A Great Year to Be A Husky
University of Southern Maine student-athletes continued their tradition of achievement in competition, the classroom and in the community. At the end of the 2018-2019 academic year, USM athletics boasted a 3.1 GPA, numerous All-Americans, and a handful of Little East Conference title.
Seventeen of USM's 22 intercollegiate sports have a 3.0 grade point average or higher. Our nearly 500 student-athletes represent 44 different majors.
Huskies' freshman Samantha Ellis was named the 2018 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year. Ellis is just the second USM player to earn Rookie of the Year honors from the LEC. She was joined by Makayla Garvin and Abbie Staples on the 2019 LEC All-Conference team.
Another rookie, freshman Abbie Sprague, one of 11 USM field hockey players to earn NFHCA Division III National Academic Team honors, was named a 2018 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Scholar of Distinction. A first-year defender and a nursing major, Sprague carried a GPA of 3.9 or higher during the season.
On the Pitch
Sophomore Jonata Mbongo was named to the 2018 All-Little East Conference first team. Mbongo established himself as a leader for the Huskies defensively, while taking advantage of offensive opportunities. Playing and starting in each of Southern Maine's 18 games, Mbongo had two goals and two assists to his credit for six points.
Senior captain Charlie Mull, a 2017 LEC pick, wrapped up his outstanding career with a nod to participate in the New England Intercollegiate Soccer League Senior All-Star Game. A two-time William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete, Mull recently graduated with a degree in Health Science.
On The Run
For the eighth consecutive season (2011-2018), Huskies' women's cross country earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors. To earn the distinction the team compiled a GPA of 3.22, and competed in the NCAA Regional meet.
Sophomore Sydney Sirois earned All-Little East Conference honors finishing in the top 10 of the LEC Championship.
For the Record
Huskies' women's soccer put together an outstanding 2018 season, setting a school-record for wins in a season at 14-5-1. For his efforts, first -year head coach Seth Benjamin was named the LEC Coach of the Year
Clinching the fourth-seed in the LEC tournament, the Huskies' defeated the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs 3-0 behind a hat-trick from junior Ciera Berthiaume. CC was one of two Huskies on the All-LEC team, joined by rookie midfielder Alex Allain.
Using its superior depth, the Huskies' men's cross country team continued its dominance in conference claiming the Little East Conference title for the third consecutive season. Southern Maine placed its five scoring runners in the top 15 of the championship event. Sixth-year head coach Ryan Harkleroad was named the LEC Coach of the Year for the third straight year.
A program on the way up, Huskies' women's tennis qualified for the Little East Conference Championship for the first time since the 2013 season this past Fall. With several campus leaders on-and-off the court, USM women's tennis has earned the Remo Riciputi Award back-to-back for its academic excellence.
33rd Husky hall of Fame
Eight former Huskies were enshrined into the Husky Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018. Inducted into the Hall were: John McCartney (baseball), Class of 1989; Kelly Wilson Slaven (soccer), Class of 1999; Sasha Ilkovich Gerardi (field hockey), Class of 2001; Tip Fairchild (baseball), Class of 2009; Curtis Wheeler (cross country & track), Class of 2008; Shannon Shuttle (volleyball), Class of 2010; James Spaulding (track & field), Class of 2011; , Jessica Tremblay (lacrosse), Class of 2012.
Capturing eight individual titles, and one relay, the Huskies' men's indoor track & field team claimed its fifth consecutive Little East Conference Championship.
At the 2019 LEC Championship, the Huskies racked up 231 points, just 13 shy of their record 244 set in 2009, to easily outdistance the other seven teams. Host Plymouth State was runner-up with 99 points followed by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with 84 and Eastern Connecticut State University with 74. Southern Maine has won 14 of the last 20 LEC indoor titles.
On the court, in the classroom and in the community Huskies' women's basketball is in top form. Four-time winners of the Remo Riciputi Award, USM women's basketball players are also recognized for their outstanding efforts in the community and in competition. Three members of the Huskies' squad earned post-season accolades, while senior captain Kimberly Howrigan completed her outstanding career earning multiple citations for her leadership on and off the court.
The only NCAA Division III wrestling program in the State of Maine, Huskies' wrestlers compete at the highest level, routinely sending representatives to the NCAA Division III National Championship, earning All-Region and All-American honors. Academically, USM wrestlers are some of the best - as former Husky All-American and 2017 National Champion Dan Del Gallo is a two-time Elite90 winner.
The name Del Gallo is a big one in USM history. And junior Peter Del Gallo is living up to its weight, becoming the fifth Husky wrestler to earn All-American honors placing third in the 125-pound bracket at the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship.
In the Community
Huskies' Athletics emphasizes five pillars of development for its student-athletes: Academic Achievement, Athletic Performance, Personal Development, Career Development and Service to Community.
Routinely honored for its community outreach programs at the University and national stage, the University of Southern Maine Huskies' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) earned the top honor from the National Association of Division III Athletic Directors (NADIIIAA) for its Unified Sports Program in January of 2019.
High Scoring Huskies
Advancing to the Little East Conference title game for the fourth time in the history of the program and the first time since 2013, women's lacrosse finished the 2019 season with a record of 10-6 overall mark and a 6-1 record in conference play. Huskies' head coach Ashley Durepo was named the LEC Coach of the Year for her leadership on the sidelines.
On the Diamond
Southern Maine softball had a solid 2019 season, playing its first game under the lights at the Huskies state-of-the-art USM Softball Stadium. Under seventh-year head coach Sarah Jamo, USM finished the season fourth in the LEC regular season, posting a record of 22-18. Five Huskies earned a spot on the All-Little East Conference team: Junior Kayleigh Bohan and freshman Kaitlyn Nelson earned first team all-conference honors, while juniors Alexis Brown, Erin Martin and Ashley Tinsman were each selected to the all-conference second team.
Led by a pair of top two finishes from junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) in the horizontal jumps and a 1-2-3 finish in the pole vault, the University of Southern Maine women's track and field team came home in fourth place at the annual Little East Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Kalilwa won her first LEC outdoor triple jump title with a mark of 11.28 meters (37-0¼), and was runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 5.50 meters (18-0½). Junior Katie Ferrara led the Huskies' 1-2-3 finish in the pole vault. Competing in difficult conditions, Ferrara took the title by clearing 2.95 meters (9-8). Senior Penny Maimone was runner-up clearing 2.80 meters (9-2¼), and freshman Bekah Robertson tied for third at 2.65 meters (8-8¼).
Coming off of an outstanding indoor track & field season, USM standout Adela Kalilwa raised the bar in the spring earning All-American honors in two events, and a litany of other accolades. Kalilwa became the second USM female athlete to be selected as a USTFCCCA New England Region Athlete of the Year.
All-Americans & More
On the strength of six winning and 27 scoring performances, the Huskies racked up 170.50 points to take their fifth consecutive Little East Conference outdoor championship. By winning the outdoor championship, the Huskies swept the LEC cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field titles for the third consecutive year, and the fourth time in program history.
Home Run Huskies
Ranked as high as No. 3 in the country by the ABCA and D3baseball.com National Polls, the Southern Maine baseball advanced to its 26th NCAA Division III National Tournament and finished as the 2019 Little East Conference regular season champion. A pair of Huskies earned All-American honors in Ben Lambert and Jake Dexter, while a handful of Southern Maine players earned All-Region honors.