Brittany Devane

Brittany Devane

Reporter/Sports Reporter
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Brittany joined the WVII/WFVX team in August 2012 and quickly found a home in the sports department, where she works as a reporter and weekend anchor. She is originally from Framingham, MA and graduated cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism.

She's also the station's sideline reporter and has appeared on nationally broadcast UMaine football games, along with NESCom-aided productions of Husson Eagles' football and basketball games.

Before coming to Maine, she spent the summer of 2012 in London, working as an Olympic Correspondent for GoLocal Worcester. Previously, she was also the Boston Bruins and Hockey East intern for NESN. Adding to her intern experience, she worked on the nightly news magazine show "Chronicle" for WCVB.

She's a huge hockey fan who can usually be found around the Alfond. If she's not there, check the local football field sidelines, or the Cross Insurance Center during basketball games!

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Phenomenal Freshmen Leading the Late Charge for UMaine Football

ORONO - The Maine football team won their third-straight game Saturday afternoon, beating Elon 24-17. Leading the charge -- the Black Bears' freshman class. Quarterback Drew Belcher threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns, while Nigel Beckford rushed for over 100 yards and an additional score. This is something that's become a trend for Maine late in the year -- relying on their youth to get the job done.
Meet some of the "phenomenal freshmen" making an impact on the field.

Field Hockey Schedule Changes

BANGOR - Due to rain, here is the new schedule for all remaining Eastern Maine field hockey quarterfinal games:

 

Class A:

#8 Bangor @ #1 Skowhegan -- Sat. 10/25, 4 p.m. Colby College

#5 Colby @ #4 Mt. Blue -- Sat. 10/25

 

Class B:

#7 Belfast @ #2 Oceanside -- Sat. 10/25

#8 Erskine @ #1 Gardiner -- Sat. 10/25, 3:30 p.m. Kents Hill

#5 Brewer @ #4 Old Town -- Sat. 10/25, 10 a.m. University of Maine

 

Class C:

#8 Mattanawcook @ #1 Winslow -- Sat. 10/25, 12 p.m.

#5 MCI @ #4 Mt. View -- Sat. 10/25, 10 a.m.

Maine Football Opens CAA Play with Comeback Win

From GoBlackBears.com:

TOWSON, Md. -- Trailing by four with 2:39 left in the game, Dan Collins (Williamstown, N.J.) and the Maine offense went to work. The Black Bears cashed in on three fourth down conversions on their final drive, including a 37-yard touchdown to Jordan Dunn (Hamilton, N.J.) with 52-seconds remaining. The score would prove to be the game-winner as Maine (2-2, 1-0 CAA) held on to defeat Towson (2-3, 0-1 CAA), 27-24 on Saturday evening at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Collins led Maine's attack, going 19-for-29 with a career high 225-yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Nigel Beckford (Bridgeport, Conn.) added two scores on the ground while Dunn hauled in a game-high six passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

Maine's defense limited Towson to 126-yards through the air as Khari Al-Mateen (Baltimore, Md.) recorded a game-high 12 tackles while Cabrinni Goncalves (Taunton, Mass.) added 11 stops and an interception. Trevor Bates (Westbrook, Maine) notched six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery while Zachary Hume (Lancaster, Mass.) chipped in two sacks and a fumble recovery.

Collins was sharp on Maine's opening drive as he went 5-for-5, leading the Black Bears on a nine play, 75-yard scoring drive. The sophomore signal caller hit Micah Wright (Newark, N.Y.) for a 20-yard strike to put Maine at the Tigers' 40-yard line. Facing a fourth and three. Collins worked out of shotgun, hitting Damarr Aultman (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) for a 31-yard pickup down to the Towson 2-yard line. Collins completed his fifth straight pass, hitting Dunn on a short route for the score. The Black Bears' failed on their extra point try, taking a 6-0 lead with 10:22 left in the opening quarter.

Towson answered the Maine drive with a 77-yard, 15 play drive ending in a 25-yard field goal from Sam Hurwitz.

Maine took over on its own 37-yard line after a 31-yard return from Isaiah Jones (Orange, Mass.). However, Collins' first interception of the year led to a 15-yard score from Darius Victor as the Tigers took a 10-6 lead with 54-seconds left in the first quarter.

The Black Bears responded, scoring 14 unanswered points in the second quarter while holding the Towson offense to just 22 yards in the stanza.

Following a Towson punt, Beckford moved Maine down to the Tigers' 37-yard line. Collins and the offense kept rolling as a 13-yard strike to Aultman moved Maine down to the Towson goal line before Beckford punched in his first career touchdown, and Maine's first rushing score of the year.

