Two former schoolboy soccer standouts from Bangor Christian High School helped Lancaster Bible College of Pennsylvania to a sixth-place finish in the National Christian College Athletic Association Division II Men’s Soccer Championships that were completed last Saturday at Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee, Fla.
Zach Kutz, a junior midfielder from LaGrange, and Brandon Wilcox, a sophomore midfielder from Alton, helped the Chargers win the NCCAA East Region championship for the second time in three years and earn the No. 6 seed for the eight-team national tournament.
LBC went 1-2 at the nationals, losing its first game to Northland International University of Dunbar, Wisc., 2-1, then defeating Dallas Christian College of Texas 3-1 before falling to Manhattan Christian College of Kansas 3-2 in overtime in Saturday’s fifth-place game.
Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Ill., won the national title, defeating Northland International 3-1 in the championship game.
Kutz, who played for Bangor Christian’s 2005 Class D state championship team, had two goals and two assists for LBC this season. Wilcox, a member of the Patriots’ 2009 state championship team and the older brother of current Bangor Christian star Bradley Wilcox, scored his first collegiate goal for the Chargers this season.
Mainers inducted in Nova Scotia hall of fame
The 1971-72 Acadia University men’s basketball team that included a heavy Maine influence has been inducted into the Wolfville, Nova Scotia, school’s athletic hall of fame.
The Axemen were coached by Houlton native Gib Chapman, and the team roster included Steve Pound of Stearns High School in Millinocket, Sean Casey of Orono and George Beattie of Scarborough.
Pound was one of just five players back from the 1970-71 team that won the Canadian national championship, and he averaged 20.3 points per game in leading Acadia back to the Canadian title game. Casey and Beattie were both first-year players for the Axemen.
Top-ranked Acadia won its Atlantic University Sport conference championship with an 11-1 record to advance to the four-team national tournament, then defeated McGill University of Montreal 85-67 to reach the championship final before falling to the University of British Columbia 87-80 on UBC’s home court in Vancouver.
Pound scored 57 points in the two tournament games, and finished his career as the first player in Acadia University history to score 2,000 points.
UMaine seniors honored
University of Maine field hockey seniors Kelly Newton, Stephanie Gardiner and Jocelyn Mitchell have been honored to their specific 2011 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Regional Teams. Newton and Gardiner were named to the All-Northeast Region first team while Mitchell was honored to the All-Northeast Region second team.
Newton had a record-breaking year on the turf for the Black Bears as she led the team in scoring with 13 goals, 25 assists and 51 points. Her 25 assists and 51 points are school records for assists and points in a season.
Newton also became the program’s all-time goals leader with 57, assists leader with 49, and points leader with 163.
Gardiner finished the 2011 campaign with 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points. She was named the America East Midfielder of the Year and finishes her career as Maine’s second-leading scorer ever, totaling 113 points on 43 goals and 27 assists.
Mitchell racked up nine goals and five assists for 23 points. For her career, Mitchell sits just behind Newton and Gardiner on the all-time points list as she totaled 107 career points on 46 goals and 15 assists.