CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The University of Maine field hockey team was picked third for the third consecutive year in America East’s field hockey preseason poll released Thursday by the conference.
The Black Bears were selected behind first-place Albany, which received 24 points and four-first place votes, and rival New Hampshire, which attained 21 points and one first-place vote. Maine received 18 points and one first-place selection in the poll based on coaches’ votes.
Fairfield was picked fourth in the poll, followed by league newcomer UMass Lowell and Vermont.
The Black Bears return the core of their roster, including their top four scorers from a year ago. Annabelle Hamilton, Cassidy Svetek, Holly Stewart and Hannah Keating all tallied double-digit point totals.
Last season Maine went to the America East tournament for the fifth straight year and placed seven players on the America East All-Conference teams. Hamilton and Zoe Adkins took first-team honors while Zoe Berkey and Stewart earned second-team accolades. Maine was also tied with New Hampshire for the most players on the all-rookie team as Svetek, Elke Jacobse and Nicole Sevey all received the honor. Both Hamilton and Sevey earned All-Championship team honors for their efforts in the tournament but the squad ultimately fell to Albany in the semifinal round.
The Black Bears also had two major conference awards as Hamilton was named America East Co-Offensive Player of the Year and Svetek was named co-rookie of the year.
The Black Bears ended the season ranked No. 23 nationally, according to the final 2012 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll.
Maine plays an exhibition game against Holy Cross at 3 p.m. Friday in Worcester, Mass., and then opens its regular season at home at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, against UMass.
Colby names interim coach of women’s hockey team
Mallory Young has spent eight years with the Colby College women’s ice hockey team as a player and an assistant coach. She gets her chance to lead the program as interim head coach for the 2013-14 season, the school announced in a news release Thursday.
Young, a 2005 Colby graduate, takes over the team after former head coach David Venditti left to take the head women’s hockey position at University of New England.
“I’m very excited and grateful for this opportunity. That it’s happening at Colby makes it even more meaningful,” Young said. “I would be remiss if I did not thank Dave Venditti for bringing me back to Colby and working with me for four years. I wish him all the best.”
Young played her senior season of ice hockey at Colby under Venditti, who had just received the head coaching job. She played her first three years under the direction of Jen Holsten, the current head coach of women’s soccer at Colby. Young played on defense and finished her career with eight goals and two assists for 10 points in 84 games.
Young came back to Colby after serving as an assistant women’s ice hockey coach at Williams College. She also spent one year as an assistant at University of Massachusetts at Boston during the 2007-08 season. After graduating from Colby, Young was an assistant girls hockey coach at New Hampton School for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. She also was the head coach of the JV girls lacrosse team at New Hampton School.
MMA selects strength/conditioning coach
Ryan Paquette has been named Maine Maritime’s strength and conditioning coach, director of athletics Steve Peed announced Wednesday in a news release. Paquette will oversee the strength programs for all of Maine Maritime’s 11 NCAA Division III athletic programs.
“This is an important step forward for our department,” said Peed. “Having a certified strength coach as a resource for our teams and athletes is a natural complement to the overhaul of our training facilities. Having a certified strength coach is such an important piece from an athlete health and safety standpoint. Beyond direct preventative training, we want to ensure that our Mariners are neither at a physical nor a competitive disadvantage that would put them in harm’s way.”
Paquette also serves as the campus intramurals director and the football team’s defensive coordinator. He has a level one coach certification from USA Weightlifting and has started his new position.
UMaine basketball team at football tailgate
University of Maine basketball fans will have an opportunity to get to know the 2013-14 edition of Black Bears men’s basketball on Saturday, Sept. 14, before the Maine football game against Bryant at Alfond Stadium.
The men’s basketball team will host a pregame tailgate and fans will be offered free food while meeting the team and coaches.
The tailgate will take place on the west side of the Alfond Stadium, across from the entrance and will occur 1:30-3 p.m.