2018-2019 Huskies Year in Review #LeadThePack

2019 Little East Conference Champions | Men's Cross Country.

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.


Four-Year William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Award Winners: Ron Helderman (track & field), Cam Scott (men's basketball), Emily Nicholson (women's basketball), Miranda Nicely (women's basketball)

Huskies' Athletics honored a record 212 student-athletes during its 30th Annual William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Banquet. Marking the sixth academic year that the number of students honored has grown, each Husky honored had at least a 3.0 GPA

USM women's basketball earned its fourth consecutive Remo Riciputi Award for the team-sport with the highest GPA.
Huskies' women's tennis earned its second consecutive Remo Riciputi Award for the individual sport with the highest GPA.

Rookie Sensations

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.

USM finished third in the LEC regular season, and advanced to the LEC semifinals with a 2-1 overtime win over Fitchburg State. Ellis, the Huskies' leading scorer, had the game-winner.

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.

Abbie Sprague became the third Husky in the seven-year history of the NFHCA's Scholar of Distinction program to earn the honor. One of 35 Husky student-athletes in the University's well-regarded Nursing program, Sprague joins former Huskies' Lindsay Jackson and Casey White.

On the Links

Huskies' golf had another solid season winning five tournaments and finishing third at the 2018 GNAC Championship. Pictured: Greg Kalagias - 2016 GNAC Rookie of the Year. Kalagias is majoring in Business.

During the 2018 season, Husky golfers Tristan Dundas and Parker Sanderson were awarded weekly honors from the GNAC. Dundas was the low medalist, with a two-over par 74, at the Bowdoin Invitational.
Tristan Dundas is a three-sport student-athlete for Southern Maine. Dundas is a member of the Huskies' golf, ice hockey and lacrosse teams. A two-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete, Dundas is pursuing his degree in General Management.

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.

Forward, midfield, defense or goalkeeper ... Whatever Huskies' men's soccer needed Charlie Mull could answer the call.

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.

Setting Up For Success

Huskies' volleyball continues its rise at the conference and regional level. Senior Nicole Schmitz became the third USM player to reach the 2000-assist plateau, and did so in its first win over LEC rival Keene State (3-1) since the 2003 season

Senior captain Nicole Schmitz finished her time as a Husky with 2,323 assists and 681 digs. She holds the Huskies; single-season record for assist with 927. A two-time All-LEC Academic team pick and a two-time William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete, Schmitz earned her degree in Exercise 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.

Sydney Sirois, an All-LEC performer at the 2018 championship, is a William B. Wise Scholar Athlete, majoring in Exercise Science.

Sophomore Sydney Sirois earned All-Little East Conference honors finishing in the top 10 of the LEC Championship.

For the Record

Head Coach & Husky Alum Seth Benjamin '01. Benjamin is just the second USM women's soccer coach to earn Coach of the Year honors from the Little East Conference.

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

Ciera Berthiaume scored four game-winners in her first season with the Huskies. Berthiaume's 13 goals are second in single-season history, as are her seven assists. Her 33 points are tied for the individual season record. She is an English major.

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.

A two-time LEC Rookie of the Week, freshman Alexandria Allain earned a spot on the All-LEC second team as a midfielder. She had seven goals and seven assists for 21 points. She is a Nursing major.

3x Champs!

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.

Sophomore Cameron Meier and freshman Yahya Nure were among the top finishers at the 2018 LEC Championship meet. Meier finished third overall in a time of 27:04.1
Junior Chandler Vincent placed seventh at the LEC Championship. Vincent, Zach Hoyle and Nure each earned USTFCCAA All-Academic Honors as well. To qualify for the individual honor, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale and finish in the top 25 percent of their respective regional championship meet.
Huskies' men's cross country and track & field coach Ryan Harkleroad.

Service Ace

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.

Secretary of the Huskies' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, senior captain Margaret "Sissy" Smith is a two-time team captain, three-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete, and a three-time All-LEC Academic team member.
A William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete majoring in Health Science, junior Tracy Edwards earned the University's Contribution to Campus Life Award as the 2019 Student Awards Gala in May. Through her work as an Resident Assistant, Edwards has helped enhance the campus culture on the Gorham campus, and is known for inclusive programming and events.

33rd Husky hall of Fame

Tip Fairchild and legendary coach Ed Flaherty. Playing for the Huskies from 2003-2005, Fairchild was a 2004 ABCA All-American and was drafted and played in the MLB's Houston Astros organization.

