The basketball court is a lonely place on Friday mornings at 11:30 – vacant and dark. At noon though, a group of ‘mature men’ cheerfully take the court with the skills of old-school ball players, style that would make Bob Cousy happy and even Red Auerbach, at that.
Preseason has started for the USM women’s basketball team. This means squeaking sneakers, thousands of practice shots, conditioning and the molding of a team. For the USM women’s basketball player, preseason also means preparing to extend a tradition of excellence.
Photos from the Maine Intercollegiate Volleyball Tournament at USM
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The zamboni man circled the arena in Gorham last week, preparing the ice for women’s hockey practice. The team takes the ice daily to tune up for the upcoming season begining Nov. 8 versus Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. From now until the season opener, the objective is to solidify the team and bring newcomers up to speed with the level of play in college.
USM’s field hockey team is number three in the LEC heading into the tournament this week. Plymouth State and Keene State are the top two in the Little East Conference. Defending LEC champion, Plymouth State, is undefeated in LEC play, Keene State has two losses and USM has three, including falling by one point to each of the top two.
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The lady Huskies were an underdog going into the Little East Conference tennis tournament on Saturday, Oct 12. Their regular season record was a mediocre five wins, six losses and Plymouth State and Rhode Island both appeared to be strong favorites.
The men’s soccer team played Plymouth State last Wednesday. The highlights of the game were violent outbursts that, if nothing else, indicated the USM team was breathing. A few punches were thrown and many penalties called. In the end though, even the brutality aspect seemed to have been taken over by Plymouth, leaving us losers on all fronts.
The women’s tennis team after beginning the season with a 1-5 overall record has won the Little East Conference Women’s Tennis Championship. The team had three wins and no losses during the week previous to the Little East tournament and rode their momentum into the weekend.
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Last Wednesday the USM women’s soccer team was punished by a superior Bowdoin team. The women of Bowdoin wore all-black uniforms and towered over the USM team. They easily overpowered our Huskies and took control of the ball and the game as if they rightfully owned the field.
USM volleyball had a successful week, defeating UMass Boston in straight sets, last Wednesday in Gorham. In the victory Freshman Amanda Starkey had a team high 13 kills. Sophomore Mandy Dessert helped with her team leading 24 assists. It was their 7th victory of the season leading them into the weekend tournament in Farmington.
Plymouth managed to sneak out with a victory, holding off a well-organized and relentless stampede of USM threats. The final score was Plymouth one, USM zero. A first-half goal was the only score of the day.
A large room enclosed by tall windows and filled with tables precisely set with sparkling silverware and dishes, provided a rather charming atmosphere for the Husky Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
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Results from this week’s sporting events.
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USM student Tina West was named the 2002 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Maine. This award honors outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership. It is one of the top honors that the NCAA bestows upon college athletes.
Division III athletes are not pampered. They don’t account for much of their university’s revenue, as superstars and franchise types of players do. These athletes are real and dedicated students, not the characters who float around with a ball in their hands and a book somewhere – maybe in the locker, or perhaps at home.
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This year, Becky Manson, senior sociology major, is that coach. She will graduate from USM in May and has already completed the coaching certificate program.
Sunday afternoons on the Gorham campus, the field outside of Bailey Hall will be filled with young men and women running around with a football in competition.
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