ORONO — The University of Maine men’s basketball team will be playing in Connecticut against national champion University of Connecticut on Nov. 17, Maine head coach Ted Woodward announced in a press release Monday.
“… We always take pride in challenging ourselves against some of the top programs in the country,” said Woodward. “It is very exciting to have the opportunity to play against the national champions.”
Maine last played UConn on Dec. 22, 2009, and held a slim lead in the second half before falling 71-54.
Woodward was an assistant coach with Connecticut earlier in his career for coach Jim Calhoun.
Over the past two seasons, Maine has recorded a win over Atlantic Coast Conference member Boston College and Penn State from the Big Ten. In addition, the Black Bears have defeated two Atlantic-10 Conference teams in Massachusetts and Fordham.
The Black Bears return eight players from last year’s squad that finished third in America East for the second straight season.
UMF coach Wagner resigns
University of Maine at Farmington men’s and women’s cross country head coach Ryan Wagner has resigned to pursue an opportunity with an NCAA Division I program, according to a press release from the school.
A search to fill the part-time head men’s and women’s cross country coach position will commence immediately.
Wagner joined UMF as the women’s cross country head coach in 2008 and added men’s cross country to his responsibilities in 2009. A two-time North Atlantic Conference women’s cross country Coach of the Year, Wagner has guided the women’s squad to three straight NAC championships. At UMF, Ryan served as adjunct faculty in the coaching minor where he taught exercise science.
Wagner also served as an assistant coach for the Colby College indoor and outdoor track and field teams this past year.
“Ryan did a great job during his time here at Farmington,” UMF Director of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation Julie Davis said in the press release. “We wish the best for Ryan and his family in their new endeavors.”
Maine soccer schedule set
Seven home games, including a rematch of the 2010 America East Championship game against BU, highlight Maine’s 2011 women’s soccer schedule, according to a press release from the school.
The Black Bears will look to get back to the America East title game for the second year in a row.
Maine will kick off the 2011 regular season on Aug. 26 when it hosts Charleston Southern at 3 p.m. and begins conference play on Sept. 25 when it hosts Binghamton at noon.
Leading Maine will be returnees Carolyne Nellis, who scored four goals and added a pair of assists last year, Courtney Harnais (3 goals) and Maddie Hill (2 goals, 1 assist).
Other returnees include goalkeeper Meagan Price-Leibenzeder, who finished 7-8-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and a .744 save percentage, AE All-Rookie Team selection Lisa Bijman and AE All-Tourney Team pick Kaitlyn MacIsaac.