all of its runs in the first inning. Erika Leonard walked and eventually scored on a passed ball. Alyssa Derrick drove in two more runs with a double off the wall in right field, scoring Janelle Bouchard and Felicia Lennon.

Binghamton loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third, but Maine escaped when Kristen Niland threw out a runner at home and Bogdanovich snared a line drive.

Bogdanovich and Maine’s defense allowed only one hit over the final three innings, locking up the win as the Black Bears advanced to their first America East title game since 2004.

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Thursday’s college roundup: USM baseball eliminated, UMaine softball wins tourney opener Thu, 12 May 2016 20:17:14 +0000 BOSTON — Dan Mantoni allowed one run over seven innings, and went 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs to lead UMass-Boston to a 5-3 victory against Southern Maine in an elimination game at the Little East Conference baseball tournament Thursday.

It was the second straight loss for second-seeded USM (29-13), which needs an at-large bid to reach the NCAA Division III tournament for the fifth straight year. The field will be announced Monday.

Mantoni’s RBI single off Dalton Rice gave top-seeded UMass-Boston (27-13) a 1-0 lead in the third inning, and Dave Murphy followed with a two-run homer. The Beacons added two runs in the fifth on bases-loaded walks.

USM scored a run in each of the final three innings, on RBI singles by Nick Bowie, Jake Glauser and Sam Dexter. After Dexter’s hit cut the deficit to 5-3, the Huskies loaded the bases with two outs, but Glauser grounded out.


MAINE 7, ALBANY 4: Maddie Decker capped a five-run fourth inning with a pinch three-run homer, propelling the second-seeded Black Bears (27-19) over third-seeded Albany (32-18) in the America East tournament at Vestal, New York.

Maine trailed 2-0 before Felicia Lennon’s double started a two-out rally in the fourth. Alyssa Derrick and Kristen Niland had RBI singles to tie it, and Decker’s homer made it 5-2.

Lennon added an RBI triple in the fifth and scored on an error.

Molly Flowers (11-10) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, and allowed two hits and two earned runs in 52/3 innings. Erin Bogdanovich recorded the last four outs for a save.

The Black Bears will face top-seeded Binghamton at 11 a.m. Friday with the winner advancing to Saturday’s championship round.


MISSISSIPPI: Text messages exchanged by Miami Dolphins rookie Laremy Tunsil and Ole Miss officials were confirmed by the school, which, according to ESPN, is still trying to determine whether they were altered before being published.

The texts were part of two social-media incidents that caused Tunsil to tumble to the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft. The first incident was a tweet of a video of Tunsil smoking while wearing a gas mask/bong. The longer texts were screenshots posted to Tunsil’s Instagram account, which has been deleted, and were conversations that occurred in February and April 2015.

In them, Tunsil allegedly asks Ole Miss assistant athletic director John Miller for money to pay rent and his mother’s $305 utility bill. Miller’s answer was to “See Barney next week.” That appears to be a reference to Barney Farrar, the school’s assistant athletic director for high school and junior college relations.

In an interview with ESPN’s Joe Schad, Farrar said Tunsil didn’t ask for money and he hasn’t given him any.

In a news conference after the April 28 draft, Tunsil admitted to taking money from an Ole Miss coach. “I’d have to say yeah,” he told reporters.

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Wednesday’s college Roundup: USM baseball falls in tourney opener Thu, 12 May 2016 01:17:55 +0000 BOSTON — Alex Parkos hit a three-run homer during a four-run first inning and added an RBI single during a four-run rally in the fifth to lead fifth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University to a 13-6 win over Southern Maine on Wednesday on the opening day of the Little East baseball tournament.

USM (29-12) will next face top-seeded UMass-Boston – who fell 4-3 to Western Connecticut in its opener – in an elimination game on Thursday at noon.

Nick Dibiase and Sam Stauble each had three hits and one RBI for the Huskies and Dibiase also scored a run.

Brandon Martins had two hits and Jake Glauser drove in two runs for USM.


NORTH CAROLINA: Roy Williams tried to play golf the weekend before last, he said, and that experience provided all the incentive he needed to go ahead and schedule the double knee replacement surgery that has seemed inevitable for him.

“I was so bad and I hurt so much during the course of it,” Williams said of that particular round of golf. “So that was the final straw … and I interviewed four different doctors, and they told me there wasn’t much left to do.”

And so that was that: Williams, who was speaking this week at the ACC’s annual spring meetings, scheduled the surgery to replace both of his knees. He’ll have it done later this month, and he plans to be back up and mobile by July, in time for the busy summer recruiting season.

MINNESOTA: A prosecutor has delayed a decision on whether to charge a Minnesota basketball player arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct last weekend. Minnesota, however, has suspended Reggie Lynch, 21, indefinitely – pending an investigation. University President Eric Kaler called the allegations “deeply troubling.”


FLORIDA STATE: Coach Jimbo Fisher believes the Atlantic Coast Conference has three legitimate contenders for the Heisman Trophy in 2016.

Fisher’s picks are Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, FSU running back Dalvin Cook and Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya.

Watson is the offseason favorite to win the award.

RUTGERS HAS raised more than $50 million since the start of the year in its campaign to build new athletic facilities and upgrade others in a bid to become more competitive in the Big Ten Conference.

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Black Bears poised to make a run Wed, 11 May 2016 22:45:01 +0000 The University of Maine softball team had the America East player of the year (senior catcher Janelle Bouchard), pitcher of the year (junior Erin Bogdanovich) and rookie of the year (third baseman Alyssa Derrick) this spring.

But as the Black Bears enter the conference softball tournament, they’re not celebrating individual honors, but a team-first approach.

“Obviously the talent is completely here,” said Bogdanovich, the former South Portland standout who transferred to Maine from Stetson University. “But (Maine) is definitely about team chemistry. We all get along and it’s so enjoyable to go out to practice every day surrounded by people you love.”

Maine (25-19, 12-5 in the conference) plays Albany at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Binghamton University. The Black Bears are seeded second in the tournament – their highest seed since 2009.

Bouchard, the former Kennebunk star who played her first two college seasons at Valparaiso, said the team never got caught up in its success this season.

“We’re just a group of selfless individuals,” she said. “Everybody is involved in every game. We’re all supporting each other. I consider (her teammates) to be my sisters and my family-away-from-home. I know they’ll always have my back and they know I’ll always have theirs.

“At the end of the day, we all play for each other. And that’s been a big part of our success this year.”

But talent cannot be completely discounted.

And the Black Bears have plenty of that too. In addition to the individual honors, Maine had three other players selected to the all-conference second team and two more named to the all-rookie team.

“Offensively, we’re hitting about 70 points higher than we did last year,” said Mike Coutts, in his first season as Maine’s coach after replacing his wife, Lynn, when she was promoted to senior associate director of athletics.

“It’s all confidence. I think the girls, through all their hard work, through what we do in practice every day, got confidence.”

Maine batted .314 this season, compared to just .251 a year ago. Bouchard, the only senior on Maine’s roster, was a big part of that turnaround.

In her first season with the Black Bears last year, she batted just .230. This year, she hit .394 with four home runs, 35 RBI and 34 runs scored. She hit .421 in conference games.

“Every at-bat she has, I’m confident she’s going to get a hit or an RBI,” said Bogdanovich, who pitched against Bouchard in high school.

“She’s been our leader on the field,” said Coutts. “The girls follow her because she’s really committed to the team and to winning.”

She also threw out 38 percent of attempted base stealers in conference play, and helped Maine achieve a 3.11 ERA.

Bouchard said the opportunity to work with the pitchers last year was huge.

“I just think we clicked as a staff this year,” she said.

And the Black Bears were led by Bogdanovich, who won the same award her older sister, Alexis, won a year ago. Bogdanovich, who added a deadly knuckle-curve to her repertoire this year, went 8-4 with a save, a 3.12 ERA and 61 strikeouts and only 26 walks in 961/3 innings. She was 7-0 in the conference with a 1.11 ERA.

“She struggled when we were in Florida,” said Coutts. “But she came back and really worked hard. Talk about a girl whose confidence changed.”

“When she’s on, she’s on,” said Bouchard. “And with her knuckler, even if you know it’s coming, you can’t hit it anyway.”

The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. But Coutts doesn’t want his players thinking that far ahead. And he’s sure they won’t.

“Our thing this year has been a present-day focus,” he said. “Where your feet are, that’s where your focus is. Tomorrow we’ll worry about tomorrow.

“I know they’re going to be pumped up. But we’ve got to be able to control that. We should be able to handle what the game presents.”

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Jamie Dumont named new Bowdoin men’s ice hockey coach Wed, 11 May 2016 16:59:43 +0000 Bowdoin College didn’t have to look very far to find its new men’s ice hockey coach.

Jamie Dumont, an assistant coach for the Polar Bears since 2011, was named to the position Wednesday, replacing Terry Meagher, who retired this year after 33 years and 542 victories.

Dumont, 42, is the ninth coach in the school’s 93-year-history and only the third since 1959.

Dumont, a Lewiston native, is a 1998 graduate of Oswego State University of New York. He has had two stints as an assistant with the Polar Bears, the first from 2001-05. Since he returned in 2011, Bowdoin has won 83 games and two New England Small College Athletic Conference. Between his first and second stint as a Bowdoin assistant, Dumont coached in Europe, the American Junior Hockey League and at Bowling Green.

“I am honored and humbled to follow Terry Meagher and Sid Watson as head coach of the Bowdoin men’s ice hockey program,” Dumont said in a press release. “Since the moment I stepped foot on campus in 2001 I have known Bowdoin to be a uniquely special place.”

“It is clear that Jamie has a deep, personal knowledge of, and appreciation for, the tradition in our program,” said Tim Ryan, the Bowdoin athletic director. “He will bring his tireless support of our student-athletes in every aspect of their experience to his new role at the college.”

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College Roundup: St. Joseph’s baseball team edges Nichols Wed, 11 May 2016 02:15:04 +0000 STANDISH — Max McCoomb had three hits and a stolen base to lead St. Joseph’s past Nichols 5-4 in a non-conference baseball game on Tuesday.

The Bison (24-17) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth as Tim Ford singled to drive in Nick Roy, but the Monks answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning as Noah McDaniel lined a two-run double to left center to score Scott Betts and Jacob White.

McDaniel scored on a Nic Lops RBI double.

Nichols regained the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth inning on a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice bunt. St. Joseph’s (26-14) took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning on a Taylor Black sacrifice fly and Betts scored from third on a passed ball.

Black and Lops each had a pair of hits for the Monks, while Nick Malatesta picked up the win with 32/3 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed two hits with one strikeout and one walk.


UMaine catcher Janelle Bouchard was named the America East player of the year at the annual league banquet at Binghamton University on Tuesday.

Bouchard, Maine’s lone senior, batted .394 with 13 doubles, four home runs, 35 RBI and 34 runs in 44 games.

Erin Bogdanovich, a junior, was named the America East pitcher of the year after compiling an 8-4 record with one save, 61 strikeouts and a 3.12 ERA in 25 games (15 starts).

