BANGOR, Maine — The Husson University women’s soccer team will receive a boost this season from homegrown talent as five of the seven incoming freshmen are from Maine.
“The incoming class is going to have a great impact on our team this season,” second-year coach Amanda Cummings said in a news release Wednesday. “Their athleticism, knowledge, and competitiveness is something to look forward too. They will fit in exceptionally well with the returning group and are already dedicated to improving our squad.”
The players from Maine, with their former high schools and club teams, are: forward/midfielder Ryleigh Lord, Mount View of Thorndike and Central Maine United; goalkeeper Gabi Martin, Waterville and Central Maine United; forward Arianna McKinnon, Penobscot Valley of Howland and Seacoast United; goalie Angela Daigle, Leavitt of Turner; and midfielder/fullback Michaela Sprague, Erskine Academy of South China and Central Maine United.
They will be joined by two other incoming freshmen, goalie Kendra Howard of Warwick, Rhode Island; and midfielder/fullback Allison Carey of Plymouth, New Hampshire.
Husson returns 20 players this season, including four of the team’s top five scorers from last season in Leah Hibbad, Taylor Fortin, Hannah Clough and Katey Curtis.
The Eagles kick off their season against St. Joseph’s College of Standish in the 12th Annual Husson Classic on Saturday, Sept. 3.
Thomas names women’s tennis coach
Eddie Mathews has been named the Thomas College of Waterville women’s tennis coach, athletic director David Roussel announced Wednesday.
Mathews, who begins his duties on Aug. 15, has spent the last five seasons working with the men’s program at Florida State University. He takes over for Jill Cristan, who resigned last month after two seasons.
“[Eddie] has lofty aspirations for our program and is eager to begin his coaching duties,” Roussel said in a news release. “We all see many exciting days ahead for the women’s tennis program at Thomas College.”
GNAC selects St. Joe’s AD as top executive
St. Joseph’s athletic director Brian Curtin has been named the 2016 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Executive of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday morning.
The leader of the St. Joe’s athletics department since May 2006, Curtin currently serves as the chair of the GNAC Executive Committee, working with GNAC Commissioner Joe Walsh.
During the 2015-16 academic year, Curtin also worked closely with St. Joseph’s President Dr. James Dlugos — the chair of the GNAC Presidents’ Council — to review and restructure the conference’s bylaws. Under Curtin’s guidance, a working group was formed to evaluate certain conference procedures and configuration.
In the classroom at St. Joseph’s, the Monks increased their number of GNAC Academic All-Conference honorees (89) for the fourth consecutive year. On the field, nine of SJC’s 10 record-bearing teams advanced to the GNAC Tournament, with the Monks women’s basketball program capturing its second conference championship in three years. The department’s baseball and field hockey programs made GNAC title-game appearances last year, while its staff also hosted the 2015 GNAC men’s and women’s cross country championships.