University of Maine Black Bear Sports


‘Seniors Weekend’ critical for UMaine softball playoff hopes

By Larry Mahoney on April 24, 2015, at 6:13 p.m.
ORONO | Six seniors will play their final games at Kessock Field for the University of Maine softball team on Saturday and Sunday and the Black Bears have a golden opportunity to enhance their America East playoff hopes. Maine, 16-17 overall and 5-4 in America East, will entertain a …
Sam Balzano, UMaine baseball

UMaine baseball team visits UMBC for 3-game series

on April 24, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.
MAINE vs. MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY Time, site: Saturday (2), noon; Sunday, noon; Alumni Field, Baltimore, Maryland Records: Maine 14-20 (4-7 America East), UMBC 16-15 (5-7) Series, last meeting: Maine leads 39-7, UMBC 2-1 (12 inns.) on 5/18/14 Key players: Maine — CF Sam Balzano (.354, 12 runs batted in, 7 …
Women's basketball student-athlete Liz Wood takes notes during one of her classes at the University of Maine. The junior from Catlett, Virginia, is among many students at the university who successfully balance school work with the rigors of Division I athletics.

UMaine student-athletes thrive in classroom despite difficult schedules

By Samuel Bonsey on April 24, 2015, at 10:32 a.m.
ORONO | Life as a student-athlete at the University of Maine can be strenuous. They get up, work out in the morning, attend class, practice with the team and attend more classes. Sometimes, after all of that, they have another workout to do. Some athletes may leave their dorm …

Erin’s Run Q&A with Kyle Woolley

on April 23, 2015, at 8:53 a.m.
Brian MacLeod sits down with Kyle Woolley, older brother to Erin of Erin’s Run, to remember his sister, what made her so special, and what the 5K means to him.
Sigi Koizar of the University of Maine drives to the basket during a game last December in Bangor. Coach Richard Barron's Black Bears will participate next November along with several noteworthy opponents in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida.

UMaine women’s basketball team to compete in Florida showcase

on April 22, 2015, at 3:21 p.m.
NCAA tournament participants Stanford, Louisville, Louisiana State and Dayton are among the high-powered potential opponents for the University of Maine women’s basketball team next November. Coach Richard Barron’s Black Bears are among eight teams that will take part in the third annual Gulf Coast Showcase, a tournament that will be …
Justin Courtney

UMaine managing freshman pitcher Courtney for stretch run

By Pete Warner on April 22, 2015, at 7:44 a.m.
ORONO | Justin Courtney was cruising. The University of Maine freshman completed the fifth inning of last Saturday’s second game against the University in complete control. The right-hander from Bangor had allowed only four hits and an unearned run, striking out three without issuing a walk. Courtney had thrown …

Erin’s Run Q&A with Ben Sprague

on April 21, 2015, at 8:53 a.m.
Fill The Steins is pleased to sponsor the Erin’s Run 5K on April 25th; here, FTS presents a Q&A interview with one of the organization’s co-founders, Ban Sprague.
Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (right) of the University of Maine is congratulated by teammate Brenden Geary during Sunday's America East baseball game against Hartford in Orono. Gosselin-Deschesnes, a senior right-hander, had a strong start for the Black Bears after having worked exclusively out of the bullpen this spring.

UMaine senior stakes claim to spot in starting rotation

By Pete Warner on April 20, 2015, at 2:06 p.m.
ORONO | If the University of Maine baseball team is going to make a run at an America East postseason berth, it is going to need more consistent pitching. To that end, coach Steve Trimper and his staff made a change last weekend that may bolster its starting rotation. …
University of Maine starting pitcher Jacob Gosselin-Duchesnes (14) delivers a pitch in the fourth inning of their college baseball game against Hartford at Mahaney Diamond in Orono, Maine, Sunday, April 19, 2015.

UMaine baseball team takes two of three from Hartford

By Pete Warner on April 18, 2015, at 12:58 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine baseball team had a golden opportunity to make up some ground in the America East standings on Sunday afternoon. Instead, the Black Bears will remain in last place — for now. UMaine committed three errors in the 12th inning Sunday, opening the door …
 Senior EmJ Fogel (right) is among the veterans who lead the University of Maine softball team against Stony Brook in the Black Bears’ first home series of the season this weekend.