Maine freshman Alyssa Derrick was named rookie of the year after hitting .300 with eight homers and 37 RBI in 44 games.


After his second surgery in as many months, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to let his boss know that he was all right.

So in the aftermath of his hernia surgery at Duke Hospital Monday, Krzyzewski sent Duke Athletic Director Kevin White a text message.

Or more accurately, Krzyzewski sent him a picture: A Bitmoji, created in Krzyzewski’s likeness, smiling above the words, “I’m good.”

White, who is in Amelia Island for the ACC’s annual meetings, showed the text to a reporter.

“And here was my response,” White said. ” ‘You’re damn good.’ ”

And White expects him to be good for the foreseeable future. Krzyzewski, 69, has five years left on his contract, which would take him through the 2020-21 season.

Krzyzewski is scheduled to be Duke’s commencement speaker on Sunday, and his Olympic coaching duties will be in full swing soon this summer.

The coach underwent left-knee replacement surgery in April.

Tubby Smith has filled out his Memphis coaching staff by hiring four of his assistants from Texas Tech: Pooh Williamson, Joe Esposito, Saul Smith and Zo Goodson.

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Former UMaine coach Joanne McCallie to remain at Duke after investigation Mon, 09 May 2016 13:49:02 +0000 DURHAM, N.C. – Duke has completed the investigation of its women’s basketball team and says Joanne P. McCallie will remain the coach.

McCallie is a Brunswick High School graduate whose career took off with an eight-year stint as the head coach for the University of Maine women’s team.

Duke athletic director Kevin White said Sunday night that McCallie “is, and will be, our head women’s basketball coach and we support her.”

Duke officials said March 12 that the school’s human resources department was reviewing the program.

Though the reason for the review was never made public, two players left after the season and one starter transferred midway through last season.

White said the evaluation was “for Duke women’s basketball to get even better” and that “we are indeed in a position to improve” the program.

Duke (20-12) dropped from the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1999 and missed its first NCAA Tournament in 22 years.

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Sports Digest: McCallie to stay Duke’s women’s basketball coach Mon, 09 May 2016 02:08:39 +0000 Joanne P. McCallie, a former Brunswick High player and University of Maine coach, is keeping her job as Duke’s women’s basketball coach after an investigation into claims that she mistreated players and coaches, the university announced Sunday night.

“Joanne P. McCallie is, and will be, our head women’s basketball coach and we support her,” Athletic Director Kevin White said in a release.

Duke has won four Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championships and three ACC tournament titles during McCallie’s nine years in charge of the program, but the Blue Devils missed the NCAA Tournament this past season for the first time since 1994.

The university announced April 12 that it would investigate the program, after two of its top players transferred.

“The purpose of this evaluation, which Duke Athletics initiated with an outside party, was for Duke women’s basketball to get even better,” White continued. “I have discussed the results at length with coach McCallie and we are indeed in a position to improve Duke women’s basketball for present and future student-athletes, coaches, and staff alike.”

McCallie, 50, has a record of 245-65 at Duke and a career record of 531-213, including eight seasons at Maine.

“The information we received from this process, and the subsequent conversations with Duke athletics leadership, afforded me an opportunity to consider my ongoing efforts to be the best possible basketball coach and leader of young women,” McCallie said in the release.


MLS: Robbie Keane scored two goals, Gyasi Zardes had two assists and the host Los Angeles Galaxy beat New England 4-2, pushing the Revolution’s winless stretch to six games.

Kelyn Rowe and Juan Agudelo scored for New England.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester City’s return to the Champions League is in doubt after a 2-2 draw at home with Arsenal, while Tottenham is assured of a top-three finish and thus a spot in Europe’s elite competition despite a 2-1 loss to Southampton.

Also, Liverpool beat Watford 2-0 on goals by Joe Allen and Roberto Firmino.


SOFTBALL: Ashlyn Wintle struck out eight and also had two hits to lead Bonny Eagle (4-3) to an 8-5 win at Gorham (5-2) on Saturday.

Melissa McDonald added two hits and two RBI for the Scots. Noelle DiBiase doubled and drove in two runs for Gorham.


MADRID OPEN: Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the final to win a record 29th career Masters title.

Djokovic saved seven break points in the final game and converted on his third match point to secure the win over the defending champion, moving one victory ahead of Rafael Nadal in Masters tournament victories.

ITALIAN OPEN: Serena and Venus Williams entered the doubles draw to kick off their preparations for the Rio Olympics.


GIRO D’ITALIA: Another superb performance from Marcel Kittel saw the German cyclist claim a second successive sprint victory and replace Dutchman Tom Dumoulin as the overall leader after the 118-mile third stage between Nijmegen and Arnhem, Netherlands.

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Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s falls in GNAC baseball final Sun, 08 May 2016 23:13:57 +0000 PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A bases-loaded walk in the top of the 10th inning Sunday night gave Suffolk University a 5-4 win over St. Joseph’s College in the championship game of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference baseball tournament.

St. Joseph’s (25-14), the No. 1 seed, forced a winner-take-all game by defeating the second-seeded Rams 8-7 earlier in the day, then sent the final game to extra innings with a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth.

An error in the 10th led to an unearned run, however, as Suffolk (33-11) earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament for the second straight year.

Nic Lops had three hits and two RBI in each game for St. Joseph’s. His sacrifice fly in the ninth inning of Game 2 cut the Monks’ deficit to 4-3, and Jameson Collins followed with a game-tying single.

In the first game, St. Joseph’s fell behind 5-0 in the first inning but fought back with a 13-hit attack. The Monks scored three runs in the second inning and took the lead for good with three more runs in the fourth. Taylor Reuillard tripled home the tying and go-ahead runs.

Taylor Black, Brett Barbati and Anthony DiPrizio each contributed two hits for the Monks.

Starting pitcher Corey McNamara (4-2) lasted into the eighth inning despite his shaky start. Josh Partridge recorded the last four outs for his first save of the season.

ALBANY 9, MAINE 4: Maine (17-29, 6-11 America East) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Great Danes (19-23, 7-10) scored six runs in the fifth to sink the Black Bears in Albany, New York.

Brenden Geary gave Maine its early lead with a double that scored Tyler Schwanz, Jeremy Pena and Lou Della Fera.

Albany responded with two runs in the third and then pulled ahead in the fifth.

Maine got its last run in the eighth on Caleb Kerbs’ RBI single.

CASTLETON STATE 6, HUSSON 5: Julien Boone went 3 for 5 with two runs scored for Husson (23-21), but the Eagles couldn’t hold on to a 4-0 lead against Castleton (32-10) in the North Atlantic Conference final at Castleton, Vermont.


BATES: The Bobcats (12-5) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and will host a second-round game Sunday against Springfield (14-5) or Bridgewater State (12-5).

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Saturday’s Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s advances to GNAC baseball final Sun, 08 May 2016 00:55:31 +0000 PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Nic Lops and Jameson Collins hit back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh inning, and St. Joseph’s College beat Lasell 2-0 in an elimination game at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference baseball tournament Saturday.

St. Joseph’s (24-13), the No. 1 seed, will face second-seeded Suffolk (32-10) at noon Sunday. If the Monks win, the teams would play a second game to determine the champion.

Suffolk beat the Monks 10-0 in the first game Saturday.

MAINE, ALBANY SPLIT: Colin Ridley hit a two-run single in the first inning and added a two-run homer in the fifth to lift Maine (17-28, 6-10 America East) to a 5-2 victory against Albany (18-23, 6-10) in the second game of a doubleheader in Albany, New York.

Albany won the opener, 7-1.

In the second game, John Arel of Maine (17-28, 6-10) gave up two unearned runs on four hits, striking out nine and walking one over six innings. Nick Silva picked up the save, striking out two in a perfect inning of relief.

BOWDOIN SWEEPS MIDDLEBURY: Joe Gentile had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in three runs to lead the Polar Bears (22-14) to a 6-0 win over the Panthers (11-20) in the opener at Middlebury, Vermont. Bowdoin won the second game, 3-0.

In the opener, Brandon Lopez struck out seven and walked one in a four-hitter for the Polar Bears. Michael Staes and Kyle Stanley combined on a three-hitter in Game 2.

AMHERST SWEEPS COLBY: Three pitchers combined on a four-hitter and Ariel Kenney hit an RBI single in the fifth inning to lift Amherst (24-10) to a 1-0 win over the Mules (11-24) in the opener at Amherst, Massachusetts.

Amherst also won the second game, 9-1.

Soren Hanson of Colby gave up one run on six hits, striking out seven and walking one over six innings in the opener. In the second game, Noah Tocci hit an RBI single and Matt Reveloni added two singles for the Mules.

BATES, WILLIAMS SPLIT: Brandon Fox led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single and scored the go-ahead run on a pair of errors as the Bobcats (14-21) won the second game, 3-2, and split with the Ephs (13-19) at Lewiston.

Williams won the opener, 10-1.

SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 10, NHTI 5: Tim Rodrigues and Shawn Murphy each hit two-run singles during a six-run second inning as the Seawolves (19-21) erased a 3-0 deficit and pulled away from the Lynx (5-22) in the YSCC final at South Portland.


ST. JOSEPH (VT.) 4, SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 0: Maggie Miller had six strikeouts and one walk in a three-hitter, and also had two hits and drove in a run to lead the Fighting Saints (22-14) over the Seawolves (4-23) in a Yankee Small College Conference semifinal at Concord, New Hampshire.

MAINE, UMBC SPLIT: Molly Flowers had 12 strikeouts and one walk in a no-hitter for Maine (25-19, 12-5) in a 6-0 win over the Retrievers (24-29, 5-11) in the opener at Orono. UMBC won the second game, 2-1.


MIDDLEBURY 10, BOWDOIN 9: Tim Giarrusso scored four goals as the fourth-seeded Panthers (12-5) defeated the third-seeded Polar Bears (12-5) in a NESCAC semifinal at Medford, Massachusetts.


TRINITY 14, BATES 3: Clare Lyne had four goals and Georgia Mergner added four assists to lead the top-seeded Bantams (15-2) past the fifth-seeded Bobcats (12-5) in a NESCAC semifinal at Hartford, Connecticut.

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UAB’s Bryant in critical condition after shooting in Florida Sat, 07 May 2016 18:09:44 +0000 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — UAB running back Greg Bryant was injured in a shooting early Saturday in South Florida, Blazers football Coach Bill Clark said.

Clark said in a statement that Bryant was surrounded by family as he received treatment for gunshot wounds he suffered in West Palm Beach. The Palm Beach Post reported that Bryant was in critical condition at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Bryant and passenger Maurice Grover were found shot in a car along southbound Interstate 95 in West Palm, according to police. Grover had minor injuries, police said.

Investigators are seeking witnesses to the shooting and so far, no suspects have been identified.

Bryant, a former Notre Dame player, was the biggest name in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s first recruiting class since restarting the football program.

He spent last season living out of a hotel room in Miami with friends while attending classes at ASA College, playing in only one game. Bryant left Notre Dame after one season when he was ruled academically ineligible for the 2015 season.

