Huskies' Athletics to Celebrate Division III Week : April 1-7

Huskies' Athletics to Celebrate Division III Week : April 1-7

GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics will take part in the NCAA's annual Division III Week celebration from April 1-7.  Along with hosting baseball, softball, women's lacrosse  and men's tennis games throughout the week, USM Athletics will highlight its outstanding student-athletes and program achievements and will host several events focusing on the Division III Student-Athlete. 

            Throughout the week, USM student-athletes and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be taking part in the University-wide food drive to benefit USM's Campus Food Pantry. Located on the Woodbury Campus Center on the Portland campus, the pantry is open to all community members. Non-perishable and personal care items can be donated a the Costello Sports Complex Learning Center.  Suggested items to donate include: cold cereals, oatmeal, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned tuna, mac and cheese mix, dried fruits, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, razors and deodorant.Donated items can be dropped off in the Hall of Fame room within the Costello Sports Complex.  


USM Student-Athletes can pick up their free Huskies' Athletics Division III Week tshirt April 1-7 by visiting Women's Basketball Coach & SAAC Advisor Samantha Allen during business hours in the Costello Sports Complex.


            On Wednesday, April 3, Huskies' baseball will host Bowdoin College at 4 pm on Flaherty Field for a Faculty & Staff Appreciation game with the intent of honoring the Southern Maine faculty and staff members who help the Huskies' nearly 500 student-athletes achieve their goals in and out of the classroom. Huskies' Athletics will also sponsor a free lunch for all student-athletes, on both the Gorham and Portland campuses,  from 11 am to 3 pm.  The complimentary lunch will be available at both Brooks Student Center (Gorham, Maine) and Woodbury Student Center (Portland, Maine).  Student-Athletes must show their valid USM ID, and let the staff know which team they are a member of to receive their lunch.  

2019 NCAA Division III Week at the University of Southern Maine

Monday, April 1

Men's Lacrosse vs. St. Joseph's 4 pm

   

Tuesday, April 2

Baseball vs. UMass Dartmouth, 3:30 pm

   
   
   

Wednesday, April 3

Free Lunch for Student-Athletes at Brooks & Woodbury

(11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) 

 

Baseball vs. Bowdoin, 4 pm.

Faculty Staff Appreciation Game

 

Women's Lacrosse vs. Wellesley, 6 pm

   

Friday, April 5

National Student-Athlete Day

 

Student-Athletes in the Community: USM student-athletes will visit Village Elementary School. 

 

USM Student-Athlete Photo – 11:00 am at Hannaford Field. All student-athletes are invited to take a group drone photo.  See Sissy Smith, USM SAAC Officer, for more details. 

Saturday, April 6

Men's Tennis vs. Rhode Island College, 1:00 pm

 

Softball vs. Castleton, 2:00 pm

            On Friday, April 5, National Student-Athlete Day, Husky student-athletes will visit with Village Elementary School students and speak about their experiences as a student-athlete and how participating in an intercollegiate sport has helped them achieve their academic goals.  

         "As we approach NCAA Division III Week, it gives me occasion to reflect on the wonderful work and many significant accomplishments of our student-athletes," said USM Director of Athletics Al Bean.   "Whether it is in the classroom, in competition or in the community, our student-athletes rise to the occasion and achieve at very high levels.  They accomplish all of this while still balancing family, social life and part-time employment responsibilities.  It's rewarding to see the personal growth and development of each student-athlete and I'm especially proud of the many contributions they make to strengthen our learning community in Athletics.  I'm confident that USM student-athletes will continue to be leaders in their chosen field." 

       Division III Week is an opportunity to observe and celebrate the contributions and impact of athletics and student-athletes on the University of Southern Maine campus and surrounding community.  The Huskies' athletic department supports 22 Division III intercollegiate athletic teams and nearly 500 student-athletes, with 248 female and 247 male student-athletes. Collectively, the Huskies' student-athletes have an outstanding 3.10 grade point average and record 212 student-athletes were recognized this past Fall as William B. Wise Scholar-Athletes.  To earn William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete accolades, a Southern Maine student-athlete must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative grade average for the fall and spring semesters, be a full-time student both semesters and be a member of a varsity team for a full season.  Each of the Huskies' 22 intercollegiate programs has representation among the 212 student-athletes that were honored. 

       Forty-three different majors are represented by the Huskies' nearly student-athletes, with General Management (49),  Exercise Science (35), Nursing (34), Athletic Training (33), Health Science (31) and Biology (23) being the favorites.  However, USM student-athlete pursuits range from Theatre to Social Behavioral Sciences, to Chemistry and Liberal Studies, and Cyber Security to Music Education. Husky student-athletes' academic achievements have been recognized not only by the athletic department, but also at the University, conference, regional and national level.  

