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.