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One student confirmed to have mumps at USM

USM Free Press News Feed - Wed, 2016-03-02 20:41

Earlier this evening,  a student at the University of Southern Maine was confirmed to have been diagnosed with Mumps.

“Staff members are currently contacting individuals who may be more directly affected, but we think it is important for the entire university community to be informed of the symptoms of mumps and what to do if you have any questions or concerns,” said Director of Health Services Lisa Belanger in an email to USM students, faculty and staff on Wednesday evening.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), mumps is no longer very common in the U.S. Over the course of the past few days, other colleges such as Harvard, Butler University, New Hampshire College, University of Louisville and Indiana University have come forward with emerging cases of Mumps being spread across campus, each school (with the except of USM so far) have had at least two or more cases arise. As of March 2, Harvard has confirmed four additional cases of mumps on campus, bringing their student outbreak to six.

Outbreaks can still occur in highly vaccinated U.S. communities, especially those that are in close-contact. Many cases of mumps have been seen in high density across schools, colleges and camps. However, a high vaccination rate amongst students can ensure that the outbreak stays condensed in a smaller population of people. After coming into contact with the virus, it can take 12-25 days before the symptoms appear and can spread for three days before and five days after symptoms begin, according to the CDC.

Mumps affects the parotid glands, salivary glands below and in front of the ears. It is spread through infected saliva and a person can experience little to no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, it can happen suddenly and include swollen, painful salivary glands, headache, fever, fatigue and loss of appetite. “We recommend that you minimize your contact with others for 5 days if you are experiencing mumps-like symptoms,” said Belanger. “This may require that you do not attend class, work, sports activities or other gatherings.” If you have questions or concerns about the mumps, please feel free to contact the Health & Counseling Services at (207) 780-5411.  Alternatively, you may contact the Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at 1-800-821-5821.  

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A look at Black History Month

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2016-02-29 08:35

By Zachary Searles/News Editor

The United States finds itself in an interesting time, on one hand you have citizens that believe that the Civil Rights Movement and the ending of segregation and slavery also ended racism in America.

On the other hand, there are citizens of all races and nationalities that say racial tensions are rising due to the still present racism and discrimination that people of color face on a regular basis.

Some of this discrimination can be a direct result of embedded ideologies that an average person might not even recognize they have, due to being brought up a certain way in their home as a child.

Black History Month started in 1976, stemming from an older tradition of “Negro History Week,” a tradition started by historian Carter G. Woodson. Ever since each president has designated the month of  February for acknowledging and celebrating achievements made by African Americans. Other countries have similar traditions but do not necessarily celebrate them in February like the U.S. does.

“Seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history,” said former President Gerald Ford, calling upon the public to recognize the achievements of African Americans in this country when he formally established Black History Month in 1976.

Here at USM, we had guest speaker Eddie Moore Jr. come to campus to give talks and facilitate workshops revolving around diversity and in the Glickman Library there are currently displays of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and on the sixth floor of the Glickman Library you can see the special collection of African American Collection of Maine History.

The purpose of the collection is to collect and preserve various records that document African American history in Maine and to emphasize the importance of such materials. The collection was inspired by Gerald Talbot, the first African American elected to the Maine state legislature and whose family has been in Maine since the eighteenth century.

“It is because of my long involvement in civil rights in Maine and New England and my deep interest and involvement in my black culture and history, that I have collected and preserved pieces of that black history, nationally and locally, for others to see and learn from,” Talbot said back in 1994.

So why is it important to celebrate Black History Month? According to Robert Stein, executive director of public affairs, there are a couple reasons.

“First, for people of color, Black History Month provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of earlier generations and the obstacles and significant challenges they had to overcome,” Stein said.

He went on to say that for people who aren’t of color, Black History Month provides them with the opportunity to better understand and appreciate the struggles and achievements of African Americans throughout the history of the U.S.

Lastly, Stein said that Black History Month serves a purpose for everyone and that’s to create “an opportunity for all of us to commit to work together on the many serious challenges that still must be addressed.”

Others had that same feeling: that Black History Month was about more than just celebrating achievements. It was also about addressing the problems that African Americans and other minority groups are still facing on a regular basis.

According to Joy Pufhal, dean of students, the goal of Black History Month is just as critical today as it was back in 1976 when it got officially extended from one week to a full month.

