Posts Tagged ‘NCAA’


Several newcomers in mix for UMaine hoop teams

By Pete Warner on Nov. 01, 2010, at 7:35 p.m.
Judging from the weekend’s exhibition action, there are likely to be some new faces making significant contributions to the University of Maine men’s and women’s basketball teams this season. Both of the Black Bears’ first-year players played often and played well for Ted Woodward’s squad, while Cindy Blodgett’s women incorporated …
Husson's Brianna Hanscom , left, and Halley McGee, right, try to corral Maine's Ali Nalivaika (33) in the first half of their game at the University of Maine, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. Maine won 88-44. Bangor Daily News/Michael C. York

UMaine basketball teams win exhibitions

By Pete Warner on Oct. 31, 2010, at 6:47 p.m.
ORONO | Amber Smith knew last December she wouldn’t be playing until the 2010-11 basketball season. The University of Maine freshman guard demonstrated Sunday afternoon that she has made considerable strides in her game, contributing eight points, eight steals and six rebounds in the Black Bears’ 88-44 exhibition victory …

Abbott is consistent offensive threat for Black Bears

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 29, 2010, at 7:09 p.m.
ORONO — Spencer Abbott began evolving into a consistent offensive threat at the end of last season for the University of Maine men’s hockey team. The junior left winger registered at least one point in four of Maine’s five Hockey East playoff games, notching two goals and three assists. And …

Maine Maritime continues title quest

By Pete Warner on Oct. 29, 2010, at 6:45 p.m.
Maine Maritime Academy of Castine will try to shake off the effects of an emotional week as it continues its quest for the New England Football Conference Bogan Division title. The Mariners, who lost assistant coach Richard Dykas II to a tragic automobile accident early Sunday morning, play a key …

Metal bats jammed by safety concerns

By Pete Warner on Oct. 29, 2010, at 6:39 p.m.
Aluminum baseball bats have come under increasing scrutiny over the years because of the perception that they result in more injuries on the baseball diamond. That premise was derived from empirical data that show balls hit by aluminum bats not only go farther, in some cases, but travel up to …
Maine freshman Eric White of Brewer tries out one of the team's newly issued metal bats during practice in the Mahaney Dome in Orono Wednesday. The NCAA has implemented new standards for metal baseball bats in an effort to more closely align their performance with that of traditional wood bats.

Revamped aluminum bats have less punch

By Pete Warner on Oct. 29, 2010, at 5:29 p.m.
ORONO — The distinctive “ping” of aluminum bats has resonated in ballparks at college and high school baseball games for more than 35 years. Starting next spring, that ringing sound will be replaced more of a dull “clink.” The National Collegiate Athletic Association has implemented new standards for metal baseball …
Bangor native Pete Babcock watches as the University of Maine men's basketball team goes through a Monday afternoon practice session at Memorial Gym in Orono. Babcock, a scout for the Cleveland Cavaliers, was believed to be looking at Black Bears junior Gerald McLemore. (BDN Photo by Gabor Degre)

Cavaliers scout, Bangor native visits UMaine

By Pete Warner on Oct. 25, 2010, at 8:26 p.m.
    ORONO — Pete Babcock's dream was to make it to the National Basketball Association.     While he admittedly didn't have the physical skills to play at that level, his knowledge of the game, inner drive and polished communication skills have made him a fixture in the NBA for more …
Maine's goalie Shawn Sirman (33) covers up the puck in a power play in the final minutes of the third period of their hockey game against North Dakota Friday night in Orono. Maine went on to win 7-3 and 4-2 on Saturday, a sweep sparked by a maintaining a simple approach and some line changes. (AP Photo/Michael C. York)

Simple approach, line changes sparked Bears’ turnaround

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 25, 2010, at 7:41 p.m.
ORONO — Over the weekend, the University of Maine Black Bears became just the fourth team to sweep the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team over the Fighting Sioux’s last 81 two-game series dating back to the 2005-2006 season. Maine triumphed 7-3 and 4-2. The Bears straggled into the …

MMA coach killed when pickup goes airborne, crashes

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 24, 2010, at 10:19 p.m.
PENOBSCOT — An assistant football coach at Maine Maritime Academy died early Sunday morning and another was injured as a result of a traffic accident, according to police. Richard E. Dykas II, 24, of Dedham, Mass., was behind the wheel of a 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck when the accident …

UMaine men show defensive intensity in Blue-White scrimmage

By Pete Warner on Oct. 24, 2010, at 6:19 p.m.
ORONO — The University of Maine men’s basketball team will play 12 regular-season home games on its home court at Alfond Arena. Coach Ted Woodward’s Black Bears got their first opportunity to get re-acclimated to the floor and the atmosphere during Sunday’s annual Blue-White scrimmage. Approximately 150 fans turned out …
Maine's Spencer Abbott (13) and Brian Flynn (10) celebrate their third-period goal in front of the North Dakota bench and goalie Brad Eidsness (31) in Orono, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010.

