BANGOR, Maine — Husson University has earned the top seed in the North Atlantic Conference softball championship, which opens with four quarterfinal games on Tuesday.
Winners of four-straight NAC titles, Husson finished the regular season at 15-1 in conference play and will host eighth-seeded Johnson State (5-11) at 4 p.m.
In other quarterfinals on Tuesday, No. 6 Thomas College of Waterville is at No. 3 Castleton State (Vt.) at 3 p.m., fourth-seeded Maine Maritime Academy will host No. 5 UMaine-Farmington at Bucksport High School at 4 p.m. and No. 7 Lyndon State will visit No. 2 New England College in Henniker, N.H., at 3 p.m.
The quarterfinal winners will advance to a double-elimination tourney that begins Friday at the school of the highest remaining seed. Friday games will be played at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., followed by games at noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday and an if-necessary game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
UMaine’s Bickford, Lachance chosen for Senior Skulls
Bickford, a junior biochemistry major, was recently named to the America East All-Academic team.
Bickford had a solid showing at this year’s America East Championships as he finished sixth in the 1650-freestyle with a time of 16:38.20, 12th in the 500-yard freestyle at 4:44.51 and helped the 400-yard medley relay team set a new school record with a third-place showing in 3:29.15. Bickford was also a member of the second-place team in the 800-yard freestyle relay at 6:56.86. Bickford has formerly been named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll as well as being named a Maine Scholar-Athlete Silver Medalist.
Lachance, a junior forestry major, will be a captain on the 2013-14 squad next season. Lachance placed seventh in both the 200-yard breaststroke (2:12.96) and the 400-yard IM (4:17.79) at the league championships. Lachance was 13th in the 200-yard IM (1:58.47). Lachance is an America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll member as well as a Maine Scholar-Athlete Silver Medalist.
In existence since 1914, the Senior Skulls were founded to recognize senior male students at UMaine who exhibit strong moral character, outstanding school spirit, leadership, strong academic achievement, and ability to serve as role model for underclassmen. Twelve men are chosen each spring.