“It is a time to reflect, to dialogue, to learn, to highlight the challenges and injustices that Blacks are facing in America today, and to raise awareness and commitment to the important work still to be done to create a more perfect union,” Pufhal said. “The key is to continue the work beyond February throughout the rest of the year.”

Rebecca Nisetich, Honors Program Interim Director, claims that we need Black History Month because African American History “is still systematically marginalized in our education system.” She went on to say that black culture is still constantly defined as ‘other’ culture.”

Nisetich referred to the backlash that Beyonce has been receiving lately, both for her new music video “Formation” and her Super Bowl performance, where she made reference to the Black Panther Party.

According to Nisetich, in her video, Beyonce “puts southern Black culture unapologetically front-and-center, and not only black culture but black women and black children.”

Beyonce isn’t the only musician who has gotten criticism in the past weeks for performances that made bold statements about race relations in America today. Kendrick Lamar’s performance at the Grammys has also been receiving attention, along with criticism.

His performance, which started with several black males in a prison setting walking in chain gang style, ended with a silhouette of Africa projected with the word “Compton,” Lamar’s hometown, displayed in the middle.

For Nisetich, a scholar and specialist in African American literature and critical race theory, Black History Month is a way to “emphasize aspects of our history and culture that often given short shrift.”

Not everyone is for Black History Month. Prominent people in popular culture, such as Morgan Freeman and Whoopi Goldberg, have spoken out against the month, claiming that African American history is American history, so people should be learning it all the time, not just during this one month.

Brewery Partnership

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2016-02-29 08:33

By Dora Thompson

The University of Southern Maine and the Maine Brewers Guild announced a partnership Thursday aimed at helping the region’s growing craft beer industry with analysis and testing by USM’s Quality Assurance/Quality Control and Research Laboratory.

The lab will help brewers deliver a consistent, quality product to their consumers, ensure contamination has not been introduced during the brewing process, and develop new varieties and products as demand increases. For USM students, it will be a chance to work on practical projects that could help them find work in the growing industry.

“This provides our students with a great, real-world understanding of what they can do when they leave USM,” said Lucille Benedict, an associate professor of chemistry at USM. For brewers, benefits will include lower lab costs and shorter wait times for needed results.

“This public-private partnership, between USM and the (Maine Brewer’s) Guild, creates an important local resource that ensures our breweries are able to continue to lead the region in producing some of the highest quality beer in the country,” said Sean Sullivan, executive director of the Maine Brewers Guild.

Maine’s craft beer industry employed 1,500 people and generated an estimated $432 million in sales in 2014, he said. The lab received received a three-year, $488,514 seed grant from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund to build the infrastructure for the project.

Once the lab is fully functional and all equipment is in place, brewers and attendees of the inaugural New England Brew Summit on April 1 will have the opportunity to view the lab and learn more about the certifications and capability.

“We have been emanating our desire to be a community-based university, one that’s deeply connected to our region and to our state,” Cummings said. “This is the exact kind of partnership that we believe moves Maine forward.”

News Briefs

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2016-02-29 08:32

Local & State

Group offers for reward for any info lobster theft

The group Maine Operation Game Thief is offering an $11,000 reward for information about a lobster theft that occurred on the Gulf of Maine. An investigation by the Maine Marine Patrol shows that around 200 lobster traps were stolen.

Maine Operation Game Thief is a non-profit organization that works with other Maine groups and wildlife groups, such as Marine Patrol and Warden Services, and has offered the reward in hopes that they will get information that will bring the guilty party to justice.

“This is an extremely serious violation involving multiple victims, and we would appreciate any help from the public,” said Jon Cornish of Maine Marine Patrol. “The money for this reward comes both from the Operation Game Thief program and from lobstermen committed to bringing this person or people to justice.”


Maine sees its first case of the Zika virus


The virus that has been tormenting South American countries for the past few months now has a confirmed case in Hancock County, according for the Maine Center for Disease Control. According to the Maine CDC, the person is older than 65 and travelled to a Zika-affected country. The traveller has not been hospitalized and is recovering at home.

The Maine CDC is recommending that pregnant women and men who are sexually active with pregnant women who has travelled to a Zika-affected country should go and get tested for the virus.

“It’s important for the public to understand that the aedes mosquito that transmits the Zika virus is not found in Maine and that your neighbor who has come home from a trip to South America cannot transmit the virus to you,” Dr. Siiri Bennett, Maine’s state epidemiologist, said.

