GORHAM, Maine – Eleven members of the University of Southern Maine Huskies' field hockey team have earned academic distinction from the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association (NFHCA) with their selection to the 2018 Zag Sports Tours/NFHCA National Academic Squad. With more than half of its 2018 roster earning above a 3.0 GPA, the Huskies also earned the NFHCA's Division III National Academic Team honor.
The NFHCA's National Academic Squad recognizes student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year. Additionally, the NFHCA honors teams that earn a team grade point average of 3.0 higher during the fall semester.
Junior Maggie Redman (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) highlights the Huskies' lengthy list of award recipients, earning National Academic Squad honors for the third time (2016, 2017 and 2018). Redman is majoring in criminology.
Junior Abbie Staples (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic), and sophomores Julia Nicol (Augusta, Maine/Cony) and Hayden Spencer (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) are two-time recipients. Staples, a 2018 All-Little East Conference honorable mention midfielder, is a Business Management major and previously earned the award in 2016. Earning NFHCA National Academic Squad distinction as freshman in 2017, Nicol is a Health Science major, while Spencer is a Nursing major.
Seven Huskies are first-time recipients, including junior captain Makayla Garvin (Springvale, Maine/Sanford), sophomore Emily Skvorak (Windham, Maine), and freshmen Mikayla Bourassa (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardinder), Elizabeth Perkins (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic Academy), Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J.), Abbie Sprague (North Berwick, Maine/Noble) and Hannah Trottier-Braun (Lewiston, Maine/Saint Dominic Academy).
Garvin, a second team All-LEC defender, is majoring in Athletic Training, while Skvorak is a Health Science major. Trottier-Braun is a Biology major, and Perkins and Sprague are majoring in Nursing. Pych is presently undeclared.
Southern Maine finished the 2018 season with a 13-8 overall record and a 9-3 mark in the Little East Conference, and advanced to the semifinals of the LEC tournament before falling to eventual champion Keene State. During the season, veteran head coach Bonny Brown-Denico recorded her 200th career win.