Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:33

Babineau praises character, talent of Maine field hockey recruiting class

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ORONO - As the University of Maine field hockey teams sets forth on adding depth to its squad, it is looking not much further than Vacationland to fill the needs.

The Black Bears announced their 2018 recruiting class this week, six girls in total. Of those six, four hail from Maine, including Hampden Academy's Claire Scobie, Cheverus' Hannah Abbott, Kelsey Mehuren of Searsmont and Sydney Meader of Boothbay Harbor. Head coach Josette Babineau said Wednesday this is some of the most talent she has seen come out of Maine during her tenure as head coach.


"Those players are making a commitment in the offseason, and playing on some club teams and gaining more exposure to other recruiting coaches and programs, and also getting the opportunities to play elsewhere," she said.


Also joining the class are Mia Borley, a goalkeeper from Durham, England, and Nina Keur from the Netherlands. Babineau praised the high character of the six newcomers, and believes they will mix well as they grow and become part of the program.


"They realize that even though they're at the caliber of being able to help us, that there is going to be a growing period for them," Babineau said. "And I think that having the character to be able to do that and be a good team player and leader is really important, because I think having the right mindset really helps in your development as a player."


Maine went 12-6 last season, and 6-2 in America East play.

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Jon Alba joined ABC 7 and FOX 22 in September of 2015 to serve as sports director and anchor. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he served as general manager of the school's television station Q30 Television for two years.

During his tenure, Q30 was named "College Television Station of the Year" by the College Media Association in 2014, and picked up additional national award recognition as well. Jon has been acknowledged by the Society of Professional Journalists for his commitment to sports journalism, including his investigative work while covering Quinnipiac Athletics.

Prior to moving to Maine, Jon was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. There, he formed a passion for covering sports, knowing since age 5 he wanted to tell stories for a living.

In the past, Jon has worked at MLB Network, alongside MLB Advanced Media. Additionally, his work has been featured on AOL Sports. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @JonAlba.