College – Press Herald http://www.pressherald.com Sun, 23 Jul 2017 16:33:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Dartmouth women’s swim team placed on probation for hazing incident http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/20/dartmouth-womens-swim-team-placed-on-probation-for-hazing-incident/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/20/dartmouth-womens-swim-team-placed-on-probation-for-hazing-incident/#respond Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:34:18 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/20/dartmouth-womens-swim-team-placed-on-probation-for-hazing-incident/ HANOVER, N.H. – The women’s swimming and diving team at Dartmouth College is on probation for telling first-year members to give sexualized PowerPoint presentations to teammates.

The team admitted violating the Ivy League school’s hazing policy during a winter-break training trip in December. According to school officials, neither drugs nor alcohol was involved, and no students were physically harmed. While police were informed, the case was not pursued as a criminal violation under state hazing laws.

“We hold our teams to high standards and our student-athletes understand their collective responsibility to the community,” said Harry Sheehy, director of Athletics and Recreation. “The members of the team have acknowledged that their behavior was unacceptable and that their actions have consequences.”

In addition to being placed on probation for a year by the college, the team will be required to participate in a series of educational and team development activities. Members will be allowed to train in the fall but won’t compete in three intercollegiate meets during the fall term. The team will resume its competition schedule in December, but will not be allowed to travel for training.

Hayley Winter, one of two co-captains of the team for the 2017-18 season, declined to comment Thursday.

In the last several years, Dartmouth has been implementing an ambitious plan to overhaul its campus culture to address problems such as high-risk drinking, sexual assault and a lack of inclusion of students who felt marginalized. The school had received nationwide attention for allegations of fraternity hazing and, like many other schools, was under intense scrutiny to address the intertwined problems of sexual assault and alcohol as students increasingly began speaking up and the federal government started cracking down.

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Jackson avoiding focus on Heisman http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/13/jackson-avoiding-focus-on-heisman/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/13/jackson-avoiding-focus-on-heisman/#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:29:07 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/13/jackson-avoiding-focus-on-heisman/ CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lamar Jackson didn’t start last season thinking about winning the Heisman Trophy. It just ended up that way.

Of course the Louisville quarterback had a lot to do with that outcome, thanks to his dizzying array of open-field moves and downfield throws.

Jackson figures it’s a good approach to start this year, too, even with the chance to become only the second player to repeat as a Heisman winner.

“I love the game of football,” Jackson said Thursday during the Atlantic Coast Conference’s preseason media days. “I didn’t think I would win the Heisman Trophy – it just happened, just playing football. And that’s what I’m doing this year.

“I’m trying to win games and win a national championship. That’s the biggest thing to me.”

LAMAR JACKSON

Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 211-pound junior from Pompano Beach, Florida, was a one-man offense for the Cardinals. He threw for 3,543 yards and 30 touchdowns with nine interceptions while ranking second in the ACC in rushing with 1,571 yards. He also had a league-best 21 TDs on the ground, ranking fifth nationally.

Now comes the challenge of following up on all that production, and doing it with the pressure that arrives the moment someone hoists that famous trophy presented to college football’s top player.

While the Heisman has been around since 1935, there’s only been one player to win twice: Ohio State running back Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975.

Jackson knows all about it. Asked about that history, Jackson immediately brought up a conversation he had with Griffin since winning last year’s honor.

“He said, ‘I’m the only person that’s done it,’ something like that,” Jackson said. “But he just talked to me, saying, ‘You’ve got to play harder this year because they’re going to be coming after you.'”

That explains why Coach Bobby Petrino said the coaching staff started working in the spring to expand Jackson’s game. That included getting him “comfortable” with taking the snap under center instead of the shotgun, where Jackson did so much of his damage last year.

Jackson said the trickiest part has been dropping back quickly so that he doesn’t get tripped up by an offensive lineman stepping back against an oncoming rusher.

“The best thing about Lamar is it was never an issue of taking the snap, so he could always take the snap,” Petrino said. “It was just getting used to the footwork, getting to the right mesh point to help the running back out. And I think it’ll help us be a harder team to defend. I really believe that.”

It’s hard to imagine Jackson can do even more than he did last season, when he set a league record by averaging 393.4 yards of offense to go with an ACC record for rushing yardage by a quarterback. Along the way, he had an ACC single-game record of 610 yards against Syracuse and then thrust himself into the national Heisman discussion by accounting for five touchdowns in a September rout of highly ranked Florida State.

And yet defenders expect Jackson will have some new tricks in 2017.

“Shifty, fast – he’s just an all-around great athlete,” North Carolina State senior defensive end Bradley Chubb said. “No matter how hard you try to prepare for it, he’s going to bring out something new when you’re playing him.”

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Sports Digest: UMaine hockey to play BU at Cross Insurance Arena on Nov. 18 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/11/umaine-hockey-to-play-bu-at-portlands-cross-insurance-arena-on-nov-18/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/11/umaine-hockey-to-play-bu-at-portlands-cross-insurance-arena-on-nov-18/#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:41:24 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/11/umaine-hockey-to-play-bu-at-portlands-cross-insurance-arena-on-nov-18/ COLLEGES

Maine hockey team sets one game for Portland

The University of Maine men’s hockey team will play Boston University at Cross Insurance Arena on Nov. 18.

It’s the only game in Portland on the team’s 2017-18 schedule announced Tuesday.

The Black Bears will open the regular season Oct. 6-7 against UConn at Alfond Arena in Orono. The first six games will be at home.

Maine also will take part in a hockey festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Nov. 24-25, with RPI, Clarkson and Providence.

HOCKEY

NHL: The Arizona Coyotes named Rick Tocchet as coach, replacing Dave Tippett, who parted ways with the franchise after last season.

Tocchet spent the past three seasons as a Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach, a stint that included consecutive Stanley Cup championships.

The Penguins hired newly elected Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Recchi to take over Tocchet’s position just moments after the Coyotes made Tocchet’s hiring official.

 The New York Islanders hired Kelly Buchberger to be an assistant under Coach Doug Weight.

OLYMPICS

SITE CHOICES: The International Olympic Committee decided it can pick both Los Angeles and Paris as host cities in September when the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games rights should be awarded at the same time.

Committee members voted unanimously to seek a consensus three-way deal between the two bid cities and the IOC executive board. Talks will open with Paris widely seen as favorite for 2024.

PARALYMPICS: The International Paralympic Committee said an athlete – 36-year-old Abdullah Hayayei, a thrower from the United Arab Emirates – died after being injured during a practice session in London, where the World Para Athletics Championships start this week.

CYCLING

TOUR DE FRANCE: Marcel Kittel of Germany won the 10th stage in a sprint finish at Bergerac, France, and Chris Froome stayed safely in the main pack to retain the race leader’s yellow jersey.

A sprint specialist, Kittel perfectly timed his effort in the final straight to post his fourth stage win since the start of the race, crossing the line ahead of a fellow German, John Degenkolb.

SOCCER

GERMAN LEAGUE: Hertha Berlin signed Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of former United States coach and Germany striker Juergen Klinsmann, after he impressed during his trial with the club.

Klinsmann, 20, a goalkeeper with the United States under-20s team, achieved his goal of earning a contract, Hertha said. The club didn’t disclose the length of the deal.

INJURED PLAYER: Doctors at a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, will start waking up an Ajax midfielder who has been kept in an induced coma since collapsing during a friendly game Saturday in the Austrian Alps.

FOOTBALL

NFL: The Detroit Lions’ status as a Super Bowl nobody, coupled with an aging body, apparently played a role in Calvin Johnson’s retirement.

Johnson, speaking during a news conference in Italy for the Italian Bowl in Vicenza, included the team’s on-field performance as a reason for his departure from the NFL. It’s the first time Johnson has spoken publicly about the team’s lack of success playing a role in his retirement.

– Staff and news service report

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Fitzy winner Laverriere to have shoulder surgery, sit out this fall http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/08/fitzpatrick-winner-michael-laverriere-to-have-shoulder-surgery-sit-out-this-fall/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/08/fitzpatrick-winner-michael-laverriere-to-have-shoulder-surgery-sit-out-this-fall/#respond Sat, 08 Jul 2017 16:42:39 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/08/fitzpatrick-winner-michael-laverriere-to-have-shoulder-surgery-sit-out-this-fall/ Fitzpatrick Trophy winner Michael Laverriere will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, forcing him to miss the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic on July 15 and to redshirt this fall at the University of Maine.

Laverriere played with a sore shoulder last fall as a senior quarterback at Thornton Academy, but the injury kept getting worse. Raising his arms while catching a football was enough to cause the shoulder to pop out of its socket. He tried to strengthen the shoulder in hopes of playing in the Lobster Bowl, but instead will be on the sidelines with his West teammates.

“My hope was to make it stronger and avoid surgery,” Laverriere said. “I was planning on playing (in the Lobster Bowl) but the trainer advised me to get (the surgery) done and we found out it was a very significant tear.”

The MRI showed that his labrum, the ring of soft tissue that surrounds the shoulder socket, had a 280-degree tear, Laverriere said.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder played quarterback and safety his senior season at Thornton. He rushed for 1,384 yards and 20 touchdowns and swept the state’s top honors for high school football.

Laverriere was recruited as a fullback by UMaine. He said he informed the Maine coaching staff of the surgery and will redshirt his freshman season.

“They said if I can’t play on it, then get it done and they want me to get back to work out for spring camp,” Laverriere said.

Thornton will be represented in this year’s Lobster Bowl by two of Laverriere’s linemen, Nick Bartholomew and Kyle Holman. Bartholomew was the Gaziano Offensive Lineman of the Year.

“To get to play with my teammates one more time, that would have been cool,” Laverriere said.

“It’s sad when the Fitzpatrick Trophy winner won’t be able to play in the Lobster Bowl,” said West Coach Mike Fallon of Sanford. “Obviously he’s very disappointed but he’s trying to get himself squared away.”

The 28th annual Lobster Bowl will be held at Thornton Academy at 4 p.m.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

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SEC rivals to meet in CWS finals http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/25/sec-rivals-to-meet-in-cws-finals/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/25/sec-rivals-to-meet-in-cws-finals/#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 03:04:23 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/25/sec-rivals-to-meet-in-cws-finals/ OMAHA, Neb. — The matchup for the College World Series finals certainly bolsters the case for those who say the best college baseball is played in the Southeastern Conference.

To get to the best-of-three finals starting Monday night, LSU (52-18) beat an Oregon State team that had the highest winning percentage of any program in four decades – twice in two days. Florida (50-19) became the fourth team in CWS history to shut out an opponent twice with a pair of 3-0 wins over TCU wrapped around a 9-2 loss to the Horned Frogs.

So here they are, the teams that shared the SEC regular-season championship playing for the national title.

“I think this is how it had to be,” LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson said. “If you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. I think both teams are happy with who is in the finals.”

With eight players taken in the first 10 rounds of last year’s Major League Baseball draft, the 2016 Gators were the season-long favorites to break through with a championship. They went 0-2 in Omaha.

This year’s team lacks depth and dynamic offense but has been able to count on dominant pitching and defense. The Gators have played 25 one-run games and have won 18 of them.

“I had a feeling early on, if we stayed healthy, that we had the ingredients to be successful out here,” Gators Coach Kevin O’Sullivan said.

“I thought our starting pitching was going to be as good as anybody’s in the country. We needed to figure out our bullpen, and Michael Byrne has turned out to be outstanding at the end.”

LSU leads the all-time series 61-47-1, but the Gators won two of three at home in March in the only meetings this season.

“If the truth be told, I was rooting for Kevin and the Gators last night,” said LSU Coach Paul Mainieri.

“I just think it’s an awesome thing that these two SEC schools get to play for a national championship. Probably the only person that’s happier than (O’Sullivan and me) is Greg Sankey, the commissioner of the SEC. He’s anxious to get up here and get behind home plate so as not to show any favoritism.”

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Sports Digest: UMaine’s baseball coach no longer just interim http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/23/sports-digest-umaines-baseball-coach-no-longer-just-interim/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/23/sports-digest-umaines-baseball-coach-no-longer-just-interim/#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:52:07 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1216524 COLLEGES

UMaine’s baseball coach is no longer just interim

University of Maine interim baseball coach Nick Derba will be full-time.

UMaine Director of Athletics Kartlon Creech announced Friday that Derba’s status will be upgraded, effective July 1.

The 2016-17 season was Derba’s fourth season on the UMaine coaching staff, and the Black Bears went 25-29, their most wins since 2013.

“The young men that we have the privilege of coaching will continue to represent this university to the highest degree,” Derba said. “We will continue to push forward in the America East academically and athletically, with the overarching goal of getting to a regional appearance and beyond.”

Alex Lange limited Oregon State to two hits over 71/3 innings, and LSU won 3-1 to set up a winner-take-all Bracket 1 final at the College World Series.

The teams will meet again Saturday, with the winner going to the best-of-three finals beginning Monday.

COLBY HIRES A.D.: Jacob Olkkola becomes Harold Alfold Director of Athletics.

Olkkola will leave his post as senior associate director of athletics at the University of Deleware. He also directed recreation services at Harvard.

TENNIS

QUEEN’S CLUB: Gilles Muller and Feliciano Lopez progressed to the semifinals in London.

Lopez, 35, ousted seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych in three sets, while Muller, 34, overcame Sam Querrey in straight sets.

AEGON CLASSIC: Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 7-6 (5) to advance tothe semis at the Wimbledon warm-up in England.

GERRY WEBER OPEN: Roger Federer advanced to the semis for the 13th time by beating defending champ Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4 in Halle, Germany.

SOCCER

MLS: Drew Moor scored early and Sebastian Giovinco struck late and host Toronto FC overcame a tight schedule turnaround to beat the New England Revolution 2-0.

AUTO RACING

ARCA: Austin Theriault raced to his third victory of the season and increased his points lead, holding off Zane Smith at Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin.

The Fort Kent driver also won the opener at Daytona and took the Elko Speedway event in Minnesota.

TRUCKS: John Hunter Nemechek raced to his second straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory, taking the lead with six laps left at Iowa Speedway.

– Staff and news service report

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College basketball: Pitino punished and Louisville may lose title http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/15/college-basketball-pitino-punished-and-louisville-may-lose-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/15/college-basketball-pitino-punished-and-louisville-may-lose-title/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 01:15:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/15/college-basketball-pitino-punished-and-louisville-may-lose-title/ The NCAA ruled Thursday that Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino failed to properly monitor his program during a high-profile escort scandal, slapping him with a five-game suspension and starting a process that could force the school to forfeit its 2013 national title.

The Committee on Infractions panel said the school must vacate records from December 2010 to June 2014 that involved ineligible players. The school must submit a written report within the next 45 days to the NCAA that details the games impacted by athletes who were involved in the sex-for-recruits scandal.

According to the school, the Cardinals potentially would have to forfeit 108 regular-season and 15 NCAA tournament wins, including the 2013 title game.

Calling the punishments unfair and unjust, school officials said they intend to appeal.

“None of us do not feel extreme remorse, regret in everything that went on inside that dormitory,” Pitino said. “We’ve said that many, many times. But this is over the top. It’s to the point where it’s not even conceivable what I just read.”

Chuck Smrt, the former NCAA enforcement director who Louisville retained as a consultant, said school officials were taken aback by the report. “The severity of this penalty we think exceeds the severity of this case,” he said.

While the NCAA report confirmed that the former director of basketball operations, Andre McGee, arranged for dancing or sex acts in an on-campus dormitory for three players, 15 recruits – at least seven of whom were underage – a friend of one prospect and two coaches not associated with the school, the committee came down hard on Pitino for putting McGee in a position of authority.

“Although the panel did not conclude that the head men’s basketball coach was aware of the activities, he did not exercise sufficient oversight of the former director of men’s basketball operations … Therefore, he did not meet his responsibility to ensure violations were not occurring,” the report stated.

The report noted that Pitino, 64, said his assistant coaches were responsible for monitoring McGee, but the assistants told investigators they had no knowledge of that responsibility. “The former director of men’s basketball operations was the head coach’s watchdog in the dormitory and an extension of the head coach,” the report stated.

Pitino met with reporters, defending his program and saying “personally I’ve lost a lot of faith in the NCAA.”

“We are embarrassed about what went on. We’re extremely contrite about what went on,” he said. “But one person does not determine the worth of what we’re about as a program.”

In addition to suspending Pitino for the first five ACC games of next season, the school was placed on four years probation, fined $5,000 and ordered to return money related to NCAA tournament appearances from 2012-15. Depending on the school’s findings, the program might have to forfeit its Big East titles in 2012 and ’13, its 2012 Final Four appearance and most importantly, the 2013 national title, an 82-76 win over Michigan.

McGee also got a 10-year show-cause penalty Tuesday.

The scandal broke open in October 2015 when Katina Powell, a self-described “escort queen,” wrote a book detailing her relationship with the Cardinals’ basketball program and McGee, alleging she was paid $10,000 in a four-year period for providing women – including her daughters – to dance and have sex with Louisville players and recruits at an on-campus dormitory.

Last October the NCAA charged the school with four Level I infractions and cited Pitino with failure to monitor his program. Louisville contested the charges, saying Pitino had no knowledge of McGee’s actions or what took place in the dormitory.

The school had the opportunity to formally respond to the NCAA’s notice of allegations and plead its case in a court-like hearing in front of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.

The committee held a nearly 11-hour hearing with Louisville officials in April, a meeting Pitino later described as “one of the most difficult days.”

Pitino, entering his 17th season as Louisville coach, had contended he was unaware of McGee’s activities, an assertion supported by the committee.

“No one who was interviewed during the investigation provided any information showing that the head coach was aware of the stripteases and prostitution. In fact, the prospects and enrolled student-athletes made it a point not to talk about the incidents,” the report stated. “Even those that said they were unaware if the activities were NCAA rules violations did not want the coaches or their parents to find out. … The prospects and enrolled student-athletes all knew if the head coach became aware of the incidents, he would have – as one put it – ‘flipped out.'”

Pitino’s suspension is less severe than punishments previously meted out to Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and Larry Brown of Southern Methodist for violations within their programs. Both were suspended for nine games – 30 percent of the season. The Cardinals hope an appeals committee will lessen it even more.

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Harris finishes second in 800 at NCAAs http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/09/harris-finishes-second-in-800-at-ncaas/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/09/harris-finishes-second-in-800-at-ncaas/#respond Sat, 10 Jun 2017 02:06:56 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/09/harris-finishes-second-in-800-at-ncaas/ EUGENE, Ore. — Lewiston High graduate Isaiah Harris finished second in the 800 meters at the NCAA Division I track and field championships Friday night at Hayward Field.