Bennett also said that there is no need for widespread alarm or panic.


Public hearings on El Faro wrapped up last week


Last Friday the Coast Guard wrapped up the initial stages of their investigation into El Faro, the ship that sank last fall, killing all 33 members on board. Now, the agency is waiting to see if they can find evidence that gets recovered from the shipwreck.

In April, a second attempt will be made to recover the voyage data recorder, which is similar to an airplane’s black box, and it could provide details about the sinking of the ship. The recorder could have data on the final 12 hours of the voyage.

While the first round of hearings just finished up, the Coast Guard plans to have a second round that focuses in greater detail on the trip. As of now, no date is scheduled for this second hearing but it’s expected to start back up in early summer.




New Jersey Governor endorses Donald Trump


Just weeks after ending his own bid for the Republican candidacy and presidency, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has endorsed Donald Trump. Gov. Christie is the first major politician to endorse Trump.

Gov. Christie introduced Trump at a rally in Texas late last week where he said, “I am proud to be here to endorse Donald Trump for president of the United States.” He went on to say that Trump is the best chance of the final five Republican hopefuls to beat Hillary Clinton.

Christie has been critical of Trump in the primaries before he dropped out, claiming that he was nothing more than an “entertain in chief” and he called his plan to ban all muslims absolutely “ridiculous.” Christie is now saying that part is over and that there is no one better prepared to provide American with strong leadership.


Eight people shot in Kalamazoo, Michigan shooting rampage


Jason Brian Dalton was charged with six counts of murder and two accounts of assault with intent to commit murder on Monday after his shooting rampage that took place that previous Saturday. Dalton is reported to have showed no emotion in court when the charges against him were read in court.

Police are saying that Dalton drove around for hours Saturday night going from victim to victim, gunning them down at random. Dalton even picked up Uber passengers in between the shootings.

“There isn’t a connection that we’ve been able to establish between any of the three victim groups with each other, any of the three victim groups with the defendant,” Jeffrey Getting, the prosecutor in the case, told CNN. “It just is, well, it was random, unprovoked violence.”

A report that came out later in the week showed that Jason Brian Dalton had no mental health history. Dalton also got the gun he used on his rampage legally, though he did not possess a concealed carry permit for his pistol.


Confederate Heritage Month defended by Miss. Governor


Last Thursday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant defended the notion of proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month in his state. Bryant had issued this proclamation earlier in the month saying that people should really try understand their heritage.

“Gov. Bryant believes Mississippi’s history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated parts of it may be,” Clay Chandler, spokesperson for Gov. Bryant, said. “Like the proclamation says, gaining insight from our mistakes and successes will help us move forward.”

Bryant issued a very similar proclamation back in 2012 and the proclamation comes at a time when the Mississippi legislature is going through 19 bills that all deal with keeping or changing the state flag, which is the only flag left in the US to feature a Confederate battle flag emblem.




“I’m not going to pay for that f****** wall”


Presidential hopeful and billionaire businessman Donald Trump has taken an aggressive stance on immigration, making claims that when he becomes president he will force everyone here illegally to leave, but humanely, and then they can re-enter the country legally. He has even made claims that he will build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to prevent any more illegal immigration and when asked how he will pay for it, he has always claimed that he will force Mexico to pay for it.

Well, apparently, former president of Mexico Vicente Fox does not agree with this notion that Mexico will pay for the wall, claiming on a live television broadcast where he was being interviewed by Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network that, “I am not going to pay for that f****** wall.”

Of course Bartiromo was stunned and Fox went on to say that Trump should know that Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall and that he isn’t sorry. Trump then took to Twitter to say that Fox should apologize, and that if he were to do anything like that then there would be an uproar.


Dead sea lions wash up on shore in Chile


In northern Chile, marine researchers have found more than 100 dead sea lions that have washed up on the shore over the past three months, most of the sea lions being newborns. Researchers also believe that this is apart of a more widespread die-off being observed in other places on the South American coast.

“This is happening along the entire coast of northern Chile and we’re getting reports that it’s also happening in Peru, our neighbor to the north,” researcher Carlos Guerra-Correa told CNN. “We could be talking about hundreds of sea lions washing up ashore dead in the entire region.”

So what’s the cause of all these sea lion deaths? Well, according to Guerra Correa, there could be many factors but one is the lack of food sources due to climate patterns such as El Nino that is leading to the seals dying of starvation.

