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University of Maine football’s McMillian, Howley earn conference accolades

Posted Jan. 11, 2012, at 6:43 p.m.

The honors continue to trickle in for coach Jack Cosgrove’s University of Maine football team, which wrapped up its season in December in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals.

Senior safety Jerron McMillian has been named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Star first team and also was a College Sporting News All-America honorable mention.

Junior offensive guard Chris Howley was named to the All-ECAC second team.

McMillian, from Hillside, N.J., previously claimed All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team honors after ranking second on the Black Bears and fifth among CAA defensive backs with 88 tackles, including 10.5 for a loss of yardage. He also made an interception and broke up five passes.

Howley, who hails from Runnemeade, N.J., also was an All-CAA first-team pick. He headed an offensive line that helped UMaine finish fourth in CAA total offense (373.3 yards per game) and allowed a league-low 1.5 sacks per game (20 overall).

UMaine, which went 9-4 in 2011, finished the season ranked No. 8 in the final Sports Network/Fathead.com top 25 poll. The Bears also were eighth in the FCS coaches poll.

Despite being picked ninth in the CAA preseason coaches poll, UMaine was 6-2 in league play and earned a first-round bye in the NCAA playoffs. The Bears beat Appalachian State before falling to eventual national runner-up Georgia Southern in the quarterfinals.

UMaine was the top-ranked CAA team among the six that finished the season in the top 25. Towson and Old Dominion joined the Bears in the top 10 at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, in TSN’s poll.

New Hampshire was 11th in the TSN poll and 12th in the coaches top 25. James Madison (No. 14 coaches, No. 15 TSN) and Delaware (No. 17 TSN, No. 20 coaches) round out the CAA representatives.

‘Evening with UM women’ set

The UMaine women’s basketball team and the Friends of Maine Women’s Basketball are gearing up for “An Evening with the Maine Women’s Basketball Team.”

The event, which serves as a fundraiser for the program, will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the home of John and Linda Rohman, 198 Broadway in Bangor.

Drinks and hors d’ouevres will be served during the evening, which will bring UMaine players, coaches and fans together to talk about all things basketball.

The cost of the event is $50 per person.

For information or to RSVP, contact director of women’s basketball operations Tracy Guerrette at Tracy.Guerrette@umit.maine.edu or by phone at 207-581-1075.

St. Joseph’s soccer honored

The women’s soccer team at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish has been recognized for its academic achievements by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Coach Michael Bolanz’s Monks earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award after posting a 3.18 cumulative grade point average during 2010-11. It was one of five Great Northeast Athletic Conference programs to be so honored.

All players on the roster must be included in the calculation of the GPA and teams must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered.

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