Husson University in Bangor will be busy next weekend as the Eagles have earned the right to host the conference playoffs for both baseball and softball.
Coach Jason Harvey’s Husson baseball team (24-15) locked up the top seed for the North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division tournament by virtue of its 12-4 league record. The Eagles will meet No. 4 University of Maine-Farmington (5-22, 4-12 NEAC) in Friday’s 2 p.m. opener in the four-team, double-elimination event scheduled for the Winkin Complex in Bangor.
Second-seeded Castleton State of Vermont (18-17, 12-4 NEAC) and No. 3 Thomas College of Waterville (12-22, 9-7 NEAC) meet in the 6 p.m. contest.
Play continues Saturday and Sunday, with Friday’s losers squaring off in a 10 a.m. elimination game Saturday. Friday’s winners meet in Saturday’s 2 p.m. game, with another game to follow at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, the conference title will be determined either at noon or at 4 p.m. (if necessary).
Coach Amanda Davey’s Husson ballclub is the host for the North Atlantic Conference softball tournament, which begins with Tuesday first-round games at the home sites of the higher seeds.
The Eagles (19-15) went 12-2 in league action and claimed the top seed over Thomas by virtue of the NAC tiebreaking procedure. Husson awaits the winner of Tuesday’s game between No. 4 Castleton State (16-18, 9-5 NAC) and No. 5 UMaine-Farmington (9-17, 5-9 NAC) and plays Friday at 10 a.m. at O’Keefe Field in Bangor.
Thomas, the No. 2 seed at (18-12, 12-2 NAC), drew a first-round bye and plays the winner of Tuesday’s game between No. 3 Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (17-6, 11-3 NAC) and No. 6 Lyndon State (8-16, 4-10 NAC) from Vermont. That contest will be played Friday at noon.
The losers of Friday’s first two games battle to stay alive in a 2 p.m. contest Friday, while the winners meet in the 4 p.m. finale.
Two games are scheduled for Saturday at noon and 2 p.m., with an if necessary game set Sunday at 1 p.m.
In NEAC baseball, the East Division champion advances to play the West Division winner in a best-of-three series May 7-8 at a site to be determined.
The NEAC baseball and NAC softball champions earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.
UMaine hands out athletic honors
Gustav Nyquist of the men’s hockey team and field hockey standout Kelly Newton have been honored as UMaine’s Athletes of the Year.
The accolades were handed out during the UMaine athletic department’s annual awards night.
Nyquist, a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award given to the nation’s top male hockey player, led the team in scoring for the third straight season with 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points. Nyquist was an All-Hockey East and All-New England first-team selection and earned All-America second-team recognition.
He has signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings organization.
Newton was selected for the All-America East first team for the third consecutive year and was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year. Newton tied the UMaine single-season record for points (45) in 2010 with 19 goals and seven assists.
Newton, who owns the school career points mark with 112, also was an All-Northeast Region first-team pick and earned third-team honors on the Longstretch/NFHCA All-America Team and the WomensFieldHockey.com All-America team.
The Black Bear women’s soccer squad was named the Female Team of the Year. Coach Scott Atherley’s team (9-9) advanced to the America East championship game after having placed sixth in the regular-season standings.
The Male Team of the Year went to men’s basketball, which emerged with a 15-15 overall record and a 9-7 league mark. Coach Ted Woodward’s team wound up finishing third in the regular-season standings and lost in the tourney quarterfinals after having led the AE standings at midseason.
The Black Bear Citizen Award, recognizing a team that has demonstrated outstanding community service efforts, was presented to the women’s basketball team. The Iron Bear Awards, presented to athletes showing great strides in strength and conditioning, were given to Troy Barnies of the men’s basketball team and field hockey player Mallory Anderson, respectively.