A four-year member of the Huskies, Carter has seen action in 42 games and has earned three starting assignments. The versatile midfielder has totaled two assists in her career.
"Haley is a strong role model on and off of the field," noted Brown-Denico who will be leading the Huskies for her 13th season. "She has gained confidence in her play and her ability over the last two seasons and will add some depth to our offense this season."
A constant fixture in the USM defense during her career, Gaube returns for her fourth season in the Huskies defensive third. With a proven ability to score, Gaube notched two goals last season including the game-winner in the Huskies' 4-1 Little East Conference victory over Western Connecticut State. Gaube also contributed a pair of defensive saves in 2010.
"Joanna will be leading a young defense this season," said Brown-Denico. "She is one of the most consistent defenders we have had and is a solid leader in the backfield. Her communication skills will allow her to adeptly guide our younger players throughout the season."
A 2010 All-Little East Conference second team selection, Bougie returns for the Huskies anchoring the midfield. As a junior, Bougie tallied one goal and passed off four assists while making three defensive saves. In her career, Bougie has totaled four goals and 12 assists.
"In her second year as team captain, Beth will have increased leadership responsibilities," commented Brown-Denico. "She will be taking on the role of center-midfielder this season and will be more of an offensive threat. Beth returned for the 2011 season in good shape and is a strong leader by example both on and off of the field."
The Huskies are picked to finish fourth in the 2011 Little East Conference preseason coaches' poll. UMass Dartmouth, the 2010 LEC champions, have been picked to repeat as conference leaders.
Along with Bougie, Gaube and Carter, Southern Maine also returns a pair of All-LEC forwards in junior Kailey Bubier (Auburn, Maine/Hebron Academy) and senior Whitney McDaniel (Livermore, Maine/Livermore Falls). Bubier, a second team selection, tallied 12 goals and passed off three assists as a sophomore. Of her 12 goals, four were game-winners for Bubier including three against Little East Conference opponents. In two seasons, Bubier has totaled 22 goals and five assists. Her 22 goals are currently 15th in USM career records.
McDaniel earned third team honors after leading the Huskies in scoring with 28 points on 11 goals and a team-high six assists. In three seasons, McDaniel has 21 goals and eight assists.