|Sports:||Softball and Field Hockey|
Paula Reed Ryder, Class of 1999. Paula Reed Ryder, Class of 1999, completed her career as a two-sport standout as one of the top pitchers in USM softball history and as a captain of the field hockey team. A career .296 hitter for the Huskies, Ryder was a mainstay in the circle for USM and is currently third all-time in career wins with 44. Amassing 289 strikeouts (fourth all-time), Ryder averaged 4.09 strikeouts per seven innings. Ryder, named the first ever Little East Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player in 1998, propelled the Huskies to their first ever LEC Championship and a repeat appearance in the NCAA tournament. During the 1998 season, Ryder served as the team’s captain and helped USM to a then program-best 28-18-1 record earning 14 of the Huskies 28 wins on the mound. Ryder was named to the All-Little East Conference team in 1996 and 1997. As a member of the field hockey team, Ryder served as the team’s captain in 1997. In her senior season, Ryder tallied nine goals and passed off four assists, as the Huskies finished the season with a 12-9-0 record and earned their second straight berth to the ECAC tournament. Among Ryder’s nine goals was a trio of consecutive game-winners. In the Huskies 2-1 win over Colby, Ryder pulled USM even with a late second half goal before drilling in the game-winner just 1:36 into overtime. In USM’s next game against Division II power Bentley College, Ryder continued her overtime heroics scoring the game’s only goal just 47 seconds into overtime. Ryder concluded her dramatic string of game-winners tallying her eighth goal of the season with 11 minutes left in regulation to hand her team a 1-0 win over St. Michael’s.