Freshman year at the University of Maine is a learning experience for Maddy McVicar

Maddy McVicar (4)enters her freshman season at the University of the Maine

Maddy McVicar (4)enters her freshman season at the University of the Maine. Photo courtesy of Lisa Prescott

Maddy McVicar finished her basketball career at Calais high school as a Miss Maine Basketball semi-finalist, two time Bangor Daily News second team all-state, Maine McDonalds senior all-star, All-USA Today Maine girls basketball second team selection, and a Bangor Daily News tournament first team all-star.

McVicar’s enters her freshman year at the University of Maine, and her role has changed drastically from when she was dominating the high school courts around Eastern Maine.

The Black Bears return their entire starting lineup and the majority of their team that went 23-9 and reached the America East semi-finals, and earned a trip to the WNIT last season.

“Maddy (McVicar) has done well, she is learning a lot. She has a lot of upperclassmen ahead of her, but she is figuring out the game at an entire different level,” Black Bears women’s basketball coach Richard Barron said. “She shows flashes of being able to contribute one day at this level. When that day is, may be in the future a little bit, only because she has so many people ahead of her right now. She has a great attitude and work ethic, she is a wonderful kid to have around.”

McVicar is getting everything she can from a group of teammates that have proven they can be successful on and off the court. Black Bear starters Sigi Koizar, Liz Wood, and McVicar are all biology majors.

“It has been really exciting. I love all the players and the coaches are great. It is much more difficult than high school basketball, but it is rewarding,”McVicar said. “These guys are all huge leaders. If you have any questions, they are the ones to go to. They know exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it. They are smart on and off the floor. They can help you in school. Liz, Sigi, and I all have the same major. If I ever need help, I know that I can go to them.”

The Black Bears will play their home opener on November 8th against Stonehill. Maine has three ACC teams (Boston College, Clemson, North Carolina) and two big ten (Minnesota and Purdue) on their schedule.

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Marc Calnan

About Marc Calnan

I live in Dexter with my wife and two daughters. I am the founder and owner of the Eastern Maine Sports Blog since 2009. I have been writing for examiner.com since 2011.