ORONO, Maine (WABI) - The University of Maine field hockey team is having perhaps their best season ever.
They're ranked #18 in the nation and are unbeaten.
Womens basketball is coming off an NCAA tourney trip.
And Richard Barron is rebuilding the men's basketball team.
There are 49 student athletes total on rosters for these three teams. 27 of them are not from. You think I'm going to say Maine, but I was going to say, The United States. Interesting. 56% - more than half- of those teams players need a passport to be here.
The rosters read like a roll call at the United Nations: Brazil, Serbia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Australia and the Netherlands.
Because we know growing up in this countries those kids bled Maine blue.
Ok. Yes, that's a little sarcasm. But let the record show I don't have any issue with foreign student athletes.
Sure it would be great to have more Mainers playing sports at the University of Maine.
Through the years the most successful women hoops teams were led by Mainers.
Blodgett. Vachon. Ellis. Bouchard. The list goes on.
Same for Men's basketball- Mahaney, Chappelle,Rossignol, Bedard, Bouchard.
Rosters of smaller college teams in our state are full of Mainers. But high school sports here are on a D-3 level compared to much of the country. The Black Bears cant compete with just locals. That's a fact.
And remember the most popular and successful team in school history was anchored by two kids from another country. Kariya, Montgomery. Thank you Canada.
Look it Doesn't matter where you are from. You are welcome here. And thank you for now wanting to representing our state school in competition across America.
That's my take.