Harris, a sophomore at Penn State, finished in a time of 1 minute, 45.4 seconds.

Emmanuel Korir of Texas-El Paso won the race in 1:45.03 despite getting tangled up with teammate Michael Saruni, who fell during the second lap of the two-lap race.

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Casco’s Kate Hall captures NCAA long jump title http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/09/cascos-kate-hall-captures-ncaa-long-jump-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/09/cascos-kate-hall-captures-ncaa-long-jump-title/#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:13:54 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1208763

Georgia’s Kate Hall competes in the women’s long jump on the second day of the NCAA outdoor college track and field championships Thursday in Eugene, Oregon. Associated Press/Timothy J. Gonzalez

On Friday, Kate Hall of Casco was still having trouble believing what she had accomplished.

The night before, she became the first Maine native in more than 50 years to win a title at the NCAA Division I track and field championships.

Hall, a redshirt freshman, broke her own school record and edged University of Georgia teammate Keturah Orji to win the long jump at the Division I outdoor championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Hall jumped 22 feet, 1 inch, on her first attempt, and her lead held up through the rest of the competition. Orji, a two-time NCAA triple jump champion, was the only other athlete who came close to Hall’s mark, but her best jump was 22-1/4.

“It was crazy, I really couldn’t believe it,” Hall said in a phone interview Friday. “It didn’t settle in even when I heard it.”

Hall’s jump was her second-best ever, behind only her national high school record of 22-5, set in 2015 at the New Balance Nationals. A diabetic, Hall was home-schooled in high school but won several state and New England indoor and outdoor track titles competing for Lake Region High School.

Chris Pribish, her trainer in Maine, said he told her that she would have a special performance at the NCAAs. “Earlier in week we talked about her last nationals, when she set the record,” he said. “I told her, ‘You’re going to do some crazy jumps.’ ”

But when the two spoke Friday morning, Hall still couldn’t believe she won the title. Pribish could.

“She keeps showing up and performing large,” said Pribish, the clinical director at United Medical Gym South Portland. “You know what she’s got in her. No one works harder than her. You expect big things. It was an exciting night. All these meets leading up to it, was leading up to 22 (feet). She was jumping well but would say, ‘I fouled,’ or ‘I just missed it by a toe nail.’ I knew she would pull it off.”

This year, Hall has refined how she takes off from the long jump board, right before the pit.

Georgia Coach Petros Kyprianou worked with Hall during the indoor season to change her takeoff, from where she pushes off primarily with her toe to where she pushes off with her entire foot.

And, Hall said, that has made all the difference in her performance, providing more power and more consistency.

“This year has been huge for me,” she said. “I’m starting to understand what it’s like to jump correctly and jump well and how to utilize my speed. In high school with Chris I had the strength aspect, but not so much the technical aspect. This year I have the coaching that knows the  technical side of long jump and how to use my speed. I’m learning a lot from it. I knew that the faster you are the further you can jump. But I never knew how to use it. Now it makes sense to me.”

She felt good going into the NCAA meet after a strong week of practice. “I knew going into it I would probably have a good jump,” she said. “I had become more consistent on the runway and was fast. It was all about getting a really good jump on first jump. I did. And then it held up.”

The first jump, she said, is always important to her. “I think that it just kind of relaxes me, knowing I’ve made finals or I’ve got a good one,” she said. “Then I can relax and focus on what I have to do.”

Hall started receiving text messages from Maine immediately after her event and continued into Friday. “I am just so thankful for all the support,” she said. “It’s so amazing how many people reached out. It reminds me I live in the best state and it really means a lot.”

Hall redshirted last outdoor season after deciding to transfer to Georgia from Iowa State, making this outdoor season her freshman year of eligibility. This winter, she earned All-America status at the indoor NCAA championships by finishing fourth in the long jump (21-3.25).

She will next compete in the U.S. championships in Sacramento, California. “The top three make it to worlds,” she said. “That’s the goal. I’ll be going against all the pros. I’m going to have to probably jump a personal record. I know they’re really good. I know I can jump further. We’ll see how it goes.”

Pribish believes she’s just tapping into her potential. “It would not surprise me at all to see her continue to rise through 22 (feet),” he said. “There are still things to work on for technique. A 23-foot jump is not out of reach for her at all.”

The only other Maine native believed to have won an NCAA track and field event at the highest collegiate level was Alex Schulten, who won the hammer throw in 1964 while competing for Bowdoin College. Joan Benoit of Cape Elizabeth won a national AIAW 10-kilometer title in 1979. Women’s collegiate sports were under the auspices of the AIAW until the NCAA took over in the 1982.

Video of Kate Hall’s 2015 jump courtesy of NBNationals.com.

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Two Maine athletes head to NCAA track and field championships http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/06/two-maine-athletes-head-to-ncaa-track-and-field-championships/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/06/two-maine-athletes-head-to-ncaa-track-and-field-championships/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:19:12 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/06/two-maine-athletes-head-to-ncaa-track-and-field-championships/ Kate Hall of Casco heads into her first NCAA outdoor track and field championships on top of her game after setting the University of Georgia long jump record May 25.

Hall’s mark of 21 feet, 11 inches ranks her fifth among Division I long jumpers heading into the NCAA meet that will run Wednesday through Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.

“I’m really happy about my jump. I knew I needed a good jump to make the nationals,” Hall said of the record set at the East qualifier at the University of Kentucky. “I had been behind the board on my previous jumps, and I knew on my last jump I wanted to be right in the middle of the board. It felt really good. But I know it could have had a little more pop. So I’m encouraged.”

She’s one of the two Maine athletes in the Division I meet.

Penn State sophomore Isaiah Harris of Lewiston is ranked second among 800-meter runners after running 1 minute, 45.12 seconds April 21 at the Virginia Challenge, where he broke the Penn State school record.

He also earned his fourth straight Big 10 800-meter title this spring, and is coming off an indoor season where he earned All-American in the 800 by finishing fourth at the nationals.

Harris will compete in the 800 semifinals Wednesday and the final Friday, if he qualifies. Hall competes in the long jump final Thursday.

Hall will be one of the nine women trying to help Georgia win the NCAA team title, including her training partner and four-time NCAA triple jump champion, Keturah Orji.

Hall earned All-American at the indoor nationals by finishing fourth in the long jump (21-3.25).

She said her training this outdoor season has gone well and she’s hitting big marks more often.

Changing how she takes off from the long jump board, right before the pit, was the answer.

Georgia Coach Petros Kyprianou worked with Hall during the indoor season to change her takeoff, from where she pushes off primarily with her toe to where she pushes off with her entire foot.

Hall said the change has provided more power and more consistency.

She has jumped 21-5 or better at every outdoor meet this season.

Hall said after transferring from Iowa State to Georgia in September that the indoor season turned into an adjustment period. She redshirted last outdoor season after deciding to change schools, making this outdoor season her freshman year of eligibility.

“It’s been going really well. I think the main thing for me, I was fixing my approach and learning how to run the right way, and take off the right way,” Hall said. “If you take off with your toe, you lose all your speed. Now I’m transferring that speed into my jump. My jumps are more consistent as a result.”

Hall will return to the West Coast in two weeks to compete in the USA outdoor championships in Sacramento, California, attempting to earn a spot on the U.S. team for the world championships.

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College notebook: Matta out as Ohio State basketball coach http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/05/college-notebook-matta-out-as-ohio-state-basketball-coach/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/05/college-notebook-matta-out-as-ohio-state-basketball-coach/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 03:02:51 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/05/college-notebook-matta-out-as-ohio-state-basketball-coach/ COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thad Matta is out as Ohio State’s basketball coach, with the Buckeyes having missed the last two NCAA tournaments amid an exodus of players.

Matta, who coached the team for 13 seasons, also cited his health at a news conference Monday. He has been troubled for years by chronic back problems that sometimes prevented him from taking off his shoes after a game.

“This has probably been the greatest 13 years of my life,” said Matta, his voice breaking as he quoted lyrics from the Grateful Dead. “Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me, other times I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it’s been.”

The 49-year-old coach said he and Athletic Director Gene Smith agreed he would leave.

“I think it’s the right thing for our program at the right time,” Smith said.

Matta had three years remaining on a contract extension he signed in 2012. Smith said a national search for his replacement will begin immediately, and Matta will participate in the search.

Matta, who previously coached at Butler and Xavier, took the Buckeyes to two Final Fours. Ohio State finished 17-15 this past season, the worst in Matta’s 17 years as a head coach. In the Big Ten tournament, Ohio State lost in the first round to Rutgers, the lowest-seeded team.

During the tournament, Smith said Matta’s job was secure. But on Friday they met and agreed to a change of course.

“We weren’t winning the battles in recruiting that I thought we might have a chance to win, as he did,” Smith said. “We started talking about that on Friday (and) the flow of the conversation took me to the reality.”

Matta said his chronic pain wore on him through the years and his focus now is on getting healthy. As for coaching again, he said: “Never say never.”

Matta’s teams won at least 20 games in 12 consecutive seasons, making him the school’s career leader in wins and games. He won five regular-season Big Ten titles and four league tournaments, the most championships of any coach over the last 13 seasons.

But the Buckeyes hit a rough patch the last two seasons. After they finished 21-14 and lost in the second round of the NIT in 2015-16, four out of five members of Matta’s 2015 recruiting class transferred. The Buckeyes limped to the end of the 2016-17 season, and then star guard JaQuan Lyle left the team without public explanation.

FOOTBALL

MICHIGAN STATE: Three Michigan State football players are being charged in an alleged sexual assault on campus in January, an attorney said.

Ingham County prosecutor Carol Siemon said only that three people were being charged in the incident, but didn’t release details or names.

Karen Truszkowski, an attorney for the accuser, told The Associated Press that the three are football players.

The school announced Feb. 9 that three players were suspended as part of a sexual assault investigation. A staff member associated with the football program also was suspended.

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UNE athletic director Jack McDonald to step down http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/31/une-athletic-director-jack-mcdonald-to-step-down/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/31/une-athletic-director-jack-mcdonald-to-step-down/#respond Wed, 31 May 2017 16:10:05 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/31/une-athletic-director-jack-mcdonald-to-step-down/ In two years as the University of New England’s director of athletics, Jack McDonald oversaw a key era of expansion that included hiring the school’s first football coach.

But when the Nor’easters play their first football game, a sub-varsity contest at Curry College on Sept. 2, McDonald will no longer be on the job.

McDonald informed his staff Wednesday morning that he will be stepping down effective Sept. 1 because of personal reasons.

“Family health reasons. That’s the reason,” said McDonald, who will turn 66 on Friday. “I’ve had an absolute blast working here. I’m fine. For those who have cared for me in my career, now it’s my turn to care for them.”

Curt Smyth, the senior associate director of athletics and the sports information director, will serve as the interim AD after McDonald’s departure.

The search for McDonald’s replacement won’t begin until the incoming school president, Dr. James Herbert, begins his job July 1, Smyth said. Herbert is replacing the current UNE president, Danielle Ripich.

“This is really a time to celebrate what Jack did here,” Smyth said. “I think he raised the level of student engagement and awareness of our program, not only across campus but across the community.”

McDonald started on June 1, 2015, shortly after Ripich announced plans to add football and women’s rugby to the athletic program.

In a press release, Ripich said, “Part of my vision for UNE has always been the growth of our athletics programs. Jack made that vision a reality, overseeing the addition of new sports and state-of-the-art athletic facilities while shepherding the success of our student-athletes.”

McDonald hired football coach Mike Lichten, women’s rugby coach Ashley Potvin-Fulford and men’s hockey coach Kevin Swallow.

Women’s rugby played its first game last fall.

The football team, which recently announced its first recruiting class, will play a sub-varsity schedule this fall and is set to join the Commonwealth Coast Conference as a varsity member in 2018.

McDonald also oversaw the 35,000-square foot expansion of the Harold Alfond Forum, a project that doubled training, weight and equipment room space, and added locker rooms to provide the infrastructure to support new programs.

Smyth said McDonald also worked closely with Patty Williams, the assistant director of athletics for club and intramural sports, to expand and improve club and intramural offerings for the student body.

One year into McDonald’s tenure, he was promoted to vice president of student engagement.

“I wish I could stay longer, I really do,” McDonald said. “My time here has been probably two of the happiest years of my career. I wish it could be longer.”

McDonald grew up in Braintree, Massachusetts, the oldest of 11 children. He and his wife, Linda, who have four grown sons, will move from Biddeford to their home in Ocean Bluff, Massachusetts. Six of McDonald’s siblings, and numerous nieces and nephews, live in Ocean Bluff.

Before coming to UNE, McDonald was the athletic director at Quinnipiac from 1995-2015, overseeing that school’s transition to Division I athletics in 1998.

McDonald was also the athletic director at the University of Denver (1990-95) and the assistant director of athletics for marketing at Boston College (1987-90).

“He has a strong personality that makes you believe in UNE and the mission he has, so being around that guy was a treat every day,” Lichten said. “Jack made me feel part of something special.”

Lichten said the addition to the Alfond Forum is a testament to McDonald’s efforts.

“That was a $12 million addition that speaks to his vision and his influence, and he’s established a kind of long-term plan in terms of growth of the university and the athletic department,” Lichten said.

McDonald said there are long-term plans for additional facilities and outdoor fields, but a new football-only stadium is not in the immediate future.

A first step will be to replace the existing bright blue artificial surface, now seven years old, with a larger surface that would accommodate football. That is slated to “hopefully” happen in the summer of 2018, McDonald said.

“The first goal is to fill up the stadium we have, and fill up the parking lot and have long lines at the concession stand, and then decide what to do next,” McDonald said. “We’ve got some plans but they can’t all happen at once.”

Lichten said the foundation that McDonald and Ripich helped to build will provide for continued growth for UNE athletics.

“I think we’re only going to grow and challenge to reach new heights every day because of the work Jack and President Ripich have done,” Lichten said.

“They have also built a culture that isn’t going to be a variable because that’s what culture is. It’s something that transcends one person.”

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

scraig@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Monday’s college roundup: Maryland wins elusive title in men’s lacrosse http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/29/mondays-college-roundup-maryland-wins-elusive-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/29/mondays-college-roundup-maryland-wins-elusive-title/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 23:58:46 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/29/mondays-college-roundup-maryland-wins-elusive-title/ FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — After back-to-back heartbreaks in the last two title games extended decades of frustration, Maryland was finally able to celebrate.

Dylan Maltz had two goals and an assist and Tim Rotanz scored three times as the top-seeded Terrapins defeated Ohio State 9-6 on Monday in the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship game, putting an end to a 42-year title drought.

“It’s an unbelievable experience. You look at everyone who played so hard for this program and set such a platform for us to succeed, it’s awesome to see them in the crowd,” Rotanz said. “I have no feeling right now. I’m numb.”

Rotanz scored the final goal with 59 seconds left, allowing the Terps (16-3) a little comfort to count down the final minute after three goals by Ohio State in the fourth quarter pulled the Buckeyes within two.

Maryland was the runner-up four of the previous six years and nine times overall since winning its second title in 1975.

Tre Leclaire had a goal and an assist for Ohio State (16-5), which was playing in the title game for the first time. The Buckeyes had never been past the second round.

“They’ve created a new standard both on the field and off, an expectation, and helped really define what we refer to as the Buckeye way,” said Ohio State Coach Nick Myers, a Kennebunk High graduate.

BASEBALL

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Oregon State has put together the best season by any team in 35 years, and the Beavers’ work was rewarded when they were made the No. 1 national seed for the NCAA tournament.

After narrowly missing the tournament last year, the Beavers went 49-4 and set a Pac-12 record with 27 conference wins. They’ll go into the tournament with the fewest losses since Texas entered 53-4 in 1982, according to Associated Press and NCAA research.

Miami’s record streak – 44 consecutive years in the NCAA tournament, the longest for any college team in any Division I sport – ended when the Hurricanes did not get an at-large berth into the 64-team field. The Hurricanes (31-27) were the first team out, the NCAA said, which did nothing to soften the blow for a team that went to the College World Series each of the last two years.

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Sunday’s college roundup: UMaine baseball falls in final http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/28/sundays-college-roundup-umaine-baseball-falls-in-final/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/28/sundays-college-roundup-umaine-baseball-falls-in-final/#respond Sun, 28 May 2017 21:34:49 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/28/sundays-college-roundup-umaine-baseball-falls-in-final/ LOWELL, Mass. — Zack Bright walked with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning as Maryland-Baltimore County beat Maine 2-1 to win the America East baseball tournament on Sunday.

Maine, the No. 5 seed, rallied to the championship portion of the tournament after losing its first game. The Black Bears (25-29) won four straight games, including two Saturday, before losing to No. 2 UMBC (23-23). The Retrievers earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.

Mitchell Carr walked to lead off the bottom of the 10th, then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Andrew Casali and a groundout by AJ Wright. Maine reliever Jeff Gelinas walked Jamie Switalski, then issued an intentional walk to Hunter Dolshun to load the bases.

Bright walked on four pitches to end the game.

Maine had a chance in the top of the 10th when Tyler Schwanz led off with a double, but he was stranded.

The Black Bears left 12 men on base.

Maine took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Christopher Bec that drove home leadoff hitter Jeremy Pena, who went 4 for 5.

UMBC tied it in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Christian Torres.

Mitchell Wilson, Connor Staskey and Jacob Christian combined to hold Maine to one run on 13 hits. Christian pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit, striking out one and walking none.

Gelinas allowed two hits in 42/3 innings after relieving Justin Courtney, who gave up seven hits in five innings.

MEN’S LACROSSE

DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP: South Portland native Edward “T-Moe” Hellier made six saves but Merrimack lost to Limestone 11-9 in the NCAA Division II final at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

BATES: Charlie Fay of Falmouth was drafted by the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.

Fay was the fifth selection made by the Cannons and the 59th overall.

The 6-foot, 4-inch, 215-pound Fay was a first-team All-American this season. He recorded a school-record 79 goals and 104 points as a senior to help the Bobcats win 16 games – their most ever. Fay finished his career as the school’s all-time leading goal scorer with 167.

Kyle Weber was named the Fran McCall Award winner as the outstanding midfielder in Division III. Weber had 57 goals and 21 assists this season and finished his career with 114 goals, 49 assists and 163 points in 63 games.

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Saturday’s college roundup: Maine reaches America East baseball finals http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/27/saturdays-college-roundup-maine-baseball-beats-top-seed-to-stay-alive/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/27/saturdays-college-roundup-maine-baseball-beats-top-seed-to-stay-alive/#respond Sun, 28 May 2017 00:33:15 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/27/saturdays-college-roundup-maine-baseball-beats-top-seed-to-stay-alive/ LOWELL, Mass. — Fifth-seeded Maine won two elimination games Saturday, knocking off top-seeded Binghamton and fourth-seeded Albany to reach the America East baseball final.

