The University of Maine’s Chase Pearson (center) celebrates a goal with Mitch Fossier and other teammates during a Jan. 21 game at Alfond Arena in Orono. Credit: Gabor Degre | BDN

Left wing Mitch Fossier, the University of Maine’s leading scorer for the past two seasons, has been named captain of the 2019-20 Black Bear men’s ice hockey team.

Fossier, who will be a senior, was an assistant captain last season when the Black Bears went 15-17-4 overall, 11-9-4 in Hockey East, and got swept by Northeastern in the quarterfinals.

Assistant captains will be right wing Ryan Smith and centers Tim Doherty and Jack Quinlivan. Smith and Doherty will be seniors and Quinlivan will be a junior.

“Our players did a great job selecting them,” said UMaine head coach Red Gendron. “They have all demonstrated various leadership abilities.”

Fossier, a native of Alpharetta, Georgia, produced eight goals and 28 assists for 36 points last season and will enter the season with 28-58-86 in 100 career games.

“Mitch is a terrific leader and has been for a long time. He cares about everyone and everything in our program and he demonstrates that every day,” Gendron said.

Doherty had 9-8-17 in 36 games and was tied for second in goals. The Portsmouth, Rhode Island, native has 20-20-40 in 67 career games. Smith, who is from Roanoke, Virginia, produced 6-3-9 in 28 games a year ago and has 14-11-25 in 92 career games.

Quinlivan, who is from Shrewsbury, Mass., had 2-2-4 in 36 games after playing nine games as a freshman and not registering a point.

Five NCAA tourney teams set for UM field hockey

The University of Maine field hockey team will play five of the 18 teams that qualified for last season’s NCAA Tournament this fall and have just five America East contests after the league parted ways with West Coast associate members Stanford, California, Pacific and the University of California Davis after four years.

Monmouth (New Jersey) University has joined UMaine, Albany, Vermont, New Hampshire and UMass Lowell in America East and those teams will play each other once.

The America East regular-season champion will host this year’s four-team tourney.

Albany (16-5) and Monmouth (13-7) earned NCAA bids a year ago. Monmouth won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and Albany beat UMaine 2-0 in the America East championship game.

The other three NCAA teams on UMaine’s schedule are Harvard (17-2), Rutgers (13-6) and Boston University (12-8).

“I’m really happy with our schedule. It’s pretty strong. We’ll have some new and different opponents,” said UMaine coach Josette Babineau.

UMaine, 16-5 a year ago, will host an exhibition game against UMass on Aug. 24 and open the season at Rutgers on Aug. 30. The Black Bears’ home opener will be against Providence on Sept. 1.

UMaine will play Temple and Kent State at Kent State on Sept. 7 and 8.

UMaine’s other home games will be against Boston University (Sept. 13), Columbia (Sept. 15), Northeastern (Sept. 20), Merrimack (Sept. 28), UMass Lowell (Oct. 4), Quinnipiac (Oct. 13), Vermont (Oct. 18) and Albany (Oct. 25).

Conference road games will be at Monmouth (Oct. 11) and New Hampshire (Nov. 1). The Bears also will play non-conference games at Harvard (Sept. 22) and Dartmouth (Oct. 20) and will have neutral-site games vs. Northwestern at Boston College (Oct. 6) and Virginia Commonwealth at UMass on Nov. 3.

Eight UM football games to be streamed on FloSports

Eight UMaine football games will be carried on the FloSports streaming platform this fall under the Colonial Athletic Association’s new partnership with FloSports.

Viewers may watch the games live and via on-demand while also getting other CAA content by becoming a monthly or annual Pro subscriber.

In addition to the games on, other UMaine and CAA games will be televised on regional sports networks, which will be announced at a later date.

The Black Bear games to be streamed on will be Sacred Heart (Aug. 30), Towson (Sept. 14), at Villanova (Sept. 28), Richmond (Oct. 12), William and Mary (Oct. 26), at Elon (Nov. 9), Rhode Island (Nov. 16) and at New Hampshire (Nov. 23).

UMaine is the defending CAA champion, going 10-4 a year ago and reaching the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals for the first time in program history.