Freshman goalie strong for Bears vs. North Dakota

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 23, 2010, at 9:58 p.m.
ORONO — The University of Maine Black Bears knew they would have their hands full with the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux Saturday night following Friday night’s convincing 7-3 men’s hockey triumph. But the Black Bears weathered a strong first period showing by the nation’s second-ranked team and erased …

UMaine football visits Rhode Island; MMA, Husson play at home

By Pete Warner on Oct. 22, 2010, at 4:27 p.m.
Jack Cosgrove is looking for a spark from his University of Maine football team. The Black Bears have struggled recently against some of the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association — and the nation. They head into the homestretch of their season looking to perform at a higher level. …

Husson swimmers open season Saturday

By Robby MacDonald on Oct. 21, 2010, at 6:03 p.m.
Husson University swimming opens the 2010-11 season Saturday at the Blue Jay Pentathlon hosted by St. Joseph’s (Conn.) College. The Eagles will race under interim head coach Bruce Babin, appointed recently following the resignation of Jeff Wren, who had coached the team for two years. “Overall, the makeup of the …

‘Her Game’ film spotlights leadership in UMaine women’s basketball

By Pete Warner on Oct. 19, 2010, at 5:19 p.m.
Donna Rae Warren spent the 1997-98 season with unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to the University of Maine women’s basketball team. She and her film crew shot more than 300 hours of footage in the process. This week, more than 12 years after embarking on the project, the independent filmmaker is releasing …

Maine, North Dakota hockey programs are similar

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 19, 2010, at 4:42 p.m.
On Oct. 13, 2000, the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux were in Orono for a two-game set against the University of Maine. With Black Bear coach Shawn Walsh away in California getting treatment for kidney cancer, which would claim his life less than a year later, UND coach Dean …

UMaine women cancel hoop scrimmage

By Pete Warner on Oct. 18, 2010, at 8:43 p.m.
    Cindy Blodgett wants every available player in uniform when the UMaine women's basketball team opens its season Nov. 13 at home against Harvard.     For that reason, the Black Bears' fourth-year coach has canceled the annual Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage.     Coach Ted Woodward's men's squad will play its scrimmage …

Maine hockey team opens with 8-2 victory

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 08, 2010, at 8:05 p.m.
ORONO — The University of Maine Black Bears were the fourth-highest scoring team in the nation a year ago (3.67 goals per game). That average was helped by 11 goals in their last two Hockey East Tournament games. The Bears picked up where they left off against a youthful UMass …

Maine women’s hockey vs. Mercyhurst

BDN staff reports on Oct. 08, 2010, at 5:11 p.m.
MAINE vs. NO. 3 MERCYHURST Time, site: Saturday, Sunday, 1 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono Records: Maine 2-0, Mercyhurst 2-0Story continues below advertisement. Series, last meeting: Mercyhurst leads 2-0 Key players : Maine — C Brittany Dougherty (2 goals, 5 assists), LW Myriam Croussette (2 & 3), LW Danielle Ward (2 …

UMaine eyes upset at No. 2 Delaware

By Pete Warner on Oct. 08, 2010, at 2:58 p.m.
Winning is the best way to develop confidence within a football team. The University of Maine and Maine Maritime Academy of Castine both look to build on last weekend’s victories heading into important conference contests Saturday afternoon. Maine Black Bears (2-3) at Delaware Blue Hens (5-0), 1 p.m., Delaware Stadium, …
UMaine junior right wing Gustav Nyquist will lead the Bears when their quest to return to the NCAA Tourney begins Friday night when they host the University of Massachusetts Lowell at Alfond Arena in Orono.

Veteran UMaine team eyes return to NCAA tourney

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 07, 2010, at 7:52 p.m.
ORONO — The University of Maine men’s hockey team far exceeded expectations a year ago by finishing in a third-place tie in Hockey East after being picked eighth in the preseason coaches poll. But the Black Bears fell a goal short of earning the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since …