University of Maine Black Bear Sports


Three UMaine men’s hockey recruits chosen in NHL draft

By Larry Mahoney on June 27, 2015, at 9:50 p.m.
Two former University of Maine hockey players are wearing Detroit Red Wings jerseys in goalie Jimmy Howard and right wing Gustav Nyquist and there could be two more in the future. Center Chase Pearson and defenseman Patrick Holway, who have verbally committed to attend the University of Maine, were selected …
Brewer's Matt Pushard sends an offering to a Bangor batter on May 26 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.

Brewer’s Pushard commits to UMaine baseball program

By Ernie Clark on June 26, 2015, at 7:53 p.m.
The University of Maine coaching staff undoubtedly liked what it saw of Brewer’s Matt Pushard late in the recently completed high school baseball season. And who wouldn’t? The junior right-hander merely pitched a no-hitter against Mt. Blue of Farmington in the Eastern Maine Class A semifinals, then …
Sierra Tapley of Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor, pictured shooting over Gardiner’s Mary Toman in a tournament game last February, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine on a basketball scholarship starting in 2016.

MDI guard commits to play for UMaine women’s basketball team

By Larry Mahoney on June 25, 2015, at 8:45 p.m.
Mount Desert Island High School basketball standout Sierra Tapley, a third-team Bangor Daily News All-Maine selection this past season, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine on a full scholarship. The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 16.3 points, three rebounds, four assists and 3.5 steals per game in leading the …
Freshman forward Liam Pecararo, pictured during a game last November, has decided to leave the University of Maine and pursue his hockey career elsewhere.

Freshman to leave UMaine men’s hockey program

By Larry Mahoney on June 25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
University of Maine freshman left winger Liam Pecararo has decided to leave the program and return to the United States Hockey League in the hopes of playing at another college for the 2016-17 season. Under NCAA transfer rules, a player must sit out a full season if he transfers from …
University of Maine head coach Richard Reichenbach and his wife, assistant coach Sara Reichenbach, pictured during a 2013 practice, have brought in a promising group of eight players for the 2015-16 women’s ice hockey season.

UMaine women’s ice hockey team to welcome large, talented class

By Larry Mahoney on June 23, 2015, at 5:33 p.m.
University of Maine women’s ice hockey head coach Richard Reichenbach is looking for improvement next season and said his incoming eight-member recruiting class is “by far, the best class we’ve recruited since I’ve been at Maine the last five years.” Maine went 10-20-3 overall, 9-11-1 in Hockey East, and hosted …

Former UMaine player named hockey coach at UNE

on June 23, 2015, at 1:16 p.m.
BIDDEFORD | When former University of Maine hockey winger Kevin Swallow was working for Pepsi the year after graduating, he realized how much he missed hockey. “It’s what I’ve known my whole life. It’s what I’m passionate about. I couldn’t wait to get back involved in the game,” said …

UMaine women’s basketball team adds transfer guard

on June 22, 2015, at 11:49 a.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine women’s basketball team is going to have a lot of holes to fill once the 2015-2016 senior class graduates next spring. Coach Richard Barron has filled one of those spots with a Division I transfer. Barron on Monday announced that 5-foot-10 guard Tanesha …

Decorated USM wrestler named head coach of school’s wrestling team

on June 18, 2015, at 6:10 p.m.
GORHAM | After five seasons as assistant coach, former University of Southern Maine All-American wrestler Michael Morin has been named the head coach of the school’s wrestling program. “Mike Morin is the perfect choice to be our next head coach and to take on the leadership of the USM …

UMaine hockey team lands players from Newfoundland, New Brunswick

By Larry Mahoney on June 16, 2015, at 3:48 p.m.
The University of Maine men’s hockey program has landed a highly-skilled forward from Gander, Newfoundland, for the 2017-18 season. Adam Dawe, who is 5-foot-7 and 146-pounds, had 18 goals and 14 assists in 35 games for Notre Dame’s Midget team in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA League. He has verbally committed …
University of Maine director of athletics Karlton Creech said the school will not pay cost-of-attendance funds to its student-athletes.

UMaine unlikely to fund student-athletes’ cost of attendance

By Pete Warner on June 12, 2015, at 12:55 p.m.
In August, NCAA legislation takes effect that provides added financial assistance for Division I student-athletes. Those receiving a full scholarship — which covers tuition, textbooks and room and board — are eligible for funds to cover their remaining cost of attendance. That cost-of-attendance figure, which is calculated using a government …
University of Maine's Eric Schurhamer (right) and University of Connecticut's Spencer Naas battle for a loose puck during their hockey game at Alfond Arena in Orono in this January 2015 file photo.