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.

The 2018 Husky Hall of Fame Class
(Left to Right) Current women's lacrosse coach Ashley Durepo, 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee Jessica Knight Tremblay, and former USM women's lacrosse coach Lauren Reid Kane.

huskies near & Far

USM Men's Basketball features a roster of eight native Mainers but also boast talent from as far away as California, Australia and New Orleans.

Jayvon Pitts-Young, who played his high school basketball at Portland, earned second team All-Little East Conference and Maine Men's Basketball Coaches & Writers Association All-State honors. Pitts-Young averaged 19.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
Averaging 16.9 points per game, senior Christian McCue completed an outstanding career with the Huskies and leaves the program in the top-10 in three-point field goals made. A two-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete and LEC All-Academic team member, McCue earned All-Little East Conference honors in 2018. He earned a degree in Computer Science.
Members of the USM men's basketball team at the 2018 William B. Wise Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet


Huskies' women's ice hockey had a tremendous 2018-2019 season, and hosted a first-round New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) playoff game in the friendly confines of the USM Ice Arena.

Senior Jensen Hamblett became the first USM women's ice hockey player to be named to the New England Hockey Writers' Association (NEHWA) Division III All-Star team. Also a first-team All-New England Hockey Conference all-star, Hamblett, a defenseman, had 4 goals and 11 assists for 15 points. Hamblett earned her degree in Business Management.
Senior Britney Evangelista earned second team All-NEHC honors, picking up the accolade for the second time in her career. The program's all-time career save percentage leader, Evangelista compiled a 1.87 goals against average in 14 games . She had a .945 save percentage, a 5-3-6 record and two shutouts during the regular season. A three-time William B. Wise Scholar Athete, Evangelista earned her degree in Biology, and was a co-winner of the Athletic Department's Roland Wirths Memorial Award.
Each season, USM women's ice hockey hosts a benefit game for Wounded Heroes of Maine. The Huskies wear special camouflage jerseys, and donate raffle proceeds.


USM has won 14 of the last 20 LEC Indoor Track & Field titles.

Capturing eight individual titles, and one relay, the Huskies' men's indoor track & field team claimed its fifth consecutive Little East Conference Championship.

Zach Hoyle, CJ Moody, Jared Marshall & Ron Helderman qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship. Both Hoyle an Moody earned All-American honors at the championship. Competing in the heptathlon, Moody broke his own school record and placed fifth nationally, while Hoyle set a school record in the 800m to place third in the country.

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.

USM seniors with their 2019 LEC Championship Trophy

Holding Court

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.

Rookie Victoria Harris earned Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) All-Rookie Team honors. Playing in all 27 of the Huskies' contests, Harris averaged 8.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 blocked shots per game while shooting a team-best 51.7 percent (89-for-172) from the field. The Huskies third-leading scorer, Harris led USM in blocked shots (26) and was seventh in the Little East Conference.
The 2018 Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Alexa Srolovitz was named to the All-Little East Conference team to conclude an outstanding career, averaging 11.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field as a senior. 11.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. The Huskies' 5-7 guard finished her career with 863 points, 364 rebounds, 221 assists, and 111 steals. Srolovitz's 82.8 career free throw percentage (144-for-174) is second in USM record books, while her 2018-2019 87.7 percent (50-for-57) is third in single-season records.
Earning all-conference honors for the first time in her career, Jackie Luckhardt was a 2017 Maine State All-Rookie team pick as a freshman. Luckhardt finished her second season with the Huskies as one of the top guards in the LEC. Averaging 9.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.4 steals per game, Luckhardt improved in all statistical categories, and shot a career-best 42.9 percent from the field. The Little East Conference leader in steals with 93 (63 against LEC opponents), Luckhardt was first in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5), and first in assists (95). An outstanding rebounder, the 5-5 guard finished the season ranked eighth in rebounds (167).
Senior captain Kimberly Howrigan lived up to the title of captain. At the conclusion of her senior year, Howrigan was presented with the Athletic Department's Paula D. Hodgdon Leadership Award, and the University's Outstanding Student Leader Award. Serving as USM's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President (2018-2019) and Vice President (2017-2018), Howrigan is a three-time William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete and Little East Conference All-Academic team honoree. An Accounting & Finance major, Howrigan plans on continuing her studies earning a Master's degree while working full-time in the accounting and finance field following graduation. Howrigan was one of 10 USM featured graduates in May of 2019


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.

