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    Saturday Oct 18, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Maine hockey team falls short again, but at least shows some spark

    OK, so the Maine men’s hockey team made a couple of critical mistakes Friday against a team that punishes you for doing so. It resulted in a 3-0 loss to defending national champion Union in the Black Bears’ home opener. Maine is 0-3 and has scored only three goals on the season. Coach Red Gendron could be heard leaving the postgame news conference reassuring someone that “the sun’s going to […]

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    Friday Oct 10, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    In low-scoring game, Maine’s Collins may be the difference

    Saturday’s Maine-Stony Brook football game shapes up to be another low-scoring affair. The strength of both teams are the defenses. Both have spent the first half of the season with uncertainty at quarterback. Black Bears Coach Jack Cosgrove reiterated to me this week that he has every intention of continuing to start sophomore Dan Collins while bringing in freshman Drew Belcher for an occasional series under center. Collins has been […]

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  • Monday Sep 29, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    Maine’s Beckford finds paydirt after getting a veteran’s tutelage

    Maine running back Nigel Beckford was named rookie of the week in the Colonial Athletic Association after scoring his first two career touchdowns in Saturday’s stirring win at Towson. But Coach Jack Cosgrove said Monday that it was the return of veteran tailback Nigel Jones that allowed Beckford to succeed. Jones missed the Sept. 20 loss at Boston College with a concussion. In the junior’s absence, Beckford faltered, gaining only […]

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  • Tuesday Sep 23, 2014 | 4:27 pm

    Top 10 in the nation, ninth in the league? Polls show divergent feelings about Maine hockey

    If you ever wondered about the lunacy of preseason polls in any sport at any level, Maine hockey gave you plenty of ammunition this week. The Black Bears were a top-10 pick nationally in at least one poll that came out shortly after last season’s Frozen Four. They were picked sixth in the 12-team Hockey East by members of the media over the weekend. On Monday, at the league’s annual media […]

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    Friday Sep 19, 2014 | 2:35 pm

    Cosgrove dropping strong hints he may change quarterbacks

    Is Maine football Coach Jack Cosgrove just being coy, or might he actually switch his quarterbacks for Saturday’s game at Boston College? He said “anything’s possible” when asked about the subject on a Monday conference call. On Tuesday, I asked him if he was seriously contemplating a change from redshirt sophomore Dan Collins to true freshman Drew Belcher, or if he was just getting reporters like me to chase our […]

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    Saturday Sep 13, 2014 | 7:31 pm

    Black Bear offense can’t get traction as lead slips away

    Maine’s first drive Saturday was its longest, kickstarted by a beautiful pitch and catch from Dan Collins to Damarr Aultman for 41 yards on a third-and-13 play. It ended with a field goal. Sigh. This has been the theme for Maine’s offense through two games, in which it scored 10 points apiece. A few good plays, but too many that go nowhere, and not nearly enough to show for it. […]

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    Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Maine’s offensive line is in flux, but starting to take shape

    Bruce Johnson is the rock of Maine’s offensive line. Daniel Carriker also is a constant up front for the Black Bears. Redshirt freshman Isaiah Brooks is highly regarded by his coaches and firmly a part of the future. After that? There are some questions for Maine as it enters its second game of the season, Saturday at Bryant, as I wrote about in a story in Wednesday’s Press Herald. Offensive […]

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    Friday Sep 05, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    Maine hoops teams will be tested

    We interrupt football season to talk a little basketball and hockey today. The full schedules for the Maine men’s and women’s basketball teams were released Thursday, although most of the nonconference portions were already known. A few highlights: For the men, there are 12 home games, but none until a matchup with Wagner on Dec. 2. Key road games are at Butler, Boston College and Seton Hall. The Black Bears […]

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    Wednesday Sep 03, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    Black Bear blockers can’t back down if team is to move forward

    The early reviews for Maine’s offensive line, a group without any seniors, were not good. There were few holes to run through, and not a lot of opportunities for first-time starting quarterback Dan Collins to survey the field when he dropped back to pass. The result was that Maine gained 98 yards rushing and 92 passing, for a paltry 190 yards of offense in Saturday’s 10-6 win over Norfolk State. […]

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