Since UAB won’t play again until the 2017 season, Bryant was allowed to enroll in January 2016 instead of possibly having to wait an extra year to get eligible elsewhere. He could become eligible to compete after spending an academic year at UAB.

“Coach Clark, he really did me a favor, because I was living in hotels in Miami,” Bryant told The Associated Press before national signing day in February. “He said I could come in as soon as the semester was over. Any other school I would have had to wait another semester and probably be enrolled by December. I just bought into what coach Clark was saying and I got in with a 2.0” GPA.

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Black Bears wrap up football spring practice in style Sat, 07 May 2016 16:25:09 +0000 ORONO — There was no small amount of apprehension Saturday at the 12th annual Jeff Cole scrimmage to cap off spring football practice at the University of Maine.

After all, the Black Bears have a new head coach in Joe Harasymiak, at 29 the youngest in the nation for Division I.

They have a new attack thanks to an offensive coordinator, Liam Coen, who came on board in February.

At the same time, they had only six healthy offensive linemen because of injuries, one of them with a hand bandaged so heavily it resembled a club.

They also have an unsettled situation at quarterback. Dan Collins, a rising senior, and Drew Belcher, a junior, shared the starting role last fall during a 3-8 campaign.

But after a sluggish start Saturday, the offense came to life in the form of four touchdown passes from three quarterbacks. Harasymiak blew an air horn to signal the end of the scrimmage as players whooped it up in the corner of the end zone after Collins connected with redshirt freshman wide receiver Jaquan Blair for a 25-yard touchdown.

“We came out here to find a new identity,” Blair said, “but also to show that we’re a new team in general. It’s not that different, just younger guys and new energy.”

The scrimmage marked the end of three weeks of practice. Jack Cosgrove, who won three conference titles and led the Black Bears to five Football Championship Subdivision playoff appearances in his 23 years at the helm, watched as his hand-picked successor and former defensive coordinator, Harasymiak, directed the proceedings from midfield.

“We’re building,” Harasymiak said. “We have a long way to go, a lot of things to learn, a lot of things to improve on, but this was a step in the right direction.”

Collins, Belcher and redshirt freshman Jack Walsh alternated at quarterback, with Collins taking the most snaps (26). Belcher had 18 and Walsh 14. Each threw a touchdown pass.

Belcher’s came first, finishing a 60-yard drive with a 14-yard catch-and-run to Zaire Williams, a transfer from Temple.

Walsh’s first attempt resulted in a scramble to his right before launching a 36-yard touchdown pass to Blair. Collins got in on the act after his first three drives ended with punts. He converted a third-down pass of 32 yards to Jaleel Reed, then found Jared Osumah for 19 yards and a score.

“Right now these guys have had 15 practices with the offense,” Harasymiak said of his quarterbacks. “We’re not going to make any decisions right now. Come (training) camp, and after our first scrimmages, we’ll probably set that. But I think all three of them have taken steps forward.”

Williams rushed for 533 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman at Temple before being moved to linebacker last fall. He transfered to Maine this winter.

The other significant transfer is junior defensive back DeAndre Scott, who played 16 games in two seasons at Arizona State and last fall served as a special teams captain. He was also a high school teammate in Philadelphia of UMaine junior defensive back Najee Goode.

Maine’s defense forced two turnovers Saturday. Sophomore Sinmisola Demuren intercepted a Belcher overthrow and classmate Uchenna Egwuonwu, a defensive lineman, picked off Belcher on an attempted center screen.

“I had a shot earlier this week in practice and dropped it,” said the 295-pound Egwuonwu. “When they ran it again, I was hoping and hoping. I saw the ball come out and just put my hands up.”

Egwuonwu rumbled 50 yards with the pick before Belcher knocked him out of bounds to save a touchdown.

The scrimmage also included a pair of trick plays on point-after attempts, with the Black Bears lining up in place-kick formation before shifting players wide left and right, leaving a nearly unprotected center snapping deep to Collins.

A 2-point conversion pass from Collins to kicker James DeMartini failed when DeMartini slipped and fell in the end zone. When the Black Bears tried a similar conversion later, a wide pass was successful but negated by an illegal motion penalty.

“Two things with that,” Harasymiak said of the trickery. “I think it keeps the defense or specials teams unit on their toes. So now you’re not getting the true block looks all the time. I also think it lets the kids have fun.”

Spectators clearly enjoyed the change of pace.

“It’s fun for us as coaches, too,” Harasymiak said. “And hey, those are game-changers. You’ve got to be smart as to when you do them, but we’re going to take risks.”

DeMartini, Sam Lenson and Derek Deoul all had a chance to punt, with varying degrees of success. More than a dozen players looked on from the sidelines because of injuries.

The team’s leading returning wide receiver, sophomore Micah Wright, did not participate because he was one of the three people arrested Wednesday at a Maine Day pool party at an off-campus apartment complex.

“We’ve done a good job (on defense) the past few years and I’m trying to bring that mentality to the whole team,” Harasymiak said.

“There’s a positive sense of enjoyment (on offense). That’s what I’m excited about.”

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Friday’s Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s rolls in GNAC baseball tournament Sat, 07 May 2016 02:11:02 +0000 STANDISH — Josh Partridge pitched eight innings of six-hit ball, and St. Joseph’s College used a four-run fifth inning to pull away from Johnson & Wales in an 8-1 victory Friday in the second round of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference baseball tournament.

Anthony DiPrizio opened the fifth-inning rally with a double down the left-field line and scored on a single by Nik Lops. The Monks (23-12) then added runs on a walk, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly to take a 5-1 lead.

Jordan Pilarski doubled home a run for the Wildcats (24-15) in the second inning.

The Monks host Suffolk at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

BATES 11, BOWDOIN 4: Sam Warren was 4 for 5 with three extra-base hits and three RBI as the Bobcats (13-20, 4-8 NESCAC) downed the Polar Bears (20-14, 4-8) at Brunswick.

Warren sparked a three-run first with a two-run homer, then hit a two-run single as Bates added five runs in the second.


MAINE 11, UMBC 0: Erika Leonard had three hits, two RBI and two runs scored to pace Maine (24-18, 11-4 America East) to a five-inning win over the Retrievers (23-28, 4-10) at Orono.

Erin Bogdanovich threw a two-hitter for the Black Bears, and Rachel Harvey homered for the third time in four games.

KEENE STATE 9, USM 3: Jen Galavotti hit three homers and finished with four hits and six RBI as the top-seeded Owls (22-14) eliminated the No. 6 Huskies (23-14-1) from the Little East tournament with a with a win at Keene, New Hampshire.

Mary Caron had three hits and scored two runs for the Huskies.

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USM earns baseball doubleheader sweep Sat, 07 May 2016 01:42:04 +0000 GORHAM — The sun came out, the temperature rose and the University of Southern Maine bats got really hot Friday.

The Huskies knocked out 33 hits in two games to sweep a Little East Conference doubleheader from Eastern Connecticut State, 14-7 and 11-4, running their winning streak to seven games.

The hitting continued a late-season trend for the Huskies, who have scored in double digits in each game in their winning streak.

“That’s a good sign,” said Coach Ed Flaherty. “We’ve been up and down all year with our hitting, but this week we’ve started to swing the bats a lot better.”

USM had 20 hits in the opener, led by Jake Glauser (3 for 5, two runs, four RBI), then had 13 hits in the second game, paced by Nick DiBiase (4 for 5, two doubles four runs, two RBI).

But everyone contributed to the sweep:

Sam Dexter had four hits, three runs and three RBI; Sam Stauble had three hits, three runs and three RBI; Paul McDonough had four hits, two runs and five RBI, hitting a two-run homer in the second game that went out faster than it came in, a hard drive over the left-field fence; and Kyle Heath had three hits in the opener and four overall.

“We’ve been hitting the ball pretty good the last couple of weeks and it carried over to today,” said Dexter. “Sunshine was out and the bats were hot.”

The Huskies entered Friday’s games with a chance to earn first place in the final regular-season LEC standings, but UMass-Boston swept two from Rhode Island College, 5-4 and 8-1, to clinch first.

While the Huskies (29-11) and Beacons (26-12) each finished with a 10-4 conference record, UMass-Boston beat USM twice to earn home field in the tournament that start Wednesday.

“That’s all right,” said Flaherty. “That’s why you play the games. They beat us twice, and there’s nothing wrong with going on the road.

“I’m happy we got to 29 wins. That will keep our at-large bid (for the upcoming NCAA tournament) looking good if we can have a decent (LEC) tournament.”

While the hitting jumps out of the box score, the Huskies got plenty of contributions from their pitchers – especially relievers Dan Kinnon and Ryan Browner, who each pitched in both games – and defense.

The Huskies turned five double plays, including three in the first game. And they seemed to come at big moments.

In the opener, the Warriors had pulled within 9-5 and were threatening when Shyler Scates got out of the inning with a nifty 5-4-3 double play (Brandon Martins to Jake Dexter to McDonough).

Then, in the second game, USM led 6-3 in the top of the fifth when reliever Dan Kinnon induced a 4-6-3 double play – Jake Dexter to Sam Dexter to McDonough – and followed by stranding a runner at third with a strikeout.

In the seventh inning of the second game, Browner came in with USM leading 8-3 but runners on second and third with no outs.

He gave up a sacrifice fly to make it 8-4, then struck out the next two batters.

“Huge inning by Browner there,” said DiBiase, who has been the team’s hottest hitter the last two weeks.

USM had a five-run inning in each game. In the opener, it came in the fourth to make it 8-0, the key hit a two-run single by Glauser.

In the second game, it came in the third to make it 5-0, with McDonough’s home run providing the exclamation point.

“He came inside and I was ready for it,” said McDonough.

All a good sign heading into the postseason, where the Huskies have high hopes.

“You focus a little harder because all the pitchers are going to be a little better,” said Di- Biase. ‘I think we’ll be good.”

“This is where the fun starts,” said Sam Dexter. “Every day you’re going to get each team’s best game. I just can’t wait for the opportunity.”


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Commentary: Offensive lineman suffers from a corrupt system Fri, 06 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 The NCAA has become a black market. At some point Laremy Tunsil’s petty, common, under-the-table transactions as a college football player at Ole Miss metastasized into something else, something that looks suspiciously like a smear campaign and a blackmail attempt. This is the ultimate ill of an old-world NCAA system that earns millions for everyone but the players: It left a 21-year-old vulnerable to a vengeful shyster operating in an underworld.

The initial fallout from Tunsil’s tumble in the NFL draft was a lot of lectures about the perils of social media and moral posturing on the harms of marijuana by the NFL. Most of which is nonsense, and none of which is the real evil. The real evil is the underground economy on which college football has long rested, which has grown to include a seriously mean criminal element.

“Tunsil apparently let people get close to him – probably through financial gifts – and then separated, causing vindictiveness and reciprocation,” said Andrew Brandt, a former Green Bay Packers executive turned ESPN business analyst. “That is unfortunate but probably happens more than we think.”