The warming waters do not have the same nutrients that the sea lions need, so since species like phytoplankton, which feed sardines and anchovies which sea lions thrive on, are prominently found in colder waters, they are disappearing because waters are getting warmer.



All information used in Briefs was taken from the Bangor Daily News, the New York Times, CNN and BBC.

Students for #USMFuture give their demands to administration

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2016-02-29 08:32

By Bryer C. Sousa/Free Press Staff

Graphic done by: Abigail Bailey/Design Assistant

Towards the end of the Fall 2015 semester, the collective Students for #USMfuture began working with Dr. Glenn Cummings, president of the University of Southern Maine, as well as Nancy Griffin, the vice president for enrollment management at USM, to address institutionalized racism on campus. Although the Students for #USMfuture could not be reached for comment, Nancy Griffin stated that “we [the University of Southern Maine administration] are thrilled to be working with them on improving the life of all marginalized individuals.”

Even though the Students for #USMFuture originally started out as a joint response, by students and faculty, to what they identified as being unnecessary faculty and department budget cuts, they have since expanded their mission to advocate “for our student interests, whether they pertain to academic freedom, affordable education, transparency and accountability, to justice, safety, and accessibility for marginalized communities on campus,” according to a Facebook post the group made on February 22, 2016.

Currently, the group has maintained a particular interest in “[ensuring] that USM is a high quality institution accessible to all students regardless of race, class, gender or any other part of their identity,” as noted in the group’s description on its Facebook page. Consequently, the Students for #USMfuture adopted a list of ten demands that they discussed with President Cummings on December 22, 2015. Such demands included “an increase in diversity in faculty and staff,” “track/record[ing] incidents on campus,” “retaining students of color,” and “meet[ing] with the Board of Trustees about our demands,” alongside six additional demands not mentioned herein. These demands have recently developed into a final draft of demands for the administration of USM to adopt as a means of ensuring cultural competency on campus.

On February 24, 2016, Nancy Griffin, among other members of the university staff, met with leaders, organizers and participants of Students for #USMfuture to go over the final draft of demands, item by item. Griffin said that the meeting would ensure that both the administration and the student group “better understand how to measure progress.” The proposed demands currently include ten items for consideration and was published on the website www.ipetitions.com and titled Student Demands for USM Administration. Some of the demands listed on the petition include: “expand[ing] mental health resources,” changing the school’s general education requirements such that “in their first semester at USM, students are required to take a course on the history of privilege and oppression, specifically concerning histories and realities of the oppression of women and racial, sexual, gender, and religious minorities” and requiring “cultural competency trainings for faculty, staff, and students.”

Nevertheless, Students for #USMFuture is not alone in focusing on institutionalized racism on the University of Southern Maine campus. Student organizations are emerging on campuses around the country, following an array of racial occurrences at the University of Missouri, that sparked protests and provided momentum for students at other schools to enter into a dialogue with their respective administrations.


Melanoma is a preventable but common disease

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2016-02-29 08:28

Melanoma is a preventable but common disease

By Erica Jones/Free Press Staff

Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons (http://tinyurl.com/zqj5s3z)

Binge drinking, texting and driving, unprotected sex, these are just a few risky or dangerous activities that many people partake in despite knowing what the consequences could be. Smoking cigarettes is another good addition to this list: In the United States, smoking is the leading cause of cancer, but 40 million citizens smoked in 2014. But there is another, often overlooked cause of cancer that is on the rise, and it makes you 70 percent more likely to develop cancers like melanoma or basal cell carcinoma: indoor tanning.

The demographic that has seen the biggest effects of indoor tanning is women aged 18 to 39, being the demographic with the most frequent use of tanning beds. The number of young women with new diagnoses of melanoma has skyrocketed, and these women are now eight times more likely to be diagnosed with this potentially deadly form of cancer.

Dermatologist Michael Swann explained what makes tanning beds so dangerous: “Tanning beds can be UV-B [light] (which cause sunburns and is the target of traditional sunscreen protection) or UV-A,” wrote Dr. Swann in an email response. “UV-A is naturally less intense than UV-B, but UV-A tanning beds can emit 12-times the normal dose of UV-A, which causes suppression of the immune system and mutations of the pigment producing melanocytes.  UV-A goes deeper into the skin and may be  more important than UV-B in the initiation of the mutations resulting in melanoma.”