The Black Bears (25-28) will meet second-seeded Maryland-Baltimore County (22-23) at 1 p.m. Sunday in the double-elimination tournament. If Maine wins, a deciding game will follow. The champion advances to the NCAA tournament.

Maine fell behind Albany 2-0 in the first inning, but Hernen Sardinas doubled home Jonathan Bennett in the fourth to give the Black Bears a 3-2 lead. Maine added nine runs over the next three innings and finished with a 12-5 victory.

Eddie Emerson (3-0) entered with two outs in the first inning and pitched seven innings to earn the win.

In the opener, Maine took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and Cody Pasic hit a three-run double in a four-run ninth as the Black Bears beat Binghamton, 8-3.

ROWING

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bates captured its second Division III women’s title in three years, finishing second in the first varsity eight race and first in the second varsity eight race for a one-point win over Williams at West Windsor, New Jersey.

Bates scored 12 points for its victory in the second varsity eight race, as the team of Alex Salazar, Claudia Glickman, Sophia Merelas, Cara Starnbach, Phoebe Long, Jessica Vocaturo, Julia Mason, Grace Jurkovich and coxswain Abigail Bierman won with a time of 6 minutes, 48.332 seconds.

Williams won the first varsity eight race by two seconds in 6:35.379, but the Bates team of Laura Rand, Emma Wheeler, Grace Murnaghan, Olivia Stockly, Hannah Fitts, Lena Rintell, Rosemary Kyne, Molly Pritz and coxswain Katherine Traquina earned 27 points with their second-place finish.

Stockly is from Cumberland.

Williams got 30 points for its victory, but only eight for its third-place finish in the second varsity eight race.

TRACK AND FIELD

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Jessica Wilson of Cumberland earned All-America status in two events, and three of her Bates teammates also earned All-America honors at the Division III meet in Geneva, Ohio.

Wilson, now a five-time All-American, finished fourth in the 1,500 with a time of 4:27.33, then returned to the track and placed seventh in the 5,000, finishing in 17:13.32.

Allison Hill of Brunswick became a three-time All-American, placing third in the 100 hurdles in 14.11, Sally Ceesay finished second in the triple jump at 40-9 1/2, and Ayden Eickhoff was eighth in the 800 in 2:12.32.

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Sports Digest: UMaine promotes Michaud to full-time hockey assistant coach http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/26/sports-digest-umaine-promotes-michaud-to-full-time-assistant-coach/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/26/sports-digest-umaine-promotes-michaud-to-full-time-assistant-coach/#respond Sat, 27 May 2017 03:08:04 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/26/sports-digest-umaine-promotes-michaud-to-full-time-assistant-coach/ COLLEGES

UMaine promotes Michaud to full-time assistant coach

Alfie Michaud has been promoted to a full-time assistant coaching position with the Maine men’s hockey team.

Michaud, a goalie on the Black Bears’ national championship squad in 1999, was a volunteer goaltending coach this past season.

BASEBALL: Sophomore infielder and relief pitcher Jake Dexter of Southern Maine was named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-America second team.

Dexter made the team as a utility player. He had a .356 average, 36 runs scored, one home run and 25 RBI. He also made 26 relief appearances, going 4-2 with a 2.66 ERA and a school-record 12 saves.

HORSE RACING

BELMONT STAKES: Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will skip the Belmont Stakes after finishing eighth in the Preakness.

Trainer Todd Pletcher says the 3-year-old colt will be pointed toward either the $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 29 or the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on July 30.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and nine rebounds to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Connecticut Sun for the second time in three days, 82-68 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Minnesota (5-0) has won 22 straight games in May since 2012.

 Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points against her former team as the Washington Mystics beat the visiting Chicago Sky, 88-79.

TENNIS

LYON OPEN: Second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia to reach his first clay-court final.

Tsonga hit 14 aces and saved eight of 10 break points to win 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

The Frenchman will face third-seeded Tomas Berdych, who beat top-seeded Milos Raonic 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2).

GENEVA OPEN: Defending champion Stan Wawrinka advanced to the final by beating unseeded Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 7-6.

The top-seeded Wawrinka will face qualifier Mischa Zverev of Germany, who upset second-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR: Stewart-Haas Racing and Nature’s Bakery have agreed to settle a $31 million breach-of-contract lawsuit the team filed in a dispute with Danica Patrick’s former sponsor.

The team said the Nevada-based snack company agreed to serve as the primary sponsor for four Cup Series races. They will be split between Patrick and teammate Clint Bowyer.

FOOTBALL

NFL: A lawsuit accusing the NFL and team owners of conspiring to suppress wages for cheerleaders lacks evidence to support that claim, a federal judge said.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup dismissed the lawsuit by a former 49ers cheerleader. The suit sought class action status on behalf of all NFL cheerleaders.

CYCLING

GIRO D’ITALIA: Nairo Quintana reclaimed the pink jersey from Tom Dumoulin with two stages to go, setting up what could be a tense finale in Milan on Sunday.

Dumoulin couldn’t keep up with his main rivals in the final uphill finish of the three-week race and trails Quintana, the 2014 winner from Colombia, by 38 seconds.

Two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali is third overall, 43 seconds behind Quintana.

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Friday’s college roundup: Maine stays alive in America East baseball http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/26/fridays-college-roundup-maine-stays-alive-in-america-east-baseball/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/26/fridays-college-roundup-maine-stays-alive-in-america-east-baseball/#respond Sat, 27 May 2017 02:41:21 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/26/fridays-college-roundup-maine-stays-alive-in-america-east-baseball/ LOWELL, Mass. — Nick Silva and Jeff Gelinas combined on a three-hitter and Maine stayed alive in the America East baseball tournament with a 3-0 win Friday against Stony Brook.

Silva (2-2) allowed a leadoff double to Toby Handley, then held Stony Brook (26-26) without another hit until he gave a double and a single with two outs in the ninth. Gelinas struck out the final batter to earn his seventh save of the season.

Silva fanned 10 and walked six.

Maine (23-28) took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a bases-loaded single by Jonathan Bennett. In the seventh, Jeremy Pena was hit by a pitch, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on an error.

Maine plays another elimination game Saturday against top-seeded Binghamton. The Black Bears need two wins Saturday and two Sunday to win the championship.

TRACK AND FIELD

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Yarmouth’s Emma Egan, a freshman at Williams, won the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 91/4 inches at the Division III championships in Geneva, Ohio.

Allison Hill of Brunswick won her 100-meter hurdles heat with a time of 14.20 seconds, advancing to Saturday’s final. Her Bates teammate, Ayden Eickhoff, qualified for the 800 final by finishing second her heat at 2:10.78.

 Isaiah Harris of Lewiston qualified for the Division I championships by posting the fastest qualifying time at the East regional in Lexington, Kentucky.

Harris, a Penn State sophomore, finished in 1:45.92, more than a second ahead of the rest of the field. He’ll compete in the national championships June 7-10 in Eugene, Oregon.

ROWING

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bates went wire-to-wire to win its first varsity eight and second varsity eight heats in West Windsor, New Jersey, putting the Bobcats in position to win their second NCAA Division III title in three years.

The Bobcats’ first varsity eight – Laura Rand, Emma Wheeler, Grace Murnaghan, Olivia Stockly, Hannah Fitts, Lena Rintell, Rosemary Kyne, Molly Pritz and coxswain Katherine Traquina – completed the 2,000-meter course in 6 minutes, 35.534 seconds. Defending champion Wellesley was second in 6:37.704.

The second varsity eight – Alex Salazar, Claudia Glickman, Sophia Merelas, Cara Starnbach, Phoebe Long, Jessica Vocaturo, Julia Mason, Grace Jurkovich and coxswain Abigail Bierman – won its heat by more than 10 seconds with a time of 6:53.083.

Both crews will race in the grand finals Saturday.

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UMaine using NCAA money to add mental-health program for athletes http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/26/umaine-using-ncaa-money-to-add-mental-health-program-for-athletes/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/26/umaine-using-ncaa-money-to-add-mental-health-program-for-athletes/#respond Sat, 27 May 2017 00:52:04 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/26/umaine-using-ncaa-money-to-add-mental-health-program-for-athletes/ The University of Maine will use a $640,038 disbursement from the NCAA to add a mental health program to its athletic department.

“We want to prioritize mental health care for our student-athletes,” said Lynn Coutts, a senior associate athletic director who is overseeing the implementation of the program.

This spring, the NCAA distributed a total of $200 million to nearly 350 Division I schools for the purpose of providing better support to student-athletes. The NCAA stipulated that the money has to be used on new programs or to enhance existing programs, meaning it could not be used to simply buy more equipment, hire more coaches, offer more scholarships or increase salaries.

“They gave us some flexibility,” said Karlton Creech, the athletic director at UMaine. “But we also needed to show some responsibility.”

The one-time disbursement went to schools that were active members of Division I in the 2015-16 school year, which is when the NCAA announced it was going to distribute the funds. The amount each school received was based on the number of athletic scholarships each school provided in the 2013-14 school year, multiplied by $3,291 (that value was reached by dividing the $200 million by 60,768.28 – the number of grants given by Division I schools that year).

Nine schools received more than $1 million, led by Ohio State, which received $1,329,575 based on 403.98 scholarships. Maine’s share, based on 194.47 scholarships, amounts to about 18 percent of the school’s $3,525,257 athletic budget.

“It will allow us to make some improvements we otherwise wouldn’t be able to,” said Creech. “Like a lot of schools at our level, there are plenty of opportunities where we can get better.”

From the beginning, Maine focused on a mental health component. “We ask these student-athletes to put a lot of time and effort into academics, sports performance, the physical part,” said Coutts. “It’s time we put a priority on the mental part of it. It’s the healthy body, healthy mind approach.”

School officials met with a newly-formed athlete group called the Elite 13 – representing the school’s athletic programs – throughout the year to discuss the direction of the athletic department. “Their input was invaluable,” said Creech. “They were very helpful, willing to talk, and helped steer us.”

Cailey Hutchinson, who just finished her sophomore season on the women’s hockey team and was a member of the Elite 13, said mental health was a subject the students stressed.

“Mental health often goes unnoticed. There were not as many outlets as we’d like,” said Hutchinson. “We have our coaches (to talk to), but a lot of times athletes don’t want to talk with coaches because then they seem vulnerable. (The coach’s) decisions make us happy or upset, if we play or not.

“So we want to get a sports psychologist on campus, maybe one for each sports team or a few for the entire department. It would be beneficial. It’s just an extra outlet for the athletes to have if they need someone to talk to.”

Jeffrey DeVaugh, a junior defensive back on the football team and also a member of the Elite 13, said many times an athlete isn’t comfortable talking to his coaches or teammates about a personal issue. “It would be a great thing to be able to get things off your mind,” he said. “School work, personal things, a lot can happen to affect you on the field. If a counselor is there, he can catch it early before it becomes bigger. It doesn’t have to be sports-related. A lot of things we go through aren’t sports-related.”

Maine officials hope to have the program in place by the fall. Coutts said the program will include more than just counseling for the students. She wants to educate coaches and support staff – “Anyone who has contact with our student-athletes” she said – in recognizing possible mental health issues among the athletes.

“We all need to know what to look for, how to direct people,” said Coutts. “We’re going to try to take a holistic look at the whole department. There’ll be some training, some chalk talk. It’s not just counseling kids who need it right now, but (learning) things you can do to try to prevent things from coming up.”

Coutts is working with Ryan Taylor, the school’s head athletic trainer, and Doug Johnson, the director of the UMaine Counseling Center, to come up with the appropriate program, which will include collaboration from both psychologists and psychiatrists.

“We’re trying to find a good fit,” she said. “We’re meeting with a lot of people, trying to put together a structure with layers.”

This would not just be a sports performance psychologist, but someone to counsel the athletes on how to deal with everyday life and its stresses.

“It’s not really performance-based, as sports go, but as people,” said Coutts. “How do we deal with anxiety? What’s going on in your life? There has to be a trust built. I think we have to become more cognizant of what’s going on in their lives.

“We talk about how much time we spend training and practicing and in study hall. Unless you live it, it’s hard to describe that to people. We’re going to do what we can to try to build people from the inside.

“Our coaches really know X’s and O’s, and I think we’re going to try to focus on how can we help you as people? That’s what that distribution is more for.”

The NCAA Division I Board of Governors approved the one-time distribution of $200 million a year ago, using funds liquidated from an NCAA quasi-endowment. Each school was required to submit a plan for spending its share, with some very specific guidelines. While Creech saw it as a very positive step, others see it differently.

Ellen Staurowsky, a professor of sports management at Drexel University in Philadelphia, viewed the distribution as a way to put the NCAA in a better light and to “relieve the pressure (brought on by) the ongoing number of athletes’ complaints that have challenged NCAA rules.”

The NCAA has faced several legal challenges in recent years, from athletes at Northwestern University attempting to unionize to several anti-trust class action suits, the most well-known brought on by Ed O’Bannon, a former UCLA basketball player who challenged the NCAA’s authority to use the images of former and current NCAA players for commercial purposes (such as promoting the NCAA basketball tournament). A District Court judge ruled in favor of O’Bannon, but the NCAA appealed the ruling, which was partly reversed. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

In February, the NCAA agreed to pay $208.7 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over scholarship maximums. However, the NCAA stated in a press release that it would “continue to vigorously oppose the remaining portion of the lawsuit seeking pay for play.”

Staurowsky has written papers and books about the plight of college athletes and the pressures they face. While she applauds the efforts of Maine and other schools, she said more needs to be done at a national level.

“No school is going to give that money away; no school is going to not accept it,” she said. “They’re going to do something, hopefully, really good with it, but at the same time it doesn’t address central issues.”

She added that real progress won’t be made until the NCAA recognizes “the pressures on (student-athletes) that are different from other students” and reforms the current system.

Scholarship athletes are expected to not only attend classes, but train year-round, practice, play games at home and on the road.

“Year in and year out, the athletic community continues to be very invested in insisting that college athletes have to be full-time students,” she said. “Given the time demands that are placed on them and the rigors of their sport, it really is a full-time job. It seems to me that there might be room for more creative problem-solving.”

She said Maine’s focus on mental-health issues was appropriate, given the stress and anxiety that student-athletes face.

Creech said university officials recognize those problems on a daily basis. “Division I athletes are being put out of their comfort zone in every area of life to become better,” he said.

This distribution of funds will go a long way toward making their lives better, he said, not just at Maine but after they leave.

“It’s an important step, one we’re thrilled to be able to (make) happen,” said Creech.

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

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Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Waynflete graduate on verge of national title in college rowing http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/26/waynflete-graduate-on-verge-of-national-title-in-college-rowing/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/26/waynflete-graduate-on-verge-of-national-title-in-college-rowing/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1201959 Olivia Stockly, a Waynflete High graduate from Cumberland and a Bates College junior, was born to row.

“My mom rowed throughout high school and college,” Stockly said. “And then she became the coach (at Waynflete). Then my brother, who is a couple years older than me, joined the team and everything sort of fell in line, and I started to row and ended up falling in love with the sport.”

Stockly’s sister, Savannah, also attends Bates, and is one of the main reasons Stockly will be in the women’s varsity eight boat in the NCAA Division III championships Friday in Mercer, New Jersey.

Though the Stockly sisters won’t row together due to an injury Savannah suffered, Olivia is grateful for her sister’s role in influencing her to join the Bates program. Savannah will graduate Sunday.

“She’d love to be out here just as much as I love being out here,” Stockly said. “She certainly encouraged me to come to Bates, so I definitely thank her for that.”

OLIVIA STOCKLY

With Stockly – a first team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference choice – the Bobcats are ranked No. 1 in the nation in Division III. It’s easy to see why.

In the first competition at Bates’ new boathouse on the Androscoggin River on April 23, the 21st Presidents Cup, the women’s team won all six races. The varsity eight finished 23 seconds ahead of its closest competitor.

At the Bates Invitational a week later, the varsity eight beat second-place New Hampshire by 29.8 seconds, traveling 2,000 meters in 7 minutes, 14.8 seconds.

Given her family background, Stockly has more experience than most of her teammates. Yet she wasn’t always a rower. Stockly played soccer and softball before transitioning to crew, which proceeded to “dominate my entire life, in the best way possible.”

At Waynflete – one of a handful of high school club teams in Maine – Stockly grew attached to the sport, enjoying the family dynamic the most.

“What I love the most about rowing is when you’re in a boat, you become so dependent on everyone else and it becomes just like a family,” Stockly said. “I think everyone relies on each other to go the fastest you can, and that’s what attracted me the most to it.”

Stockly’s mother, C.C. Stockly, is still the Waynflete coach and president of the Yarmouth Rowing Club. Even if she’s no longer her coach in an official capacity, Stockly rows recreationally with her mother and the rest of her family during the summer to stay fit.

With the exception of the summer, when athletes mostly train on their own, rowing is a year-round sport at Bates. The team rows in a couple longer regattas in the fall, including the Head of the Charles in October. In November, Peter Steenstra, the NESCAC coach of the year, steps out due to conference regulations, but the team unofficially continues to train throughout the winter, with captains organizing indoor practices.

Preparation for the major races begins in earnest in February.

To qualify for the national championships, Bates had to overcome a serious challenge from Williams in the May 12 grand final of the national invitational championships.

The Bobcats won by a mere .401 seconds and took home their third NESCAC title in four years.

“It was a really fun regatta but it was also pretty intimidating to be so close,” Stockly said.

“So I think we’re going in with confidence but not being too cocky about where we’re ranked.”

Still, Bates has plenty of reasons to be feel good about its chances.

The women’s team, making its 11th consecutive appearance at the nationals, won the title in 2015 thanks to a victory by the second varsity eights and a second-place showing by the varsity eights.

The Bobcats were the runners-up at last year’s championships.

“We have so much history that we’re building on. … I think that we all love the program so much and will follow Coach Steenstra’s footsteps as much as we can,” Stockly said. “He has so much love for the sport that we are willing to push through all the pain and the grit to get to the position that we’re in.”

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Men’s lacrosse: South Portland’s Hellier turns a tryout into title game start http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/24/mens-lacrosse-south-portlands-hellier-turns-a-tryout-into-title-game-start/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/24/mens-lacrosse-south-portlands-hellier-turns-a-tryout-into-title-game-start/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 00:59:12 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/24/mens-lacrosse-south-portlands-hellier-turns-a-tryout-into-title-game-start/ NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — When Edward “T-Moe” Hellier arrived at Merrimack College last fall as a sophomore transfer student, he wondered if his days of playing lacrosse might be over.