Seeded six in the 2019 NCAA National Championship, Peter Del Gallo defeated a pair of regional title holders in dramatic fashion to earn his spot on the podium. Matched up with fifth-seed Cameron Timok of Central (Iowa) – the 2019 NCAA Midwest Regional Champion - Del Gallo trailed after the first period 2-1. Scoring on an escape, and then going ahead in the second with an early take down Del Gallo held a narrow 3-2 lead in the third. Starting in the down position, Del Gallo scored on a reversal and held for the 5-2 final, earning a spot in the third place match. Facing another regional title holder in Ithaca's Ferdinand Mase, the Mideast's 125-pound champion, Del Gallo came out on top with an 8-5 victory, again pulling away from his opponent in the third. Ahead 4-3 and in the down position, Del Gallo leapt ahead 5-3 with an escape early. Mase scored a takedown to tie the match at 5-5, before Del Gallo scored three quick points on an escape and a clutch takedown with just seconds remaining to claim third place
Eight University of Southern Maine Huskies earned post season honors from the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) to conclude the 2018-2019 season. Junior All-American Peter Del Gallo highlighted the list of Huskies earning post-season accolades earning first team All-NEWA and a spot on the NEWA All-Academic Team. Joining Del Gallo with post-season recognition as members of the 2018-2019 NEWA Honorable Mention team are sophomores Austin Shorey (Lebanon, Maine/Noble) and Juan Veraza (Miramar, Fla./Somerset Academy), junior Zach Thomason (Bristol, Conn.Bristol Eastern) and seniors Brendan Weir (East Hampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional) and Mike Risti (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic). Two Huskies also earned spots on the NEWA All-Rookie team in sophomore Bradley Beaulieu (Waterboro, Maine/Marshwood) and Jakob Peavey (South China, Maine/Erskine Academy).
2018-2019 seniors Mike Risti and Brendan Weir with the Huskies' coaching staff.

Jumping Ahead

For the second straight indoor season, Adela Kalilwa earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors. Recognized in two events - the long jump and the triple jump - Kalilwa finished the indoor season ranked fourth in the long jump and first in the triple jump in the New England Region. Kalilwa competed in the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship in the triple jump, finishing 12th.

Finishing third at the 2019 Little East Conference Championship, three members of the Huskies' squad captured individual titles: senior Haley Bantz won the high jump; junior Katie Ferrara claimed the top spot in the pole vault, while junior Adela Kalilwa won the triple jump.

Junior Katie Ferrara won her first conference title clearing 3.15 meters (10-4) in the pole vault. A William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete, Ferrara is majoring in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Members of the women's track & field team at the 2018 William B. Wise Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet.

Youth Movement

Huskies celebrate in a 2-0 win over Suffolk University.

Featuring a roster that included 12 first-year players, Huskies' men's ice hockey also had strong leadership from veteran Captain Tyler Mathieu and Assistant Captains Parker Sanderson and Mark Tomaschek.

Freshman Adam Withers finished tied for third in scoring for the Huskies with five goals and a team-high 11 assists. From Kenora, Ontario, Withers is an Accounting major.
A three-year captain, Tyler Mathieu earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. A three-time William B. Wise Scholar athlete, Mathieu served the University as a Resident Assistant and was presented with one of several Residential Life Awards at the end of the academic year, earning the "Make Their Day" Award.

In the Community

SAAC Officers Katie Howe (Women's Basketball), Kimberly Howrigan (Women's Basketball), Margaret "Sissy" Smith (Women's Tennis) and SAAC Advisor/Head Women's Basketball Coach Samantha Allen

Huskies' Athletics emphasizes five pillars of development for its student-athletes: Academic Achievement, Athletic Performance, Personal Development, Career Development and Service to Community.

USM student-athlete annually host the Husky Community Halloween Party in the Costello Sports Complex.

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.

USM SAAC Advisor and Head Women's Basketball Coach Samantha Allen was named the University's Advisor of the Year. Allen has helped USM SAAC grow the depth and breadth of its reach in her three years leading the student-based group.
One of many community oriented events and projects supported and created by USM SAAC. Held during Mental Health Awareness Month, Spike the Stigma gave USM students, faculty and the community a chance to learn about University Counseling and Health options in a fun and informal environment.