UMaine men’s hockey team unveils tough 2015-16 schedule

By Larry Mahoney on June 10, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
University of Maine men’s hockey coach Red Gendron has a challenging nonconference schedule that includes five teams that won at least 18 games last season. The school on Wednesday released its schedule, and it includes the season-opening Ice Breaker Tournament at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, the Capital City …
Steve Trimper, UMaine baseball head coach

2 UMaine signees selected on final day of MLB draft

By Pete Warner on June 10, 2015, at 6:55 a.m.
The Major League Baseball Draft is often a tense time for college baseball coaches. University of Maine baseball coach Steve Trimper lived through that dynamic over the last two days as he waited to find out which of the potential Black Bear players would be selected in the major league …
Alison (Smith) Montgomery

Bangor High grad named Bates women’s basketball coach

on June 03, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
LEWISTON | Alison (Smith) Montgomery enjoyed an outstanding basketball career at Bangor High School and Bowdoin College. Now, the former Stockton Springs resident is returning to Maine to take her first head coaching job. Montgomery on Wednesday was named the head women’s basketball coach at Bates College by director …

UMaine hockey team lands center, son of former NHL player

By Larry Mahoney on June 02, 2015, at 9:41 p.m.
Chase Pearson, son of former NHL winger Scott Pearson, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine on a hockey scholarship. The 17-year-old Pearson is expected to return to the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League for another season before coming to Maine in the fall of …
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop talks during media day, the day before the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena, on Tuesday in Tampa, Florida.

Former UMaine goalie eyeing Stanley Cup matchup with Blackhawks

By Larry Mahoney on June 02, 2015, at 5:07 p.m.
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie and former University of Maine standout Ben Bishop admits that he had a “pretty selfish” reason for becoming a goalie when he was in youth hockey. “You got to play the whole game. You never came off the ice,” said Bishop, the NHL’s tallest goalie at …
Students walk across campus at the University of Maine in Orono on March 31, 2014.

Student Conduct Office finds UMaine football players violated dining contracts

By Pete Warner on May 28, 2015, at 4:50 p.m.
The University of Maine Conduct Office has completed its inquiry into alleged violations of the school’s Student Conduct Code by seven Black Bear football players. The student-athletes were investigated for issues “related to the acceptance of meals in a UMaine dining commons” this spring, UMaine spokeswoman Margaret Nagle said in …

Three UMaine athletes to compete at NCAA regional

on May 26, 2015, at 6:04 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine track and field team has three student-athletes competing in the 2015 Outdoor Track and Field East Regional May 28-30 at Jacksonville, Florida. Robyn McFetters of Barrington, Rhode Island, will compete in the hammer throw, Jake Leithiser of Old Town will run the 800 …
University of Maine's Liz Wood (right) shoots over University of Albany's Shereesha Richards (center) and Tiana-Jo Carter during their game on Jan. 4  at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Women’s basketball success highlighted forgettable UMaine athletics season

By Larry Mahoney on May 26, 2015, at 3:22 p.m.
When assessing the 2014-15 athletics season at the University of Maine, it is clear that the women’s basketball team provided the lion’s share of the highlights in an otherwise forgettable year. The final tally for the nine teams that compiled a won-lost record was 115-152-12. During regular-season conference play, the …

Trip to Italy enhances team bond for UMaine women’s basketball squad

By Anna Heise, Special to the BDN on May 24, 2015, at 11:08 p.m.
Editor’s Note: Anna Heise of the University of Maine has agreed to write a blog during the Black Bears women’s basketball team’s trip to Italy. The senior center from Halle, Germany, will provide readers with a student-athlete’s perspective on the experience as the team enjoys the history and culture of …
University of Maine teammates Danny Diaz (left) and Scott Heath tap gloves during warm-ups for Thursday's America East Baseball Championship opener at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts. Maine went 0-2 in the tourney and finished with a 24-28 record.

Thin pitching, inconsistent offense hampered UMaine baseball success

By Pete Warner on May 24, 2015, at 4:52 p.m.
The University of Maine baseball team closed out its season Friday with an 11-2 loss to Hartford in the America East tournament. Coach Steve Trimper’s Black Bears made a strong stretch run to qualify for the tourney, but they did not pitch effectively or produce enough offense this spring to …
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