The rise of skin cancer rates coincides with the growth of indoor tanning, combined with common misconceptions about the safety of tanning beds.

“Dermatologists have found that young women who use tanning beds are more motivated by beauty than by the fact that they cause skin cancer,” said Dr Swann.

He also noted that tanning “has been shown in studies to be addictive. People get a euphoric feeling and some people enjoy the quiet meditation in a tanning bed.”

Indoor tanning is a growing five-billion-dollar-per-year industry. Marketing strategies can lead people into believing that tanning is virtually just as safe, or at least only slightly less safe, than outdoor tanning with natural sunlight. “No matter what marketing you hear, UV radiation leads to premature skin aging caused by wrinkles, loss of elasticity, brown spots, blood vessel proliferation and sagging skin in addition to melanoma,” affirmed Dr Swann.

When asked if there are any positive aspects of indoor tanning, Dr. Swann replied, “Tanning causes immunosuppression and can be useful for some patients with skin conditions, but should be discussed with a dermatologist because generally safer methods should be utilized initially.”

For the rest of us without those certain qualifying conditions, the truth is that aside from the euphoria experienced by many when tanning and the beneficial production of Vitamin D from the UV rays, there are no benefits to indoor tanning. A single tanning session increases your risk of melanoma by 20 percent, regardless of age. Dr Swann also revealed that in some studies, indoor tanning has been shown to be more dangerous than cigarette smoking, and that when someone starts indoor tanning before age 35, their risk of melanoma increases by 70 percent.

“I don’t know anything about melanoma, except for what you just told me is kinda crazy,” said USM student Dalton Covel after hearing the statistics about melanoma for the first time. “I’m gonna tell my girlfriend, because she works at a tanning salon and maybe she doesn’t know it either.”

Another student commented that he had just recently used a tanning bed in preparation for an upcoming vacation.

There are things you can do to reduce your risk of melanoma. Simply staying away from tanning beds is one method of keeping your risk lower, with even a single tanning session causing significant damage. Another preventative measure against melanoma is consistent use of physical sunscreens, said Dr. Swann: “Chemical sunscreens don’t protect you as well as physical sunscreens, so look for the ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.”

Someday, Dr. Swann believes, melanoma will not be so prevalent in our country. “Smoking has sort of fallen out of vogue as we have become healthier as a culture,” he theorized, “and I think one day we will look back at tanned skin and see how ridiculous it looks and realize what people are doing to themselves.”

Advising Advice: How Your Faculty Advisor Can Help You?

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2016-02-29 08:27

By Janis Albright and Kim Charmatz, Professional Academic Advisors

Many times students ask, “Why do I need two advisors?”  Professional academic advisors help students navigate through the university, explore majors, and develop an academic plan.  While faculty advisors do this too, they can help you progress further, since they are experts in the field.  We asked two professors to share why it is helpful to work closely with your faculty advisor.  Here are their responses:

David Champlin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology

Why visit your faculty advisor?

Faculty advisors can help you make surprising connections to people and programs on campus.  We can also help connect you to people and organizations in the community.  

Faculty usually have been at USM for many years.  In a sense, we are “standing still” while students flow through their programs.  Because of this, faculty can help you make connections to other students and alumni on similar paths.

What should students do to prepare for a meeting?

Take handwritten or electronic notes to record suggestions during advising meetings. Treat learning about your career path with advisors like a course.  Some things you learn may not be relevant for a few years, and notes can help you remember ideas about things like courses, community connections, and internships.  

Do you have any other thoughts?

Student status is a key that opens a lot of doors.  Expressing an interest in a particular area can lead to many new opportunities.  Take advantage of your status as a student.  

You can also contact any professor in the department for advising.  Some students are shy in this setting, and we understand that.  Please remember though, faculty are “regular” people and look forward to talking with you!


Professor Dana McDaniel, Ph.D., Professor of Linguistics and Department Advisor and Chair

Why visit your faculty advisor?

The major is a student’s home.  Our buildings are the students’ space too—a place to hang out and feel a sense of belonging.   Our faculty want to get to know students in our major and want to advise them.  We can share course content, class progression, license requirements, and career pathways.  Faculty may be able to waive an introductory class, help you with an independent study or suggest work study options.  In addition, faculty are happy to review a graduate school application essay.

We feel it is important to your education to experience outside related opportunities.  Together, we can plan research projects, a senior thesis, observational internships, and independent studies.

