Athletics

Photo Courtesy Ronald Gillis
March 15, 2021

Football begins as basketball season ends

Last weekend was one of mixed of emotions for fans of UMaine athletics. On Saturday, the Black Bear football team defeated Albany in one of the most unusual games in school history. Aside from UMaine’s impressive 38-34 win over the favored Great Danes, the game was played in mid-March with virtually no fans in Harold…

Police cars and a roped off police scene
February 16, 2021

Black Bear on the Blue Line

BRENDAN WALSH ’00 has long held a reputation as an enforcer. Two decades ago, he patrolled the ice of Alfond Arena as a tough-as-nails member of UMaine men’s ice hockey team, the 1999 NCAA national champions. Today, Walsh polices a different territory as a detective with the Boston Police Department. The 46-year-old Massachusetts native is…

Alfond Statium
February 16, 2021

Making History

THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE in Orono will be the largest beneficiary of the Harold Alfond Foundation’s historic investment in Maine’s public universities. In October, the foundation, established by its namesake in 1950, announced it would be providing more than $500 million in grants to Maine people and institutions. The grants are intended to grow Maine’s…

February 14, 2021

These plans for athletics and recreation are spectacular!

Thanks to the Harold Alfond Foundation’s latest investment in UMaine academics and athletics, Black Bear Athletics today unveiled a master plan designed to improve the quality, accessibility, and gender equality of the university’s intercollegiate and recreational facilities. Projects include a new soccer facility that will feature synthetic turf, stadium seating, broadcast-quality lighting, and more. (See…

January 14, 2021

Fans Can Now Purchase Cutouts to Be Displayed at Athletics Games

Although basketball fans can’t pack The Pit in person to cheer for the Black Bears this season, they can show their support with a fan cutout. These cutouts, which are made from photos of individuals, will occupy seats in The Pit during men’s and women’s games. At the end of the basketball season, fans can…

December 10, 2020

Black Bears Return to the Court and Ice

UMaine’s ice hockey and basketball teams have returned to competition following a two-week delay prompted by COVID-19-related precautionary measures. “Our teams are thrilled to be able to resume their competitive seasons,” says UMaine athletics director Ken Ralph. “The students have worked hard to stay safe while preparing physically for their seasons. ” Last week, the…

December 10, 2020

Beloved UMaine Letter Jacket Recovered through Social Media

Mal Osborn ’52 of Winston-Salem, NC, misplaced his beloved UMaine letter jacket last fall. The 92-year-old alumnus was a cross country and track star at the university in 1949-1952, and later had a long legal career. Thanks to his family’s efforts on social media, he recovered his UMaine jacket. In this 2016 photo, Mal wears…

October 22, 2020

Alfond’s Gift to UMaine System Among Largest Ever to a New England Public Educational Institution

The University of Maine will be a major beneficiary of the Harold Alfond Foundation’s historic $240 million gift to the University of Maine System. UMaine President Ferrini-Mundy noted that the historic gift would “benefit our students for decades.” She added, “With $20 million from the Alfond Foundation, we will develop new programs to support student…

September 10, 2020

Athletics Shares COVID Update

For a recent update on this season’s Black Bear sports, watch Director of Athletics Ken Ralph, soccer head coach Scott Atherley ’89, ’91G, and football coach Nick Charlton discuss the challenges of COVID-19 on UMaine athletics. Members of the women’s basketball team discuss measures that the Athletics Department took to keep them safe. Watch the…

August 5, 2020

Goaltender Shifts from Black Bear to Bruin

Jeremy Swayman, a junior goaltender on the Black Bears’ men’s ice hockey team, opted to pass up his final year at UMaine and signed with the Boston Bruins in March. Swayman’s final season as a Black Bear was a memorable one. He was selected as Hockey East Player of the Year and received the Mike…

August 5, 2020

Scoring Ability

Photo by Aaron Boothroyd ON THE ICE, Mitch Fossier ’20 is known as a creative playmaker. His 32 assists this past season placed the University of Maine men’s hockey senior in a tie for fourth place in the country in that category. The Black Bears captain is equally creative off the ice where he is…

June 15, 2020

Former Maine Hockey Player Reflects on Racial Injustice

Black Bear hockey legend Alfie Michaud ’00 was the subject of a recent feature in National Post, Canada’s fourth-largest newspaper, about the racist slurs and treatment he received in Canada as an Indigenous citizen and athlete.  The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other recent incidents of racial injustice prompted UMaine assistant hockey coach…