Junior tight end Derek Buttles and junior safety Jerron McMillian headline a group of six University of Maine football players to earn All-Colonial Athletic Association recognition this season.
Buttles and McMillian were named to the All-CAA second team, while junior receiver Derek Session, sophomore offensive guard Chris Howley, senior kick returner Steven Barker and junior linebacker Donte Dennis were third-team selections.
Players were chosen by a vote of the league’s head coaches.
Delaware senior quarterback Pat Devlin was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while Massachusetts linebacker Tyler Holmes and Richmond linebacker Eric McBride shared the nod as Co-Defensive Players of the Year.
William & Mary kick returner Jonathan Grimes was selected the top special teams player, while Rhode Island’s Joe Trainer was named the CAA Coach of the Year. Delaware running back Andrew Pierce and James Madison linebacker Stephon Robertson were the offensive and defensive rookies of the year, respectively.
Buttles was recognized after making 27 catches for 291 yards, including a highlight-reel touchdown reception in UMaine’s win over New Hampshire.
McMillian caught the eye of opposing coaches after making 58 tackles and logging eight passes defended. He made two interceptions and had 5.5 tackles for a loss.
Dennis and Barker were honored for the second straight season. Dennis led the Bears with 108 tackles, which ranked sixth in the conference, while Barker, a third-teamer at cornerback in 2009, averaged 24.0 yards per kickoff return.
Session made the switch from running back to receiver and produced, making a team-high 50 receptions with a touchdown. His 4.5 catches per game ranked sixth in the CAA.
Howley was the lynchpin of the UMaine offensive line from his right guard position. He helped the Bears give up a league-low 12 sacks.
Newton is All-American
University of Maine junior forward Kelly Newton was named to the 2010 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s Division I All-American Third Team.
Newton and teammate Stephanie Gardiner were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-Northeast Region team last week.
Newton has become Maine’s first All-American selection since Tara Bedard was named to the third team in 2002.
Newton was chosen the America East Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 19 goals and handing out seven assists for 45 points in 19 games. Four of her goals were game-winners for the 13-6 Black Bears.
The Vancouver, British Columbia, native has already set the school career record for points with 112.
“When you consider that there were only two players from our conference who were chosen to the All-American team, it’s a huge accomplishment for Kelly,” said Maine coach Josette Babineau.
University of New Hampshire forward Whitney Frates was a second-team selection.
“I was at the Final Four this weekend and the level Kelly plays at is very comparable to what I saw there,” said Babineau. “Both Kelly and Stephanie could hold their own. Kelly really understands the game and has a tremendous touch in the circle. She is also very good defensively.
“She continues to get better and better. This was her strongest year. She had an incredible season.”
Babineau also said senior midfielder Maire Dineen played well for a group of college all-stars in a game against the U.S. national team during Final Four festivities in Maryland.
UMFK to face Grand View
The University of Maine-Fort Kent men’s soccer team, 3-2 winner over St. Thomas University (Fla.) on Saturday in their NAIA Tournament opener, will face Grand View University (Iowa) in the NAIA National Championship Final Site on Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. in Orange Beach, Ala.
UMFK improved to 22-0 and is the fifth seed for the tournament while 19-1 Grand View is No. 12.
Grand View beat St. Xavier (Ill.) 1-0 in its opening round game.
Bill Ashby’s Bengals will be making their fourth trip to the NAIA National Tournament in five years.