What should students do to do to prepare for a meeting?

A student can review the department’s website ahead of time and think of questions.  But in the beginning, faculty are there to give a lot of help, and it is okay if a student isn’t sure where to start or what to ask.  In time, faculty hope you can be more self- directed, but if still unsure, please come see us anyway.

Do you have any other thoughts?

Faculty can be more helpful, if they know a little bit about the student.  It is good to know if the student is facing some challenges. If faculty knows about the student, from the beginning, they can usually be creative and suggest options or additional support.  Finally, any time a student is having difficulty with school, it is best to share rather than hide.


Hopefully these interviews will encourage you to meet your faculty advisor, if you haven’t already, or visit them more often.  In summary, faculty want to support your academic progress and help you develop meaningful career goals in life, that will help you feel fulfilled.

Huskies Little East Playoff Bids Snapped

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2016-02-29 08:24

By Erin Brown, Free Press Staff

After forcing overtime, the fourth seeded Southern Maine Huskies fell 61-58 to the fifth seeded UMass Dartmouth Corsairs in the Little East Conference Quarterfinal game Tuesday night at the Costello Sports Complex in Gorham.

Seniors Gretchen Anderson (Kittery Point, ME/ St. Thomas Aquinas) and Ella Ramonas (Portland, ME/ Deering) were crucial players in Southern Maine’s fight to the end. Anderson led the Huskies in points, scoring 17. She also led both teams in rebounds with 15, including 12 on the defensive end. Ramonas followed Anderson in points with 16 for the night and also tallied four assists during her team high of 44 minutes of play.

Southern Maine took an early lead over UMass Dartmouth and held onto it tightly through the first two quarters. The Huskies were able to end the first quarter outscoring the Corsairs 15-11. The Huskies extended their advantage in the second, securing  an eight-point lead heading into halftime.

As the second half began, UMass Dartmouth was down 27-19 and came out swinging. The Corsairs outscored the Huskies 17-12 in the third quarter, allowing them to head into the final quarter of regulation just three points behind Southern Maine at 39-36. UMass Dartmouth’s fight through the fourth quarter was not taken lightly by Southern Maine. While they were outscored 13-10 through the fourth quarter, the Huskies were not going down without forcing some extra basketball. The teams went into overtime knotted at 49.

The teams went back and forth throughout the five-minute overtime period, until UMass Dartmouth broke the tenth tie of the matchup with a jumper from junior Megan Ronaghan, giving the Corsairs a 60-58 lead with 21 seconds remaining in overtime. Ronaghan would then go on to go 1 for 2 on the free throw line to finish off UMass Dartmouth’s 61-58 quarterfinal victory.

USMMB #2 vs. Rhode Island College #7

The seventh seeded Rhode Island College Anchormen upset the number two seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies Tuesday night in the Little East Conference Quarterfinal with a close 64-63 victory. The Huskies started out hot, outscoring the Anchormen 9-0 during the first three minutes of competition. Things were looking good for the Huskies, but after fifteen minutes of play Rhode Island College came from behind to take their first lead of the game, closing the first half 37-31 in their favor.

The teams were neck and neck throughout the entire second half. While the Huskies outscored the Anchorman 32-27 in the second half, sophomore Malcolm Scott  drained two consecutive three-point jump shots to put the Anchormen above the Huskies 64-62 with 2:30 to play in regulation. Junior Atencio Martin (Kittery, ME/ Traip Academy) took to the free throw line with eight seconds remaining in regulation hoping to force overtime. Martin went 1 for 2, falling just short of tying the contest as the Huskies fell 64-63.

Junior Zach Leal (York, ME/ York) lead the scoring for the Huskies, totaling 18 points Tuesday night. Atencio Martin picked up 8 points for the night, leading both teams in rebounds with a total of 10. Senior Jose Nouchanthavong (Westbrook, ME/ Westbrook) followed Leal in points with 17. Twelve of Nouchanthavong’s points came in the second half fight the Huskies put up against the Anchormen.

Coach Karl Henrikson believes the team still possibly has a chance to go to make an appearance in an ECAC post-season tournament game, but also looks forward to next season:

“We’ve got a lot of guys coming back and they’re all enthusiastic about the following season. They’ll get back to work, back to the weight room, back to the gym, improve on some things and get right back out there for next season,” Henrikson says.


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