Eight months later, Hellier, a 2015 South Portland High grad, is preparing for the biggest game of his life.

Nudged into trying out for the men’s lacrosse team by a new roommate, Hellier has gone from fourth-string walk-on in the fall to starting goalie for Merrimack, which will face No. 1 Limestone College of Gaffney, South Carolina, in Sunday’s 2 p.m., NCAA Division II national championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

“It’s something every kid dreams about when you’re playing lacrosse, playing for a national championship,” Hellier said Wednesday. “I mean, I had no idea I’d be starting in a championship game when I came here. I was just hoping to make the team at first.”

Hellier keyed South Portland’s 2014 Class A title team as a junior and was named the Maine Sunday Telegram Player of the Year as a senior.

As a freshman at Goucher College, a Division III team in Towson, Maryland, Hellier played in 10 games with one start. The lacrosse was fine but Hellier said the school and locale turned out to be a poor fit.

“Baltimore’s got a different vibe than New England. I’ve been in New England my whole life. The change of pace wasn’t for me,” Hellier said.

Merrimack Coach Mike Morgan said he heard about Hellier in an email from South Portland Coach Tom Fiorini.

“We were down to two goalies and I was like, great, if he’s a living, breathing goalie, I’ll take him. Literally, that’s what we thought. We just needed depth,” Morgan said.

Morgan wasn’t wowed immediately but saw enough in a tryout to keep Hellier in the fall. Gradually, Hellier’s calm demeanor, stick skills and ball-stopping ability became more evident. The day before the opener, Hellier was told he’d start.

Hellier started 17 of Merrimack’s 18 games and despite a midseason Achilles injury, posted a 7.88 goals-against average and a .559 save percentage. In the NCAA playoffs, Hellier made 12 saves in a 10-5 win against LeMoyne, which had won seven straight games against Merrimack, then had nine saves in a 17-9 rout of Adelphi in the semifinals.

“It’s just wild, really, how a kid, a walk-on from Maine, is now playing in the national championship game as your goalie,” said Morgan. “We just gave him an opportunity and he ran with it.”

Merrimack, ranked fourth in Division II, is 15-3 and making its first title-game appearance after semifinal losses the past two seasons. Limestone is 20-1 and playing in its fourth straight NCAA championship game, winning titles in 2014 and 2015.

Merrimack handed Limestone its only loss, 18-13, at a neutral site in Gambrills, Maryland, on April 23, coming back from a 5-1 first-quarter deficit.

“We hung T-Moe out to dry early in that game. Some of those goals they scored were right on top of him,” Morgan said. “Then once the game tightened up, he played great in the third and fourth quarters, made a lot of key saves.”

Hellier has answered to T-Moe his whole life. His father Edward, a beloved youth coach in South Portland who died in 2013, was known as Ted. Susan and Ted Hellier planned on calling their son Teddy Marley, but older sister Eliza mispronounced it as Teddy Moe. Soon it was simply T-Moe.

“Everyone still calls me that. It’s not a name that goes away,” Hellier said.

Sunday’s full day of college lacrosse at Gillette Stadium includes the Division I women’s final at 11 a.m., and the men’s Division III final at 5 p.m.

This will be the fourth time Gillette has hosted to the men’s lacrosse championships (the Division I game is Monday). The Division II and III games have drawn as many as 24,317 combined fans in the past.

Merrimack’s biggest announced crowd this year was 712 for a Northeast-10 playoff game against Southern New Hampshire.

“Growing up, being a Pats fan my whole life, to step on the same field that (Tom) Brady plays on every Sunday is going to be awesome,” Hellier said.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

scraig@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Sports Digest: Bowdoin falls to Emory in Division III men’s tennis semifinals http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/23/sports-digest-bowdoin-falls-to-emory-in-division-iii-mens-tennis-semifinals/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/23/sports-digest-bowdoin-falls-to-emory-in-division-iii-mens-tennis-semifinals/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 03:18:34 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/23/sports-digest-bowdoin-falls-to-emory-in-division-iii-mens-tennis-semifinals/ COLLEGES

Emory swept the singles competition and defeated defending champion Bowdoin 5-2 on Tuesday in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III men’s tennis tournament at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Polar Bears (22-5) took two of the three doubles matches, with Gil Roddy and Justin Patel winning a 7-4 tiebreaker for a 9-8 victory in the No. 3 match.

The Eagles (21-4) took control in singles though, getting straight-set wins at Nos. 1, 3 and 6 before Jonathan Jemison’s late break against Bowdoin’s Grant Urken at No. 2 gave him a 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 win for the clincher.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Former Kansas player Josh Jackson must undergo anger management classes and apologize as part of a diversion agreement arising from a confrontation with a Kansas women’s basketball player.

Jackson was charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal property damage after a December argument with McKenzie Calvert outside a Lawrence bar. He pleaded not guilty in April and his attorney said he would seek diversion for Jackson, who is expected to be a top pick in the NBA draft next month.

TENNIS

GENEVA OPEN: Second-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan eased into the quarterfinals, beating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3 on Tuesday.

Ranked No. 9, Nishikori took a wild card entry after a wrist injury affected his clay-court season and did not drop serve against Kukushkin.

NUREMBURG CUP: Eugenie Bouchard withdrew from the tournament in Germany with a right ankle injury, putting the Canadian’s participation in the French Open in doubt.

An MRT scan late Monday showed the 2014 champion had torn a ligament in training the previous week.

LYON OPEN: Fourth-seeded Nick Kyrgios was upset by qualifier Nicolas Kicker, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round in France, hampering the Australian’s French Open preparations.

STRASBOURG INTERNATIONAL: Fourth-seeded Carla Suarez-Navarro beat American Christina McHale 6-4, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals in France.

ROGERS CUP: Maria Sharapova was awarded a wild card for the Toronto event in August.

Since her return from a doping ban, the former No. 1 player has used wild cards to play three events on the WTA Tour. She was denied a wild card for the French Open.

Rogers Cup tournament director Karl Hale called her a “fan favorite,” noting she has completed her punishment.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Sylvia Fowles had 21 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks to help the host Minnesota Lynx beat the Connecticut Sun 80-78.

OLYMPICS

DOPING: A Russian anti-doping commission set up by President Vladimir Putin has called for new measures to claw back prize money from drug cheats and to restore trust in Russian athletes.

The commission, headed by 82-year-old former International Olympic Committee member Vitaly Smirnov, denies the Russian government played any role in covering up drug use. However, it says rules need to be tightened and admits some coaches have been motivated to use “any means” to push their athletes to victory.

BOXING

WBA: The heavyweight title fight between Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo is off after former champion Briggs tested positive for high levels of testosterone.

The fight was set for June 3 in Hollywood, Florida.

– From staff and news report

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USM falls one win short in NCAA baseball regional http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/21/usm-stays-alive/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/21/usm-stays-alive/#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 19:37:57 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/21/usm-stays-alive/ SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Eric Hamilton had five hits and Oswego State took advantage of a shortage of rested Southern Maine pitchers to beat the Huskies 9-4 on Sunday in the championship game of the NCAA Division III New York Regional.

The Huskies, who needed to beat Oswego State twice Sunday to advance to their ninth Division III College World Series, won the first game 7-6 on Zach Quintal’s two-run homer in the ninth inning.

But USM (34-13) fell behind early in the second game, giving up two runs in the first inning and two in the second. The Lakers (32-9) broke the game open with four runs in the fourth to take an 8-2 lead.

Oswego jumped on USM starter Tyler Leavitt in the first inning of Game 2. Leavitt (5-1), who pitched only 311/3 innings this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, was on the mound for 72/3 innings in a 10-1 win Friday over The College of New Jersey but was called on to start the championship game on one day’s rest.

He lasted a third of an inning, giving up three hits, a walk and two runs.

Wes Randall opened the game with a single to center. Hamilton, the regional MVP, drew a walk and Mike Dellicarri drove the ball through the right side for a 1-0 lead. John Barnes reached on a fielder’s choice, with Hamilton forced out at third, but Dellicarri stole third and scored on Zach Koller’s bunt single.

Gage Feeney came on in relief and escaped further damage in the first, but he surrendered RBI doubles to Alex Brown and Hamilton in the second inning.

USM pulled within 4-2 when Jake Dexter singled home Devin Warren in the bottom of the second and Quintal scored on a groundout in the third.

But Oswego struck for four runs in the fourth, aided by Randall’s two-run single.

Oswego relievers Brad Wroblewski and Reston Pettit limited the Huskies to two hits over the final five innings.

USM rallied from a 5-2 deficit in Sunday’s first game. The Huskies pulled even with a three-run seventh, which started with Warren’s inside the park home run past the diving center fielder. Andrew Olszak singled home Andrew Hillier, and Paul McDonough scored on a groundout.

The Lakers retook the lead with a run in the bottom of the seventh, but McDonough led off the ninth with a walk before Quintal smacked his fourth home run of the season.

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College baseball: USM advances to regional final http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/20/college-baseball-usm-falls-to-oswego-state-6-4/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/20/college-baseball-usm-falls-to-oswego-state-6-4/#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 21:31:53 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/20/college-baseball-usm-falls-to-oswego-state-6-4/ SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Tom Fortier and Matt Correale combined on a seven-hitter, and Southern Maine scored four runs in the seventh inning to earn a 4-0 win Saturday night over Ithaca and advance to the championship round of the New York Regional in the NCAA Division III baseball tournament.

The Huskies (33-12) need two wins Sunday against Oswego State (31-8), which knocked USM into the losers’ bracket by rallying for a 6-4 win earlier Saturday.

Fortier allowed five hits in five innings but left with the game still 0-0. Correale gave up two hits over the last four innings.

USM broke through in the top of the seventh on a walk to Dylan Hapworth, a double by Kip Richard and a passed ball. Richard scored on a bunt single by Paul McDonough to make it 2-0, Devin Warren singled home another run, and Zach Quintal capped the outburst with a double.

Earlier, Oswego State earned its spot in the championship game as the last remaining undefeated team in the double-elimination tournament by rallying for three runs in the bottom of the eighth against Southern Maine.

Matt Bender, Paul McDonough and Devin Warren had two hits apiece for USM, which briefly took a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth. Warren singled home Richard with the go-ahead run after Richard started the inning with a single.

MAINE 2, ALBANY 1: The Black Bears (21-27, 8-12 America East) allowed just four hits and defeated the Great Danes (24-24, 10-13) in their regular-season finale in Orono.

Brandon Vicens drove in a run with a bunt single and Hernen Sardinas hit an RBI groundout in the fourth inning for Maine.

Albany scored in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk.

Eddie Emerson (2-0) earned the win, striking out four in two innings of relief.

The two teams will meet again in the opening game of the America East tournament at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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Friday’s college roundup: USM stays unbeaten in Division III baseball regional http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/19/fridays-college-roundup-usm-stays-unbeaten-in-division-iii-baseball-regional/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/19/fridays-college-roundup-usm-stays-unbeaten-in-division-iii-baseball-regional/#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 02:35:02 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/19/fridays-college-roundup-usm-stays-unbeaten-in-division-iii-baseball-regional/ SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Southern Maine scored seven runs in the third inning Friday night and rolled to a 10-1 victory over The College of New Jersey in the New York Regional of the NCAA Division III baseball tournament.

Devin Warren hit a two-run triple to cap the Huskies’ big inning. Southern Maine tacked on three runs in the sixth, with Zach Quintal and Dylan Hapworth each contributing an RBI double.

Quintal and Matt Bender each scored two runs, and Hapworth finished with two RBI.

Tyler Leavitt (5-0) earned the win, allowing one run on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 72/3 innings.

Gage Feeney struck out three and allowed one hit in the final 11/3 inning.

Southern Maine (32-11) has won its first two games of the regional after falling in the Little East Conference tournament.

The Huskies will play Oswego State at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to the championship round.

TCNJ (32-12) faces Ithaca in an elimination game.

ALBANY SWEEPS MAINE: Travis Collins singled home Connor Powers in the top of the 10th inning, sending Albany (24-23, 10-12 America East) to a 3-2 win that capped a doubleheader sweep of the Black Bears (20-27, 7-12) at Orono.

Maine fell just short in the first game, rallying for four runs in the ninth before losing 7-6.

The Great Danes took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the late game before Maine tied it in the second when Jonathan Bennett raced home on Caleb Kerbs’ grounder to short.

Maine added a run in the third when Christopher Bec’s sacrifice fly scored Jeremy Pena.

Albany evened the game again in the sixth on an RBI single by Kyle Sacks.

Collins led Albany in the opener as he registered a double and a triple, scored twice and drove in two runs.

Albany broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run sixth, highlighted by Collins’ two-run triple.

The Great Danes added three runs in the seventh to widen the lead to 7-1 before Maine countered with one in the seventh and four more in the ninth.

Bennett and Hernen Sardinas hit RBI singles for Maine in the ninth, but the Black Bears left the tying run on second.

Maine and Albany conclude the regular season with a game in Orono at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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USM wins opener at NCAA baseball regionals http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/18/usm-wins-opener-at-ncaa-baseball-regionals/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/18/usm-wins-opener-at-ncaa-baseball-regionals/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 02:13:31 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/18/usm-wins-opener-at-ncaa-baseball-regionals/ SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Andrew Olszak went 4 for 5 and singled home two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie, propelling Southern Maine to a 5-3 win Thursday over Castleton in its opening game at the NCAA Division III baseball regionals.

Andrew Hillier and Devin Warren singled to start the decisive rally. Zach Quintal walked to load the bases before Olszak singled up the middle.

USM (31-11) will play a winners’ bracket game at 6 p.m. on Friday against either Tufts or The College of New Jersey, who played late Thursday night.

Matt Correale (6-4) earned the win in relief of Dalton Rice, who pitched four innings before the game was delayed for nearly three hours in the top of the fifth inning by a thunderstorm. Jake Dexter struck out five in three perfect innings to earn his 12th save of the season.

After the rain delay, Castleton (34-9) took a 2-1 lead on an RBI single by Deagan Poland in the top of the fifth. In the bottom half, USM loaded the bases, and Quintal scored on Matt Bender’s infield single to short.

USM finished with 14 hits, including two each by Hillier, Warren and Kip Richard. Hillier doubled home Paul McDonough in the seventh inning for the game’s final run after Castleton pushed across a run in the top of the seventh.

Both teams scored in the first inning. Zach Bahan singled home Poland to give Castleton a 1-0 lead, but the Huskies tied it when Dylan Hapworth’s single through the left side drove in Quintal.

Rice allowed three hits and two runs while striking out five in four-plus innings.

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USM brings deep, talented pitching staff to NCAA baseball tournament http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/17/usm-brings-deep-talented-pitching-staff-to-ncaa-baseball-tournament/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/17/usm-brings-deep-talented-pitching-staff-to-ncaa-baseball-tournament/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 00:56:41 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/17/usm-brings-deep-talented-pitching-staff-to-ncaa-baseball-tournament/ GORHAM — When the season began, Ed Flaherty looked at his University of Southern Maine baseball roster, with 13 sophomores and nine freshmen, and wasn’t sure what to expect.

Then the team went 7-4 on its annual Florida trip. “I was worried about going 2-9,” said Flaherty. “That’s when I realized we could be pretty good.”

The Huskies went 30-11 and got a bid to the NCAA Division III tournament for the 23rd time since 1987. USM will face Castleton University (34-8) in the first round of the New York Regional in Syracuse at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Huskies were sent out of the New England Regional for just the second time in school history, Flaherty said. That the New York Regional features just six teams – instead of the eight in the New England Regional – may favor USM’s deep, talented pitching staff, which had a 3.97 ERA, second-best in the Little East Conference.

“With our top eight to nine guys, in a six-team tournament, we don’t have to go beyond that,” said Flaherty.

This looms as a tough tournament, with Oswego State (No. 7), Tufts (No. 13) and The College of New Jersey (No. 17) all ranked in the top 20 in D3baseball.com’s national poll. USM is No. 21.

But Flaherty believes USM has the qualities needed to win.

“When you get to a tournament, you can’t count on your hitting a lot,” he said. “In my experience it comes down to pitching and defense, not making mistakes.”

USM’s defense was exceptional this year, with a .973 fielding percentage, best in the LEC with 41 errors in 41 games.

USM’s top two starters are sophomore Dalton Rice (6-1, 3.49 ERA, 71 strikeouts in 512/3 innings) and senior Tyler Leavitt (4-0, 4.24). Throw in sophomore Henry Curran (3-1, 4.39, 30 strikeouts in 262/3 innings) and senior starter/reliever Tom Fortier (3-1, 4.18, 46 strikeouts in 512/3 innings), and Flaherty is confident he has the staff to go deep into games.

Once there, the Huskies turn the ball over to sophomores Matt Correale (5-4, 2.79, two saves) and Jake Dexter (4-1, 1.91, 11 saves). “If we get into the sixth with the lead, we’re tough to beat,” said Flaherty. “There’s not too many better end games than that anywhere.”

Pitching will be very important in the opener. Castleton’s team ERA is 2.07, which led Division III. While the North Atlantic Conference, which Castleton won for the fourth consecutive year, isn’t considered as strong as the LEC, Flaherty said, “When you throw a team ERA of 2.07, it causes a concern.”

The Huskies are certainly confident.

“We definitely have the pitching staff to go deep into the tournament,” said Rice, who will start Thursday.

“We’ve just got to go in there and play our brand of baseball,” said Leavitt, who missed last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Fortier said having Leavitt back has been a huge plus, his “experience and focus” helping the younger pitchers

For all his uncertainty early in the season, Flaherty said his young players have developed into a well-balanced team.

“I like this team,” he said. “Whether it’s ready yet, we’ll see.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

mlowe@pressherald.com

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Cindy Blodgett promoted to associate head coach at BU http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/15/cindy-blodgett-promoted-to-associate-head-coach-at-bu/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/15/cindy-blodgett-promoted-to-associate-head-coach-at-bu/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 21:30:41 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/15/cindy-blodgett-promoted-to-associate-head-coach-at-bu/ Cindy Blodgett, the former Maine high school basketball star and University of Maine women’s basketball coach, was promoted Monday to associate head coach of the Boston University women’s basketball team.

“Obviously you’re always appreciative to be recognized for work that you’re doing,” said Blodgett. “We’re in the midst of trying to build something special at BU. It’s fun and a lot of hard work.”

Blodgett, 41, was hired three years ago as an assistant by Terriers head coach Katy Steding – a teammate on the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs in 2000.

“She comes to work every day and does a great job,” said Steding, who was also hired in 2014. “Cindy is a tremendous recruiter. She’s great strategically – we have really great discussions at all times about where we’re going with this offensive look or defensive system. She does a tremendous job with everything I ask.