Somebody shopped the goods on Tunsil. They hacked his phone and peddled footage of him inhaling a face full of weed-smoke at Ole Miss, trying to sell it to When they were unsuccessful, they released the video on Tunsil’s own Twitter account 15 minutes before the NFL draft, causing him to fall from a potential No. 3 pick to No. 13, damaging him to the tune of about $10 million. All of this smacked of the act of a leg breaker, a muscle man.

The latest theory on the perpetrator is it was someone with whom Tunsil got entangled as a cash-strapped undergrad, only to spurn in favor of mega-agent Jimmy Sexton. Tunsil’s agent and lawyer are investigating an unaccredited former “financial advisor” whom Tunsil hired last October, from whom Tunsil accepted a new cell phone, and who knows what else.

Among other things released in the hack of Tunsil’s accounts were phone-text exchanges showing Tunsil hit up an Ole Miss coach for cash to pay his rent and his mother’s $305 utility bill.

Up to this point, the NCAA just looked like a stingily Victorian organization, run by a lot of self-interested pocket-lining administrators. But after what happened to Tunsil, it looks like a potential breeding ground for extortion.

The point here is not that Tunsil could have shown more smarts or restraint. If he smoked pot, so what? Mississippi has decriminalized it to a fine. And if he used Ole Miss for money, well, where did he learn that? Under NCAA rules, Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze earns about $5 million a year and can use Tunsil in any way he likes, while Tunsil is forbidden from accepting so much as an extra meal above board, all in the name of an out-datedly prudish conception of amateurism.

The worst part of this subterranean economy is the way it criminalizes the wrong people for trivial behavior. Text messages from Tunsil’s hacked Instagram account, another little bit of vengeance, show that in February and April 2015, Tunsil texted Ole Miss assistant coach John Miller asking for financial help that amounted to less than $500. It also shows Miller quibbling with him.

Tunsil: “Coach, Mom’s light bill is due. It’s $305. What should I do about it?”

Miller: “Wow – for one month??”

That a player with a million-dollar future had to scratch around for a couple hundred dollars so his mother’s lights wouldn’t get shut off is the situation that presumably motivated him to accept help from someone a lot worse than an assistant coach.

There’s not a person in the pro or college football world who doesn’t have a pretty good idea of what happened: how Tunsil probably grew sick of having to grovel to the assistant, who made him feel like a thief for even asking; the growing awareness of the future awaiting him in the NFL coupled with the need-it-now frustration; the peekaboo teasers of wealth to come and overtures from the “runners” for agents trolling for clients, offering to front him what he needed in exchange for the ability to steer him come draft time; followed by the rage and the threats of exposure when the mutual use fell apart with the arrival of Sexton in Tunsil’s life.

The solution to this dark little revenge tale isn’t another NCAA rule. Nor is it more “institutional control,” as the NCAA likes to put it. Nor is it more lecturing of players on the evils of “advisors” who are unregistered with the NFL Players Association. To a certain extent, young players always will be susceptible to dishonest agents.

“Trust is a hard thing not achieved through a two-hour meeting with someone who sounds and looks good,” Brandt said.

How is anyone supposed to teach a young player what trust and honesty should look like in the current dishonest, hypocritical system? No reform can be meaningful as long as it’s built on top of these underground transactions. The only way to real reform is an above-board free market. Let players earn what they can earn, from their own likenesses, and from those who would pay them to play for a university. Let the next Laremy Tunsil say to schools that recruit him, “What kind of terms are you offering?”

Opponents of a free market in college sports say this is a doomsday scenario. But the scenario of doom already exists. Coaches and alumni have created independent funds for supplementing scholarships with cash. There are bidding wars for players, and an ever-widening gap between rich schools and poorer ones. All of this is happening. To merely formalize it would be healthy, not unhealthy.

It would replace dirty money with clean bills and make clear who the real criminal is. It’s not a kid who hits a recreational bong, or who seeks decent compensation for the sweat on his back, and who by the way had the frankness to own that in public without embarrassment. It’s the lowlife coward who would hack, threaten and try to extort under the cover of a corrupt system.

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Thursday’s college roundup: Top-seeded Monks fall in GNAC women’s lacrosse semifinals Fri, 06 May 2016 03:26:35 +0000 Taylor Yandow and Ashlee Pechulis scored three goals apiece, and fourth-seeded Lasell College outlasted top-seeded St. Joseph’s for a 6-5 victory in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse semifinal Thursday at Deering High’s Memorial Field.

Kat Gadbois and Elizabeth Elcock each had two goals for the Monks (16-3), and Elyse Caiazzo also scored.

Gadbois started the scoring 2:40 into the game before the Lasers (12-6) came back with five unanswered goals.

Yandow scored three straight before halftime to give Lasell a 3-1 lead at the break.

Pechulis then converted a pair of free-position goals in the first five minutes of the second half.

Elcock scored on a feed from Reagan Emerson for the Monks with 20:59 remaining. Pechulis countered with her third of the game 4:54 later.

St. Joseph’s scored the final three goals, getting within one on Elcock’s second goal with 5:32 to play.

The Lasers will face second-seeded Johnson & Wales, a 9-8 winner over Emmanual on Thursday, in Saturday’s final.

KEENE STATE 15, USM 8: Five players had multiple-goal games for Keene State as the second-seeded Owls (10-7) defeated the sixth-seeded Huskies (6-10) in a Little East Conference semifinal at Keene, New Hampshire.

The Owls scored four unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes and led 6-1 midway through the first half. They outshot the Huskies 35-21 for the game.

Keene State’s offense was led by Samantha Ballard and Kaitlin Nolan, who each scored three goals.

Sarah Pelligrinelli led the Huskies with five goals. Hannah LaSalle, Aubrey Pennell and Lauren Lessard also scored.

Keene State will face Plymouth State in the final on Saturday. The fourth-seeded Panthers upset No. 1 Eastern Connecticut, 13-12.


TEXAS A&M: Assistant coach Aaron Moorehead apologized Thursday for a series of tweets about loyalty and accountability he posted soon after a highly touted quarterback recruit announced he was breaking a verbal commitment to the Aggies.

A few minutes after Tate Martell from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas tweeted Wednesday night he was reopening his recruitment, Moorehead posted “I feel sorry for ppl who never understand loyalty.”

Moorehead followed with more critical tweets, never naming Martell. Soon after, another Aggies recruit, receiver Mannie Netherly, posted on Twitter that he was also reversing his commitment.

On Thursday, Moorehead posted an apology to “all the young men in high school who work so hard to achieve their dreams of playing college football …”

He also apologized to Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Sumlin said on the Southeastern Conference teleconference with reporters that he discussed the situation with Moorehead.

“He’s taken responsibility for his actions, and we’ll move on from there,” Sumlin said.

Sumlin declined to say if there would be any punishment for Moorehead.


HALL OF FAME TOURNAMENT: Duke and Cincinnati, 2016 NCAA tournament teams, highlight the eight-team field for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 19 and 20 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Also in the field are Rhode Island, Penn State, Grand Canyon, Albany, Marist and Brown.

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College notebook: Former Greely star setting records at Gettysburg College Thu, 05 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Mykaela Twitchell’s softball career was nearly over before it began. Now she’s setting hitting records at the NCAA Division III level.

Twitchell suffered a severe injury to her left eye in her freshman year at Greely High. After being told it might take years for her vision to recover, Twitchell made a remarkable recovery and is among the most feared batters for Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) College as a sophomore.

Recently named Centennial Conference player of the week after hitting a school- and conference-record three home runs in one game, Twitchell is batting .378 with a school-record seven home runs and a conference-best .721 slugging percentage.

“She has been a blessing for us,” said Annette Hunt-Shepherd, the coach of the 25-11 Bullets.

Twitchell is just happy to be playing.

Midway through her freshman season at Greely, she was taking batting practice from a pitching machine before a game. A left-handed batter, she fouled a pitch off her face. “I was clearly out for the rest of the season but I thought I was fine,” she said.

Two weeks later, she began to lose the vision in her left eye and the detached retina was discovered. Surgery was needed. “The doctor told me that this was a freak thing,” she said, “and that my chances of (vision) recovery were 60 percent.”

When she was allowed to return to softball months later, Twitchell discovered she could no longer hit the ball. “I was super confused. I didn’t understand because I had my vision back,” she said.

She was told that before the accident, her left eye had been her dominant eye. Now her body was training the right eye to be dominant and it would take time.

“Luckily I’m a left-handed hitter – the right eye is the one you want to be the dominant eye,” she said. “But I was told that it could take up to 10 years to get my swing back, that I may never get it back.”

While she also played soccer, softball had always been Twitchell’s favorite sport. So with the support of her family, she worked tirelessly to get her swing back with Nick Caiazzo and the Maine Thunder softball program.

And by the time she was ready to play college softball, it was back.

As a freshman she batted .304 with one home run. This year, as the designated player, she hit the ball hard and long, driving in 26 runs and scoring 35.

“She works daily on her swing,” said Hunt-Shepherd. “The difference this year is that her mental game has changed; she has a better perspective on things. There’s not as much pressure as she felt the first year, having to make all the adjustments you have to make in your first year in college.”

Twitchell, who is a pre-med student, said Hunt-Shepherd has shown great confidence in her by allowing her to swing away.

“I tend to overthink the game a lot,” said Twitchell. “This year she said, ‘You see a pitch you like, hit the ball as hard as you can.'”

“When she realized she could take a huge cut and it was all right regardless of the outcome, that helped her,” said Hunt-Shepherd.

Twitchell’s three-homer game was just an example of how far she has come.

The first, over the right-field fence, came on an inside pitch. “A little high, the pitcher just missed her spot,” said Hunt-Shepherd.

The second was an outside pitch, over the center-field fence. “We’re 215 (feet) with a 10-foot fence,” said Hunt-Shepherd. “It cleared it on a line and landed in the middle of the soccer practice field. Two-fifty easy.”

The third was on a pitch down and in, hooked just inside the foul pole. “She was on them that day,” said Hunt-Shepherd.

Twitchell, who has played a little at third and in left field this year, woke up the next morning thinking it was a dream.

“I just laid in bed trying to remember what happened,” she said. “It was super surreal.”

Her coach said there’s nothing surreal about how Twitchell is doing it.

“She has a strong work ethic and takes pride in what she does,” said Hunt-Shepherd. “I think she’s going to reach a different potential each year. She can be one of the best in school history if she continues to develop.”

Maybe, but for Twitchell, just being in the batter’s box is good enough.

“It’s just nice to have my hitting back on my side,” she said.


Basketball player Tyler McFarland of Rockport (Camden Hills) and diver Nicola Mancini of Falmouth were honored as Bentley University’s outstanding senior athletes. Both received All-America recognition this year. McFarland finished as Bentley’s all-time leading scorer with 2,118 points. He led the Falcons in scoring and rebounding each of his four years. Mancini earned her fourth All-America honor this year, finishing sixth in the 3-meter dive at the NCAA Division II championships. She was a three-time Northeast-10 Conference diver of the year.


St. Joseph’s College freshman infielder Joey Murphy of Derry, New Hampshire, was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference rookie of the week. He went 3 for 6 with three runs, two RBI and a stolen base in two games.


