Thirty-One Huskies Earn 2018 Little East Conference All-Academic Team Honors For the Fall Season

Thirty-One Huskies Earn 2018 Little East Conference All-Academic Team Honors For the Fall Season

GORHAM, Maine –  Thirty-one University of Southern Maine Huskies' Fall sport student-athletes have been recognized by the Little East Conference for their outstanding academic achievements earning a spot on the 2018 Little East Conference Fall All-Academic Team. Students from each of Southern Maine's six Little East Conference sponsored teams have representatives on the academic squad: men's cross country, women's cross country, field hockey, women's soccer, men's soccer, women's tennis and volleyball. 

            To earn the distinguished award, a student-athlete must be at least in sophomore standing both academically and athletically, have on cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the previous semester, and have been at their current institution for at least one full academic year. 

            "The Department of Athletics is exceptionally proud of our student-athletes and their ability to excel academically and athletically," said USM Director of Athletics Al Bean.  "Balancing rigorous academic responsibilities and the commitment and challenges of being a student-athlete is no easy task, and speaks to the quality of character that is representative of USM student-athletes. I extend my congratulations and thank you to each of these students for wearing their Husky uniform with academic and athletic distinction." 

Sixteen different University of Southern Maine majors are represented by the Huskies' 31 Fall LEC All-Academic team roster, including six nursing majors, four exercise science, four health science majors and three athletic training majors.  Twenty three of the Huskies' fall all-academic award winners have at least a 3.5 grade-point average, and seven student-athletes have a 3.8 or higher.  

            Among the members of the 2018 LEC Fall All-Academic team are All-Little East Conference performers sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine) of the 2018 LEC Champion men's cross country team, and classmate Syndey Sirois (Greene, Maine) of the women's cross country team.  Junior field hockey players Makayla Garvin (Springvale, Maine) and Abbie Staples (Alfred, Maine) also earned all-conference honors after outstanding 2018 seasons. Hoyle is a History major, Sirois is an exercise science major,  while Garvin is studying Athletic Training, and Staples is earning her degree in General Management.  

 Senior women's tennis captain Margaret "Sissy" Smith, an officer in USM's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), is earning her third LEC All-Academic honor and has helped the Huskies' women's tennis team to back-to-back Remo Riciputi Awards (2018, 2017). And, Husky record holders senior Nicole Schmitz (St. Paul, Minn.) of the volleyball team and senior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) of the women's soccer team. Smith will complete her degree in Marketing this spring, and Schmitz, the single-season record holder for assists, is finishing her degree in exercise science.  Canastra, who helped the Huskies' women's soccer team to a record-breaking 14-win season and recorded a single-season record for shutouts, is a Biology major. 

            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 501 student-athletes, who have a combined grade point average of 3.08.  This November, Huskies' athletics recognized a record 212 student-athletes with its William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete distinction (given to those who have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher during the previous academic year). 

2018 Little East Conference Fall All-Academic Teams

Sport

Class

Major

Hometown

Men's Cross Country

 

 

 

Josh Bloom

So.

General Management

Bar Harbor, Maine

Zach Hoyle

So.

History

Sidney, Maine

C.J. Moody

Jr.

Nursing

Old Town, Maine

 

 

 

 

Men's Soccer

 

 

 

Dalton Cassidy

Jr.

Economics

Fort Fairfield, Maine

 

 

 

 

Women's Cross Country

 

 

 

Haley Bantz

Sr.

English

East Waterboro, Maine

Angela Dubois

So.

Communication

Minot, Maine

Sydney Sirois

So.

Exercise Science

Greene, Maine

 

 

 

 

Field Hockey

 

 

 

Makayla Garvin

Jr.

Athletic Training

Springvale, Maine

Julia Nicol

So.

Health Science

Augusta, Maine

Maggie Redman

Jr.

Criminology

Alfred, Maine

Hayden Spencer

So.

Nursing

Sabattus, Maine

Abbie Staples

Jr.

General Management

Alfred, Maine

 

 

 

 

Women's Soccer

 

 

 

Emily Baker

Jr.

Exercise Science

Brunswick, Maine

Taylor Canastra

Sr.

Biology

Fairhaven, Mass.

Emma Cost

Jr.

Environmental Planning and Policy 

Waterboro, Maine

Mychaela Harton

Jr. 

History

Georgia, Vt.

Ally Little

Sr.

Athletic Training

Stoneham, Mass.

Sarah McLaughlin

So.

Health Science

Derry, N.H.

Sarah Michaud

Jr.

English

Candia, N.H.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women's Tennis

 

 

 

Gabby Brooks

Jr.

Linguistics

Palermo, Maine

Courtney Jordan

Sr.

Chemistry

Portland, Maine

Ashley Owens

Sr.

Nursing

Penn Yan, N.Y.

Anastasiya Popov

So.

Health Science

Windham, Maine

Joanna Scheidegger

Sr.

Exercise Science

Lyss, Switzerland

Margaret Smith

Sr.

Marketing

Farmingdale, Maine

 

 

 

 

Women's Volleyball

 

 

 

Rachel Chille

So.

Nursing

Yarmouth, Maine

Lauren Delissio

So.

Nursing

Hebron, Conn.

Kacey Foerster

So.

English

Scarborough, Maine

Megan Getting

Jr.

Nursing

Bristol, Conn.

Kristina Odom

So.

Athletic Training

Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Nicole Schmitz

Sr.

Exercise Science

St. Paul, Minn. 

 

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