UMaine softball team to play at home after 30 straight road games

By Larry Mahoney on April 17, 2015, at 7:43 p.m.
ORONO | After playing 30 games outside the state, the University of Maine softball team will finally play its home openers this weekend against Stony Brook. Maine, 15-15 overall and 4-2 in America East, hosts the Seawolves (19-12, 5-1), for a doubleheader at noon Saturday and a single game …
University of Maine senior right-hander Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes

UMaine baseball team to use new No. 3 starter against Hartford

on April 17, 2015, at 1:07 p.m.
MAINE vs. HARTFORD Time, site: Saturday (2), 1 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m., Mahaney Diamond, Orono Records: Maine 12-19 (2-6 America East), Hartford 12-19 (5-5) Series, last meeting: Maine leads 86-32, Hartford 10-5 on 3/21/15 Key players: Maine — 3B Luke Morrill (.360, 1 home run, 18 runs batted in), CF …
University of Maine baseball coach Steve Trimper (right), pictured during a 2014 game, is trying to get the Black Bears back on the winning track as they try to climb out of the America East cellar.

UMaine baseball team hopes to heat up for playoff run

By Pete Warner on April 16, 2015, at 2:53 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine baseball team has dug itself a big hole. Halfway through their America East schedule, the Black Bears are mired in last place in the conference standings. Coach Steve Trimper’s ballclub takes a 12-19 record into a three-game weekend series against Hartford that begins …

Seeing the Sights on Erin’s Run

on April 16, 2015, at 10:57 a.m.
What is there to see and do, as you run Erin’s Run 5K to remember and honor Erin Woolley? Fill The Steins is glad you asked. Here’s a tongue-in-cheek look at the sights of Erin’s Run – we think Erin might’ve gotten a laugh…
University of Maine head football coach Jack Cosgrove watches his team during practice Aug. 4, 2014, at Morse Field in Orono.

7 UMaine football players may have violated conduct code

By Pete Warner on April 15, 2015, at 5:24 p.m.
ORONO | Seven members of the University of Maine football team are being investigated for alleged violations of the school’s Student Conduct Code. UMaine spokeswoman Margaret Nagle on Wednesday confirmed in an email the unidentified players are being investigated for alleged code violations “related to the acceptance of meals …
Senior Katy Massey of Waterville, a member of the University of Maine women’s ice hockey team, has been named the salutatorian for the Class of 2015.

Waterville hockey player named UMaine salutatorian

on April 15, 2015, at 2:24 p.m.
ORONO, Maine —- The University of Maine announced that Katy Massey of Waterville has been named the 2015 salutatorian. She was a member of the women’s ice hockey team the past four seasons, serving as an assistant captain last winter. Massey is a psychology major with a concentration in development …
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano watches his team in the third period of a game against the Florida Panthers on March 7 in Florida.

Former UMaine star leads Islanders to dramatic 22-point turnaround

By Larry Mahoney on April 14, 2015, at 6:21 p.m.
There was pressure on New York Islanders head coach and Bangor resident Jack Capuano this season. The Islanders missed the National Hockey League playoffs with just 79 points in 2013-14, and it was their final season in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders, which have …

Matt Grondin’s One Steining Moment: Erin’s Run

on April 14, 2015, at 8:41 a.m.
With Erin’s Run, one of Fill The Steins’ favorite fundraisers coming up on April 25, FTS co-founder Matt Grondin takes a look back at what makes the 5K special to him.
UMaine baseball head coach Steve Trimper

UMaine baseball team set to host UMPI

on April 13, 2015, at 1:50 p.m.
College MAINE vs. UMAINE-PRESQUE ISLE Time, site: Tuesday, 5 p.m., Mahaney Diamond, Orono, Maine Records: Maine 11-19, UMPI 4-9 Series, last meeting: Maine leads 1-0, Maine 21-3 on 4/30/13 Key players: Maine — DH Luke Morrill (.375, 1 home run, 18 runs batted in), CF Sam Balzano (.346, 11 RBI), …
University of Maine Associate Professor of Literacy Richard Kent, Ph.D, studies athletes' writing and how they can learn from it. He has written books about the benefits of notebooks or journals to improve athletes' performance. "It helps them become students of their own game," Kent said.

UMaine professor helps athletes become students of the game through writing

By Pete Warner on April 13, 2015, at 7:57 a.m.
With the match complete, members of the Mountain Valley High School boys soccer team gathered in a circle at midfield to do some light stretching. When finished, each player pulled out a notebook to answer a series of questions about his performance, how the team played and to provide his …
Sam Balzano

UMass Lowell baseball team takes two of three from slumping Black Bears

on April 11, 2015, at 10:44 p.m.
LOWELL, Massachusetts — The University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks took two of three games from the Maine Black Bears in an America East baseball series over the weekend. The Bears won the first game of a Sunday doubleheader 5-4, but the River Hawks took the second 10-6 to win …
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