ORONO, Maine – Softball star Jessica Brady and cross country and track and field standout Gerry Clapper are among six former student-athletes selected for induction into the 2014 University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame.
Brady (Class of 2005) and Clapper (1983) will be joined in this year’s class by field hockey star Annie Elkanich (1997), football and baseball player M. Milton MacBride (1935), track and field star Joe Moody (1999) and baseball standout Curt Smith (2008).
The six will be inducted into the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame on October 18 surrounding homecoming festivities. The football team will play Albany that day, while the men’s ice hockey team will face defending national champion Union that evening.
Brady, captain of the 2004 softball team, was a four-time America East first-team selection. She was named to the All-Rookie team in 2002 and to the America East All-Tournament team in 2004 after leading the team to the conference title and the NCAA regionals. Upon graduation, Brady held school records for games played in a season (57), at-bats in a career (608), hits in a season (62), hits in a career (205), stolen bases in a season (23) and stolen bases in a career (73).
Clapper was a 12-time letterwinner in cross country and track and field. He was a two-year cross country captain and won the Maine State Championships in 1981 and the EIAA Eastern title in 1982. In indoor track and field, Clapper won the EIAA Eastern championship in 1983 in the two-mile. Upon graduation, he held University of Maine records in the mile, two-mile, 3,000-meter run, 5,000-meter run and four-mile relay. In outdoor track, he won the Maine State Championship and the EIAA Eastern championship at 5,000 meters in 1983. He holds the 10,000-meter school record with a time of 29:59.64 and the distance medley (440-880-1320-mile) relay record at 11:18.7.
Elkanich captained the 1996 field hockey squad. She was a NFHCA third-team All-American and a first-team NFHCA All-Regional selection in 1996 and earned a spot on the North Atlantic Conference first team. Elkanich also was named to the NAC first team and to the NFHCA All-Regional second team selection in 1995. Upon graduation, she held Maine school records for assists in a game (3), assists in a season (14), points in a season (45) and assists in a career (39).
MacBride served as captain of the 1934 football team. An All-Maine selection in 1933 and 1934, he led the team in rushing in 1933. MacBride also was a four-year letterwinner in baseball who hit .330 as a junior and .375 as a senior. MacBride was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.
Moody, captain of the 1998-99 indoor and outdoor track and field teams, earned nine varsity letters. Moody won the 500-meter dash at the America East Indoor Championships in 1996 and 1997. He was also the New England indoor champion in the 500-meter dash in 1997, setting a meet record with a time of 1:02.75. Moody set the 500-meter indoor school record five times, including a best of 1:02.72 that stands today. He also holds the school record as part of the 4×400-meter relay team and ranks second on Maine’s 800-meter list with a mark of 1:50.67. In outdoor track and field, Moody participated in the 1999 NCAA Championships, finishing 14th at 800 meters. He won the 800 at the 1998 and 1999 New England Championships and also was the 1999 America East champion. He currently holds the school record for 800 meters (1:48.28). Moody also excelled in the classroom, earning the M Club Dean Smith Award as the top male student-athlete at Maine in 1999.
Smith captained the 2008 baseball team. He led the Black Bears to America East championships and NCAA Regional appearances in 2005 and 2006, being named to the NCAA All-Regional team each year. He was named America East Player of the Year and earned a spot on the America East first team in 2008 after hitting .403 with 60 runs scored, 17 doubles and 11 home runs. He finished his career with 300 hits, second on Maine’s all-time list. He set the school record for triples with 19 and currently ranks second on that list. He led the team in batting or finished second each of his four years with the Black Bears. Following his senior season, he was selected in the MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Reigning Fitzpatrick Trophy winner Ben Lucas, the record-setting quarterback from Cony High School in Augusta, will not be joining the University of Maine football team this fall due to personal reasons, the school announced Tuesday.
“We are disappointed that Ben will not be joining us at this time,” said Maine head football coach Jack Cosgrove in a statement. “He has cited personal reasons which we do not feel are ours to discuss or share. We do recognize and respect the decision, which we are sure was extremely difficult.”
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Lucas led Cony to its first state championship since 1932 last fall and established new state records for career passing yards (7.575) and touchdowns.
He was battling a shoulder injury earlier this summer but participated in the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic in July.
The University of Maine football team has been ranked No. 20 in the opening FCS Coaches Preseason Poll released Monday.
Maine, which ended last season ranked 11th nationally, will look to defend its Colonial Athletic Association championship after finishing the 2013 campaign at 10-3 overall, 7-1 in conference play.
Coach Jack Cosgrove’s club welcomes back 20 letterwinners, including 15 starters, from last year’s team.
Maine is one of six CAA teams in the preseason top 25. New Hampshire is fourth, followed by Towson (seventh), Villanova (13th), Maine, William & Mary (22nd) and Richmond (24th).
Defending national champion North Dakota State is rated first in the poll.
Maine will begin its 2014 season Aug. 30 at home against Norfolk State.
Due to personal reasons, University of Maine freshman football recruit Ben Lucas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) will not be joining the team.
“We are disappointed that Ben will not be joining us at this time,” commented head coach Jack Cosgrove. “He has cited personal reasons which we do not feel are ours to discuss or share. We do recognize and respect the decision, which we are sure was extremely difficult.”