Susquehanna University senior long pole midfielder Corrie Van Haasteren of Raymond (Hebron Academy) was named Landmark Conference men’s player of the year.

University of New England junior attack Dan Auger of Nashua, New Hampshire, was named Commonwealth Coast Conference men’s player of the week. He had two goals and four assists in the Nor’easters’ regular-season finale, then added two goals, including the winner with three seconds remaining, and three assists in a 14-13 CCC quarterfinal win over Salve Regina.

UNE junior goalkeeper David Pearson of Scarborough was named CCC men’s defensive player of the week.

UNE freshman midfielder Korinne Bohunsky of Eliot (Marshwood) was named CCC women’s rookie of the week. She had three goals, three assists, seven draw controls and four caused turnovers in two games, including a win in the playoffs.


University of Maine junior pitcher Erin Bogdanovich of South Portland was named America East Conference pitcher of the week. In three appearances, Bogdanovich went 1-0 with one save and a 1.97 ERA. She struck out 14 batters in 102/3 innings.

Western New England University senior first baseman Heather Fecteau of Biddeford was named first-team all-Commonwealth Coast Conference. She is batting .402 for the 23-16 Golden Bears with 23 runs, two home runs and 13 RBI. She made just two errors for a .994 fielding percentage.


University of Southern Maine senior Tyler Adams of Buxton (Bonny Eagle) was named Little East Conference men’s player of the week for the fourth time this season. Adams earned his 38th consecutive singles victory in the Huskies’ lone match of the week, a 6-1, 6-0 decision.


USM senior Jeremy Collins of Standish (Bonny Eagle) was named ECAC Division III men’s track athlete of the week. Collins won two events and anchored the winning relay team in the New England Alliance and Little East Conference championship meet. He won the 400 meters with a school- and meet-record time of 48.16 seconds. He finished first in the 400 hurdles with a time of 53.64 seconds. The 1,600 relay team had a winning time of 3:19.02, which was a meet record.

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Tuesday’s Maine college roundup: USM wins to advance in women’s lacrosse tournament Wed, 04 May 2016 02:45:54 +0000 DANBURY, Conn. — Lauren Lessard scored 11 seconds into the second overtime period Tuesday to lift sixth-seeded University of Southern Maine to a 10-9 win over third-seeded Western Connecticut in a Little East Conference women’s lacrosse quarterfinal.

USM (6-9, 2-4) led by as many as three goals in the second half before the Colonials (6-9, 3-3) rallied to take a 9-8 lead with 11:33 remaining. Sarah Pelligrinelli scored the equalizer for the Huskies with 7:53 left in regulation.

The Huskies advance to play at second-seeded Keene State in the semifinals on Thursday.

ST. JOSEPH’S 18, NORWICH 6: Elizabeth Elock, Elyse Caiazzo and Jackie Wilson each collected four goals and two assists as the top-seeded Monks (16-2, 9-0) cruised past the eighth-seeded Cadets (6-10, 3-6) in a GNAC quarterfinal at Deering High School in Portland.

The Monks will meet fourth-seeded Lasell in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Thursday at Deering.


ALBERTUS MAGNUS 1, ST. JOSEPH’S 0: The Falcons (22-15) defeated the Monks (22-18) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament preliminary game in Standish.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT 10, SOUTHERN MAINE 3: Kayla Nowak went 4 for 4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored to pace the fourth-seeded Colonials (20-17) over the third-seeded Huskies (23-13-1) in the opening round of the Little East tourney at Gorham.

USM will face No. 1 Keene State at 1 p.m. Friday in the double-elimination tournament.

ROGER WILLIAMS 3, UNE 2: Abby Lambert allowed a run on three hits in eight innings but it wasn’t enough as the fifth-seeded Hawks (21-17, 12-6) defeated the fourth-seeded Nor’easters (25-14, 13-5) in the double-elimination phase of the Commonwealth Coast Conference championships in Springfield, Massachusetts.

UNE will play No. 2 Endicott on Thursday.


ENDICOTT 19, ST. JOSEPH’S 3: The Gulls (26-13) scored five runs in the top of the first inning and easily beat the Monks (22-12) in a nonconference matchup at Standish.

Max McCoomb was 2 for 4 for St. Joseph’s.

SOUTHERN MAINE 15, BOWDOIN 5: Sam Stauble went 3 for 4, drove in seven runs and scored once to pace a 16-hit attack for the Huskies (26-11) as they downed the Polar Bears (20-13) at Brunswick.

DEAN 15, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 2: Justin Gering and Ben Keeping each had two hits with three runs scored as Dean (15-20) handled the Seawolves (18-21) at South Portland.

Caleb Chambers had two hits for SMCC.

HUSSON 5, COLBY 4: Cam Archer lined a single to center field to drive in Christian Cornell with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Eagles (21-19) held off the Mules (11-21) in a nonconference game at Waterville.


PLYMOUTH ST. 11, SOUTHERN MAINE 3: Four players scored multiple goals for the Panthers (6-9, 4-3) as they defeated the Huskies (8-7, 3-4) in a Little Eastern Conference matchup in Plymouth.

Colin Claflin led the way for the Panthers with three goals.

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Amy Vachon promoted to associate head coach for UMaine women’s basketball Tue, 03 May 2016 01:07:48 +0000 Amy Vachon was the first assistant coach Richard Barron hired when he took over the University of Maine women’s basketball program. Monday she received a significant promotion.

Vachon, who graduated from UMaine in 2000 after a standout career at Cony High in Augusta, was named Maine’s associate head coach.

“I think it’s a title that reflects how important she is to our program and the contributions she makes,” said Barron. “She’s been incredibly valuable to me. There’s no question that we wouldn’t have had the success we’ve had without her. She cares deeply about the program and the university. And she can relate to the players about the challenges of coming to Maine and the challenges of playing here.”

Vachon replaces Todd Steelman, who left the Black Bears to take the head coaching job at Presbyterian College.

“This is a great honor,” said Vachon, who was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday. “It’s nice to know that, in any position, your hard work is acknowledged and appreciated.”

Vachon will retain her duties as recruiting coordinator for the Black Bears, as well as focusing on developing UMaine’s guards. She holds the school record for most assists in a season (234) and school and America East records for most assists in a career (759). Barron did not anticipate added any more responsibilities.

“She already does so much for us,” he said. “And she’s really been the one who has kept us organized and on time and on track with everyone. She is as invaluable as anyone I’ve ever had on a staff.

“I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have at my side than Amy.”

Vachon, who won a Class A state championship at McAuley in her only year as a high school head coach (2011), said she’ll do whatever is necessary to help the staff.

“We have a great team and we all do our part,” she said. “Whatever is needed, we step up and do it.

“If there’s more I need to do, I’ll step up and do it.”

Her promotion, she said, won’t change how she approaches her job.

“The title is not going to change my work ethic or what I want to do or what I can do,” she said. “I love what I do, I love the kids, I love the people I work with.

“The change of title won’t change that. I’m honored by it, and humbled.”

UMaine also announced that Edniesha Curry has been promoted to second assistant with a focus on individual player development.


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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: Maine softball easily wins Mon, 02 May 2016 01:35:07 +0000 WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — The University of Maine had a season-high 17 hits Sunday on its way to an 11-3 win over Hartford in an America East softball game.

Erika Leonard led the Black Bears (23-18, 10-4 America East) with four hits, including a home run, a double, and finished with two RBI and three runs scored. Rachel Harvey also had four hits, along with a run scored and two RBI. Meghan Royle and Felicia Lennon hit home runs.

Hartford (6-39, 2-12) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Maine responded with two runs in the second on a bases loaded single by Kristen Niland. The Black Bears tacked on three runs in each of the next two innings to pull away for good.

Annie Kennedy picked up the win, giving up three runs on six hits with three strikeouts in four innings.


MAINE 7, UMASS-LOWELL 4: Lou Della Fera hit a three-run home run as part of a four-run seventh inning to lead the Black Bears (15-27, 5-9 America East) over the River Hawks (17-23, 5-13) at Mahaney Diamond.

UMass-Lowell led 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, but Fera’s home run gave Maine a 5-4 lead. The Black Bears added another run when Jeremy Pena scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Stypulkowski.

Colin Ridley went 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBI, while Pena and Tyler Schwanz each added two hits.

Eddie Emerson picked up the win, allowing a run on two hits while striking out two in 21/3 innings of relief.

SOUTHERN MAINE SWEEPS FRAMINGHAM STATE: Sam Dexter went 8 for 11 and became the first USM player to get 300 career hits as he led the Huskies (25-11, 8-4 Little East) to a doubleheader sweep over the Rams (10-26) in Gorham.

Dexter was 4 for 5 with two runs scored in the first game as USM posted a 12-8 win. Brandon Martins and Sam Stauble each had two hits and two RBI.

Dexter went 4 for 6 in the second game with three doubles and two RBI as USM won 15-5. Paul McDonough added three hits and two RBI, and Nick Bowie had two hits and two RBI.

SMCC, MASSASOIT C.C. SPLIT: Amos Herrin and Nate Boyle each had strong pitching performances to help Southern Maine Community College (18-20, 11-6 YSCC) split a doubleheader against the Warriors (12-3, 6-6) in South Portland.

Herrin pitched a complete game in the opener, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five in a 2-0 loss. Joe Apon, Tim Rodrigues, Tucker Lee and Nathaniel Cyr picked up the only hits for the Seawolves.

Boyle allowed one run on seven hits while striking out nine as SMCC won the second game, 3-1. Juan Espinosa hit a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning for the Seawolves.

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Saturday’s Maine colleges: UNE men advance in lacrosse Sun, 01 May 2016 00:49:26 +0000 BIDDEFORD — Dan Auger scored with three seconds left Saturday to give fourth-seeded University of New England a 14-13 victory against fifth-seeded Salve Regina in a Commonwealth Coast Conference men’s lacrosse quarterfinal.

UNE (11-7), which will visit top-seeded Western New England in the semifinals Wednesday, scored three unanswered goals in the final 2:49 against the Seahawks (11-7).

MIDDLEBURY 11, BATES 10: Kyle Soroka scored his fifth goal with 13.9 seconds left to lift the fourth-seeded Panthers (11-5) over the fifth-seeded Bobcats (11-4) in a NESCAC quaterfinal at Middlebury, Vermont.

BOWDOIN 10, WESLEYAN 8: Brett Kujala had four goals and one assist for the No. 3 Polar Bears (12-4), who led by four goals and held off the No. 6 Cardinals (10-5) in a NESCAC quarterfinal at Brunswick.


ST. JOSEPH’S 16, NORWICH 4: Kelsey Dumond had five goals and two assists as the Monks (15-2, 9-0) clinched first place in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference by beating the Cadets (6-10, 3-7) at Standish.

BATES 9, COLBY 3: Moriah Greenstein had three goals and two assists for the No. 5 Bobcats (12-4), who closed with a 4-0 run over the final 18 minutes to beat the No. 4 Mules (12-4) in a NESCAC quarterfinal at Waterville.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 12, CURRY 5: Paige St. George had three goals and one assist to lead the No. 3 Nor’easters (11-6) past the No. 6 Colonels (10-8) in a Commonwealth Coast quarterfinal at Biddeford.

