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Southern Maine’s Mary Caron Earns First Team Academic All-District Honors

Southern Maine’s Mary Caron Earns First Team Academic All-District Honors

GORHAM, Maine – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its Academic All-District Softball teams for all three NCAA divisions Thursday afternoon and University of Southern Maine senior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine) was among the 11 student-athletes voted to the District One NCAA Division III team by the district members of CoSIDA. 

Caron is the fifth USM softball player to be named to the Academic All-District team, and the first Husky softball player to earn Academic All-District honors since Sarah McLean earned the academic distinction in 2003.  To be nominated for the Academic All-District team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 or above. Caron carries a 4.0 GPA as a graduate student in the Master's of Public Health program at USM, and earned her bachelor's in Biology with a 3.96 GPA in May 2016.  With her selection to the All-District first team, Caron is now eligible for the Academic All-America ® national ballot.  The Division III Academic All-America ® teams will be announced at the end of May.

Recently named co-winner of the 2017 Paula D. Hodgdon Leadership Award during the athletics' department year-end honors banquet, Caron's selection to the Academic All-District First Team is one of several academic honors she has earned during her career.  A two-time recipient William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete and Little East Conference All-Academic Team selection, Caron was a two-year captain for the Huskies' softball team. A Teaching Assistant for the Intro to Public Health class and the Graduate Assistant for the Master's in Public Health program chair, Caron also volunteers her time with 4H helping grow interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in a local fifth grade classroom. This summer, Caron will complete a field experience opportunity with the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) working in Chronic Disease and Epidemiology. Caron hopes that her educational background and various field experiences and internships will translate into career success as she plans on pursuing epidemiology or environmental health in her post-graduate years. 

The Huskies' starting shortstop for the last three seasons, Caron led Southern Maine in batting average (.349), RBI (21), hits (38), doubles (10), and triples (3).  For her career, Caron played in 112 games collecting 133 hits and driving in 61 runs.  She hit .356 over her career, with 25 doubles, seven triples, and five home runs.

 

NCAA Division III District One Softball First Team

Sport

Student-Athlete

Institution

 

Class

Hometown

GPA

Major(s)

Catcher

Lindsay Gurska

WPI

 

Sr.

Revere, Mass.

4.00

Biotechnology

 

Infield

 

Mary Caron

 

Southern Maine

 
 

Sr.

 

Lewiston, Maine

 

4.00

3.96

 

Master's in Public Health

Biology

 

Infield

Hope Shevchuk

WPI

 

Sr.

Burlington, Conn.

4.00

Chemical Engineering

 

Infield

Kirsten Drobiak

Springfield

 

Jr.

Griswold, Conn.

3.74

Physician Assistant

 

Infield

Zoe Hinton

MIT

 

Jr.

Aurora, Colo.

3.76

Mechanical Engineering

 

Outfield

Anna Pisac

Wellesley

 

Sr.

Snohomish, Wash.

3.88

Chemistry

 

Outfield

Ama Biney

WPI

 

Jr.

Worcester, Mass.

3.72

Management Operations

 

Outfield

Jasmin Joseph

MIT

 

Jr.

Woodland Hills, Calif.

3.44

Biological Engineering

 

Pitcher

Kayla Wood

Castleton

 

Sr.

Dummerston, Vt.

3.88

Physical & Health Education

 

Pitcher

Nicole Handzel

Mount Idea

 

Sr.

Palmer, Mass.

3.88

Interior Architecture Design

 

Designated Player

Cassie Ruscz

Tufts

 

Sr.

Wolcott, Conn.

3.30

Psychology & Spanish

 
 

University of Southern Maine 

Student Athletes who have been recognized by CoSIDA

Academic All-America ® of the Year

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball (College Division)

2007

 

 

 

 

Academic All-America ®

Daniel Del Gallo, Wrestling

Second Team, 2016

 
 
 

Chris Bernard, Baseball

Second Team, 2014

 
 

Molly Carl, Women's Cross Country/Track & Field

Third Team, 2012

 
 

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball

First Team, 2007

 
 

Darryl Whitney, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country

Second Team, 2003

 
 

Allison Drury, Field Hockey (Fall-Winter At-Large)

Third Team, 2000

 

 

 

 

Academic All-District One

Nicole Kirk, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country

First Team, 2016

 
 

Dan Del Gallo, Wrestling

First Team, 2016

 
 

Chris Bernard, Baseball

First Team, 2014

 
 

Molly Carl, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country

First Team, 2012

 
 

Collin Henry, Baseball

First Team, 2010

Emily Artesani, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country

Second Team, 2010

Justin Richardson, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country

First Team, 2010

 
 

Collin Henry, Baseball

First Team, 2009

Ryan Pike, Baseball

First Team, 2009

Stacey Kent, Women's Basketball

Second Team, 2009

 
 

Stacey Kent, Women's Basketball

Second Team, 2008

 
 

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball

First Team, 2007

Christa Hutchinson, Women's Track & Field

First Team, 2007

Virginia Flood, Lacrosse (At-Large)

Second Team, 2007

 
 

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball

First Team, 2006

 
 

Stacy LeBlanc, Soccer

Second Team, 2005

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball

Third Team, 2005

 
 

Darryl Whitney, Track/Cross Country

First Team, 2003

Sarah McLean, Softball

First Team, 2003

Amy Swanberg, Track/Cross Country

Second Team, 2003

 
 

Sarah McLean, Softball

Second Team, 2002

 
 

Allison Drury, Field Hockey (F-W At-Large)

First Team, 2000

Sarah Drury, Soccer (F-W At-Large)

Third Team, 2000

June LaVallee, Softball

First Team, 2000

Julie Plant, Basketball

Second Team, 2000

 

 

Julie Plant, Softball

First Team, 1999

June LaVallee, Softball

Second Team, 1999

Tracy Libby, Basketball

Second Team, 1999

Allison Drury, Field Hockey (F-W At-Large)

Second Team, 1999

 

 

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