“The bigger part of why she is so valuable is the kind of human being she is. She’s generous, she’s kind. She has a great sense of being a teacher and not just imparting information but getting people to perform at a very high level.”

She added, “Cindy builds great trusting relationships with the kids.”

Blodgett scored a state record 2,596 points in leading Lawrence High to four consecutive Class A state championships from 1991-94.

She then led UMaine to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances while scoring a program-record 3,005 points.

She began her coaching career as a BU assistant in 1999 and was hired as UMaine’s head coach in 2007. After going 24-94 in four years, she was dismissed.

In BU, Blodgett said she has found a place that shares many of her ideals. “If you’re in a position like I am now at BU, with an athletic director who has a clear vision, it’s a good place to be a part of,” she said.

And the promotion doesn’t necessarily mean she will start thinking about running her own program again.

“You never know around the corner what happens a year from now, five years from now,” said Blodgett. “I try to (stay in the) present. I believe in Katy and the players we’ve recruited and in the players we will recruit. Ultimately we want to get to the NCAA tournament and we’re making strides every day.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

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Monday’s Maine college notebook: USM baseball gets NCAA bid, heads to N.Y. Regional http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/15/usm-baseball-gets-ncaa-bid-heads-to-ny-regional/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/15/usm-baseball-gets-ncaa-bid-heads-to-ny-regional/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 15:55:51 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/15/usm-baseball-gets-ncaa-bid-heads-to-ny-regional/ The University of Southern Maine baseball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament, but will be taking a long trip.

USM (30-11) is seeded second in the six-team, double-elimination New York Regional at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.

The Huskies, the top-seeded team in the Little East Conference regular season, lost in the championship round of the LEC tournament on Saturday. USM is heading to the NCAAs for the first time since 2015 and the 23rd time overall under Coach Ed Flaherty.

The Huskies will play Castleton (Vermont) University in the first round at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The Spartans won the North Atlantic Conference championship for the fourth consecutive year and are 34-8.

Oswego State is the top seed in the New York Regional with a 28-8 record. Other teams in the regional include No. 3 College of New Jersey (31-11), No. 4 Tufts (30-8-1) and No. 6 Ithaca College (28-11).

St. Joseph’s College, which had a 31-8 record, did not receive an NCAA at-large bid. The Monks were the top seed in the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference but lost their first two games in the conference tournament.

The winner of each of the NCAA’s eight regional tournaments will advance to the Division III College World Series, a double-elimination tournament held at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin, May 26-31.

TRACK & FIELD

AAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Emily Durgin of Standish and the University of Connecticut set a meet record Friday while winning the 10,000 meters at the American Athletic Conference championships in Houston.

Durgin, a senior, surged ahead of Central Florida’s Anne-Marie Blaney on the final lap and won by 3 seconds with a time of 34 minutes, 28.06 seconds. She was chosen as the meet’s outstanding track performer, along with Tulane’s Jessica Duckett, the 100 hurdles champion.

Durgin helped the Huskies finish second in the overall standings, behind Cincinnati.

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: Albany beats UMaine for America East softball title http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/14/sundays-maine-college-roundup-albany-beats-umaine-for-america-east-softball-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/14/sundays-maine-college-roundup-albany-beats-umaine-for-america-east-softball-title/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 03:03:56 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/14/sundays-maine-college-roundup-albany-beats-umaine-for-america-east-softball-title/ VESTAL, N.Y. — Chelsea Henige hit a three-run home run and Albany beat the University of Maine 6-1 in the second game of the day to win the America East Conference softball championship on Sunday.

Maine (19-25) forced the second game by winning 2-0 Sunday morning. The Great Danes (27-16) earn an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Maine ends 19-25.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

The Bowdoin earned a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament quarterfinals with a 5-4 win over Wesleyan in the regional final, in Brunswick.

The Polar Bears (16-5) advance to face Emory on May 22 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

MIDDLEBURY 10, COLBY 9: Jenna McNicholas scored the winning goal with 22 seconds left as the ninth-ranked Ephs (15-4) beat the third-ranked Mules (15-4) in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament in Middlebury, Vermont.

MEN’S TRACK

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Penn State sophomore Isaiah Harris of Lewiston won the 800-meter final in 1:49.68.

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Saturday’s Maine colleges: Bowdoin men’s tennis reaches NCAA quarterfinals http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/13/saturdays-maine-colleges-bowdoin-mens-tennis-reaches-ncaa-quarterfinals/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/13/saturdays-maine-colleges-bowdoin-mens-tennis-reaches-ncaa-quarterfinals/#respond Sun, 14 May 2017 00:07:01 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/13/saturdays-maine-colleges-bowdoin-mens-tennis-reaches-ncaa-quarterfinals/ BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin, the defending NCAA Division III men’s tennis champion, earned a return trip to the quarterfinals with a 5-0 win over Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Saturday.

Gil Roddy and Justin Patel both won at singles and doubles for Bowdoin (20-4), which advances to play Washington University (Mo.) in the quarterfinals May 22 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

BOWDOIN 5, Colby-Sawyer 0: The Polar Bears (15-5) advanced to the NCAA regional final with a win over the Chargers (17-6) in Brunswick.

Sasha Jovanovic and Samantha Stadler both won at doubles and singles for Bowdoin, which plays Wesleyan for a berth in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Sunday.

BASEBALL

AMHERST 5, BATES 3: Yanni Thanopoulos had three RBI and hit a two-run single as the Mammoths (20-15) scored three times in the fourth inning and beat the Bobcats (16-18) in an elimination game in the NESCAC tournament in Waterville.

MAINE 8, UMASS-LOWELL 4: The Black Bears (20-24, 7-10 America East) went up 6-0 in the second inning and held on to defeat the River Hawks (22-25, 10-13) in Orono.

Lou Della Ferra had a two-run double and Tyler Schwanz a three-run homer in the second.

TRACK AND FIELD

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Penn State sophomore Isaiah Harris of Lewiston won his 800- meter heat with a time of 1:48.71. Harris had the fifth-fastest time in qualifying. Moujtaba Mohammed of Nebraska had the fastest qualifying time, finishing in 1:48.09. The final in the 800 is Sunday.

SEC CHAMPIONSHIP: Georgia freshman Kate Hall finished ninth in the 100-meter final with a time of 11.34 seconds. Aleia Hobbs of LSU won in a time of 11.12.

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Men’s lacrosse: Bates charges into NCAA quarterfinals http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/13/mens-lacrosse-bates-charges-into-ncaa-quarterfinals/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/13/mens-lacrosse-bates-charges-into-ncaa-quarterfinals/#respond Sat, 13 May 2017 23:12:12 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/13/mens-lacrosse-bates-charges-into-ncaa-quarterfinals/ LEWISTON — When freshman Evan Wolf scored Amherst’s fifth straight goal to tie the score at 8-8 with 10:54 left in the first half on Saturday afternoon at Garcelon Field, Bates College’s ambitions of an NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse championship looked to be in serious danger.

Then the Bobcats’ high-powered offense took control.

Bates ripped off a 16-1 run, led by senior Charlie Fay of Falmouth and freshman Matt Chlastawa. The two combined to score 17 goals, helping to turn a tense, competitive contest into a 26-14 win that sets up a quarterfinal matchup against another New England Small College Athletic Conference rival – Wesleyan. Wesleyan, which beat Tufts 17-8, will visit Bates on Wednesday.

Starting with a pinpoint shot by Chlastawa shot that bounced past Amherst goalie Cody Tranbarger to give Bates a 9-8 lead, the Bobcats (16-1) scored seven straight goals in a span of 5:01. Four of those goals came 55 seconds apart, as Sam Francis continued to win faceoffs for Bates after each goal.

“We have a lot of really good offensive players,” said Bates Coach Peter Lasagna, “so if we can get stops, if we can win faceoffs, our offense is going to deliver.”

After scoring eight goals, including a swift, instinctive backhand to put Bates up 19-9 with 11:30 left in the third quarter, Fay now has 72 on the season, extending his school record. He also added four assists, and his last goal gave him 160 for his career, two more than Shane Kokoruda’s previous school record.

Fay credited Chlastawa, who scored nine goals on only 15 shots and dished out four assists, for being a dependable attacking partner.

“He’s just out there finishing,” Fay said, “and he’s one of the best in the country at doing that. It’s exciting to have him on your team, and to know that when he’s open you can give him the ball and trust that he’ll score.”

Lasagna, who praised the consistent offensive production of senior leaders Fay, Kyle Weber, Andrew Melvin, Jake Walsh and Burke Smith, was shocked when informed that Chlastawa had scored a career-high nine goals.

“Wow, I had no idea! That’s very impressive,” Lasagna said. “He’s been doing good things all year, and he picked a nice day to have nine.”

Amherst (13-5) eventually managed another five-goal spurt in the fourth quarter to cut its deficit to 24-14, but by that point the Bobcats knew they were headed to the quarterfinals. When told that his team would be playing Wesleyan (18-1), which has won 18 straight games since a season-opening 15-14 loss to Bates on March 5, Lasagna said he’s wary of the Cardinals.

“I think the two best teams in the NESCAC will be playing in Lewiston next week,” Lasagna said. “They’re really good, and they played very well against us last time. They must have played well today if they beat Tufts for the third time, so we will have our hands full.”

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College baseball: USM falls to UMass-Dartmouth in LEC tournament http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/13/college-baseball-usm-falls-to-umass-dartmouth-in-lec-tournament/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/13/college-baseball-usm-falls-to-umass-dartmouth-in-lec-tournament/#respond Sat, 13 May 2017 19:09:17 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/13/college-baseball-usm-falls-to-umass-dartmouth-in-lec-tournament/ GORHAM — And now the wait.

The University of Southern Maine baseball team failed Saturday to win the Little East Conference championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Now the Huskies must wait to see if they will receive an at-large bid.

USM was unable to come up with the clutch hit in a 6-3 loss to UMass-Dartmouth, stranding 14 and going 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position in the opening game of Saturday’s three-team championship round at Flaherty Field.

The Corsairs got strong pitching from Sean Callahan, throwing on two days’ rest, and big hits from Mitch Baker and Kenny Michael to hold off the Huskies.

UMass-Dartmouth (25-19) played UMass-Boston (32-10) for the league title and the automatic NCAA bid in the late game.

The Huskies should have a good shot at an at-large bid. They have a 30-11 record, are ranked first in New England (followed by UMass-Boston) and in the top 20 in two national polls.

Asked if his team’s record would be enough to get in, USM Coach Ed Flaherty said, “If it doesn’t, something’s wrong. You play for 41 games to get yourself in a position – this tournament’s tough to win – to get an at-large bid. We’re one of the best teams in the country, in my mind … I’m confident.”

The NCAA will announce its 56-team field early Monday morning – sometime after midnight.

Forty-one spots are automatic bids. Two are Pool B bids (independent schools or the winner of a league that doesn’t get an automatic bid) and 13 are at-large.

Flaherty said he may stay up Sunday night to find out. Then again … “maybe not. I’m at that age, whatever happens, happens,” he said.

Matt Bender, USM’s third baseman who had another two hits Saturday, is staying up.

“I’m not going to sleep Sunday night,” he said. “It’s going to be a long night. I’m going to be by my laptop. Especially as a senior, I want this team to move on.”

UMass-Dartmouth entered Saturday knowing it would need two wins to get into the NCAA tournament.

That’s why Callahan approached Coach Bob Prince – an All-America outfielder for Flaherty on USM’s 1991 national championship team – and told him he wanted the ball.

“Senior year, figured I had to leave it all out there,” said Callahan. “Just had to do my thing.”

Callahan pitched 71/3 innings and gave up 10 hits and three runs – two coming after he was relieved with the bases loaded in the eighth.

“He felt strong, as strong as you can be on two days’ rest,” said Prince.

“He certainly went out there and proved it.”

Callahan used his fastball and secondary pitches to keep the Huskies off-balance. He was at his best with runners on; he stranded 10, included the bases loaded in the fifth.

“We got hits,” said USM catcher Kip Richard. “They just didn’t fall when we needed them to.”

“He’s a senior, been around and can wiggle himself out of those situations,” Flaherty said of Callahan. “It was his competitiveness in those situations that was the difference.”

USM trailed 4-1 after Baker hit a high chopper over third base for two UMass-Dartmouth runs in the seventh. The Huskies scored twice in the top of the eighth – one coming in on a wild pitch, the other on a single by Andrew Olszak – to pull within 4-3. But Michael hit a two-run double to center in the bottom of the inning to regain the three-run lead.

Nate Tellier got his second save to close it out, stranding two final Huskies runners.

Prince thinks USM should get a bid.

“They certainly should,” he said. “I think both them and Boston are deserving of getting in. I think our conference is the strongest in New England.”

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Friday’s college roundup: Maine advances to America East softball final http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/12/fridays-college-roundup-maine-advances-to-america-east-softball-final/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/12/fridays-college-roundup-maine-advances-to-america-east-softball-final/#respond Sat, 13 May 2017 00:23:57 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/12/fridays-college-roundup-maine-advances-to-america-east-softball-final/ VESTAL, N.Y. — Meghan Royle hit a tiebreaking home run in the third inning and second-seeded Maine held on for a 2-1 win over top-seeded Binghamton in an elimination game Friday at the America East softball tournament.

Royle also scored Maine’s first run on a first-inning double by Alyssa Derrick. Binghamton (22-25) tied it with a run in the bottom of the first.

The Black Bears (18-24) fell into the losers’ bracket when they lost 8-2 to fourth-seeded Albany earlier in the day, despite a two-run homer by Derrick.

Maine must beat Albany twice Saturday to win its second straight championship and earn a bid to the NCAA tournament.

BASEBALL

MAINE SWEEPS UMASS- LOWELL: Jeremy Pena homered on the first pitch in both games, then singled home the tying run and scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning of Game 2 as the Black Bears (19-24, 6-10 America East) completed a sweep against the River Hawks (22-25, 10-12) in Orono, 7-5 and 5-4.

In Game 1, Brandon Vincens hit a two-run single in the seventh as Maine erased a 5-4 deficit. Caleb Kerbs and Cody Pasic also drove in two runs apiece, and Connor Johnson earn the win with three perfect innings in relief. Jeff Gelinas pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Pena got three of Maine’s six hits in Game 2 and scored three runs.

MIDDLEBURY 3, BATES 2: Sam Graf drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth as the Panthers (21-14) edged the Bobcats (16-17) in the opening round of the NESCAC tournament in Waterville.

Bates got a two-run single from Brendon Caravan in the first inning. The Bobcats will face Amherst in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Saturday.

TRACK AND FIELD

SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Georgia’s Kate Hall, of Casco, finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 21-103/4 and qualified for Saturday’s 100-meter final with a time of 11.30, at Columbia, South Carolina.

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USM stays alive in Little East baseball tournament http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/12/usm-stays-alive-in-little-east-baseball-tournament/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/12/usm-stays-alive-in-little-east-baseball-tournament/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 20:54:31 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/12/usm-stays-alive-in-little-east-baseball-tournament/ GORHAM — Matt Bender had been scuffling at the plate at the end of the regular season for the University of Southern Maine baseball team. But as one of the four seniors, he knew he had to step up in the Little East Conference tournament.

And he has.

Bender went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs Friday, helping the Huskies stay alive in the tournament with a 5-3 victory over Eastern Connecticut at Flaherty Field.

Bender has six hits and six RBI in the Huskies’ three tournament games.

“I don’t want my career to end,” said Bender. “I feel these young guys, if I can get them going, fire this team up, that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Andrew Hillier drove in the deciding run with a sixth-inning single. Matt Correale got the win with 22/3 innings of shutout relief, and Jake Dexter got a four-out save.

The victory lifted the Huskies (30-10) into the final day of the double-elimination tournament Saturday.

UMass-Boston and UMass-Dartmouth will finish a suspended game at 11 a.m. Assuming UMass-Boston wins – it leads 10-4 in the ninth – USM will meet UMass-Dartmouth at noon, with the winner to take on UMass-Boston for the title at 3:30 p.m.

“That was a battle,” said Huskies Coach Ed Flaherty of Friday’s victory. “Reminded me of the old Eastern-Southern Maine games, back in the day. They can swing the bats.”

The Huskies prevailed because of outstanding relief pitching – Tom Fortier, Correale and Dexter combined to throw 72/3 innings, allowing one run – and clutch hits by Bender and Hillier.

Bender’s hit came in a bizarre fifth inning. Eastern Connecticut (21-16) had taken a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth on a home run by Alex Zachary.

The Huskies then put their first two runners on in the bottom of the fifth, a double by Hillier and hit batter by Zach Quintal. Both moved up on a sacrifice by Andrew Olszak. After a strikeout, Bender hit a slicing liner to right-center. Zachary dove for what appeared to be a diving, backhanded catch – “I thought he caught it,” said Bender – to end the inning.

But Flaherty questioned the catch – it appeared Zachary had reached out with his hand to pick the ball off the ground after he rolled – and, after conferring, the umpires reversed the ruling and put Bender on first with an RBI single.

Again Flaherty protested, saying the runner on second would have scored with two outs.

After another conference, the umpires agreed and Bender had a two-run single that tied the game.

“That was a pivotal play,” said Flaherty. “If we don’t get that hit, I think we’re in trouble. Bender’s come up big for us the last couple of days.”

“The umpires got it right in the fifth, as crazy as that was,” said Eastern Connecticut Coach Matt LaBranche. “I just think it was a difficult situation for the kids. But I thought we did a good job not letting that faze us and staying in there competing.

“I thought this was a little bit of a game that they had some balls that weren’t hit well and fell in, and we hit some hard that were caught. And we couldn’t get a two-out hit.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

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Thursday’s college roundup: USM avoids elimination http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/11/thursdays-college-roundup-usm-avoids-elimination/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/11/thursdays-college-roundup-usm-avoids-elimination/#respond Thu, 11 May 2017 22:04:06 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/11/thursdays-college-roundup-usm-avoids-elimination/ GORHAM — Matt Bender hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth inning and Kip Richard had his first career home run as Southern Maine stayed alive in the Little East baseball tournament Thursday with an 8-4 victory against Rhode Island College.

USM will play another elimination game Friday against Eastern Connecticut. The exact time is not known because a game from Thursday that was suspended with a tie score in the eighth inning must be completed, then another full game will be played before USM plays.

USM must win one game Friday, then two Saturday to capture the tournament.

The top-seeded Huskies (29-10) trailed 2-0 after four innings but tied it in the fifth. Bender led off with a double and scored on consecutive groundouts, and Richard homered to make it 2-2.

After taking the lead in the sixth, USM added two runs in the seventh on an RBI triple by Andrew Olszak and a sacrifice fly by Zach Quintal.