SOUTHERN MAINE 20, RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 2: Sarah Pelligrinelli tied the school record for points in a game with 10 as the Huskies (5-9, 2-4) beat the Anchormen (4-10, 0-6) at Gorham.


MAINE SWEEPS UMASS-LOWELL: Jeremy Pena had three hits, including a double, drove in two runs and scored twice to lead the Black Bears (14-27, 4-9 America East) to an 8-1 win over the River Hawks (17-22, 5-12) in the opener at Orono.

In the second game, John Arel gave up four hits over six innings and Nick Silva closed the game with a perfect seventh to lift Maine to a 1-0 victory.

ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS NORWICH: Taylor Reuillard went 4 for 4 with a triple and a double, drove in six runs and scored twice to pace a 17-hit attack for the Monks (22-11, 12-2 Great Northeast), who completed a sweep with a 17-7 win over the Cadets (4-31, 2-12) at Northfield, Vermont.

In the opener, Josh Partridge gave up three hits over five scoreless innings and combined with Marc Poirier on a shutout to lift the Monks to a 5-0 victory.

SOUTHERN MAINE SPLITS WITH KEENE STATE: Paul McDonough scored on Jake Glauser’s seventh-inning single to right, breaking an 8-8 tie, and USM (23-11, 8-4 Little East) added runs in the final two innings for an 11-8 victory over the Owls (16-20, 4-8) in the second game at Keene, New Hampshire.

Devin Springfield’s RBI single in the 11th gave Keene State a 5-4 victory in the opener.

BOWDOIN, TUFTS SPLIT: Joe Gentile had three hits and Chris Nadeau drove in a pair of runs for the Polar Bears (20-12, 4-8 NESCAC) in a 5-2 win over the Jumbos (25-6, 10-1) in the second game at Brunswick.

Tufts won the opener, 16-0.

BATES SWEEPS COLBY: Daniel Trulli hit a two-run double in the fourth inning and Evan Czopek added a solo homer in the seventh to lead the Bobcats (12-18, 4-7 NESCAC) to a 3-1 win over the Mules (11-20, 4-8) in the opener at Waterville. Bates won the second game, 9-3.


MAINE SWEEPS HARTFORD: Rachel Harvey, Felicia Lennon and Alyssa Derrick homered to lead the Black Bears (22-18, 9-4 America East) to an 8-3 win over the Hawks (6-38, 2-11) in the opener at Orono.Maine won the second game 11-2 in six innings.

SOUTHERN MAINE, KEENE STATE SPLIT: Courtney Davis hit a two-run single with one out in the seventh inning as the Huskies (23-12-1, 8-6 Little East) rallied for a 3-2 win over the Owls (20-14, 11-3) in the second game at Gorham. Keene won the opener, 1-0.

COLBY SWEEPS BATES: Emily Schatz hit a walk-off double with two outs in the seventh inning as the Mules (15-15, 6-6 NESCAC) scored three runs for a 7-6 win over the Bobcats (5-32, 0-12) in the opener at Waterville. The Mules won the second game, 3-1.

ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS LASELL: Meghan Elliott hit a two-run double in the seventh inning as the Monks (22-17, 13-9 Great Northeast) scored four times to beat the Lasers (10-26, 5-17) 6-2 in the opener at Auburndale, Massachusetts.

St. Joseph’s won the second game, 7-1.

BOWDOIN, TRINITY SPLIT: Marisa O’Toole hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Polar Bears (21-15-2, 6-6 NESCAC) beat the Bantams (18-12, 6-6) 4-2 in the second game at Brunswick. Trinity won the opener, 3-2.

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UMaine’s Trevor Bates picked by Colts in NFL draft Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:57:47 +0000 University of Maine senior defensive lineman Trevor Bates, a Westbrook native, was selected Saturday by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the NFL draft – 239th overall.

Bates excelled at defensive end for the Black Bears but projects to play linebacker if he makes the Colts’ roster. Bates had private workouts with the Colts and Vikings back in March.

Maine Coach Joe Harasymiak, who was the defensive coordinator the past two seasons, said in March he received plenty of calls about Bates.

“If he gets into a camp, his character will be very hard for them to cut,” Harasymiak said. “That’s the best I’ve ever seen him look. I always get amazed by, for our level, his size and his quickness, his explosiveness.”

After the draft ended Saturday night, UMaine center Bruce Johnson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an unrestricted free agent. Johnson won the 2015 Rimington Award as the top center in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Bates is the first Black Bear to be drafted since Kendall James was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 184th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL draft. He was selected to the 2015 All-Colonial Athletic Association first team, finished his senior season second on the team with 57 tackles, and led the team in sacks with 7.5. Bates ranked third in the league in tackles for loss (14.5) and third in sacks while adding two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble return for a touchdown.

A three-time all-conference selection, Bates was also chosen to the 2015 Division I All-New England team, as well as the ECAC Division I Football Championship Subdivision All-Star first team.

During his time at Maine, Bates played in 46 games, making 207 tackles (35 for loss), with 19 sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and nine pass breakups.

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Friday’s Maine college roundup: Bowdoin edges Trinity in softball Sat, 30 Apr 2016 01:55:55 +0000 BRUNSWICK — Julia Geaumont pitched a three-hitter with five strikeouts as the Bowdoin beat Trinity 5-3 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference softball game Friday at Pickard Field.

Geaumont, Caroline Rice and Natalie Edwards each hit an RBI single, and Geaumont scored on a passed ball in the third inning when the Polar Bears (20-14-2, 5-5 NESCAC) went ahead 5-0.

Rice also singled home a run in the first inning.

Geaumont allowed no earn runs, but the Bantams (17-11, 5-5) took advantage of four errors to score three unearned runs.

Claire McCarthy had two hits for Bowdoin.

COLBY 12, BATES 1: Grace Farnkoff sparked a five-run third inning with a two-run single, and Tori Sansone added a three-run double during a six-run seventh as the Mules (13-15, 4-6 NESCAC) pulled away from the Bobcats (5-30, 0-10) at Lewiston.

Sansone and Skylar Labbe had three hits apiece and scored a pair of runs for the Mules. Farnkoff finished with two hits and scored a run.

Karen Lockhart hit an RBI double for Bates.

Colby pitcher Julia Saul had six strikeouts and three walks while tossing a five-hitter.

ST. JOSEPH’S SPLITS WITH JOHNSON & WALES: St. Joseph’s (20-17) pushed a run across in the seventh inning to win the opener 4-3, then lost 7-0 to the Wildcats (27-8) in the second game at Standish.

Carla Tripp hit a one-out single and advanced to third on an error before scoring on Megan Elliott’s fly ball to end the first game.

Earlier, Melissa Mayhew hit an RBI single, and the Monks got another run on an error in the fifth.

Melodie Bailey had three hits and Tripp contributed two hits for the Monks.

Meghan Gavin had three hits and two RBI in the second game for the Wildcats, who broke it open with a five-run sixth.


TUFTS 4, BOWDOIN 3: Tim Superko struck out 13 over eight innings as the Jumbos (24-5, 9-0 NESCAC) edged the Polar Bears (19-11, 3-7) at Brunswick.

Chris Nadeau hit an RBI single in the fourth inning and Peter Cimini had a two-run double in the eighth for Bowdoin.

Bowdoin pinch hitter Joe Gentile opened the ninth with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice by Sean Mullaney and reached third on a single by Cappellano.

But Tufts reliever Ian Kinney got a pop-up and a strikeout for his third save.

COLBY 11, BATES 6: Soren Hanson drove in four runs, and Zach Ellenthal had three hits and scored two runs as the Mules (11-18, 4-6 NESCAC) defeated the Bobcats (10-18, 2-7) at Lewiston.

Hanson hit a two-run single in the second inning, a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a run-scoring single in the sixth.

Colby’s Tommy Forese got on base four different ways and scored each time. He reached on an error in the first, was hit by a pitch in the second, walked in the fourth and singled in the sixth.

Colby reliever Will Cohen allowed four hits, one earned run and a walk while striking out two in 52/3 innings

Brendan Fox, Samuel Warren and Evan Czopek each had two hits for Bates.


UMASS-BOSTON 10, SOUTHERN MAINE 6: Calvin Lee had four goals to lead the Beacons (12-5, 4-3 Little East) over the Huskies (8-6, 3-4) at Boston.

Sam Hornblower had two goals, and Seth Wing, Keegan Smith, Nate Delgiudice and Jaymz McStowe also scored for USM.

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Thursday’s Maine college roundup: USM top Bates in baseball Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:05:32 +0000 LEWISTON — Nick Bowie’s two-run homer in the fourth inning put the University of Southern Maine ahead for good in a 9-5 victory over Bates College in a nonconference baseball game on Thursday.

Bowie’s home run broke a 2-2 tie. Kyle O’Connor scored on an error later in the inning. Nick Dibiase’s RBI single made it 6-4 in the fifth, and the Huskies (22-10) added three more runs in the seventh.

Dibiase, Bowie and Jake Dexter finished with two hits apiece for the Huskies, who took advantage of six Bates errors.

Ryan McCarthy hit a pair of homers for the Bobcats (10-17) and drove in three runs.


ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS USM: Erica Boulanger struck out six and walked two while throwing a six-hitter for the Monks (19-16) as they completed a sweep with a 4-0 victory over the Huskies (22-11-1) in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Standish.

In the opener Carla Tripp reached base four times and scored three runs to lead the Monks to an 8-3 victory.

Jenelle Thompson hit a two-run single and scored on a single by Kelsy Gaddy in the bottom of the fifth to give the Monks an 8-2 lead.

Jen Lynch and Amber Kelly had two hits apiece for the Huskies and Courtney Davis drove in two runs.


EMMANUEL 19, ST. JOSEPH’S 5: Tony Cibelli and Michael Donovan had three goals apiece to lead 13 scorers for the Saints (9-8, 8-0 GNAC) in a win over the Monks (5-12, 2-7) at Standish.

Jake O’Brien led the Monks with three goals.

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Wednesday’s Maine college roundup: SMCC sweeps CMCC in baseball Thu, 28 Apr 2016 02:30:48 +0000 SOUTH PORTLAND — The Southern Maine Community College baseball team won two mercy-rule shortened games against Central Maine Community College, 14-4 and 15-0, in a Yankee Small College Conference doubleheader on Wednesday.

The Seawolves improved to 17-19 (11-6 YSCC) while the Mustangs dipped to 0-15 overall.

Shawn Murphy drove in six runs on a three-run homer, a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly in the six-inning opener.

Tim Rodrigues and Caleb Chambers each had three hits for SMCC.

Caleb Burpee had two hits with three runs, and Joe Apon, Chase Morales and Juan Espinosa each had two hits and two runs in the five-inning nightcap.

UMASS-BOSTON 9, SOUTHERN MAINE 4: Lionel Danielson, Ryan Olivo and Anthony Searles each drove in two runs as the Beacons (20-12, 6-4 Little East) scored eight runs in the third and fourth innings against the Huskies (21-10, 7-3) at Gorham.