Rally Point

USM men's tennis seniors: Kevin Dowling, Evan Zuchowski and Matt Norris. Huskies' men's tennis took part in the national "It's On Us" campaign to end relationship violence during the 2019 season.
Also a member of the Huskies' men's ice hockey team, sophomore Adam Papayoanou joined the men's tennis team and slid into the top singles flight. An Economics major, Papayoanou is a William B. Wise Scholar Athlete.
One of two student veterans on the Huskies' men's tennis roster (joining US Navy veteran Matt Henderson), senior Matthew Norris served in the United States Marine Corp. Earning his degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies, Norris was the student speaker at the Student Veterans Graduation, and was presented with the Husky Spirit Award as the University's Student Leadership Gala.

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.

Senior Aliza Jordan became the third player in program history to be selected for the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's (IWLCA) 2019 All-Region Team, joining former USM standout midfielders Jessica Knight (2010) and Jacki Kelly (2013) on the list of IWLCA All-Region recipients. Jordan also was named to the All-Little East Conference first team after the 2019 season. Jordan broke the single-season scoring record with 94 points on 63 goals and a record-tying 31 assists, and finished her career joining Knight as the only players to accumulate 200 or points. Jordan tallied 155 goals (third all-time) and a record 70 assists for 225 points.
Senior Mira Kuni developed into of the finest defenders in Huskies history. A four-year starter, Kuni played in 15 games in 2019 collecting 18 ground balls and had 13 caused turnovers. She also tallied the first goal of her career in the regular season finale. Kuni was one of five USM players to earn All-Little East Conference honors during the season.
Second year head coach Ashley Durepo was named the 2019 Little East Conference Coach of the Year. She led the Huskies to a second place finish during the regular season. In the post-season, Southern Maine advanced to the LEC Championship game.

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.

A two-time second team all-conference pick, Brown, a pitcher and a first baseman, hit .333 with 41 hits in 123 at bats, drove in 24 runs and scored 15, belting out six doubles and a home run. Against LEC opponents, Brown hit .389 (21-for-54) with 10 RBI and five doubles. In the circle, Brown fired 110 innings, including the Huskies first seven-inning no-hitter since the 2006 season in a 4-0 win over UMass Dartmouth during the LEC tournament. Brown was 11-7 during the year with a 3.05 earned run average. She averaged 5.22 strikeouts per game, and 6.04 per game during LEC games. Brown is an English major.
Two-year captain Brooke Cross earned a pair of leadership awards at the 2019 Athletics Honors night. Cross was named the co-winner of the Paula D. Hodgdon Leadership Award and the Kimberly M. Turner Award. A two-time Willam B. Wise Scholar-Athlete, Cross earned her degree in Communications.
Earning second team all-conference honors for the second time in her career as a member of the Huskies' outfield, Erin Martin hit a team-leading .385 finishing the season 52-for-135 at the plate with 34 runs scored, 12 doubles, two triples and a team-high five home runs, while driving in 25 runs. Martin had 17 games with at least two hits for the Huskies. Patrolling right field, Martin had 27 putouts during the season, committing just one error. In the LEC circuit, Martin ranked first in at bats (135), hits (52), and total bases (83). She is second in runs (34) and doubles (12), sixth in home runs (5), seventh in triples (2) and eighth in RBI (25). Martin is a Health Sciences major.

Getting Defensive

Huskies' men's lacrosse put together a competitive 2019 season with wins over UMass Dartmouth, Castleton University and Salem State in Little East Conference play.

A three-time first-team All-Little East Conference pick, Sam Hornblower became the first USM player selected for the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association all-star game. A two-time LEC Defensive Player of the Year, Hornblower anchored the Huskies' defense, scooping up 32 ground balls and causing a team-leading 25 turnovers in 14 games, to go along with four goals and three assists at the other end. Hornblower regularly drew the opposition's top offensive player and proved to be a shutdown defender.
Senior captain Paul Leonardo became the eighth USM player to record 100 career points with one goal and three assists in the Huskies 14-10 win over Castleton University.

Personal Bests

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).

Senior Penny Maimone

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

2019 Little East Conference Outdoor Track & Field Champions

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.

