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Sports briefs for Jan. 14, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Maine Maritime names its first women’s lacrosse coach

CASTINE — Sarah Gombar has been named Maine Maritime Academy’s head women’s lacrosse coach, Director of Athletics Steve Peed announced Monday.

Gombar will coach the inaugural club team in 2014 before women’s lacrosse becomes an NCAA Division III program in 2015.

Gombar, a Saginaw, Mich. native, is currently a coach for the women’s lacrosse club team at the University of Mississippi. She coached for Pure Advantage Lacrosse Club in Grand Rapids, Mich., prior to Mississippi and was a high school and middle school lacrosse coach for three years.

Three UMaine players on Hobey Baker fan ballot

ORONO — Three University of Maine men’s ice hockey players are listed on the 2014 Hobey Baker fan ballot. Ben Hutton, Martin Ouellette and Devin Shore are listed on the ballot and fans are allowed to vote once per day at

Hutton, a defenseman, ranks third on the team in scoring with nine goals and seven assists for 16 points.

Ouellette is 10-7-2 on the season with a 1.94 goals against average and a .935 save percentage. Shore leads Maine in scoring with 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points.

The Hobey Baker award is given to the best college hockey player in NCAA Div. I. The fan votes are one part of a selection process that includes votes from the Div. I coaches and a final determination by a selection committee in early April.

Maine football ranked 11, 12 in final polls

ORONO — The University of Maine football team closed the 2013 season ranked No. 12 in The Sports Network National Top-25 Poll and No. 11 in the FCS Coaches Poll.

Maine, which ended one of its best seasons in history at 10-3 overall, captured the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association title after going 7-1 in league play. The Black Bears made their seventh overall appearance in the NCAA postseason and won 10 games for the first time since 2002..

Evening with Black Bears set Feb. 8

ORONO — The University of Maine women’s basketball team will be hosting its second annual Evening with the Black Bears 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8.

The women’s basketball program invites fans and community members to join them for a social evening event with the team. The event will be held at the home of Jody and Matt Bourassa at 51 Thomas Hill Road in Bangor.

Those interested are asked to RSVP with Samantha Wheeler either by email at or by phone at 207-581-1075.

Brunswick bowler wins state tourney

BRUNSWICK — Brooke Leger of Lewiston captured the Maine State Junior Gold Bowlers tourney Saturday at Yankee Lanes and secured an under-20 spot for the North Pointe National Junior Gold Championships this July in Buffalo.

Leger, who bowls at Sparetime Recreation in Lewiston, recorded a five-game pinfall of 898.

Lions hire Caldwell as head coach

Jim Caldwell is the new head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Caldwell, 58, was the head coach in Indianapolis from 2009-11, posting a 26-22 regular-season record. The Colts lost the Super Bowl to the New Orleans Saints at the end of his first season.

Part of Caldwell’s plan is likely bringing Baltimore secondary coach Teryl Austin with him to Detroit as defensive coordinator. They worked together with the Ravens and at Penn State.

Caldwell was hired as Ravens quarterbacks coach before the 2012 season, and he was promoted to offensive coordinator in December 2012. Under Caldwell’s guidance, quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens went on a sizzling postseason run that resulted in a Super Bowl title.

No answer on Harvin until later this week

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin, who suffered a concussion in Saturday’s playoff win, won’t know until at least Wednesday on his playing status for this week, coach Pete Carroll said.

Harvin must go through the NFL’s mandatory concussion protocol.

Harvin suffered a concussion late in the first half of Saturday’s 23-15 NFC divisional playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints.

The Seahawks will host the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s NFC final.

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