Paul McDonough hit a two-run homer for the Huskies.

BOWDOIN 6, ST. JOSEPH’S 2: Brandon Lopez and Sean Mullaney each drove in two runs as the Polar Bears (19-10) handled the Monks (20-11) at Brunswick.

Lopez hit a two-run single, Chris Nadeau hit an RBI double and Mullaney added a run-scoring single during a four-run seventh for Bowdoin.

Dennis Meehan hit an RBI double in the first, and Nick Lops, who had three hits, singled home Meehan in the third for the Monks.


MAINE, YALE SPLIT: The Black Bears (20-18) won the opener 4-2 before falling 3-0 to the Bulldogs (16-29-1) at New Haven, Connecticut.

Erika Leonard and Meghan Royle each had two hits, and Alyssa Derrick hit a two-run double in the first game for Maine.

Francesca Casalino pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and Laina Do hit a two-run single during a three-run first for Yale in the second game.

HUSSON 8, BATES 2: Lyndsay Merrill went 4 for 4 with three runs and an RBI as the Eagles (12-23) downed the visiting Bobcats (5-29) at Bangor.

Paige Ahlholm had an RBI single and a double for Bates.

BOWDOIN, UNE SPLIT: The Nor’easters (25-13) won the opener 4-3 and the visiting Polar Bears (19-14-2) took the second game 6-1 at Biddeford.

UNE’s Anna Sessa singled home Sydney Helmbrecht in the seventh to end the first game. Avery Alberghini finished with three hits and three runs for UNE.

Emily Griffin and Samantha Roy combined on a three-hitter and Julia Geaumont had three hits with two RBI for Bowdoin in the second game.

SOUTHERN MAINE, PLYMOUTH STATE SPLIT: The Huskies (22-9-1, 7-5 Little East) won the second game 7-1 after losing 2-1 to the Panthers (14-22, 4-8) in the opener at Plymouth, New Hampshire.

USM’s Jen Lynch homered in both games and finished the second game with three hits, two runs and an RBI.

Mary Caron, Shelby Obert and Brooke Cross also homered in the second game.


SOUTHERN MAINE 11, PLYMOUTH STATE 6: Austin Watts scored four goals, and Seth Wing, Nate DelGiudice and Jeff Urmston each had two goals as the Huskies (8-5, 3-3 Little East) beat the Panthers (4-9, 3-3) at Gorham.

Watts had three of his goals in the first half when the Huskies built a 6-1 lead.

BATES 12, COLBY 11: Jack Allard scored four goals and Charlie Fay added three more as the visiting Bobcats (11-3, 7-3 NESCAC) held on to beat the Mules (3-12, 0-10) at Waterville.

Yuta Murata had three goals, and Colton Michel, Austin Sayre and Sam Wasserman each added two for Colby.

TUFTS 20, BOWDOIN 10: John Uppgren had six goals and four assists as the Jumbos (13-2, 9-1 NESCAC) handled the Polar Bears (11-3, 7-3) at Medford, Massachusetts.

Shawn Daly and Matthew Crowell each had two goals and two assists for Bowdoin.


TUFTS 17, BOWDOIN 8: Brigid Bowser had five goals as the Jumbos (9-6, 5-5 NESCAC) defeated the Polar Bears (7-8, 2-8) at Brunswick.

Hannah Hirschfeld had three goals for Bowdoin.

PLYMOUTH ST. 13, SOUTHERN MAINE 7: Sam Sullivan had five goals and Caroline Vonachen added four goals and three assists as the Panthers (9-5, 3-2 Little East) defeated the Huskies (4-0, 1-4) at Plymouth, New Hampshire.

For the Huskies, Heather Everett had three goals and Sarah Pelligrinelli added two and Hannah Lasalle and Shauna Robert also scored.

COLBY 8, BATES 6: Kelsey Bowen, Lexie Perticone and Gemma Bready each had two goals as the Mules (12-3, 7-3 NESCAC) rallied from 3-0 down to beat the Bobcats (11-4, 6-4) at Lewiston.

Alex Briody scored twice and Emma Noto once in the opening minutes for Bates before Colby rallied for five of the next seven goals.

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Tuesday’s Maine college roundup: UMaine splits baseball doubleheader Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:24:58 +0000 ORONO — Tyler Schwanz singled through the right side to drive in Colin Ridley with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday as Maine shut out Rhode Island 1-0 in the second game to salvage a split in a nonconference baseball doubleheader.

Rhode Island (17-20) scored a pair of runs in the top of the 10th inning to win the first game 6-4.

Maine (12-27) scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single from Brenden Geary and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Caleb Kerbs.

Rhode Island answered with four runs in the top of the third, highlighted by a two-run single by designated hitter Connor Foreman.

The Black Bears countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning as Kevin Stypulkowski drove Danny Casals home with a lined double and followed him home on a run-scoring single by Ridley.

Ridley went 2 for 5 with triple and an RBI for Maine, and Lou Della Fera added a pair of hits.

In the second game, Eddie Emerson and Nick Silva combined to hold Rhode Island to four hits.

Schwanz went 2 for 3 with his RBI.


ENDICOTT 13, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 11: Wil Jennings led all scorers with three goals and three assists as the Gulls (8-8, 7-1 Commonwealth Coast Conference) held off the Nor’easters (10-7, 5-3) at Beverly, Massachusetts.

UNE led 5-4 at the end of the first quarter, led by Andrew Curro’s team-leading three goals.

Endicott then took control, outscoring the Nor’easters 4-0 in the second quarter.

Dan Auger had two goals and four assists for UNE.


ENDICOTT 12, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 9: The Gulls (7-9, 6-2 Commonwealth Coast Conference) scored four consecutive second-half goals to pull away and hand the Nor’easters (10-6, 6-2) a loss in their regular-season finale at Beverly, Massachusetts.

ST. JOSEPH’S 18, MT. IDA 3: Elyse Caiazzo had four of her game-high five goals in the first half as the Monks (14-2, 8-0 Great Northeast Athletic Conference) rolled to a 15-0 halftime lead and cruised past the Mustangs (3-12, 2-6) at Memorial Field in Portland.

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Sports Digest: Bates softball sweeps UMaine-Farmington Tue, 26 Apr 2016 02:00:00 +0000 COLLEGES

Bates softball sweeps UMaine-Farmington

Jenney Abbott hit a three-run homer to cap off a nine-run sixth inning as Bates rallied for a 12-8 win in the second game and a sweep of the University of Maine at Farmington on Monday in Lewiston.

Maddie Inlow added two hits, two RBI and two runs scored for the Bobcats (5-28) while Abby Abbott had two hits, two RBI and one run scored.

Alison Hamilton hit a three-run triple for the Beavers (6-19) and Kylie Cunningham had three hits and two RBI.

In the opener, Karen Lockhart went 2 for 3 with a triple, four RBI and one run scored, and Kylie Martin pitched a five-hitter to lead Bates to a 7-1 victory.

Inlow had two RBI.


U.S. WOMEN: Carli Lloyd has a sprained right knee and will miss from three to six weeks, the Houston Dash announced.

Lloyd was injured in the fifth minute of a National Women’s Soccer League match between the Dash and the expansion Orlando Pride at the Citrus Bowl on Saturday.

Lloyd scored three goals in the first 16 minutes of the United States’ 5-2 victory over Japan in the final of the Women’s World Cup last summer. She was also named FIFA World Player of the Year.

EUROPE: Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane expects Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, recovered from injuries, to start against Manchester City in the semifinals of the Champions League on Tuesday.

ITALY: Juventus clinched its fifth straight Serie A title after Napoli was beaten 1-0 at Roma.


JURISPRUDENCE: Johnny Manziel is expected to be indicted Tuesday for a misdemeanor assault charge on allegations that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend during a night out in January.

Already dropped by the Cleveland Browns, two separate agents and all of his endorsers, the 23-year-old will face the possibility of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. The prosecution also further imperils an already jeopardized NFL career.


THOROUGHBREDS: The Breeders’ Cup is returning to its old Kentucky home at Churchill Downs. The two-day event of championship thoroughbred racing will return to the iconic twin spires in 2018.

The Louisville track, home of the Kentucky Derby, has hosted the Breeders’ Cup eight times, most recently in 2011.


LAWSUIT: Rafael Nadal is suing a former French minister who accused him of doping, saying he needs to defend his integrity and image as an athlete.

The player filed a defamation lawsuit against Roselyne Bachelot, France’s former minister for health and sport.

Bachelot said on French television last month that the Spaniard’s seven-month injury hiatus in 2012 was “probably due to a positive doping test.”

BMW OPEN: Sixth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci advanced to the second round at Munich when Mikhail Youzhny fell ill and retired as bad weather, including light snowfall, disrupted the opening day.


RETIRING: Former time-trial world champion Michael Rogers of Australia has retired from competitive cycling because of a heart condition.

Rogers, 36, is a bronze medalist from the 2004 Olympics who also won three consecutive time-trial world championships.

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: Bowdoin softball sweeps Husson Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:54:16 +0000 BANGOR — Marissa O’Toole had four hits, including two home runs and a double, and five RBI as Bowdoin swept a softball doubleheader Sunday against Husson, 8-0 and 11-0.

Claire McCarthy went 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in the first game for Bowdoin (18-13-2). Julia Geaumont pitched five innings to earn the win.

In the second game, McCarthy was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI and Samantha Roy earned the win.

BATES SWEPT BY BRANDEIS: The Judges (15-16) jumped out to a 7-0 lead and cruised to a 9-1 win over the Bobcats (3-28) in the first game of a doubleheader in Waltham, Massachusetts. Brandeis also won the second game, 9-1.

In the first game, Emma Schiller had two hits and scored the lone run for Bates. Tori Fitzgerald also had two hits.

ALBANY 5, MAINE 3: Kristen Niland and Meghan Royle each hit solo home runs, but the Black Bears (19-17, 7-4 America East) lost to the Great Danes (29-12, 9-1) in Albany, New York.

SUFFOLK SWEEPS ST. JOSEPH’S: The Rams (26-7, 14-4) hit six home runs and swept a doubleheader against the Monks (17-15, 10-8 GNAC), 9-4 and 12-5, in Boston.

In the first game, Jennifer Murphy and Megan Pollini each had two hits for St. Joseph’s. Melissa Mayhew had two hits, including a home run, in the second game.

UNE, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER: The Nor’easters (23-12, 13-5 Commonwealth Coast) scored four runs in the second inning and beat the Golden Bears (24-14, 15-3) in the second game of a doubleheader in Biddeford. UNE lost the opener, 6-0.

In the second game, Lauren Jones and Paige Moore-Hasell each had an RBI single, and Sydney Helmbrecht and Avery Alberghini each had a sacrifice fly.


SOUTHERN MAINE 9, WHEATON 0: Henry Curran and Dan Kinnon combined for a five-hitter as the Huskies (21-9) beat the Lyons (24-10) in Norton, Massachusetts.

Curran allowed four hits, walked two and struck out five in 62/3 innings to earn the win.

