Simonds among four St. Joseph’s Hall picks

Posted July 01, 2010, at 10:07 p.m.

    Rick Simonds, Jill (Bourget) Kelly, Kendra Brown and Chris Esmond have been selected as inductees for the Saint Joseph’s College Athletics Hall, the school announced Thursday.

Simonds guided the Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball program for 23 seasons (1979-92, 1993-03) and posted a 466-176 (.726) record with 11 conference titles and six national tournament appearances. He left his post following the 2003 campaign having never suffered a losing season and is the most successful coach in school history.

Simonds was the boys basketball coach at Ellsworth High School from 1974-79.

Bourget was a key member of the St. Joe’s women’s basketball team during one of the most successful eras of the program. A 5-foot-10 forward, she scored 1,241 points and tallied 694 rebounds with 228 assists in four seasons. She played in all 119 games during her career, during which the Monks posted a 96-23 (.807) record while capturing four conference titles, three New England championships and two NAIA national tourney berths.

Brown was a four-year member of the Monks’ soccer and basketball programs and played in 179 games with five combined championship titles between the two sports. A goalkeeper, Brown owns the program’s career records for games (75), minutes (6,770) and shutouts (33) and ranks second in saves (454) and victories (47).

Esmond played three years for the St. Joe’s baseball team and was a member of two NAIA New England championship clubs. As a senior, the righthander recorded a 1.25 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 65 innings. His 1994 strikeout tally stood as a team record for 12 seasons, while his career ERA (2.50) currently ranks second at the school

The Saint Joseph’s Athletics Hall of Fame was founded in 2000 and the addition of this year’s inductees will increase the membership to 54.

The induction ceremony is Nov. 13.

Landry is scuba school grad

University of Maine sophomore swimmer Brian Landry graduated from the U.S. Army scuba school Thursday. Landry is one of a select few ROTC cadets to attend the specialized school. The scuba school is usually reserved for special operations forces and underwater explosive and ordnance disposal units, according to a UMaine press release.

“Brian is a true leader and has represented UMaine impressively these past six weeks,” Maine coach Susan Lizzotte said. “We are proud of his accomplishments and are excited to have him back for two more years.”

    UMaine releases fall schedules

The University of Maine announced its women’s soccer and field hockey schedules for this fall on Thursday.

The soccer team kicks off Aug. 18 with an exhibition game against Burlington and will feature 16 games. Seven of those games will be at home. The regular season home opener is Sept. 4 against Sacred Heart.

“Our 2010 schedule is both competitive and balanced,” said head coach Scott Atherley. “We have a number of challenging non-league games that will prepare us well for our conference season, and a favorable mix of home and away games.”

The first regular season game is Aug. 22 in New Rochelle, N.Y., against Iona.

  September kicks off with the home opener against Sacred Heart and ends with the home conference opener against Vermont on the 30th.

The Maine field hockey schedule features non-conference clashes against traditional powers Providence, Connecticut, Michigan and Northeastern as well as a competitive America East schedule.

“Our schedule will be one of the most challenging we have played with a great collection of non-conference opponents and the always competitive America East slate as well,” Maine coach Josette Babineau said.

The Black Bears begin play on Aug. 27 at home against Big East foe Providence College.

Maine opens America East play at home against rival New Hampshire on Oct. 1.

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