BANGOR — Entering this season, Husson University women’s soccer coach Keith Bosley had to find someone to fill the void left by the departure of multi-sport phenom Shelby Bradford.
Bradford scored 63 goals and also had 37 assists in 63 games for the soccer team including a team-high 13 goals a year ago.
Michelle Manning didn’t have a point in 16 games last season but was an effective outside midfielder.
The Hampden native, who had two goals and three assists in 21 games as a sophomore, knew she would have a more prominent role and has responded by evolving into the team’s leading scorer.
Manning has 11 goals and four assists, including her first college hat trick in Wednesday’s 5-0 triumph over Thomas College in the North Atlantic Conference quarterfinals.
“Her story is a great story,” said Bosley. “She showed up here from Hampden (as a freshman) with a pile of raw talent and physical ability. She has become more and more disciplined and more and more focused.
“Her composure in front of the goal has been fantastic. That’s the maturity she has developed.”
“A lot of things have changed for me,” said Manning, who is a senior. “I started the year as an outside midfielder and I’ve been moved up to forward because I’m having a hot year with goals.”
She said she hasn’t been as reluctant to shoot as she was in the past.
“I’m less nervous about shooting. Before, I used to give the ball to Shelby or one of our other primary playmakers. Now I feel like any one of us should be taking shots if they’re open,” said Manning.
Bosley said the 5-foot-10 Manning is deceptive.
“You would think someone with her long legs wouldn’t have an explosive first step. But she does. She can do a hesitation move and blow by people. She doesn’t need a lot of space to get to (full) speed which is fantastic,” said Bosley.
Manning said she was concerned at the outset of the season that the team would “worry too much” about replacing Bradford.
“But we’re all skilled. We’ve got Alex Laniewski up front and Butters (center back Caitlyn Butterfield) in the back so how could we go wrong?” said Manning, who has been pleased with her season.
“I’ve been happy with it,” said Manning. “It has been a good one to go out on. Hopefully, we can win the NAC.”
Misler gains Husson post
Scott Misler has been appointed as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative for Husson University.
In his position, Misler will serve as a liaison between the athletic department and Husson’s faculty.
“I am delighted to appoint Scott Misler as the Faculty Athletics Representative as he clearly understands the importance of the integration of academics and athletics in the Husson University learning environment,” Husson President Bob Clark said in a press release.
Misler has been an assistant professor of psychology at Husson since 2008. He competed on the swimming and diving team at James Madison University, where he earned a doctorate in psychology.
He is the co-founder of Sharing Strength Through Kayaking , an Alaska-based outdoor adventure therapy, education and leadership program.
“As a past student-athlete I am aware of the academic and performance demands placed on student-athletes,” Misler said. “This opportunity matches my desire to work closely with administrators, faculty and student-athletes ensuring to the best of my abilities that student-athletes succeed in the classroom and (in athletics).”
UMFK selects 4 for hall of fame
Emery “Legs” Labbe of Fort Kent is among four people who have been selected for induction into the University of Maine-Fort Kent Athletic Hall of Fame.
Joining Labbe in the Class of 2011 are Larry Violette, Michael Charette and Emlyn Jacoby. The induction ceremony will be held April 23 on the UMFK campus.
Labbe, who graduated in 1951, is recognized for his support of UMFK athletics as the former editor, publisher and sportswriter for the St. John Valley Times.
He competed locally in bowling, softball and baseball and is the former president of SAD 27, a former town councilor and a member of the Fort Kent Lions Club.
Violette (Class of 1966) played four sports at UMFK. He was a former captain and MVP of the basketball team and twice set single-season scoring records.
He was the school’s Outstanding Male Athlete in 1964 for his play in basketball, soccer and badminton.
Charette (Class of 1989) was an all-conference and all-district soccer player for coach Larry Murphy. He served as a team captain and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy, Naval Reserve and Maine National Guard.
Charette earned a teaching certificate from UMFK and served as an assistant men’s soccer coach for two seasons.
Jacoby graduated this year after captaining the Bengals’ men’s soccer team. He was a four-time Sunrise Conference first-team all-star, including rookie of the year in 2006.
Jacoby, who held a 3.7 cumulative grade point average, helped UMFK reach the NAIA Sweet 16 in 2007 and the Elite 8 in 2008. The 2009 squad was ranked as high as No. 4 in the country.
Fritch returns to Colby hockey
Arthur Fritch has been named an assistant coach for the Colby College men’s hockey team.
The 2008 Colby graduate was a defenseman for coach Jim Tortorella and earned American Hockey Coaches Association first-team All-America honors in 2007 and 2008.
Fritch played two seasons of professional hockey before opting to join the coaching ranks.
Saint Joseph’s baseball recognized
The Collegiate Basketball Officials Association recently honored Saint Joseph’s College of Standish with the CBOA Schoenfeld Award for the New England East Region.
The award is presented to the college or university which, in the judgment of CBOA members, best exemplifies “the highest degree of sportsmanship, character and ethics among their players, coaches and spectators.”
The Monks led all of Division III men’s basketball last season with 13.0 fouls per game.
Bickford gains Thomas coaching jobs
Lauren Bickford has been hired as the head women’s lacrosse and head women’s tennis coach at Thomas College in Waterville.
The Lebanon native is a 2010 graduate of New England College in Heniker, N.H., where she earned degrees in sports management and business administration.
Bickford played four years of lacrosse and captained the NEC squad as a senior. She did an internship in 2009 with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball team in the Class AA Eastern League.
Nowell owns Monks’ career mark
Kayla Nowell of Bridgton has become the all-time scoring leader for the Saint Joseph’s College field hockey program.
The senior has now racked up 142 points in 73 career games, including 55 goals and 32 assists. Nowell has surpassed former teammate Julia Ostrowski, who tallied 131 points (46 goals, 39 assists) in 73 games.
Nowell owns or shares 14 program records, including career goals, points, game-winning goals (12) and shots (336). She also holds six single-season marks for goals (21), assists (15), points (57) and game-winners (5), all set in 2008.
Colby grad Morelli bound for Worlds
Pete Morelli, a 2002 graduate of Colby College, will compete for the 2010 U.S. National Team when the squad participates in the 2010 World Rowing Championships Oct. 31-Nov. 7 in New Zealand.
Morelli will race in the Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Sculls. He captained the Colby team in 2001-02.