Husson Eagles name four football captains

Posted July 17, 2013, at 8:21 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Former Fitzpatrick Award finalist and Foxcroft Academy quarterback Ryan Stroud, who has transferred to Husson University after spending two years as a backup at the University of Maine, was named one of four captains for Gabby Price’s Eagles on Wednesday.

Stroud joins Bangor sophomore tight end Josiah Hartley, senior defensive lineman Ernest Wiggins and senior running back Byron Jackson as captains. Wiggins and Jackson are both from Bridgeport, Conn.

“The selection of these four men by their peers is a great testament to their depth as people, their leadership abilities and qualities as team players,” said Price in a press release. “All seasons have ups and downs and Josiah, Ernest, Byron and Ryan and their teammates will all be needed in leadership roles.”

Wiggins led the Eagles in tackles (93), sacks (12) and forced fumbles (12) last season; Hartley was third in receptions (19) and reception yards (175); and Jackson was third in rushing yards with 158 on 47 carries.

Hartley transferred from Maine to Husson a year ago.

The Eagles will open the season at Hartwick College (N.Y.) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and will travel to Springfield College the next Saturday before playing their home opener against Alfred State at noon Sept. 21.

They begin New England Football Conference play by hosting Castleton State in their Homecoming game on Oct. 5. The final six games are all NEFC contests.

They visit Anna Maria on Oct. 12, host Becker on Oct. 19 and visit Gallaudet on Oct. 26. In November, home games against SUNY-Maritime (Nov. 2) and Mount Ida (Nov. 16) sandwich a game at Norwich (Nov. 9).

The Eagles will be looking for their first winning season since 2008 when Price led them to a 7-3 campaign and a berth in the ECAC Northeast Bowl.

Price, who had led the program to a 25-28 record in six years including a 19-10 mark in his final three seasons after Husson resurrected its football program, was rehired in November after Sean Murphy resigned to become the men’s lacrosse coach.

Husson went 7-32 under Niles Nelson and Murphy, who each spent two seasons as the head coach after Price left.

Husson had a 2-8 mark last fall.

Husson upgrading softball facility

Husson is in the process of upgrading its O’Keefe Softball Complex.

The school is adding a three-bay press box and two additional sets of bleachers which will increase the capacity from 150 to 400. The facility, built in 2005, also will be handicapped-accessible.

Husson interim athletic director Warren Caruso said, “We are extremely fortunate to have received the generous support of Bob and Fran O’Keefe over the years to develop the softball complex into a premier softball complex in New England. We are excited to offer our fans and the media a more comfortable space to enjoy the games.”

Husson has won five straight North Atlantic Conference championships and posted its first win in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Eagles are looking for a new softball coach after Amanda Bourgoin stepped down after seven years to spend more time with her family.

They also are looking for a men’s lacrosse coach and athletic director.

Caruso, the men’s basketball coach at Husson, said he has withdrawn his name from consideration to be the athletic director.

Maine football players honored

Six University of Maine football players were selected to Phil Steele Football Organization All-American or All-Colonial Athletic Association teams.

The teams were selected by Josh Buchanan of JBScouting.com.

Defensive end Michael Cole, defensive back Kendall James and tight end Justin Perillo were chosen to All-American and All-CAA teams while quarterback Marcus Wasilewski and punter Jeffrey Ondish were second-team All-CAA picks and defensive back Jamal Clay was a third-team selection.

Cole, a second team All-American and first team All-CAA pick, had a league-high seven sacks in just five games before a leg injury cut his season short. He had 20 tackles and forced two fumbles.

Perillo was a fourth-team All-American and first-team All-CAA choice thanks to a 2012 season in which he made 30 catches for 271 yards and five touchdowns.

James, a fourth-team All-American and second-team All-CAA pick, made 45 tackles a year ago and had a team-high 12 pass breakups. He forced two fumbles and blocked a kick.

Allison earns NABC award

Forward-center Mike Allison, who graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in kinesiology and physical education in May, was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ 2012-13 Honors Court.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talent and gifts that student-athletes possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. They must be a junior or a senior and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-13 year, they must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution and they must be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA Division I or II institution.

Allison averaged an America East-leading 1.7 blocks per game, the second straight year he led the conference in blocks. His 7.3 rebounds per game ranked fifth and he averaged 6.5 points per game.

The Lynden, Ontario, native was one of just five student-athletes from America East to be named to the NABC Honors Court.

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