      Three of the Huskies' most recent All-Americans are among USM student-athletes who are excelling in competition and in the classroom: men's indoor track and field athletes sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) and C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) and wrestling's junior Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner, Maine) are each coming off of All-American performances at their respective 2019 Division III National Championships.  Hoyle established himself as an All-American in the 800 while Moody earned All-America honors in the heptathlon.  Outstanding students, Hoyle, a history major, and Moody, a nursing major, are two of 28 Huskies recently named to the 2018-2019 Winter Sports Little East Conference All-Academic team.   

      Just the fourth All-American in the Huskies' wrestling program, Del Gallo, an exercise science major, finished third in the country at 125 pounds, and was recently honored for his excellence in his academic pursuits earning National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III All-Academic Team honors. 

      Several of the Huskies' teams have also achieved collective academic success.  USM women's cross country earned the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCA) All-Academic Team honor for the eighth consecutive season, while the Huskies' women's basketball team collected the Remo Riciputi Award for the fourth straight year as the USM team with the highest grade point average.  Seven members of the USM women's basketball team earned LEC All-Academic team honors including All-Conference guards senior Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec) and junior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) – both Athletic Training majors.  

       Huskies' field hockey also has had tremendous success in the classroom and on the field. Earning National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Academic Team honors, and additional 11 Huskies were named to the NFHCA Division III Academic Squad for having a 3.3 or higher GPA during the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year, including all-conference selections juniors Abbie Staples (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) and Makayla Garvin (Springvale, Maine/Sanford). Staples is a Business Management major, while Garvin is an Athletic Training major.  Additionally, freshman Abbie Sprague (North Berwick, Maine/Noble), a Nursing major, became the third USM field hockey player to earn NFHCA Division III Scholar of Distinction honors.  In addition to national academic honors, numerous student-athletes are recognized at the conference and regional level.  The Little East Conference recognized 31 Fall student-athletes as LEC Fall All-Academic Team selections  with more sure to come at the end of the 2019 Spring seasons.  


USM STUDENT-ATHLETE QUICK FACTS

  • Nearly 500 University of Southern Maine students participate in one of the Huskies' 22 intercollegiate athletic teams (248 women, 247 men)
  • USM Student-Athletes have a collective 3.1 grade point average
  • Forty-three academic majors are represented by USM Student-Athletes with the most popular being: General Management (49), Exercise Science (35), Nursing (34), and Athletic Training (33).  
  • USM Student-Athletes volunteered 2,103 hours of community service so far during the 2018-2019 academic year
  • USM Student-Athletes have a tradition of excellence including eight national championships, and more than 150 All-Americans

     With a long-standing tradition of academic success, Husky student-athletes have also achieved tremendous sustained success at the conference, region and national level.  The Huskies' baseball team, one of the top 25 programs in NCAA Division III year in and year out, became the first team from the State of Maine to win a National Championship when it won the 1991 NCAA Division III World Series.  Presently ranked 6th in the latest D3Baseball.com National Poll and 7th in the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) poll, Huskies' baseball features two-time All-American Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee).  

     On the women's side, junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine), a two-sport standout, helped USM women's soccer to a record-breaking season in wins, and then earned a berth into the NCAA Division III National Championships for indoor track & field as one of 20 elite competitors in the triple jump.  And Husky freshman Alexandria Allain (Carmel, Maine) of the women's soccer team, and Samantha Ellis (New Vineyard, Maine/Mt. Blue) of the field hockey team made an immediate impact to start their Southern Maine careers.  Allain tallied seven goals and seven assists in 2018 as USM's second leading scorer to earn second team All-Little East Conference honors as the Huskies posted a 14-5-1 overall record establishing a program-record for wins in a season. Ellis, the 2018 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year for field hockey, led USM in scoring with 11 goals and five assists.  Ellis, who also earned second team all-conference honors,  is just the second USM field hockey player in team history to be named the LEC Rookie of the Year. 

      Southern Maine student-athletes have also excelled in the community as its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee earned top honors from the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) for its community service efforts and work with Special Olympics Maine, and the third place prize for its Array of Activities, including its Mental Health Awareness events Kick the Stigma and Spike the Stigma which is open to the entire USM community. Over the course of the 2018-2019 year (through April 1) USM student-athletes have completed 2103 hours of community service hours.  USM SAAC President Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vermont/Bellows Free Academy), captain of the women's basketball team, was the 2018 recipient of the University's Community Service Individual honor for her work with USM SAAC.  

      From Southern Maine's Class of 2022 through this year's class of 2019, and forward to our recent graduates, Husky student-athletes are excelling at their athletic and academic endeavors, and conclude their time in a Southern Maine uniform prepared to successfully navigate their careers and future endeavors. 

 

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