Twenty-One Huskies Earn 2017 Spring Little East Conference All-Academic Team Honors

Twenty-One Huskies Earn 2017 Spring Little East Conference All-Academic Team Honors
GORHAM, Maine – Twenty-one University of Southern Maine Huskies' spring student-athletes have been recognized by the Little East Conference for their outstanding academic achievements earning spots on the 2017 Little East Conference Spring All-Academic Team.  Student-athletes from all seven of Southern Maine's Little East Conference sponsored teams have representatives on the academic squad: men's tennis, softball, women's outdoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse and baseball.  

            To earn the academic distinction, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher through the spring 2017 semester, and be at least a sophomore academically and athletically.  The student-athlete must also be a full-time member of a varsity sport and be enrolled in its institution for a full academic year.

            "Balancing academic responsibilities and the commitments and challenges of being a student-athlete takes a great deal of commitment, hard work and sacrifice," said USM Director of Athletics Al Bean.  "Each student-athlete recognized by the Little East should be very proud of their academic achievements.  USM prides itself on its student-athletes ability to not only participate but to excel in their academic and athletic pursuits."

            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 nearly 500 student-athletes, who have a combined grade point average of 2.94.  This Fall, Huskies' athletics recognized a record 183 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).  At the conclusion of the first semester of the 2016-2017 academic year, 232 members of the Huskies' 22 intercollegiate teams earned a 3.0 GPA, and nine earned a 4.0.

            Eleven of the Huskies' 21 award-winners are repeat recipients, while three student-athletes are three-time selections: Senior Jazmyn Sylvester-Cross (Fairfield, Vt./Enosburg Falls), of the women's outdoor track & field team is a three-time honoree. Sylvester-Cross has been a member of the Huskies' outdoor track & field team for four seasons and has helped the Huskies' maintain its 18-year domination of the Little East Conference Championship.  Also a three-time LEC All-Academic winner for indoor track and field, Sylvester-Cross is a three-time recipient of the William B. Wise Scholar Athlete award. 

            Women's lacrosse standout Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, Maine) is also a three-time recipient.  A 2017 team captain, Lessard is a 2016 LEC All-Conference player, and a three-time recipient of the William B. Wise Scholar Athlete honor.  Earning her degree in exercise science in May, Lessard was presented with the Senior Husky Achievement Award by the University of Southern Maine.  The Senior Husky Achievement award is given to a student who has demonstrated pride in USM, served in a variety of leadership roles on campus and encouraged others to become involved in campus life while making a significant impact to the campus community.  Vice President of the USM SAAC, a four-year member of the women's lacrosse team, and a Resident Assistant, Lessard has served as a chemistry tutor and was an officer in the Exercise Science Student Association.  In her role with USM's SAAC, Lessard was the driving force behind the growth of USM's Special Olympics Partnership, and has spent the 2016-2017 academic year working as an intern with Maine Special Olympics.   

            The 2017 Little East Conference Player of the Year in men's tennis, Kyle Curley (Gorham, Maine) is a three-time honoree from the LEC.  Majoring in Electrical Engineering, Curley is a four-time All-LEC tennis player, earning first team honors as a sophomore, junior and senior.  A two-sport standout for the Huskies, Curley also earned all-conference honors in soccer for the Huskies, serving as one of the team's captains.  Curley is also a three-time William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete and a three-time LEC all-academic team member while participating in soccer.

 

2017 Little East Conference Spring All-Academic Teams

Baseball

Kaleb Bridgham

So.

General Management

Minot, Maine

Tom Budrewicz

Jr.

Criminology

Boxford, Mass.

Cameron Hauze

Jr.

Sport Management

Seabrook, NH

Sam Stauble

Jr.

General Management

Harrison, Maine

Jack Sylvia

Jr.

Health Science

Glastonbury, Conn.

 
 
 
 

Men's Lacrosse

Zach Bessette

Jr.

Criminology

Readfield, Maine

Nate DelGiudice

Jr.

Accounting

Oakland, Maine

 
 
 
 

Women's Lacrosse

 
 
 

Kaelyn Kuni

Sr.

Environmental Science

Waterboro, Maine

Lauren Lessard

Sr.

Exercise Science

Lewiston, Maine

 
 
 
 

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Logan Gailitis

So.

Athletic Training

Saco, Maine

Ron Helderman

Jr.

Biochemistry

Madison, Maine

Colin Jones

So.

General Management

Scarborough, Maine

 
 
 
 

Women's Outdoor Track & Field

Jasmine Boyle

Sr.

General Management

Brunswick, Maine

Georgia Caso

So.

Biology

North Yarmouth, Maine

Emily Close

So.

Exercise Science

Orleans, Vt.

Kayla Griffis

So.

Marketing

Scarborough, Maine

Katie Hersom

Jr.

Health Science

Gray, Maine

Mo Raymond

Jr.

Criminology

Sanbornton, N.H.

Jazmyn Sylvester-Cross

Sr.

Linguistics

Fairfield, Vt.

 
 
 
 

Softball

 
 
 

Mary Caron

Gr.

Public Health

Lewiston, Maine

 
 
 
 

Men's Tennis

 
 
 

Kyle Curley

Sr.

Electrical Engineering

Gorham, Maine

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