Southern Maine to Induct Seven Into 2017 Husky Hall of Fame

Southern Maine to Induct Seven Into 2017 Husky Hall of Fame

Story by Christina Cracolici, Assistant Director of USM Athletic Communications


GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics will add seven new members to the Husky Hall of Fame when it hosts the 32nd Annual Husky Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony on Saturday, September 30, at the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham campus.  The seven new inductees will bring the total number of former Southern Maine standouts in the Husky Hall of Fame to 211.

To be enshrined as part of the Class of 2017 are former two-time Little East Conference Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year, and four-time all-conference selection, Sinisa Bajic, Class of 2010; a two-time All-ECAC, All-Little East Conference, and member of the Little East Conference's 25th Anniversary women's basketball team, Stacey Kent, Class of 2009; a four-time all-conference, and three time all-region softball shortstop, Christen Lachapelle, Class of 2008; a second team All-American men's ice hockey player who owns the career, season and single game records for scoring by a defensemen, Jon Lounsbury, Class of 2012; a two-time all-region forward and one of the best playmakers in field hockey history, India Lowe, Class of 2009; the shortstop on the 1997 national championship baseball team and an All-ECAC, Bill O'Brien, Class of 1998; and three-year men's ice hockey captain, and New England Hockey Writer's Association All-Star, Ed Pike, Class of 2014.  

Also to be honored for their significant achievements in the field of athletics are women's basketball alumnae Angel Elderkin, Class of 1999, and Janet Judge, president of Sports Law Associates, LLC, and NCAA Advisor.  Judge will receive the Clifford O.T. Weiden Award, presented to individuals, or businesses, which contribute their special talents to the athletic department. Elderkin, the head women's basketball coach at Division I Appalachian State University, will be honored with the Richard "Doc" Costello Special Achievement Award, which is presented to a USM graduate who has distinguished themself through their commitment to student-athletes and athletics.

A four-year member of the Huskies' women's basketball team, Angel Elderkin helped USM to three Little East Conference Championships and four trips to the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament.  Playing as a guard for Southern Maine, Elderkin was a part of teams that amassed an remarkable record of 104-15 over four seasons.  A two-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete, Elderkin earned her degree in Sociology with a minor in Education in 1999, and immediately embarked on her coaching collegiate career, which including stops at Siena, Virginia, St. John's, Louisiana State and Tennessee before becoming head coach at Division I Appalachian State, which competes in the Sun Belt Conference.

Appalachian State's program and success has grown each of the three seasons with Elderkin at the helm, improving its win totals, the success outcomes of its student-athletes, and earning its first conference tournament playoff victories.   During the 2016-2017 season, Elderkin's team adopted the motto "ETG" or "Embrace The Grind," which turned out to be serendipitous as Elderkin successfully battled cancer during the season. Despite the illness, the treatments and their side effects, Elderkin was present– for practices and games – despite having to travel to Chapel Hill for treatments every day.  With her strength and courage in the face of a cancer diagnosis, Elderkin was awarded the Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award along with ESPN analyst Holly Rowe. For her rise in collegiate coaching, her impact on student-athlete lives, and remarkable achievements on and off of the court, Elderkin is the 2017 Richard A. Costello recipient.

Referred to as the "super lawyer" for collegiate athletics, Janet Judge is at the top of her field.  Previously an owner and president of her own firm, Sports Law Associates, Judge, now with Holland & Knight as a litigation partner, has been instrumental in the creation and guidance of critical NCAA rules and regulations, and is co-author of the NCAA manual on Title IX and gender equity. 

Recognized by the Women Leaders in College Sports and by NACUA for her higher education law practice, Judge has been included in Best Lawyers in America since 2007 for her intercollegiate sports law and general employment work.  Judge has conducted workshops at more than 500 NCAA Division I, II and III institutions, athletic conferences and sport coaches' associations. She has been a speaker before the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), NCAA, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and NACUA, among others.

Judge has lent her expertise and guidance to the Huskies' Athletic Department on numerous occasions, helping craft and shape necessary policy, and served as a consultant for USM's Title IX Review.  Additionally, Judge has been a speaker to both Huskies' Athletic staff and student-athletes on a wide variety of topics, including Social Media Responsibility, Decision Making, Hazing and Student-Athlete Conduct, and Leadership. Judge's knowledge and generosity to the field of athletics, and in particular, make her the 2017 recipient of the Clifford O.T. Weiden Award.


2017 Husky Hall of Fame Inductees

Sinisa Bajic, Men's Soccer, Class of 2010

      A two-time (2006, 2007) Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Sinisa Bajic was a prolific goal scorer and on-the-field presence for the Huskies' men's soccer team from 2005 through 2008.  A four-time All-Little East Conference selection at forward, Bajic made an immediate impact for Southern Maine and was named the 2005 LEC Rookie of the Year. During Bajic's playing career, Southern Maine advanced to the ECAC tournament twice (2007, 2008), and had a record of 15-11-2 in conference action, including a 6-1 record in 2008 when the Huskies were the LEC regular season champions.