Nick Bowie hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning for the Huskies.

BOWDOIN 4, WILLIAMS 3: The Polar Bears (18-10) scored four runs in the fourth inning and held on to beat the Ephs (9-19) in Brunswick.

Colby Joncas had a two-run double in the fourth inning and scored on an error.

ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS ALBERTUS MAGNUS: Taylor Black had four hits, including two doubles, and two RBI as the Monks (20-10, 10-2 GNAC) won the first game of a doubleheader 6-1 over Albertus Magnus (11-18, 4-7) in Standish.

Josh Partridge allowed one run on six hits while striking out five in five innings to earn the win in Game 1.

Dennis Meehan, Brett Barbati, Jacob White and Scott Betts each had two hits as St. Joseph’s won the second game, 11-4. Black added a solo home run.

HARTFORD 11, MAINE 4: The Hawks (25-12, 8-7 America East) broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning and cruised to a win over the Black Bears (11-26, 2-9) in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Women’s college roundup: Maine earns softball split against Albany Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:37:58 +0000 ALBANY, N.Y. — Janelle Bouchard hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning and Erin Bogdanovich pitched a two-hitter as the University of Maine softball team dealt Albany its first conference loss of the season Saturday, beating the Great Danes 3-1 in the second game of an America East doubleheader after losing the opener, 2-1.

Erika Leonard also homered for Maine (19-16, 7-3 America East) in Game 2. Bouchard put Maine ahead with her third homer of the season, and Maddie Decker added an RBI single in the seventh. Bogdanovich struck out six and walked only one as she improved to 5-0 against America East opponents.

Bouchard drove in Maine’s only run in the first game and finished the day with four hits. Molly Flowers took the loss in Game 1 despite striking out 10 and allowing just three hits.

BOWDOIN SWEEPS BRANDEIS: Julia Geaumont went 6 for 6 with two home runs to help the Polar Bears (16-13-2) sweep the Judges (13-16) in Brunswick, 10-4 and 7-2.

Geaumont was 4 for 4 and hit a three-run homer in Game 1. Katie Gately added three hits and an RBI, and Jordan Gowdy, Claire McCarthy, Caroline Rice and Natalie Edwards each had two hits.

Katie Gately, Marissa O’Toole and Samantha Valdivia each contributed two hits in Game 2.

UNE SWEEPS CURRY: The University of New England (24-11, 13-4 Commonwealth Coast) scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning and held on for a 2-1 win over Curry (13-22, 4-13) to finish a doubleheader sweep in Milton, Massachusetts.

The Nor’easters used a 13-hit attack to beat the Colonels in the first game, 10-1 in five innings. Avery Alberghini was 3 for 4 and scored a pair of runs.

In the second game, Andrea Gosper’s two-run single gave UNE a 2-0 lead. Katelyn Austin allowed just two hits in five innings to earn the win.

USM SWEEPS EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE: Shelby Obert scored on Samantha Crosman’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as Southern Maine (21-8-1, 6-4 Little East) completed a doubleheader sweep against Eastern Connecticut State (12-20, 4-6) with a 9-8 win at Mansfield, Connecticut.

Obert and Courtney Davis each homered during a five-run fifth inning that gave the Huskies an 8-4 lead, but ECSU eventually tied the game with three runs in the sixth. Earlier, Kat McKay’s three-run homer helped USM cut into a 4-0 deficit.

Davis also homered in Game 1, snapping a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning as USM earned a 3-2 win.

TUFTS SWEEPS BATES: Tufts (22-7, 12-0 NESCAC) held off a late rally by the Bobcats (3-26, 0-9 NESCAC) to complete a doubleheader sweep with a 10-7 win after taking the opener 12-5, at Lewiston.

The reigning NCAA Division III champions pounded out 18 hits in the first game and 13 in the second, when they were also aided by five Bates errors.

Tori Fitzgerald and Maria Garbarino each drove in two runs for Bates in Game 2.

EMMANUEL SWEEPS ST. JOSEPH’S: Jennifer Murphy was 2 for 3 with an RBI in the second game, but St. Joseph’s (17-14, 10-6 GNAC) lost a doubleheader as Emmanuel (18-13, 10-6) edged the Monks twice in Boston, 1-0 and 2-1.

TRINITY SWEEPS COLBY: Wiley Holton drove in Colby’s only run and went 3 for 3 in the opener as Colby (11-15, 3-6 NESCAC) lost a doubleheader against Trinity (17-9, 5-4) in Hartford, Connecticut, 7-0 and 3-1.

NHTI SWEEPS SMCC: Samantha Rioux and Lindsay Marston each drove in a run for Southern Maine Community College (4-22, 2-13 YSCC) in the second game of a doubleheader against New Hampshire Tech (21-1, 11-1), which won 14-2 and 15-3 in South Portland.


ST. JOSEPH’S 18, ST. JOSEPH (CONN.) 0: Kayla Kelly, Kara Kelly and Kelsey Dumond each scored three goals to lead the Monks (13-2, 7-0 GNAC) over the Blue Jays (4-10, 1-7) in West Hartford, Connecticut.

UNE 18, NICHOLS 2: Katie Cawley scored five goals, and Jocelyn Davee and Korinne Bohunsky each added four to lead the Nor’easters (10-5, 6-1 Commonwealth Coast) over the Bison (2-13, 0-7) in Biddeford.

SOUTHERN MAINE 17, WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE 16: The Huskies (4-8, 1-3 Little East) rallied from a four-goal deficit in the second half to defeat the Colonials (4-8, 1-3) in Gorham.

Sam Campobasso paced USM with five goals. Heather Everett had three goals and two assists, and Sarah Pelligrinelli finished with two goals and two assists.

BOWDOIN 16, WHEATON 3: Lindsay Picard and Megan O’Connor each scored four goals to lead the Polar Bears (7-7) over the Lyons (8-8) in Brunswick.

BATES 19, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 7: Moriah Greenstein had six goals and an assist for the Bobcats (11-3, 6-3 NESCAC) in a win over the Camels (5-9, 1-8) in New London, Connecticut.

MIDDLEBURY 12, COLBY 2: Abby Hooper and Kendall Smith scored for Colby (11-3, 6-3 NESCAC) in a loss to the Panthers (13-1, 8-1) at Middlebury, Vermont.

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Saturday’s men’s college roundup: Dexter sets record as USM sweeps Plymouth State Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:05:45 +0000 GORHAM — Shyler Scates pitched a three-hitter in Game 1 and Southern Maine used a four-run, eighth-inning rally in Game 2 to sweep a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday against Plymouth State, 10-0 and 5-4.

The Huskies (20-9, 7-2 Little East) trailed 4-1 in the second game before Jake Glauser and Kip Richard hit consecutive two-run singles in the eighth.

Ryan Browner picked up the win with five innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit.

Sam Dexter went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI and two runs scored in the opener. He added a double and a triple in the second game, breaking Forrest Chadwick’s school career record with his 101st extra-base hit.

ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS ANNA MARIA: The Monks (18-10, 8-2 GNAC) got strong pitching outings from Travis Godbout and Nick Malatesta to sweep Anna Maria (8-24, 4-6) in Standish, 5-1 and 8-1.

Godbout pitched a three-hitter in the first game, and Malatesta allowed just two hits and no earned runs in six innings in Game 2.

Max McCoomb, Dennis Meehan and Greg Emanuelson each drove in two runs in the second game. Jameson Collins was 2 for 3 with an RBI in Game 1.

HARTFORD 6, MAINE 5: Chris DelDebbio homered in the bottom of the 10th as the Hawks (23-12, 6-7 America East) edged the Black Bears (11-24, 2-7) at West Hartford, Connecticut.

Maine erased a 5-1 deficit, getting a sacrifice fly from Jeremy Pena in the seventh and a three-run homer from Tyler Schwanz in the eighth to tie the game.

Schwanz also had an RBI single that gave the Black Bears a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Hartford answered with five runs in the bottom half.

BOWDOIN SWEEPS WILLIAMS: Joe Gentile single home Cody Todesco in the 10th inning as Bowdoin (17-10, 3-6 NESCAC) finished a doubleheader sweep against Williams (9-16, 4-7) with a 4-3 win at Brunswick.

Harry Ridge pitched a seven-hit shutout in the opener, which Bowdoin won 2-0. Todesco scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning, and Chad Martin added an RBI single.

Evann Dumont-LaPointe drove in two runs for the Polar Bears in Game 2 with a single in the fourth and a triple in the sixth. Ejazz Jiu added an RBI double.

TRINITY SWEEPS BATES: Trinity (14-14, 7-5 NESCAC) scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 win in the opener, then rallied for a 6-3 victory in the second game of a doubleheader against Bates (10-16, 2-6) at Hartford, Connecticut.

Ryan McCarthy had an RBI single for Bates in Game 1. Brendon Canavan drove in two runs in Game 2 with a single and a double.

TUFTS SWEEPS COLBY: Home runs by Dan Csaplar in the first game and Tommy Forese in the second game couldn’t prevent Colby (10-18, 3-6 NESCAC) from losing a pair of games to the Jumbos (21-4, 8-0) in Medford, Massachusetts, 12-4 and 5-2.


SOUTHERN MAINE 15, WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE 8: USM (7-5, 2-3 Little East) outscored the Colonials 7-2 in the third quarter to pull away for a win in Danbury, Connecticut.

Nate DelGiudice paced the Huskies with five goals, and Seth Wing had four goals and three assists. Jaymz McStowe and Keegan Smith each added two goals, and Zach Bessette made 14 saves.

Western Connecticut dropped to 2-11 overall, 1-4 in the conference.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 12, NICHOLS 4: The Nor’easters (10-6, 5-2 Commonwealth Coast) scored 11 of the last 12 goals to overcome an early deficit against the Bison (4-11, 0-7) at Biddeford.

Mitch Mullen and Tom Luttrell each finished with three goals for UNE.

BATES 11, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 7: Charlie Fay scored four goals to lead the Bobcats (10-3, 6-3 NESCAC) past the Camels (7-7, 3-6) in Lewiston.

Kyle Weber added three goals, and Andrew Melvin had a goal and three assists.

BOWDOIN 15, EMMANUEL 5: Brett Kujala scored four goal as the Polar Bears (11-3) cruised to a win over the Saints (7-8) in Brunswick.

Bowdoin jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter and led by at least three goals the rest of the way.

Matthew Crowell contributed two goals and an assist, and Clayton Wright dished out three assists.

MIDDLEBURY 15, COLBY 10: The Panthers (10-4, 7-2 NESCAC) scored eight consecutive goals spanning through the third and fourth quarters to rally past the Mules (3-11, 0-9) at Waterville.

Austin Sayre tallied four of his five goals in the first half as Colby took a 6-5 halftime lead. Kevin Seiler made it 7-5 early in the second half before Middlebury started its run.

MOUNT IDA 16, ST. JOSEPH’S 7: Michael Finn scored three goals and Jake O’Brien had a goal and three assists for St. Joseph’s (5-11, 2-6 GNAC) in a loss to the Mustangs (8-8, 3-4) at Standish.

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