Olszak finished 4 for 5 and Richard had three hits.

BATES, SUFFOLK SPLIT: Kyle Carter raced home on Dan Trulli’s fly to center, scoring the winning run as the Bobcats (16-16) ended their regular season with a 12-inning victory over Suffolk (26-14) in Lewiston in the second game of a doubleheader.

Carter was running for Brendon Canavan, who had singled. Carter went to second on a hit batter and to third on a wild pitch before ending it.

In the opener, Matt Brenner singled home two runs in a three-run first inning and singled home another run in a four-run fourth as Suffolk took a 7-0 lead en route to a 10-1 triumph.

SOFTBALL

MAINE 9, HARTFORD 1: Meghan Royle drove in five runs, capped by a game-ending, bases-loaded triple in the fifth, and the second-seeded Black Bears (17-23) won their winners’ bracket game in the America East tournament in Vestal, New York

Royle doubled home two runs in the fourth to give Maine a 4-1 lead, then scored on a single by Alyssa Derrick. Erica Leonard followed with an RBI single.

Leadoff hitter Rachel Carson went 2 for 2 with two walks and scored three runs. Felicia Lennon and Sarah Coyne each scored twice.

Erin Bogdanovich (6-10) allowed only one hit in 32/3 innings, though she issued four walks.

Sixth-seeded Hartford (4-44) scored in the fourth without a hit.

Maine will face fourth-seeded Albany at 11 a.m. Friday. The winner advances to Saturday’s final round; the loser plays an elimination game Friday afternoon.

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Sports Digest: UMaine signs basketball recruits http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/09/sports-digest-umaine-signs-basketball-recruits/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/09/sports-digest-umaine-signs-basketball-recruits/#respond Wed, 10 May 2017 00:20:01 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/09/sports-digest-umaine-signs-basketball-recruits/ COLLEGES

Three recruits set to join Maine men’s basketball

The University of Maine announced that three recruits have decided to join the men’s basketball team for next season.

The players are Celio Araujo a 5-foot-10 point guard from Brazil who played ay Sheridan (Kansas) Junior College; Duncan Douglas, a 6-6 forward from Lubbock, Texas, who played at Santa Monica (California) College; and Miks Antoms, a 6-8 forward wh played at Lee Academy.

Araujo and Duncan will join UMaine as juniors, and Antoms will be a freshman.

Maeve Carroll, a small forward from Oakton, Virginia, will join the Maine women’s basketball team next season.Carroll was a four-year starter and co-captain at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington.

SOCCER

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Dani Alves inspired Juventus of Turin to a 2-1 win over Monaco on Tuesday to send the Italian club to its second final in three years.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid meet Wednesday for the other second-leg match, with defending champion Real Madrid leading 3-0.

U.S. MEN: Goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of former U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, was picked for the American roster for the Under-20 World Cup along with Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem and Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.

HOCKEY

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Andris Dzerins scored his second goal of the game with a little more than one minute left as Latvia beat Italy 2-1 in Paris to remain atop Group A, ahead of Russia.

In the other match, Switzerland missed out on a third straight victory, losing 4-3 to France in a shootout. France forward Stephane Da Costa scored the only goal of the shootout with a neat backhand flick from an angle.

TENNIS

MADRID OPEN: Top-ranked Andy Murray made his debut at the event with a comfortable 6-4, 6-3 win over wild card Marius Copil of Romania in the second round.

Murray broke serve once in each set and didn’t concede any break opportunities to the 104th-ranked Copil.

CYCLING

BIKE WRECKED: Chris Froome, a three-time Tour de France winner, said his bike was wrecked by a car when the driver intentionally struck him.

The British rider posted a photo on Twitter of the damaged bike and wrote: “Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I’m okay Bike totaled. Driver kept going!”

GIRO D’ITALIA: Slovenian rider Jan Polanc produced a remarkable ride after making an early breakaway to win stage four on the summit of Mount Etna in Sicily.

OLYMPICS

MEN’S HOCKEY: The NHL has a couple of months to reverse its decision and opt to participate in next year’s Olympics in South Korea.

The International Ice Hockey Federation president, Rene Fasel, said his organization was in contact with the National Hockey League Players’ Association two or three times per week, hoping to work out a solution that will bring the sport’s biggest stars to Pyeongchang.

FOOTBALL

NFL: The Buffalo Bills hired Brandon Beane, the Carolina assistant general manager, to fill their general manager vacancy.

– Staff and news service report

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: Colby women’s lacrosse wins NESCAC title http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/07/sundays-maine-college-roundup-colby-womens-lacrosse-wins-nescac-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/07/sundays-maine-college-roundup-colby-womens-lacrosse-wins-nescac-title/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 02:46:11 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/07/sundays-maine-college-roundup-colby-womens-lacrosse-wins-nescac-title/ MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Kendall Smith scored two goals and Sasha Fritz had a goal and two assists as Colby ended the game with six straight goals on its way to a 13-9 win over Trinity in the New England Small College Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse championship game Sunday.

Colby (15-3) clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The Mules got a first-round bye and will face Middlebury or Plymouth State on Sunday in the second round.

The victory was the 13th straight for Colby, which won its third conference title.

Kiley Coffin scored her seventh goal of the game with 17:39 left to give the Bantams a 9-7 lead, then Gemma Bready started the Mules’ run with 14:49 left. Fritts scored just 56 seconds later to tie the game and Smith scored the winner with 13:15 remaining.

Emilie Klein scored four goals for Colby, while Smith had three goals and an assist.

Fritz added two goals and three assists.

Men’s lacrosse

Bates, which suffered its first loss of the season Saturday in the NESCAC semifinals, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Bobcats (14-1) will host Plattsburgh State (12-5) of the State University of New York Athletic Conference in the second round of the tournament on Wednesday. The winner advance to face Amherst or Springfield on Saturday.

BASEBALL

SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 3, NEW HAMPSHIRE T.I. 2: Kyle Parmley pitched a complete game, holding the Lynx (7-17, 6-6 YSCC) without a hit until the fifth inning, and the SeaWolves (11-14-1, 7-4-1) repeated as Yankee Small College Conference champions, in South Portland.

Parmley gave up five singles, four of them in the seventh inning, when the Lynx got within a run on a two-run single by Mike Simard.

Carter Chabot had an RBI single, Caleb Chambers drove in a run with a groundout and Nathaniel Cyr drew a bases-loaded walk as the SeaWolves took a 3-0 lead in the third.

MAINE SPLITS WITH MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY: Tyler Schwanz and Hernen Sardinas combined for six hits, six RBI and three runs scored to lead the Black Bears (17-24, 4-10 America East) to a 10-7 victory over the Retrievers (18-19, 10-7) in the first game of a doubleheader in Orono.

A.J. Wright doubled home two runs and also scored as the Retrievers scored five times in the sixth inning to beat Maine 9-6 in the second game.

Maine, trailing 7-4 in the first game, took the lead with a four-run seventh capped by Schwanz’ RBI grounder. Sardinas added a two-run homer in the eighth. Schwanz also homered in the victory.

Jeremy Pena had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Black Bears in the second game. Caleb Krebs drove home two runs and scored once.

Softball

AMHERST 3, BOWDOIN 1: Andrea Sanders ripped a liner to the gap in right center for a three-run triple in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Mammoths (27-9) a win over the Polar Bears (28-9) in a NESCAC tournament elimination game in Brunswick.

The Polar Bears took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Ali Miller scored on Caroline Rice’s single.

The Mammoths came back with three unearned runs in the sixth.

Amherst advanced to the afternoon championship game, only to lose to Williams, 9-1. The Ephs (31-10) earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Amherst (28-10) and Bowdoin remain in contention for at-large bids. The field will be announced Monday.

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Despite moments of ‘high-level play,’ nothing settled yet in UMaine QB battle http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/06/despite-moments-of-high-level-play-nothing-settled-yet-in-umaine-qb-battle/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/06/despite-moments-of-high-level-play-nothing-settled-yet-in-umaine-qb-battle/#respond Sun, 07 May 2017 00:32:59 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/06/despite-moments-of-high-level-play-nothing-settled-yet-in-umaine-qb-battle/ Drew Belcher, Max Staver and Chris Ferguson each had their moments Saturday in the University of Maine’s 13th annual Jeff Cole spring scrimmage at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Staver, the graduate transfer with the big-time arm, threw two touchdown passes, and Belcher and Ferguson, each returning from last year, each threw one.

But the quarterback competition wasn’t settled during the final scrimmage – won by the defense 50-49 with a unique scoring system – of Maine’s spring football season.

“I think we’ve still got to go through the summer and August,” said Coach Joe Harasymiak. “And we’ll do that. It will be similar to last year where we named our starter (the graduated Dan Collins) after the second scrimmage. I think we need time to evaluate it further.”

It didn’t help that Maine was missing its three top wide receivers – Micah Wright (ankle), Jaleel Reed (thumb) and Earnest Edwards (thumb) – with injuries, preventing the quarterbacks from working with them.”

“All three of those guys have improved, there’s no doubt,” said offensive cordinator Liam Coen said of the quarterbacks. “It’s just there’s not going to be any decision right now. It’s going to go into training camp.

“Really, it’s not fair to evaluate the position right now, with the depth issues we have, especially at wide receiver. Continuity, chemistry, timing, none of that was able to be seen this spring.”

While each quarterback contender made some impressive throws, Coen said he didn’t think any of them stood out.

“There’s glimpses of high level of play,” said Coen, mentioning key plays by each. “It just needs to happen on a more consistent level for us to make a decision.”

The contenders realize that. Ferguson talked about going back and watching film, and seeing where he needs to improve and where he did well. Belcher spoke about “becoming more consistent and moving the chains better.” Staver, listed at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, spoke about going to Atlanta to try to improve his “mobility, flexibility and foot speed.”

They all know this position battle is going to be closely watched and they have to perform at their best.

“There’s always some sort of pressure to perform,” said Belcher, who has started nine games at Maine. “You can never take a day off to perform.”

Of the three contenders, Ferguson, finishing his freshman year, believes he faces the least pressure. But he still feels the pressure to perform. “You go out there and you want to be great, you want to make all the throws. Sometimes I get a little ahead of myself. I’ve got to learn to just relax, smile and have fun.”

Staver, who transferred from Houston Baptist and has one year of eligibility remaining, said he doesn’t feel any pressure. But he also knows he has to make the most of his chance.

“I do have to get on my horse and do everything I can to win the job because this is my last year,” said Staver, who is pursuing a graduate degree in human development. “I didn’t come 38 hours from Houston to not do that.”

NOTES: Cornerback Najee Goode, the team’s best cover corner, suffered an injury to his right leg late in the scrimmage and limped to the locker room. Harasymiak said he didn’t know the extent of the injury but hoped it wasn’t as serious as it looked. “That would not be a good one,” he said. … Defensive tackle Charles Mitchell, finishing up his redshirt freshman season, had a good day even though a hamstring injury prevented him from participating. When the team handed out its spring awards, Mitchell not only received the most improved defensive player but also a full scholarship from Harasymiak. “I’m speechless right now,” said Mitchell, who was trying to contact his parents. “I can’t even believe it. I’ve just been keeping my head down and just focused all the way through. I’ve got to thank my teammates and coaches and academic advisors.” …Other awards given out were sophomore offensive lineman Cody Levy as most improved offensive player and freshman linebacker Jaron Grayer as most improved special teams player. Defensive tackle Skylar Bowman and running back Joe Fitzpatrick received strength and conditioning awards. … Running back Josh Mack, who led Maine with 744 rushing yards and six touchdowns last year, was suspended for a violation of team rules. He can return in the fall. Darian Davis-Ray was out with an injury and Fitzpatrick, who played at Cheverus High and is from North Yarmouth, had to sit out the second half of the scrimmage after taking a blow to the head. That left just Nigel Beckford at running back and he performed well, breaking through the interior line several times for big gains. … Three former Black Bears are participating in NFL tryout camps. Linebacker Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback Dan Collins with the Buffalo Bills and long snapper Jeremy Salmon with the New Orleans Saints. Mulumba Tshimanga, who is from Montreal, is also expected to be selected in the Canadian Football League draft Sunday. He’s ranked second among eligible linebackers.

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

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Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Saturday’s Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s baseball upset in GNAC tournament http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/06/saturdays-maine-college-roundup-st-josephs-baseball-upset-in-gnac-tournament/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/06/saturdays-maine-college-roundup-st-josephs-baseball-upset-in-gnac-tournament/#respond Sun, 07 May 2017 00:20:50 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/06/saturdays-maine-college-roundup-st-josephs-baseball-upset-in-gnac-tournament/ LYNN, Mass. — Third-seeded Lasell scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning and upset No. 1 St. Joseph’s 5-3 in an elimination game in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament Saturday.

St. Joseph’s (31-8) tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run single by Joey Murphy. Lasell (16-15) answered with a two-run single in the top of the ninth by Andre Marchesseault.

WILLIAMS SWEEPS BATES: Jack Cloud scored the winning run on an error in the bottom of the seventh as the Ephs (19-11) beat the Bobcats (15-15) 3-2 in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader at Williamstown, Massachusetts. The Ephs won the first game 2-1.

MIDDLEBURY 11, BOWDOIN 4: The Panthers (19-13) scored six runs in the fourth inning to beat the Polar Bears (15-18) in a nonconference game shortened to five innings by rain in Brunswick. Jack Wilhoite hit a two-run homer for Bowdoin.

AMHERST SWEEPS COLBY: The Mammoths (19-14) scored three times in the top of the seventh to beat the Mules (10-25-1) in the first game of a doubleheader in Waterville. Amherst scored three runs in the eighth to win Game 2, 8-4.

SOFTBALL

BOWDOIN SPLITS: Ali Miller hit a three-run triple and the Polar Bears (28-9) beat Trinity (19-15) 9-3 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament elimination game in Waterville. Earlier in the day, Bowdoin lost the completion of Friday’s suspended game against Amherst, 9-0.

ST. JOSEPH’S ELIMINATED: The Monks scored three runs in the fourth inning to beat the Sharks (15-25) 6-3 in a GNAC elimination game. But in a later game, Megan Ferraro held the Monks to two hits as Albertus Magnus ousted St. Joseph’s (22-17) 8-0 in five innings at Brookline, Massachusetts.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

COLBY 10, MIDDLEBURY 9: Sasha Fritts scored her second goal of the game with 2:18 left to give the No. 4 Mules (14-3) a win over the No. 1 Panthers (13-4) in a NESCAC semifinal in Middlebury, Vermont.

Colby advances to play No. 3 Trinity in the final at 1 p.m. Sunday at Middlebury.

MEN’S LACROSSE

MIDDLEBURY 14, BATES 13: A.J. Kucinski and J.P. Miller each scored three goals as the sixth-seeded Panthers (9-8) handed the top-ranked Bobcats (14-1) their first loss of the season in the NESCAC semifinals in Lewiston.

Charlie Fay had four goals and two assists for Bates, giving him 60 goals this year, which passes the single-season school record set by Mike D’Addrio in 2000.

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Friday’s college roundup: St. Joseph’s upset in GNAC women’s lacrosse tournament http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/05/fridays-college-roundup-st-josephs-upset-in-gnac-womens-lacrosse-tournament/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/05/fridays-college-roundup-st-josephs-upset-in-gnac-womens-lacrosse-tournament/#respond Sat, 06 May 2017 03:01:04 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/05/fridays-college-roundup-st-josephs-upset-in-gnac-womens-lacrosse-tournament/ STANDISH — Mallory Cottam scored with 2:17 remaining to lift sixth-seeded Simmons College to an 11-10 victory over No. 2 St. Joseph’s on Friday night in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference semifinal.

Cottam finished with four goals for the Sharks (8-11), who overcame a 10-7 deficit in the final 10 minutes, getting goals from Kasey Fries, Cottam and Giarrusso to tie the game.

Simmons advances to face top-seeded Johnson & Wales in the final on Sunday.

Elyse Caiazzo had five goals for the Monks, who had their five-game winning streak snapped and finish at 13-4.

Jackie Wilson added two goals for St. Joseph’s, while Kayla Kelly had a goal and two assists.

SOFTBALL

ALBANY SWEEPS MAINE: The Great Danes survived a Maine rally in the seventh inning of Game 2 to take a 6-5 victory and complete a season-ending doubleheader sweep at Orono.

Elizabeth Snow hit a three-run homer in the top of the seventh to push Albany’s lead to 6-2 in the late game. In the bottom of the inning. Erika Leonard hit an RBI double and Maddie Moore had a two run single, but the Black Bears stranded two.

The Great Danes (23-15, 8-7 America East) took the first game 2-0 on first-inning RBI hits by Snow and Sarah Petzold and the pitching of Celeste Verdolivo, who held the Black Bears (16-23, 10-6) to two singles.

Erin Bogdanovich struck out 12 in a five-hitter for Maine.

Saturday’s scheduled game between the teams was cancelled because of forecast rain. The Black Bears will enter the conference tournament next week as the No. 2 seed.

BASEBALL

BOWDOIN 8, AMHERST 4: The Polar Bears (15-17) scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth and defeated Amherst (17-14) in a nonconference game at Brunswick.

Sawyer Billings and Jack Wilhoite each hit an RBI single during the rally and Colby Lewis pitched two hitless innings of relief to earn the win.

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UMaine football team looking to make good impression in Portland scrimmage http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/05/umaine-football-team-looking-to-make-good-impression-in-jeff-cole-memorial-spring-scrimmage/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/05/umaine-football-team-looking-to-make-good-impression-in-jeff-cole-memorial-spring-scrimmage/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 23:42:20 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/05/umaine-football-team-looking-to-make-good-impression-in-jeff-cole-memorial-spring-scrimmage/ Spring football is the time of year to make big impressions. The University of Maine refers to it as “Building the Resume.”

The Black Bears are looking to make another kind of impression Saturday in their Jeff Cole Memorial spring scrimmage. The game will be played at Portland’s Fitzpatrick Stadium – instead of Alfond Stadium in Orono – at 4 p.m.

“I say it all the time,” said Joe Harasymiak, the Black Bears’ second-year coach. “I know we’re way up there (in Orono), but we should be the state’s flagship institution. We’re the only Division I program in the state and football should be important. I know it’s important at the high school level, I see that all the time. I see it in the youth clinics we do. It’s growing in the state and it’s important to have a flagship team that everyone can follow.”

Maine will also play a Colonial Athletic Association game at Fitzpatrick Stadium on Nov. 4 against Delaware.

“It’s a city we need to get involved in,” said Harasymiak. “Obviously there’s a big Boston and Patriots following there, but it’s not like UMaine football can’t be talked about in the fall, too.”