      Bajic totaled 105 points, on 44 goals and 17 assists.  Bajic's 105 points and his 44 goals are both second in Husky career records, while his 17 assists are tied for third overall. With a knack for the goal, Bajic also holds the single-game record for goals, putting four into the back of the nets against LEC foe UMass Dartmouth (October 14, 2006)

      Bajic graduated from Southern Maine in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.  He is presently employed with IDEXX Laboratories as Digital Marketing Associate.   


Christen Lachapelle Garnett, Softball, Class of 2008

      A four-time All-Little East Conference selection at shortstop, including three first team nods (2004, 2006 and 2007), Christen Lachapelle Garnett helped Southern Maine to a record of 98-73-2 over four seasons and a mark of 32-24 in conference action, helping the Huskies to two post-season tournament berths.

      The program's leader in assists (280), Lachapelle was a standout defensive player who served as the team's captain for three seasons (2005, 2006, 2007).  The career leader in games played (169), and at bats (529), Lachapelle is third in doubles (35), and 15th in RBI (63), and was a career .342 hitter with 181 hits in 529 at bats. She was twice named to the NFCA All-Region third team (2006, 2007) selection, and was a NESCA second team selection in 2005.

      A four-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete, Lachapelle graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in History, while earning a certificate in coaching.  Since her graduation, Lachapelle has stayed active in the athletic community coaching at Hall-Dale High School, in various capacities including freshman basketball coach, and head softball and field hockey coach.  Lachapelle is also active in volunteerism and spent time in New Orlean's Lower Ninth Ward, helping rebuild the cities' homes after Hurricane Katrina.


Ed Pike, Ice Hockey, Class of 2014

      A three-year captain for the men's ice hockey team, Ed Pike played for USM from 1994 through 1998.  A tough defenseman, Pike, who is the career leader in penalty minutes, was respected by his peers earning a bid to play in the 1998 East vs. West Senior All Star game at the conclusion of his career.  Pike also contributed to the Huskies' offense and during the three seasons he served as one of the team's captains, Pike totaled three goals and 15 assists for 18 points, including a career best two goals and six assists in 1995-1996. Pike's outstanding play earned him 1997 New England Hockey Writer's Association (NEHWA) All-Star honors, after anchoring the Huskies' defense while adding one goal and six assists for seven points.

      A two-year member of the Huskies' award winning Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Pike earned his bachelor's degree in Criminology from Southern Maine.  He has actively been working as a police officer since April 1998, and is currently a Police Detective with the Dover, N.H., Police Department.  Active within the community, Pike sits on several committees, including the Dover Police Charities Christmas Basket Program, and Golf Tournament, and has served as Vice President and President of the Dover Police Officer's Association.  Pike is also a Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Youth Soccer and Little League Coach, and is on the Board of Directors for the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport VP Softball.


India Lowe, Field Hockey, Class of 2009

       A two-sport standout earning All-Little East Conference in both field hockey and softball, India Lowe was a four-year member of the Huskies' field hockey team (2006-2009) and a two-year member of the softball team (2007-2008). 

      As a member of the field hockey team, Lowe paced the Huskies' offense with her outstanding stick work and speed earning NFHCA Regional All-American honors twice (2008, 2009), including first-team honors in her final season.  Lowe was also a two-time All-Little East Conference selection earning second-team honors in 2008 and 2009.  Serving as a team captain in 2009, Lowe was invited to participate NFHCA Senior All-Star Game, after establishing USM's single-season record for assists (12).  Lowe played in 85 games for the Huskies, finishing fourth in career goals (38), and second in career assists (24) for a total of 100 career points (third in career records).

      As a two-year player for the softball team, Lowe earned second team all-conference honors as an outfielder in 2008 after hitting an outstanding .353 (30-for-85) with 14 stolen bases.  During that same season, Lowe set a single-game record with four stolen bases against UMass Boston (April 15, 2008), and finished tied for ninth in single-season stolen bases (14), and 10th in single-season sacrifices (12).

      A four-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete, Lowe graduated from Southern Maine with a degree in Criminology.  She presently works as a Residential Energy Technician with RISE Engineering.  

Jonathan Lounsbury, Ice Hockey, Class of 2012

      The 2005 recipient of the Athletic Department's Roland Wirths' Memorial Award, Jon Lounsbury was a four-year member and four-time all-star defensemen for the Huskies, who after his playing days in Gorham came to an end went on to play in 250 professional hockey games with various organizations.

