Twenty-Eight Huskies Earn 2017 Little East Conference All-Academic Team Honors For the Fall Season

Twenty-Eight Huskies Earn 2017 Little East Conference All-Academic Team Honors For the Fall Season

Story by Christina Cracolici, Assistant Director of USM Athletic Communications

 GORHAM, Maine –  Twenty-eight University of Southern Maine Huskies' Fall sport student-athletes have been recognized by the Little East Conference for their outstanding academic achievements earning a spot on the 2017 Little East Conference Fall All-Academic Team. Students from each of Southern Maine's seven Little East Conference sponsored teams have representatives on the academic squad: men's cross country, women's cross country, field hockey, women's soccer, men's soccer, women's tennis and volleyball.

            To earn the distinguished award, a student-athlete must be at least in sophomore standing both academically and athletically, have on cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the previous semester, and have been at their current institution for at least one full academic year.

            "Balancing academic responsibilities and the commitments and challenges of being a student-athlete is no easy task," said USM Director of Athletics Al Bean.  "Each student-athlete recognized by the Little East should be very proud of their remarkable accomplishment.  USM prides itself on its student-athletes ability to not only participate but to excel in their academic and athletic pursuits."

Fifteen different University of Southern Maine majors are represented by the Huskies' 28 Fall LEC All-Academic team roster, including six nursing majors, five biology majors and three exercise science majors.  Two Husky student-athletes, Hana McNally (Burlington City, N.J./Holy Cross) of the women's soccer team and a graduate student in the Special Education program, and sophomore Megan Gettings (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) of the volleyball team and a nursing major achieved a 4.00 grade point average, while seven USM student-athletes obtained a GPA of 3.8 or higher this fall.

 

           

           Among the members of the 2017 LEC Fall All-Academic team are women's volleyball standout senior Jessica Williamson (Goffstown, N.H.) and a pair men's cross country runners juniors CJ Moody (Old Town, Maine) and Colin Jones (Scarborough, Maine).  Both Moody and Jones were members of the Huskies' 2017 Little East Conference championship team. Moody has a 3.933 GPA in nursing, while Jones has a 3.833 in general management. 

            Williamson, the most decorated player in USM volleyball history, earned her fourth consecutive nod to the LEC All-Conference team and was selected as the 2017 Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year.  The owner of several USM career records, Williamson has a 3.586 grade point average and will complete her degree in biology this spring.   

            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 2.93.  This November, Huskies' athletics recognized a record 177 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).

2017 Little East Conference Fall All-Academic Teams

Sport

Class

Major

Hometown

Men's Cross Country

 

 

 

Colin Jones

Jr.

General Management

Scarborough, Maine

CJ Moody

Jr.

Nursing

Old Town, Maine

 

 

 

 

Men's Soccer

 

 

 

Dalton Cassidy

So.

Economics

Fort Fairfield, Maine

Nathan Cook

Jr.

Athletic Training

Lewiston, Maine

 

 

 

 

Women's Cross Country

 

 

 

Nicole Ponte

So.

Music Performance

Dartmouth, Mass.

 

 

 

 

Field Hockey

 

 

 

Lindsay Jackson

Sr.

Nursing

Readfield, Maine

Maggie Redman

So.

Athletic Training

Alfred, Maine

Tayla Smedberg

Sr.

Nursing

Oxford, Maine

 

 

 

 

Women's Soccer

 

 

 

Emily Baker

So.

Exercise Science

Brunswick, Maine

Taylor Canastra

Jr.

Biology

Fairhaven, Mass.

Emma Cost

So.

Environmental Planning and Policy

Waterboro, Maine

Jenna Douglas

Jr.

Biology

Scarborough, Maine

Mychaela Harton

So.

History

Georgia, Vt.

Ally Little

Jr.

Athletic Training

Stoneham, Mass.

Hana McNally

Sr.

Special Education

Monmouth Junction, N.J.

Sarah Michaud

Jr.

English

Derry, N.H.

Abbi Snipe-Bushey

So.

Biology

Fairfield, Maine

 

 

 

 

Women's Tennis

 

 

 

Gabby Brooks

Jr.

Linguistics

Palermo, Maine

Courtney Jordan

Jr.

Chemistry

Portland, Maine

Ashley Owens

Jr.

Nursing

Penn Yan, N.Y.

Joanna Scheidegger

Jr.

Exercise Science

Lyss, Switzerland

Margaret Smith

Jr.

Marketing

Farmingdale, Maine

 

 

 

 

Women's Volleyball

 

 

 

Megan Gettings

So.

Nursing

Bristol, Conn.

Michelle Hargreaves

Jr.

Social Work

Rockfall, Conn.

Faolain Harrington

So.

Biology

Auburn, N.H.

Mo Raymond

Sr.

Nursing

Sanbornton, N.H.

Nicole Schmitz

Jr.

Exercise Science

St. Paul, Minn.

Jess Williamson

Sr.

Biology

Goffstown, N.H.

 

 

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