It should be an entertaining scrimmage. The quarterback battle is in full swing again, featuring Drew Belcher, Chris Ferguson and Max Staver. They’ve all had moments during the five-week spring season. Staver, a transfer from Houston Baptist who also played at the University of Florida, and Belcher looked particularly good in the team’s second scrimmage, each throwing two touchdowns with no interceptions, and Harasymiak will carry the competition into training camp in August.

Other things to watch Saturday: wide receiver Jared Osumah, who has caught at least one touchdown pass in each scrimmage; the matchup of offensive left tackle Jamil Demby, a four-year starter, against defensive end Uchenna Egwuonwu, now wearing the coveted No. 9; the linebackers, with converted safeties Sinmisola Demuren and Spencer Carey (from Fairfield and Lawrence High) having made good impressions so far this spring; and the running backs, with Josh Mack, Nigel Beckford and Joe Fitzpatrick (from North Yarmouth and Cheverus High) running hard in all the scrimmages.

“It’s hard to say in the spring that you want to see the offense do this because if they do it, that means the defense didn’t do its job,” Harasymiak said of Saturday’s scrimmage. “Hopefully we’ll have a pretty even match-up.”

The Black Bears will be missing some key players because of injuries. Wide receivers Micah Wright (ankle), Jaleel Reed (thumb) and Earnest Edwards (thumb), cornerback Manny Patterson (ankle) and defensive tackle Charles Mitchell (hamstring) are out. Running back Darian Davis-Ray (foot) is questionable.

The scrimmage will include a unique scoring system: touchdowns will count for six points for either the offense or defense; a first down is worth one point; a three-and-out defensive series is worth one point for the defense; a run of 15 yards or more or a pass of 25 yards or more is worth three points for the offense; a negative play is worth three points for the defense.

Maine will hold an autograph session after the spring game and hand out its 2017 posters.

“I hope it’s a great day for the young kids in the area to come and check out Maine football,” said Harasymiak.

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Thursday’s Maine college roundup: USM wins regular-season league title http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/04/maine-colleges-usm-wins-regular-season-league-title/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/04/maine-colleges-usm-wins-regular-season-league-title/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 03:06:20 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/04/maine-colleges-usm-wins-regular-season-league-title/ GORHAM — The University of Southern Maine clinched the Little East Conference regular-season baseball championship Thursday by defeating UMass-Dartmouth 9-1 in the opener of a doubleheader at Flaherty Field.

The Corsairs recovered to take the second game, 4-3.

The championship meant that USM will host the six-team, double-elimination league tournament that starts Wednesday. The Huskies, 12-2 in the league with a 28-9 overall record, will meet the sixth seed in the tournament opener at noon.

In the first game Thursday, Dalton Rice struck out 11 and Zach Quintal hit a two-run homer for USM against UMass-Dartmouth (22-18, 9-5).

Jake Dexter and Andrew Oiszak each had three hits for Southern Maine.

Mac Curran singled in a run for the Corsairs.

In the second game, Mike Knell drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the eighth for UMass-Dartmouth.

Paul McDonough had two hits for Southern Maine.

BATES 14, UMAINE-FARMINGTON 1: Will Sylvia hit a two-run homer in a five-run eighth inning as the Bobcats (15-13) downed the Beavers (5-29) at Farmington.

Leo Watson added two hits and drove in three runs. Bates scored four runs in each of the fourth and seven innings to take a 9-1 lead.

Robert Jones picked up the win, allowing one run on seven hits, striking out three in seven innings. Gage Cote hit a solo homer in the seventh for Farmington.

SOFTBALL

SUFFOLK 5, ST. JOSEPH’S 2: Lindsay Pagano hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to lead the third-seeded Rams (27-15) over the second-seeded Monks (21-16) in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament at Standish.

Jennifer Murphy and Carla Tripp each had two hits for St. Joseph’s.

Delaney Sylvester had three hits for Suffolk.

Saint Joseph’s will play eighth-seeded Simmons in the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, at Providence, Rhode Island. If the Monks win, they will play Norwich or Albertus Magnus in another elimination game at 5:30 p.m.

Suffolk and Johnson & Wales are the remaining undefeated teams in the tournament.

MEN’S LACROSSE

BATES: Charlie Fay of Falmouth was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference player of the year after leading the Bobcats to the No. 1 ranking in Division III.

Bates (14-0) will take on Middlebury (8-8) in the conference semifinals at noon Saturday at Lewiston.

Wesleyan and Tufts will meet in the second semifinal, with the winners playing Sunday for the title.

Fay, a senior, is three goals away from matching the school single-season record and 14 away from the career scoring high.

Fay also was a first-team, All-NESCAC selection for the third time. Senior Kyle Weber also was named to the first time and senior Scott Baber to the second team.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MAINE: The Black Bears signed Kira Barra, a 6-foot-3 forward.

Barra, a Dillingen, Germany, native, has competed in the European and German championships the past six years, and helped lead Germany to a first-place finish at the under-16 European championships in 2014.

Barra attended high school at Theo-Koch-Schile, Gruenberg in Gruenberg, Hesse, Germany.

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St. Joseph’s suffers loss in baseball tournament http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/04/st-josephs-suffers-loss-in-baseball-tournament/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/04/st-josephs-suffers-loss-in-baseball-tournament/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 00:35:45 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/04/st-josephs-suffers-loss-in-baseball-tournament/ STANDISH — Brandon Budlong tossed a complete game as fourth-seeded Johnson & Wales defeated top-seeded St. Joseph’s College 6-3 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference baseball tournament Thursday.

The Monks fell into the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament, and will play again Saturday – twice if it advances – at Nashua, New Hampshire.

Budlong allowed 10 hits but walked just one, striking out five.

Budlong, a sophomore left-hander, changed speeds effectively, keeping the Monks off balance for most of the game.

“I realized that (St. Joseph’s) put the pitching machine up close in practice, hitting fastballs as fast as possible, so I knew that’s what they were geared up for. That’s all they really know how to hit is a fastball, so I’ll throw my off-speed all day to them,” said Budlong.

Budlong allowed five hits and no runs through the first seven innings.

He was tested in the eighth and ninth but limited the damage in both innings.

“(Budlong) bore down. I told him it was his game and he deserved the opportunity to finish that game,” said Johnson & Wales Coach John LaRose.

Johnson & Wales (22-17) struck early, jumping ahead 2-0 in the first on a two-run homer by Dave Matthews. Leadoff man Rob Ballinger was hit by a pitch and one out later, Matthews homered over the wall in right-center.

“It’s big to come out here and start getting runs as soon as possible, especially against a good hitting team like (St. Joseph’s),” said Matthews.

The Wildcats made it 3-0 in the fifth on an RBI single by Matthews, scoring Ballinger from second.

St. Joseph’s (31-7) ran itself out of an inning in the fifth. The Monks had runners on first and second with two outs and Max McCoomb at the plate.

A pitch in the dirt kicked away from catcher Edison Mercado and both runners tried to advance, but Mercado recovered the ball quickly and fired to third in plenty of time to get the runner and end the inning.

“We have to play a lot better than that to win a ballgame,” said St. Joseph’s Coach Will Sanborn.

Johnson & Wales responded in the sixth inning with a pair of runs thanks to shaky defense and a balk.

McCoomb got the Monks on the board with an RBI double, his second double of the game, in the eighth to cut the deficit to 6-1.

St. Joseph’s added a run later in the inning on a fielder’s choice.

The Monks had a chance to tie the game in the ninth. With one run already in, they had runners on first and second with two outs and McCoomb at the plate. The runners advanced on a passed ball but McCoomb flied to right to end the game.

“I was just thinking, don’t give (McCoomb) anything to hit out of the ballpark,” said Budlong.

Joey Murphy led St. Joseph’s with three hits, including a double, and scored a run.

There are four teams remaining in the tournament, which now shifts to Nashua, New Hampshire on Saturday and Sunday.

“It was a big win today. If everyone just does their job and we keep going how we’re going, I think we should be fine,” said Matthews.

“That was a big win but it was just the start, hopefully,” said LaRose.

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Wednesday’s Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s advances in tournament http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/03/wednesdays-maine-colleges-st-josephs-advances-in-tournament/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/03/wednesdays-maine-colleges-st-josephs-advances-in-tournament/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 02:51:31 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/03/wednesdays-maine-colleges-st-josephs-advances-in-tournament/ STANDISH — Jackie Wilson had five goals and two assists Wednesday to lead second-seeded St. Joseph’s College to a 17-6 victory against seventh-seeded Norwich in the quarterfinals of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse tournament.

St. Joseph’s (13-3), which opened a 10-3 halftime lead, will be home against sixth-seeded Simmons in the semifinals Friday.

Kayla Kelly had four goals and an assist, and Elize Caiazzo added three goals, an assist and four ground balls for St. Joseph’s against the Cadets (7-9).

Kathryn Albretsen led Norwich with three goals. Chapel Guarnieri added two.

Kaylin Mansir of the Monks and Lawson Hayes of Norwich had seven saves each.

ROGER WILLIAMS 18, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 3: McKenna Everding scored six goals as the second-seeded Hawks (13-3) handled the third-seeded Nor’easters (10-9) in a Commonwealth Coast conference semifinal at Bristol, Rhode Island.

Kaelin Hogan had four goals and three assists for Roger Williams.

Jocelyn Davee, Korinee Bohunsky and Megan O’Grady scored for UNE.

MEN’S LACROSSE

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 11, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 7: The second-seeded Golden Bears (8-9) took an 8-0 lead after one quarter and held off the third-seeded Nor’easters (14-5) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinal at Springfield, Massachusetts.

UNE scored four unanswered goals in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 8-4 at halftime but got no closer.

Tom Luttrell scored three goals for the Nor’easters, Andrew Curro had a goal and an assist, and Phillip Young, Pat Pohle and Dan Auger also scored.

Tim Breau paced Western New England with two goals and a pair of assists.

BASEBALL

SOUTHERN MAINE 8, BATES 3: Kip Richard drove home three runs on two hits and also scored as the Huskies (27-8) defeated Bates (14-13) at Gorham.

Andrew Hillier had four hits and scored three times for USM. Dan Trulli led the Bobcats with a pair of hits, an RBI and a run.

Southern Maine took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, then added two in the second when Richard doubled home Jake Dexter before scoring on Tom Budrewicz’s single. Richard then tripled home two runs to cap a three-run third to make it 6-0.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 9, NEW HAMPSHIRE TI 1: Nathan Huot was 2 for 3 with a solo home run and scored three runs as the Seawolves (9-14-1, 6-4-1 Yankee Small College) defeated the Lynx (6-15, 6-5) in five innings at Concord, New Hampshire.

Jakob Latini had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs for SMCC, and Amos Herrin added a two-run homer.

Michael Kernan had a solo shot for the Lynx – the only hit surrended by Max Salevsky in the game.

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Tuesday’s college roundup: Southern Maine baseball tops Bowdoin, 8-7 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/02/tuesdays-college-roundup-southern-maine-rallies-top-edge-bowdoin-in-baseball-8-7/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/02/tuesdays-college-roundup-southern-maine-rallies-top-edge-bowdoin-in-baseball-8-7/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 02:35:10 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/02/tuesdays-college-roundup-southern-maine-rallies-top-edge-bowdoin-in-baseball-8-7/ GORHAM — Jake Dexter scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Kip Richard and 23rd-ranked Southern Maine overcame a four-run deficit to beat Bowdoin 8-7 Tuesday in a nonconference baseball game at Ed Flaherty Field.

Bowdoin (14-17) scored five runs in the top of the third to take a 7-3 lead. Evann Dumont-LaPointe hit a two-run home run, Joe Gentile followed with a two-run double and later scored on a throwing error.

Southern Maine (26-8) scored a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Devin Warren, then added two more in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 7-6.

Dylan Hapworth opened the bottom of the eighth with a single and advanced to third on Dexter’s single. Hapworth scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, then Richard lined out to center field to score Dexter.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

KEENE STATE 18, SOUTHERN MAINE 10: The Owls (7-10, 4-2) posted an 11-2 advantage in the second half as they defeated the Huskies (7-10, 4-2) in the Little East Conference quarterfinals in Keene, New Hampshire.

Kelly Chadnick led Keene State with five goals, and Chelsea Lewis added three. Gabby Smith had two goals and six assists.

Allison Irish, Megan Violette and Ruth Nadeau each had two goals for Southern Maine.

Hala Van Nostrand had seven saves for USM; Alison Argiro had nine for Keene State.

MEN’S LACROSSE

EASTERN CONNECTICUT ST. 17, SOUTHERN MAINE 14: Matthew Rougeot scored eight goals and the Vikings (8-9) scored six unanswered goals to start the game to beat the Huskies (6-10) in the semifinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament in Mansfield, Connecticut.

Nate Delgiudice scored five goals for the Huskies.

Harrison Urda added five goals for the Vikings, who led 16-11 late in the fourth quarter.

Goals from Paul Leonardo, Sam Fortin and Sam Hornblower cut the lead to 16-14 with 1:59 left for the Huskies, but the Vikings added another goal with under a minute left.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MAINE: Coach Amy Vachon announced that Parise Rossignol will rejoin the team after choosing to spend last season on the sideline.

Rossingol, who will have two years of athletic eligibility remaining, played in 27 games during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

Rossingnol, a 5-8 guard, played for Van Buren High, where she scored 2,589 points in her four-year career.

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Sunday’s Maine college roundup: St. Joseph’s women’s lacrosse cruises to win http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/30/sundays-maine-college-roundup-st-josephs-womens-lacrosse-cruises-to-win/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/30/sundays-maine-college-roundup-st-josephs-womens-lacrosse-cruises-to-win/#respond Mon, 01 May 2017 01:52:20 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/30/sundays-maine-college-roundup-st-josephs-womens-lacrosse-cruises-to-win/ Elyse Caiazzo scored four goals and the St. Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team cruised to a 17-1 win over the University of St. Joseph on Sunday at Deering High School.

The Monks improved to 12-3 overall, 8-1 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. They earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament and will play Norwich in the quarterfinals at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Kayla Kelly and Jackie Wilson each added three goals for the Monks.

Charlotte Eberhardt scored for the Blue Jays (3-10, 0-9).

SOFTBALL

USM SWEPT BY UMASS- DARTMOUTH: Emily Colton hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Corsairs (20-17, 6-7 Little East) to a 3-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Brooke Cross had three hits in the first game for Southern Maine.

Maxine Vincent’s RBI single in the ninth gave UMass-Dartmouth a 4-3 win in the second game.

BRANDEIS SWEEPS COLBY: The Judges (13-16) scored eight runs in the top of the sixth inning and beat the Mules (11-19) 11-0 in the first game of a doubleheader in Waterville.

Allison Hecht drove in four runs, while Madison Hunter and Keri Lehtonen each had three hits for Brandeis, which also won the second game, 5-2.

Katie McLaughlin had two hits and drove in a run in the second game for Colby.

TUFTS SWEEPS BATES: The Jumbos (19-14, 7-4 NESCAC East) scored three runs in the third inning and beat the Bobcats (10-17, 1-10) 3-1 in the first game of a doubleheader in Medford, Massachusetts.

Kristin Pelletier pitched a strong game for Bates, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out one in six innings.

The Jumbos completed the sweep with a 14-1 win in five innings.

Maddie Inlow had two hits for Bates.

ST. JOSEPH’S SPLITS WITH ALBERTUS MAGNUS: Kaylee Burns drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh as the Monks (20-14, 17-4 GNAC) beat the Falcons (26-12, 14-7) 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader in New Haven, Connecticut.

The Monks trailed 2-1 going into the sixth, but Jennifer Murphy drove in a run with a groundout to tie the game.

The Falcons won the second game, 6-0.

BINGHAMTON 10, MAINE 2: Kate Richard hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first and the Bearcats (21-21, 11-2 America East) beat the Black Bears (16-21, 10-4) in Vestal, New York.

BASEBALL

USM 4, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 1: Sam Stauble hit an RBI triple in the fifth inning, when the Huskies (25-8) scored three times in a win over the Golden Bears (21-5) in Gorham.

Southern Maine took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Dylan Hapworth.

Tyler Leavitt earned the win, allowing one run on five hits while striking out four in 61/3 innings.

STONY BROOK 12, MAINE 6: The Seawolves (20-21, 8-7 America East) scored seven times in the second inning on their way to a win over the Black Bears (15-23, 3-9) in Stony Brook, New York.

Tyler Schwanz had two hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs for Maine.

BATES SPLITS WITH PLYMOUTH STATE: Brendan Smith pitched a shutout, allowing three hits, to lead the Bobcats (13-12) to a 1-0 win over the Panthers (16-18) in the second game of a doubleheader in Lewiston.

Smith walked one and struck out five.

Jack Arend grounded out to first base to drive in Will Sylvia in the bottom of the second inning.

Plymouth State won the first game, 7-1.

TRACK AND FIELD

LITTLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS: The University of Southern Maine women won their 18th consecutive Little East Conference championship on Saturday at the New England Alliance/LEC Championships meet at Westfield State University.

The Huskies won five events and posted 20 top-three results to tally 188 points and take the team title over runner-up Rhode Island College (113). Jazmyn Sylvester-Cross won the 10,000-meters in 42:13.53 and Jasmine Boyle won the 5,000 in 18:48.99. Boyle added a runner-up finish in the 1,500 (4:53.63).

Neka Dias, Liz O’Neal and Molly Gibeault also won individual titles. Dias won the 100 hurdles in 14.48, O’Neal won the 400 hurdles (1:03.53) and Gibeault won in the pole vault (11 feet, 73/4 inches).

The USM men also won the conference title, becoming just the second team to win the Little East cross country, indoor track and outdoor track championships in the same school year. The Huskies won their third straight outdoor title, finishing with 185 points. UMass-Dartmouth was second with 118.5.

The Huskies won seven events, including six individual titles. First-place finishers for USM were Ben Foster in the 10,000 (33:54), Jared Marshall in the 110 hurdles (14.93); Nick Harriman in the 5,000 (15:59.17); Ron Helderman in the pole vault (14-11); Connor Harris in the long jump (23-0); and Drew Gamage in the triple jump (47-7). The 1,600 relay team of Zach Miller, Trey Rogers, Jonathan Hendrickson and Marshall also won in 3:22.77.

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Special day at USM as baseball field named after Ed Flaherty http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/30/special-day-at-usm-as-baseball-field-named-after-ed-flaherty/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/30/special-day-at-usm-as-baseball-field-named-after-ed-flaherty/#respond Mon, 01 May 2017 00:45:01 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/30/special-day-at-usm-as-baseball-field-named-after-ed-flaherty/ GORHAM — Ed Flaherty sat, arms folded, with his family next to him on folding chairs in front of the pitcher’s mound at the University of Southern Maine’s baseball field. He listened as several speakers praised him. He watched as current and former players, including many from his 1997 NCAA Division III national championship team, lined the basepaths.

