Twenty-Three Southern Maine Winter Sport Student-Athletes Earn Little East Conference All-Academic Honors

Twenty-Three Southern Maine Winter Sport Student-Athletes Earn Little East Conference All-Academic Honors

Story by Christina Cracolici, Assistant Director of USM Athletic Communications

GORHAM, Maine   – Twenty-three University of Southern Maine Huskies' winter sport student-athlete have been recognized by the Little East Conference for their outstanding academic achievements earning a spot on the 2017-2018 Little East Conference Winter All-Academic Team.  Students from each of Southern Maine's four Little East Conference (LEC) sponsored teams have representatives on the academic squad: men's basketball, women's basketball, men's indoor track & field, and women's indoor track & field.

            To earn the academic distinction, student-athletes must be at least  sophomores in standing academically and athletically, have a cumulative 3.30 or higher grade point average through the previous semester, and have been at their current institution for at least one full academic year. 

            "Being a student-athlete is no easy task, and balancing the academic responsibilities and commitments and challenges of being a student-athlete requires a great deal of focus, determination and work ethic," said USM Director of Athletics Al Bean.  "It often means early morning training sessions, carrying your books to study for an exam on the bus to an away game and late nights at one of USM's libraries.  While each student-athlete recognized by the Little East from every member institution should be proud of his or her achievement, Huskies' athletics is especially proud of its student-athletes commitment to excellence in competition, and in the classroom. We consider academic and athletic success to be the hallmark of a USM student-athlete."

            Fourteen different University of Southern Maine academic majors are represented by the Huskies' 23 LEC Winter All-Academic Team honorees, led by three student-athletes each studying Nursing and Athletic Training.  Ten Huskies have a grade point average of 3.7 or higher led by senior Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine) who holds a remarkable 3.99 GPA in Southern Maine's nursing program and is a four-year member of the women's basketball team.

            Among the members of the 2017-2018 LEC Winter All-Academic team are standout student-athletes sophomore Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) of the women's indoor track & field team, C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) of the men's indoor track & field team, senior Christian McCue (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) of the men's basketball team, and junior Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School (NH)). 

            Helping the women's track & field team to its 18th consecutive Little East Conference championship, Potts earned Division III All-New England status as a member of the Huskies' championship 4x200 meter relay team at the New England Division III Championship.  One of three nursing majors on the list, Potts is a two-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete and has a 3.48 grade point average.

            A multi-sport competitor for the men's indoor track and field team, Moody finished second in the heptathlon at the New England Division III Championship, earning All-New England honors.  Also a member of the men's cross country team, Moody earned LEC Fall Academic team honors, helping both teams to their respective LEC titles this season.  Another nursing major, Moody has an outstanding 3.89 GPA.

            Leading the men's basketball team in scoring this season, McCue earned second team All-Little East Conference and Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association (MMBCWA) All-State honors.  One of the team's captains, McCue is William B. Wise Scholar Athlete, and has a 3.79 grade point average as a Computer Science major. 

            An Athletic Training major, Srolovitz, who has a 3.89 grade point average, is a two-time LEC All-Academic team selection and a two-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete.  One of the Huskies' starting guard, Srolovitz was recently named the 2018 Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and was named to the LEC's all-defensive team.  She is the first basketball player, men's or women's, to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors from the Little East.

             Fully embracing the NCAA Division III philosophy and its commitment to academics and the full student-athlete experience, the University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics supports nearly 500 student-athletes, who have a combined grade point average of 2.93.  This November, Huskies' athletics recognized a record 177 student-athletes with its William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete honor (given to those student-athletes who have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher during the previous academic year). 

 

 

2017-2018 Little East Conference All-Academic Team

 

 

 

Men's Basketball

Class

Major

Keenan Hendricks

Sophomore

Undeclared

Christian McCue

Senior

Computer Science

Cam Scott

Senior

Biology

Bailey van Hout

Sophomore

Exercise Science

 

 

 

Women's Basketball

Class

Major

Chantel Eells

Sophomore

Social Work

Mychaela Harton

Sophomore

History

Kimberly Howrigan

Junior

Accounting

Jackie Luckhardt

Sophomore

Athletic Training

Miranda Nicely

Senior

Nursing

Emily Nicholson

Senior

Athletic Training

Alexa Srolovitz

Junior

Athletic Training

 

 

 

Men's Indoor Track & Field

Class

Major

Ben Carey

Sophomore

General Management

Ron Helderman

Senior

Biochemistry and Biology

Colin Jones

Junior

General Management

C.J. Moody

Junior

Nursing

 

 

 

Women's Indoor Track & Field

Class

Major

Haley Bantz

Junior

English

Emily Close

Junior

Exercise Science

Penny Maimone

Junior

Criminology

Allison Pickering

Sophomore

Tourism & Hospitality

Jhanel Potts

Sophomore

Nursing

 

 

 

 

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