November 8, 2012

Small College Notebook: UNE men's hockey has new home

By Steve Solloway ssolloway@pressherald.com
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Sophomore Amber Dostie (Standish) was named the GNAC Runner of the Year. Coach Ray Putnam, the former Lewiston High cross country and track coach, was named the conference's Coach of the Year. Lauren Rabideau (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) was named GNAC Rookie of the Year. She is the third straight St. Joseph's runner to win that award. Danielle Cusack (Portland) won in 2010 and Dostie won last year.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE

Eight different players scored eight goals as the men's hockey team opened its 2012-13 season with a loss to Castleton State and a win over Skidmore College last weekend. Coach Jeff Beaney has a young team which includes 14 freshman, including four goalkeepers. "It's the most depth I've had, top to bottom," said Beaney. He was able to alternate four lines, which always happened in his program. He used 24 different players in the two games. Freshman goalkeeper Josh Hillegas (Middleton, Wis.) stopped 29 shots in the 5-3 win over Skidmore on Saturday afternoon. ...

Sophomore forward Mazen Aljari (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) has been named to the All-Little East Conference men's soccer first team. Aljari was the Huskies' leading scorer with 11 goals, including three game-winning goals. He was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Week during the final week of the regular season. In two seasons with the Huskies, Aljari has scored 15 goals, including six game winners, in 31 matches. Aljari has been personally responsible for 58 percent of the Huskies' goals (15/26) over the last two seasons. "(Aljari) is an explosive player up top with great speed," said Coach Mike Keller. "He has an ability to kick it into another gear when he gets into open space, and is an excellent finisher in the box."

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