If Flaherty, in his 32nd season as head baseball coach at USM, was excited or even a little nervous, he didn’t show it.

“No, it was just a regular morning for him,” said Debbie Flaherty, his wife. “Really, what was most important to him is that he wants to win. He said this morning that this is a big game.”

The Huskies defeated Western New England 4-1 to improve to 25-8 on the season. But Sunday was a special day for other reasons. For the first time, the Huskies played on Ed Flaherty Field. The field was finally given a name as university officials honored their longtime coach.

“Wow,” said Flaherty, moments after the new name was unveiled on the left field scoreboard. “This is something I certainly didn’t expect.

“I am honored and humbled. And I feel a little weird about it. I’m still coaching these guys, and if I stay healthy I’ll continue coaching them for a little more.”

Flaherty thanked everyone who has helped him, from school administrators (Athletic Director Al Bean in particular) to trainers and groundskeepers, his assistant coaches (including long-time assistants Ed Boyce and Vinnie Degifico), his players and the fans. “I only feel a part of this,” he said. “This could be the Southern Maine baseball field.”

HUMBLED TO BE HONORED

Those who know him best aren’t surprised at his low-key reaction.

Bean said Flaherty told him the honor was “nice, but not necessary.”

Bean felt otherwise. “I think what Ed has brought to this institution in terms of success of the baseball program and the quality of his teaching and coaching, both in his program and in the classes he conducts (Coaching Philosophy and Fundamentals and Coaching Baseball), is just exceptional,” said Bean. “He’s had an enormously important impact on countless students in this institution.”

“He feels blessed and fortunate,” said his wife, Debbie.

“He loves these players and he loves his coaches. When he says that, it’s not just talk. He means it.”

His oldest son, Ryan, a utility player for the Baltimore Orioles, wasn’t at the ceremony because the Orioles were in New York playing the Yankees.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Ryan in a phone interview last week. “He won’t admit it, but it’s pretty cool. I know I’m excited for him.

“Everywhere I have gone in baseball, people have known my dad. The further I have gone, the more I have realized what he has done for that program. This is a great honor.”

Flaherty, 63, was hired in 1985 as the women’s soccer and baseball coach.

He coached women’s soccer for seven years, and has transformed the’ baseball program into one of the best in Division III.

He has a record of 965-430-4, with two national championships (1991 and 1997) and eight regional titles. He has been named national coach of the year twice and New England coach of the year three times.

NOT JUST ABOUT WINS

But his impact at USM has gone far beyond winning baseball games.

“USM has a lot of assets and a lot of good things going for us, a lot of things to take pride in,” said Glenn Cummings, USM’s president. “But today, with this ceremony, we’re acknowledging very formally that Ed Flaherty is one of the best assets and the best points of pride that any university could ever have.

“There is the impact he has had in terms of victory and the impact in terms of character and guidance and concern and deep appreciation for his athletes that he’s always maintained. When I talk to people that played for Ed Flaherty, they don’t actually talk too much about the victories, they talk about the influence that he has had in making them a man and making them the person that they wanted them to be and that he saw that they could be.”

FOLLOWING HIS LEAD

Bob Prince, a three-time All-American and a member of the 1991 national championship team, is now the head coach at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, one of the Huskies’ top rivals. He spoke of the life lessons that Flaherty – a renowned storyteller – taught him and all the Huskies.

“Every story is wrapped around education, family, doing things the right way, respecting people,” said Prince. “Those are ingrained in this program and have been since 1985 plus. It’s evidenced from the kids who play for this program.”

Prince, in his sixth year at UMass-Dartmouth, said he often incorporates much of what he learned from Flaherty in his coaching. “One of the smartest things I did when I went to UMass-Dartmouth is I took one of his former players, Marc Ouimet, with me,” said Prince. “And I always talk to him, ‘What would Coach do right now?’ We have that conversation all the time. Just the way he runs his program … it’s always about respect, always about appreciating the moment you’re in, appreciating your opponents …. those things have certainly resonated with me and (I) really model our program after this one.”

Prince said naming the stadium after Flaherty simply means more stories will be told. Mentioning USM senior Paul McDonough, Prince said, “Fifty years from now, your kid’s kid is going to come in here and see Ed Flaherty Stadium and ask your son who Ed Flaherty is. He’s going to tell him and they’re going to start talking about those stories. And that’s going to be passed down years upon years.

“It’s almost like a great band that put out a great CD and it’s there for everybody to listen to the rest of their lives.”

Turning to Flaherty, Prince said, “This is your greatest hit.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

mlowe@pressherald.com

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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UMaine’s Pat Ricard ready for his NFL opportunity with Ravens http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/30/umaines-pat-ricard-ready-for-his-nfl-opportunity-with-ravens/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/30/umaines-pat-ricard-ready-for-his-nfl-opportunity-with-ravens/#respond Mon, 01 May 2017 00:37:50 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/30/umaines-pat-ricard-ready-for-his-nfl-opportunity-with-ravens/ Pat Ricard admitted he was disappointed that he didn’t get selected in the NFL draft. But he’s not going to complain.

Ricard, a University of Maine defensive lineman, agreed to a free-agent contract Saturday night with the Baltimore Ravens after the draft was completed. He will report to their upcoming rookie mini-camp.

“It would have been cool to say I was drafted,” Ricard said late Saturday night by phone from his home in Spencer, Massachusetts. “But at the end of the day, I signed with a team and I’m happy.

“I am so ready for this opportunity. There are so many other guys who don’t have it. I’m ready for it.”

Ricard, 22, was one of the Black Bears’ top players in the four years he played there, finishing his career with 208 tackles, 47.5 tackles for a loss and 18 sacks. He had an outstanding senior year, with 50 tackles, 15.5 for a loss and 5.5 sacks.

He was a first-team all-Colonial Athletic Association selection and a third-team STATS FCS All-American.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Ricard had an impressive Pro Day at Maine in March, lifting 225 pounds a personal-best 33 times. His vertical jump was 33.5 inches and his best 40-dash time was 5.0 seconds.

Ricard, who graduated in December with a degree in economics, put on 15 pounds after his college career ended to make himself more attractive to NFL teams. He became stronger without losing any of his mobility and versatility. Projected as a down lineman, he can also play on the edge.

While he never visited the Ravens – Ricard had workouts with Washington, San Francisco, New England, Atlanta, Indianapolis and Buffalo – Ricard said he was in contact with them the last two weeks, either by text messages or phone calls. Then he got a phone call from Baltimore Coach John Harbaugh on Saturday.

“He told me they didn’t have a seventh-round pick to use on me, but that they were very interested,” said Ricard. “He told me they really liked what they saw.”

Maine Coach Joe Harasymiak said Baltimore scouted Ricard in the fall and kept in contact throughout the season. “It’s a great fit for Pat,” he said.

The Ravens, who lost veteran defensive lineman Guy Lawrence as a free agent to the Patriots, have openings on the defensive line. The Ravens also play a tough, physical style.

“That’s why I’m excited,” said Ricard. “They play the way I like to play. And the position I play is a position that’s a need for them.”

Ricard said his years at Maine prepared him for the next step in his football journey.

“Maine was my only Division I offer and I took it because I knew they believed in me,” he said. “I loved it there. They play so tough. That’s what they are.”

Harasymiak knows Ricard will carry that edge with him into the Ravens’ locker room.

“He’s a kid who isn’t afraid to work hard,” said Harasymiak. “He had a dream and a vision and it paid off.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

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Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Wearing No. 9 raises the bar for UMaine’s Uchenna Egwuonwu http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/30/wearing-no-9-raises-expectations-for-umaines-uchenna-egwuonwu/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/30/wearing-no-9-raises-expectations-for-umaines-uchenna-egwuonwu/#respond Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1188436 ORONO — There is no jersey number more cherished on the University of Maine football team than No. 9.

Since defensive end Matt King first asked to wear it in 2002, it has come to signify the toughest player on defense, someone who can be counted on to make the big play, to be a leader.

By tradition, the uniform number has been passed down from a senior to an underclassman ever since.

Darius Greene wore the No. 9 jersey last year after it was willed to him by linebacker Trevor Bates, now with the New England Patriots. In December, Greene presented No. 9 to defensive end Uchenna Egwuonwu, a redshirt junior from Union, New Jersey. Egwuonwu was humbled because he knows what it means to pull that jersey over his shoulder pads.

“It means I have some big shoes to fill,” Egwuonwu said last week. “It means I have to step up and accept my role in this defense. I’m now seen as a leader, not just on defense but on the team as a whole, and I have to portray that image on and off the field. It means I have to be even more accountable.”

The 6-foot-2, 263-pound Egwuonwu made the switch from defensive tackle to defensive end after the third game last fall, and by the end of the season was one of Maine’s top defensive linemen. He finished with 40 tackles (eighth on the team), 3.5 tackles for a loss and one sack.

“He’s a very hard worker,” said Greene, who graduated last December with a communications degree. “He’s a guy who gives constant effort. I’ve seen him progress, seen him improve every year since he’s been here. I see him going far with his talent and dedication.”

His coaches are eager to see how Egwuonwu handles the responsibilities. They have confidence in his ability. They know what he’s done to get to this point, going from a 299.8-pound redshirt freshman defensive tackle to a defensive end strong enough to take on blockers and mobile enough to rush the quarterback.

“He’s completely changed,” said defensive coordinator Corey Hetherman. “We’ve leaned him out and he’s much stronger. He’s moving better, he’s more flexible and less injury-prone than when he got here.”

And by that, Hetherman doesn’t mean just as a player.

“He’s no longer a guy who was a role player or a backup,” said Hetherman. “Last year, he stepped into that starting role and he had some veterans to learn from. Now we need him to be a guy who’s ready to go every day we’re on the field. Every drill, every little thing we’re doing, he’s got to make sure he’s on top of it, because that’s the guy that the younger guys are going to look at.”

Joe Harasymiak, in his second year as head coach, stressed that, “with that jersey, and everything that comes with it, he really needs to step up. He has no choice.”

Harasymiak noted that Maine’s defense is going to be young. “I think Darius saw someone who can carry it for the next two years,” he said.

Egwuonwu, 20, is eager to prove he deserves this.

“I don’t go about life expecting to receive things,” he said. “I feel everything has got to be earned. I’m grateful, but I feel this is the time that you earn the number, not when you get it.

“There’s a lot more responsibility, I know, and it’s crazy to think that I’m an upperclassman now, that I’m like … a teacher. Well, the teacher can’t decide to take plays off. He has to always be on everything, to see everything, to help the other players along. That’s what I’m working to accomplish.”

Maine was the only school to offer Egwuonwu a scholarship. He received a call from Harasymiak, then an assistant to Jack Cosgrove, in January 2014. “Me and my mom had a little celebration in our home,” he said.

Egwuonwu and his mother, Ifeoma, had just returned from visiting family in Nigeria, where his mother and father, Emmanuel, were born. His parents run a medical lab in eastern Nigeria, near the villages they were raised in, and visit often. Egwuonwu said his father spends much of his time there now. His parents also are involved with Hope Alive Africa Charities, Inc. Their connection to Nigeria is what prompted Egwuonwu to major in construction engineering technology.

“Even though I wasn’t born there, I want to go back and give to those communities,” he said. “Maybe I could get into something that would create jobs in the local villages, instead of just farm work, which is what my parents grew up doing. Maybe I can get them into something else, like construction.

“I have to finish my degree, but I want to be like my parents and go back and forth, to help. That’s what I want to do.”

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Maine colleges: Bates advances in men’s lacrosse tournament http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/29/maine-colleges-bates-advances-in-mens-lacrosse-tournament/ http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/29/maine-colleges-bates-advances-in-mens-lacrosse-tournament/#respond Sun, 30 Apr 2017 01:31:05 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/29/maine-colleges-bates-advances-in-mens-lacrosse-tournament/ LEWISTON — Charlie Fay and Kyle Weber each scored four first-half goals as top-seeded Bates beat No. 8 Connecticut College 11-8 in a New England Small College Conference men’s lacrosse quarterfinal Saturday.

Matt Chlastawa had four assists for Bates (14-0), which will host sixth-seeded Middlebury in the semifinals next Saturday.

Maxx Trostky had two goals for Connecticut College (7-9).

UNE 13, NICHOLS 10: Dan Auger had three goals and two assists as the third-seeded Nor’easters (13-4) beat the Bison (10-7) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference quarterfinal in Biddeford.

Tom Luttrell and Alex Zadworny each added two goals for UNE, which advances to play No. 2 Western New England College on Wednesday.

TUFTS 12, BOWDOIN 11: Frank Hattler, Michael Mattson and Zach Richman each scored three goals and the fifth-seeded Jumbos (12-4) beat the fourth-seeded Polar Bears (10-6) in the NESCAC quarterfinals in Brunswick.

Brett Kujala scored three goals for Bowdoin.

MOUNT IDA 14, ST. JOSEPH’S 9: Wyatt Sullivan had three goals and two assists as the Mustangs (13-4, 7-1 GNAC) downed the Monks (6-9, 3-5) in Newton, Massachusetts.

Michael Finn and Joe O’Reilly each had two goals and an assist for the Monks.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

COLBY 8, WESLEYAN 7: Madeline Hatch scored 2:55 into overtime as the fourth-seeded Mules (13-3) defeated the fifth-seeded Cardinals (11-5) in a NESCAC quarterfinal at Waterville.

Hatch finished with two goals and an assist for Colby, which advances to face No. 1 Middlebury. Lexie Petticone dished out three assists, and Sasha Fritts added a pair of goals.

HAMILTON 12, BOWDOIN 9: The second-seeded Continentals (12-4) jumped out to a 5-0 lead and beat the seventh-seeded Polar Bears (10-6) in a NESCAC quarterfinal in Clinton, New York.

UNE 13, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 6: Nichole Carvalho had three goals and three assists and the third-seeded Nor’easters (9-7) beat the sixth-seeded Golden Bears (6-11) in a Commonwealth Coast Conference quarterfinal in Biddeford.

Jocelyn Davee and Anna Stowell each added two goals for UNE, which moves on to face second-seeded Roger Williams on Wednesday.

ST. JOSEPH’S 15, ALBERTUS MAGNUS 2: The Monks (11-3, 7-1 GNAC) scored 13 straight goals in a win over the Falcons (4-9, 1-8) in Portland.

Elysse Caiazzo led St. Joseph’s with four goals and two assists.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT 19, SOUTHERN MAINE 7: Destinee Carey had five goals to lead the Colonials (8-9, 3-3 Little East) over the Huskies (7-8, 1-5) at Danbury, Connecticut.

Lauren Lessard, Aliza Jordan and Allison Irish each scored two goals for Southern Maine.

SOFTBALL

COLBY SWEEPS TRINITY: The Mules (11-17, 4-8 NESCAC East) scored five runs in the sixth inning to rally for a 7-6 win over the Bantams (19-13, 8-4) in the first game of a doubleheader in Waterville.

Wiley Holton, who won the first game in relief, pitched a two-hitter in the second game as Colby won, 4-0.

BINGHAMTON SWEEPS MAINE: Kate Richard homered twice in the first game and Crysti Eichner drove home a pair of runs in the nightcap as the Bearcats (20-21, 10-2 America East) snapped Maine’s seven-game winning streak with a 6-3, 5-1 sweep in Binghamton, New York.

Meghan Royle had a two-run double and Kristen Niland hit an RBI single in the first game for Maine (16-20, 10-3).

Rachel Carson had an RBI triple in the second game.

BOWDOIN SWEEPS BATES: Lauren O’Shea hit a two-run single as part of a four-run first inning and the Polar Bears (27-8, 9-3 NESCAC East) beat the Bobcats (10-16, 1-9) in the first game of a doubleheader in Brunswick, 8-1.

Bowdoin also won the second game, 5-1.

USM SWEEPS EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE: Courtney Davis singled home Taylor Lux in the seventh inning to give the Huskies (14-14, 6-5 Little East) a 4-3 win over the Warriors (11-22, 6-5) in Gorham.

Davis hit a three-run single as USM won the second game 11-3 in five innings.

ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS LASELL: Kylie McFadden and Kate Whitney combined to hold the Lasers (6-28, 2-18 GNAC) to three hits and no runs as the Monks (20-14, 16-4) opened a doubleheader with a 2-0 victory in Standish.

Caitlyn King and Katelyn Olsen continued the scoreless streak with a 6-0 victory in Game 2.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC SWEEPS CENTRAL MAINE CC: Kaylah Abdul drove in three runs to lead the SeaWolves (14-4, 8-1 YSCC) to an 8-4 win over the Mustangs (0-10, 0-10) in the first game of a doubleheader in South Portland.

SMCC completed the sweep with a 10-0 win in five innings.

BASEBALL

STONY BROOK SWEEPS MAINE: Toby Handley walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Seawolves (19-21, 7-7 America East) completed a doubleheader sweep of the Black Bears (15-22, 3-8) with a 4-3 win in Stony Brook, New York.

Stony Brook also won the opener 6-3, scoring four runs in the sixth inning.

USM SWEEPS KEENE STATE: Zach Quintal had six hits, scored five times and drove in a pair of runs as the Huskies (24-8, 11-1 Little East) beat the Owls (13-20, 4-8) in a doubleheader in Gorham, 9-3 and 11-8.

Devin Warren was 2 for 4 with two RBI in the first game. Paul McDonough had three hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBI in the second game.

ST. JOSEPH’S SWEEPS ANNA MARIA: Jameson Collins had three hits and two RBI as the Monks (30-6, 13-1 GNAC) completed a doubleheader sweep with a 6-1 win against Anna Marie (7-31, 0-14) in Northborough, Massachusetts.

Scott Betts and Greg Emanuelson each hit a three-run homer, and Max McComb had a two-run homer in the first game, which the Monks won, 19-1.

TUFTS SWEEPS BATES: Nick Falkson’s two-run homer in the ninth gave the Jumbos (25-5-1, 9-3 NESCAC East) a 6-4 win over Bates (13-11, 7-5) in the second game of a doubleheader in Medford, Massachusetts.

Tufts won the opener, 9-1.

BOWDOIN, COLBY SPLIT: Jack Wilhoite doubled home two runs and scored on a fly ball to cap a five-run first inning for Bowdoin (14-16, 6-6 NESCAC East) on the way to a 12-3 victory over the Mules (10-22-1, 3-9) in Waterville.

Colby earned the split with a 10-4 win.

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