UMaine hockey’s Hutton named top defenseman in New England

Posted April 02, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
Last modified April 02, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
Ben Hutton
University of Maine
Ben Hutton
Devin Shore
University of Maine
Devin Shore

BOSTON — University of Maine sophomore defenseman Ben Hutton was named the recipient of the Bob Monahan Award Wednesday, presented annually to the top defenseman in New England.

Hutton, along with UMaine sophomore center Devin Shore, earned a spot on the 2013-2014 New England Hockey Writers Association Division I All-Star Team.

Hutton scored a team-high 15 goals and added 14 assists for 29 points. His 15 goals set the school record for goals in a season by a defenseman. In addition, he became the first defenseman in Maine history to lead the team in goals scored.

Hutton leads all defenseman in the country in goals scored, ranks sixth in points per game by a defenseman (.83) and tied for 12th in power-play goals with nine. His nine power-play goals are tops among the nation’s defensemen. Hutton had three multigoal games and finished the season with six multipoint games.

Shore led the team in scoring with 14 goals and 29 assists for 43 points. He scored three power-play goals, three shorthanded tallies and a pair of game-winning goals. It is the second season in a row that Shore has led the team in scoring. He has 20 career goals and 49 assists for 69 points in 73 career games, having never missed a game.

Husson softball to play on Boucher Field

The Husson University softball team played a doubleheader at the Mahaney Dome at the University of Maine on Saturday in Orono and now will play a twinbill against Maine Maritime Academy on Thursday at Boucher Field which is Husson’s soccer/lacrosse field.

It is believed to be the first time Husson has ever played a softball game on Boucher Field.

These will be non-conference games even though the two teams are North Atlantic Conference rivals and will play two league games next Wednesday in Castine.

Husson is 6-4 overall while Maine Maritime Academy is 2-2.

Husson coach Kristie Hawkins said a temporary outfield fence will be installed and mats will be used as the mound. The mats will be raised a little so pitchers can push off properly when they deliver a pitch.

Heavy-duty bases will be used although Hawkins admitted that the bases will probably move when the runner slides into them.

“We’re trying to be creative. We’re all in the same boat. We all want to play,” explained Hawkins.

She said she does expect to be able to play their NAC-opening doubleheader on Sunday at their O’Keefe Softball Complex field against Castleton State (Vt.). The doubleheader starts at noon.

“We still have a little standing water on the field but the maintenance is going to work on it,” said Hawkins whose team split with Brandeis (Mass.) in the Mahaney Dome.

St. Joseph’s softball coach wins 400th game

Jamie Smyth registered the 400th victory of his career as the head coach of the Saint Joseph’s College softball team when the Monks defeated conference rival Suffolk University in Boston on Saturday.

The winningest head coach in the history of Saint Joseph’s softball, Smyth is in his 17th season and is now 401-260 (.607). A six-time conference coach of the year, he has guided the Monks to seven conference championships, including three straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference and NCAA Tournament appearances.

Smyth is the fourth head coach at Saint Joseph’s to reach the 400-win plateau, joining Will Sanborn (baseball, 581), Mike McDevitt (women’s basketball, volleyball; 516) and Rick Simonds (men’s basketball, softball, baseball; 514).

Smyth’s first career victory was against Dominican College on March 13, 1998.

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