Black Bears place four on All-CAA first team, six on second team

Posted Nov. 21, 2011, at 8:22 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 21, 2011, at 9:32 p.m.

The University of Maine’s Black Bear football team, which earned a first-round bye in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and a second-round date at Appalachian State (N.C.) on Dec. 3, has placed four players on the All-Colonial Athletic Association first team as chosen by the league’s coaches.

Six more Black Bears were selected to the second team and three were third-team choices.

Junior wide receiver Maurice McDonald, junior right guard Chris Howley and senior punt returner/free safety Trevor Coston were offensive first-teamers and strong safety Jerron McMillian was the lone Bear on the defensive first team.

Second-teamers on the offensive side of the ball were senior quarterback Warren Smith, sophomore tight end Justin Perillo and left tackle Josh Spearin while second-teamers on defense were sophomore end Michael Cole, senior linebacker Vinson Givans and Coston.

The third-team choices were senior running back Pushaun Brown, senior nose tackle Raibonne Charles and sophomore cornerback Kendall James.

McDonald caught 58 passes for 591 yards and five touchdowns. He was second in the CAA in catches per game (5.8) and third in overall receptions. Coston returned 17 punts for 185 yards and led the CAA in punt-return average (10.9). He had one punt return for a touchdown.

Howley headlined an offensive line that helped produce 29.5 points and 372 yards per game, fourth best among 11 teams in the CAA.

McMillian was Maine’s second-leading tackler with 84 and he led the team in unassisted tackles with 54. He had 10.5 tackles for loss including 3.5 sacks. He also had an interception and three pass breakups.

Smith completed 64.3 percent of his passes and was third in the CAA in passing yards (240.3 ypg) and pass efficiency (134.1). He was second in total offense (262.9 ypg). Perillo caught 45 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns and Limington’s Spearin was a vital cog on the offensive line.

Cole led the CAA in sacks with 10 and finished with 45 tackles including 13.5 for loss.

Givans led the Black Bears with 85 tackles and he also had two interceptions and two breakups. He had 4.5 tackles for losses.

Coston led the CAA in interceptions with six and was third in tackles with 75. He also had eight breakups.

Brown was the sixth leading rusher in the CAA with 944 yards on 193 carries; Windham’s Charles was in on 45 tackles including 3.5 for a loss and two sacks and James was involved in 40 tackles and had two interceptions.

UM players named All-Americans

University of Maine field hockey players Stephanie Gardiner and Kelly Newton were named All-Americans by the WomensFieldHockey.com Monday while Maine freshman forward Holly Stewart was named to the All-Rookie squad.

Gardiner receives her first All-American honor as she receives the highest All-American honor in Maine program history, second team by WomensFieldHockey.com. The senior co-captain was earlier named the America East Midfielder of the Year and was also selected to the All-America East first team. She was also named to the All-Northeast Region first team after she tallied 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points.

For Newton, it is the second-straight year as a third-team selection by WomensFieldHockey.com. She led the Black Bears in scoring with 13 goals and 25 assists for 51 points and set scoring records in her senior season for goals, assists and points in a career. She will graduate as Maine’s all-time leading scorer with163 total points. She was also selected to the All-Northeast Region first team.

Stewart becomes the first UMaine student-athlete named to the WomensFieldHockey.com rookie squad since Newton received the honor in 2008. Stewart racked up 12 goals and six assists for 30 points. She was named America East Co-Rookie of the Year.

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