Maine again forced the Tigers to punt after a big sack from Hume on third down, the first of his two opening half sacks. The Black Bears' offense capitalized on the defensive effort as Collins hit Jared Osumah (South Windsor, Conn.) for a 35-yard gain into Towson territory. A 6-yard rush from Collins turned into 12-yards after a Towson personal foul put Maine first and goal at the Tigers' five. The Black Bears went to Beckford again as the freshman sprinted in untouched for a 5-yard score to give Maine a 20-10 edge.

Towson cut the Maine lead to three later in the third quarter. Marquel Dickerson set up the score with a 39-yard rush before Connor Frazier found Zack Vogelei for a 1-yard score.

The Tigers regained the lead with a 10 play, 60 yard drive was capped by a 1-yard plunge by Victor with 11:36 left in the fourth quarter.

Towson put the pressure on Maine late as it recovered an onside kick after the score. The Tigers drove down to the Maine 7-yard line before Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga (Laval, Que.) stripped the Towson quarterback. Trevor Bates (Westbrook, Maine) recovered the fumble and returned it 33-yards out to the Maine 48.

With 2:39 left, the Tigers missed a 45-yard field goal attempt to the right, giving the Black Bears the ball on their own 28. Facing fourth down, Collins hit Osumah for a 21-yard gain to the Maine 49-yard line. Again staring fourth down in the face, Collins hit Salmon for a 10-yard pickup down to the Towson 40. The trend continued as Collins found Dunn down the middle of the field for a 37 yard touchdown as Maine took a 27-24 lead.

The Black Bears' defense held on late, shutting down Towson's one last chance and taking home a 27-24 victory.

After three-straight road games, the Black Bears return home to face Villanova on Saturday, Oct. 4. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 PM live on WVII 7/FOX 22 Bangor, WPME-TV and FOX College Sports.

-U-M-

Bangor Rams Making a Class in Class A

BANGOR - The Bangor football team is off to a 3-0 start and they have done it in convincing fashion, outscoring their opponents 120-26. So why is it, after three weeks, we're still asking if the Rams are the real deal?

Tall Task Ahead for Young Bangor Christian Soccer Team

BANGOR - The Patriots are off to a 1-0 start on the season as they begin the grueling task of defending their five-time State Championship title. With about eleven freshman on their 16-person team, they are relearning the basics. Despite the new makeup of the team, Bangor Christian says there is the same goals in place as before.

Jimmy Howard Prepares for Rebound Season

OLD TOWN - Football season may just be beginning but it's never too early to be thinking about hockey! That's especially true for Jimmy Howard, the former Maine star who's now the starting goalie for the Detroit Red Wings. Howard's success in recent years was tempered a bit this past season, but he says he's expecting big things from himself come October.

Maine Football Wins Season Opener, 10-6

From GoBlackBears.com:

ORONO, Maine -- The #25/20 University of Maine football team defeated Norfolk St. 10-6 in its season opener on "John Huard Day" at Alfond Stadium. The Black Bears held Norfolk St. to just 100 total yards and Dan Collins (Williamstown, N.J.) connected with Damarr Aultman (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) for the game's only touchdown.

Maine's defense put constant pressure on the Spartans' offense as it limited Norfolk St. to just 33 passing yards and 67 yards on the ground. Trevor Bates (Westbrook, Maine) came up with the big play of the night as his third quarter interception ultimately led to the Black Bears' game-winning field goal. Sophomore Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga (Laval, Que.) led the way with 14 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, while redshirt freshman Austin Brown (Easton, Pa.) added eight stops in his first career game.

Collins went 8-for-20 with 92 yards and a touchdown in his first start while adding 25 yards on the ground. Junior back Nigel Jones (Pleasantville, N.J.) carried the rushing load, running 25 times for 67 yards.

Norfolk St. jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter behind a pair of field goals from Cameron Marouf. Marouf was true from 46 yards before knocking through his second attempt from 38 yards with 4:57 left in the opening quarter.

Maine grabbed the lead at the 6:29 mark of the second quarter when Collins rolled out and hit Aultman on a 33-yard slant in the endzone. The Black Bears carried the 7-6 lead into the half.

Bates came up with the play of the game with just over 10-minutes left in the third quarter. As Norfolk St. had just taken over on offense, Maine's junior end was able to bat a Malik Stokes pass up into the air. Bates then dove and hauled in his first career interception, giving Maine the ball back on the Spartans' 21-yardline.

Jones and Collins marked the Black Bears down to the opposing 10-yard line before Sean Decloux (Ottawa, Ontario) kicked a 27-yard field goal, giving Maine a 10-6 edge.

Norfolk St. continued to threaten as it marched down to the Maine 14 with just over two minutes remaining. On 3rd and 13, Patrick Ricard (Spencer, Mass.) broke through the line and was able to sack Terrance Ervin for a loss of eight. Norfolk St.'s next pass was incomplete as Maine entered their victory formation, taking a 10-6 victory.

The Black Bears will have a week off before traveling to take on Bryant Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.

-U-M-

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