      A member of Southern Maine's team from 2001 through 2005, Lounsbury made an immediate impact earning 2001-02 ECAC All-Rookie honors, and then went on to earn All-ECAC honors the next three seasons, including first team accolades in his final season (2004-2005).  A two-year captain (2003-2004, 2004-2005), Lounsbury earned his most prestigious honors in his senior season, named to the All-New England team, and earning American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) second-team All-American honors – just the second USM men's ice hockey player to earn the coveted distinction.

      While anchoring the Huskies' defense, Lounsbury made his mark offensively and is the all-time leading scorer among defensemen, with 97 points in his career, 30 in a season and five in a game.  Lounsbury also holds the career, single-season and single-game records for assists by a defenseman with 68, 23, and five respectively.  Lounsbury's 68 career assists are tied for the overall career record in Husky hockey record books.

      After his professional playing career, which took him to stops with the Fort Worth Brahmas, Huntsville Havoc (where he was named the 2007 Defenseman of the Year) and the Colorado Eagles, Lounsbury completed his bachelor's degree in Communication from Southern Maine.  Lounsbury is the head coach and general manager of the Walpole Express, and co-owner of the Girls' Hockey Program.


Stacey Kent, Women's Basketball, Class of 2010

      Selected to the Little East Conference's 25th Anniversary Women's Basketball team, Stacey Kent was a talented and hard-working small forward for the Huskies from 2005 through 2009.  During her career, Southern Maine made four consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, captured three Little East Conference tournament championships and three LEC regular season championships. Kent was a member of the Huskies' 2006 NCAA Division III National Championship Final Four team that finished as the National Runner-Up.  From the 2005-2006 through the 2008-2009 seasons, Kent and the Huskies compiled a staggering record of 106-16 and a dominant record of 49-7 against Little East Conference opponents. 

      Serving as one of the team's captains in her senior season (2008-09), Kent finished her career with 1187 points, 512 rebounds, 202 assists, 142 steals, and 34 blocked shots.  The 5-9 swing player is in the top 10 of several statistical categories for the Huskies, including sixth in career three-point field goals made (158), third in career three-point field goal percentage (42.1), and third in free throw percentage (80.6). Kent also holds the single-game record for three pointers, sinking eight against the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs on February 20, 2007. 

      Earning accolades for her athletic and academic achievements, Kent is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District winner, earning second team honors in 2009, and third team honors in 2008. A three-time Maine Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (MWBCA) All-State Selection (first team, 2009, 2008; second team 2007), Kent was the MWBCA Player of the Year in 2008.  Kent was also a two-time first-team All-Little East Conference honoree.  One of the top players in the region during her tenure, Kent was a two-time All-ECA and All-Region pick, and was named to the New England Women's Basketball (NEWBA) All-Region team in 2009.

      A four-year William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete, Kent earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology, and earned her Coaching Certificate from Southern Maine in 2010.  She presently works as a Population Health Specialist for the Steward Health Care Network, and has previously coached middle school and high school girls' basketball. 


Bill O'Brien, Baseball, Class of 1998

       The starting shortstop and one of the captains of the 1997 National Championship baseball team, Bill O'Brien, anchored the perennially successful Southern Maine defense, helping guide Southern Maine to four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament.  Wearing the Southern Maine pinstripes from 1994 through 1997, O'Brien was part of a Husky team that totaled a stunning record of 118 wins, 49 losses and one tie.

      O'Brien's outstanding and consistent play led him to becoming an All-New England shortstop, earning 1995 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) honors, and 1996 All-ECAC Division III New England honors. During the 1997 season, O'Brien, overcame a shoulder injury that kept him out of the lineup for 17 game to play strong both defensively and offensively, hitting .348 (39-for-112) with nine doubles, two triples and four home runs.  O'Brien drove in 18 runs, and scored 37 with a .571 slugging percentage that season, and defensively O'Brien had 91 assists and 38 putouts from shortstop. O'Brien's talents are still evident today as he is in the top 10 for runs scored (70) and assists (406) in USM career records.

      An entrepreneur and business owner in Maine, O'Brien is involved in numerous ventures and is the General Manager of The Edge Academy in Portland.  O'Brien earned his bachelor's degree in Business from Southern Maine.

      Established in 1985 to honor the famed athletes and coaches of the past, the University of Southern Maine Husky Hall of Fame has enshrined 204 former student-athletes, coaches and staff. Tickets are $35 per person and RSVPs must be received by Wednesday, September 27.  Contact Al Bean at (207) 780-5588 for tickets.



University of Southern Maine

32nd Annual Husky Hall of Fame: Class of 2017

Sinisa Bajic, Class of 2010


Stacey Kent, Class of 2009


Christen Lachapelle, Class of 2008


Jon Lounsbury, Class of 2012


India Lowe, Class of 2009

Field Hockey

Bill O'Brien, Class of 1998


Ed Pike, Class of 2014