The University of Maine- Fort Kent men’s soccer team was ranked No. 11 in the nation in the 2010 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll released Tuesday night.
The Bengals have been to the NAIA postseason the last four years and have captured four straight Sunrise Conference titles. They have hosted a NAIA national tourney opener the last two seasons and reached a school-record No. 5 ranking in 2009.
UMFK was upset in the NAIA opener last season but advanced to the Elite 8 in 2008.
Coach Bill Ashby’s Bengals were 17-1-1 a year ago and will return nine of 11 starters when they put a 53-game regular season unbeaten streak on the line Aug. 26 in Fort Kent against NAIA school Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) of the American Mideast Conference.
The top five teams in the NAIA preseason poll are: 1. Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.), 2. The Master’s College (Calif.), 3. Simon Fraser University (British Columbia), 4. University of Rio Grande (Ohio), and 5. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.).
LobsterFest set for Maine hockey
The Friends of Maine Hockey and the Union River Lobster Pot of Ellsworth are hosting the fifth annual LobsterFest with the 2010-2011 Maine men’s hockey team on Sept. 26 in Ellsworth.
Social hour begins at noon with dinner at 1 p.m. The team will be in attendance and seated at various tables.
Eighty reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $60 per person.
The money raised at the LobsterFest go to the men’s hockey program to be used for summer tuition for the players, team meals and player equipment, according to a UMaine press release.
Reservation forms are available at www.goblackbears.com or by calling Nick Hildings at 659-1791, Anne Britt at 667-5989 or Lisa Panepinto in the hockey office at 581-1106.
UM trainer Culina on the mend
When watching a football practice, it usually isn’t difficult to encounter players who are nursing injuries.
Tuesday afternoon, there were no fewer than 15 University of Maine players who were not participating in practice because of injury or illness.
One other person was more conspicuous because of his health status.
UMaine head athletic trainer Paul Culina took in some of practice while sporting a bulky sling/harness on his left arm and shoulder.
Culina, who works primarily with the men’s hockey team, recently underwent two hours of surgery on his left shoulder.
“It just started bugging me a few months ago,” he said.
He’ll be wearing the sling for another three or four weeks, during which time his hands-on training duties will be limited. Instead, he must impart his extensive knowledge to other members of his staff.