December 11, 2018
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UMaine women’s basketball to battle Hartford; men’s hockey to take on Providence

Women’s Basketball

America East Championship

MAINE vs. HARTFORD

Time, site: Friday, 4 p.m., Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

Records: UMaine 22-9, Hartford 19-12

Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 26-11, UMaine 59-56 on 2/5/18

Key players: Maine — 6-1 G Blanca Millan (17.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 steals, 1.6 assists per game), 5-10 G Tanesha Sutton (12 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.9 spg), 5-8 G Julie Brosseau (11.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg), 6-1 F Fanny Wadling (6.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 apg), 5-6 G Dor Saar (5.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3 apg), 5-8 G Parise Rossignol (5.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg); Hartford — 5-8 G Lindsey Abed (13.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.2 spg), 6-0 F Janelle Harrison (11.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.3 spg), 6-0 G Darby Lee (11.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg), 5-9 G Sierra DaCosta (9.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.1 apg), 5-11 G Jade Young (7.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.8 spg), 5-7 G Alexia Douglas (6.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.9 spg)

Game notes: UMaine has won 13 of its last 14 and Hartford has won five straight. UMaine seeks its first AE tournament title since 2004 while Hartford last won in 2011. UMaine has won the last six meetings. Both teams play aggressive defense. The Hawks apply full-court pressure and UMaine features half-court, player-to-player defense. UMaine must limit its turnovers as Hartford forces 22.4 per game and ranks eighth in Division I. DaCosta, the 2017 AE Rookie of the Year, missed the previous UMaine games due to injury. UMaine ranks tied for 16th in scoring defense (55.5 ppg). In the 59-56 regular-season win over Hartford, UMaine overcame 28 turnovers and a 19-0 first-half run by the Hawks.

Men’s Hockey

Hockey East Quarterfinals

MAINE vs. PROVIDENCE

Time, site: Friday, Saturday, Sunday (if necessary), 7 p.m., Schneider Arena, Providence, R.I.

Records: UMaine 18-14-4, Providence 20-10-4

Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 64-52-7, PC 3-2 (OT) on 2/9/18

Key players: Maine — LW Mitch Fossier (12 goals, 21 assists), C Chase Pearson (7 & 20), RW Eduards Tralmaks (10 & 14), RW Brendan Robbins (11 & 10), D Brady Keeper (6 & 14), D Rob Michel (5 & 12), G Jeremy Swayman (15-10-3, 2.66 goals-against average, .922 save percentage); Providence — LW Erik Foley (15 & 19), C Brian Pinho (12 & 18), RW Josh Wilkins (13 & 14), D Jacob Bryson (4 & 20), C Scott Conway (11 & 9), D Ben Mirageas (8 & 10), G Hayden Hawkey (20-10-3, 2.12, .916)

Game notes: UMaine hasn’t beaten Providence since Oct. 29, 2011 and hasn’t won at Schneider Arena since Dec. 4, 2010. PC has won the last 12 meetings and is 15-0-1 over the last 16. The Black Bears are 9-6-1 on the road this season. The Friars are 11-3 at home. Penalty-killer Shane Kavanagh (2 & 3) returns to the PC lineup after an eight-game absence due to injury but UMaine alternate captain Cedric Lacroix (6 & 5), an important checking-line center and penalty-killer, suffered an ankle injury vs. UNH and is questionable. PC hasn’t played since a 1-0 loss at UMass on Feb. 24. Providence is among the nation’s top defensive teams under former UMaine and Old Town High assistant Nate Leaman and is tied for eighth in goals-against average (2.18). UMaine is coming off an impressive performance vs. UNH and has allowed just five goals in its last three games.

 


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