Sophomore Ben Musese made his first trip to the NCAA Division III National Championship a memorable one earning All-American honors in the triple jump. Musese, the State of Maine and Little East Conference champion in the triple jump, placed seventh with his mark of 15.03 meters (49-3¾) coming in the first round of jumps. He also cracked the 15-meter barrier on his final jump going 15.01 meters (49-3). Musese is just the second USM athlete to jump 15 meters in the triple jump joining former All-American Jamie Ruginski on that list.
After earning All-American honors during the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship, Hoyle continued his outstanding performances in the spring. In the 800 meter final, Hoyle came across the finish line in sixth place with a time of 1:53.05. Hoyle qualified for Saturday's final after posting the fourth quickest time (1:51.81) in Friday's preliminary round.
University of Southern Maine junior C.J. Moody was among the 12 honorees today when the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team. Moody is the third member of the USM men's track and field/cross country program to receive CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. He joins Darryl Whitney (2003) and Justin Richardson (2010) as recipients. A nursing major with a 3.866 cumulative grade point average, Moody competed last weekend in the decathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships scoring a career-best 6,514 points to place 12th overall. During the 2018-19 indoor season, Moody received NCAA Division III All-America honors in the heptathlon by finishing fifth with a school record 5,004 points.

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.

Ben Lambert headlined the five Huskies selected to the ABCA/NEIBA All-Region team, receiving the Pitcher of the Year honor and a spot on the All-Region first team. Also selected to the All-Region second team were junior third baseman Andrew Hillier and senior infielder/relief pitcher Jake Dexter as the utility player. Named to the All-Region third team were junior shortstop Andrew Olszak and senior outfielder Devin Warren. In addition to the five players honored, veteran USM head coach Ed Flaherty was selected by the NEIBA as the New England Division III Coach of the Year.
Previously named to the D3baseball.com All-America third team, Lambert received the D3baseball.com New England Region and the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year honors, and All-Little East Conference and NEIBA All-New England first team citations, Ben Lambert earned ABCA second team All-American honors. Lambert had a stellar year finishing 10-1 with a 1.38 ERA. In 12 appearances this season, including 10 starts, Lambert hurled 71.2 innings allowing just 47 hits and 30 walks while striking out 67. Opposition hitters batted just .182 against him. He led the LEC in wins and ERA, and was fifth in strikeouts.
For the second straight season, Jake Dexter was picked as a first team All-American at the utility position. Lambert, earning his first All-America honor, was named to the third team as a starting pitcher. A three-time All-Little East Conference first-team pick at second base, and a four-time pick as relief pitcher, Dexter finished the season as the Huskies' second leading hitter batting .373 (75 for 201) with 13 extra-base hits and 39 RBI. On the mound, the Huskies' closer had a 2-2 record with eight saves and a 1.49 ERA in 24 appearances. He pitched 36.1 innings giving up just 21 hits and three walks while striking out 39. In four seasons with USM, Dexter batted .345 (234 for 679) with 43 extra-base hits and 104 RBI. The career record holder for saves, Dexter compiled a 16-9 record with 34 saves and a 2.08 ERA in 91 appearances (147.1 innings) on the mound.

Honors Night

Senior Ron Helderman (track & field) was one of several individual award winners at the 2019 USM Athletics Senior Honors Night.

Sixty-eighty departing student-athletes were recognized for their time and commitment to each of the Huskies' 22 NCAA Division III intercollegiate teams during USM's Athletics 20th Annual Senior Honors Night

Husky Student-Athletes: Class of 2019
Student-Athletes were presented with a plaque commemorating their playing careers, and a honor cord to signify their participation in one of the Huskies' 22 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports.
During Honors Night, Southern Maine's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was recognized for its national award from the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) for Community Service and its Unified Sports program.
Members of the Huskies' men's soccer and baseball team after the 2019 USM Athletic Honors Night.
USM's Vice President for Enrollment Management and Chief Operation Officer attended the Huskies' honors night and helped present student-athletes with their honor cords.

Husky Highlights

USM Athletics finished in the top 100 (90th) and led the Little East Conference in the Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup - a program that honors schools maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in both men's and women' s sports. In the LEC, USM placed second in the Commissioner's Cup. Southern Maine won the Little East title in men’s cross country, and men’s indoor and outdoor track & field, and claimed the LEC regular season title in baseball in 2018-19. The Huskies were the runner-up in women’s lacrosse, and finished third in women’s basketball and women’s indoor track & field.
Legendary baseball coach Ed Flaherty earned his admission into the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Hall of Fame, bringing his Hall of Fame status to six different entities. He was previously inducted into the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, the State of Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame in 2005, the Little East Conference Hall of Fame in 2013, and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. USM honored Flaherty in 2017 by renaming the baseball field as Ed Flaherty Field. During his 34 seasons at USM, Flaherty has guided the Huskies to 25 NCAA regional tournament appearances and eight NCAA Division III College World Series berths. Among their eight NCAA Division III College World Series appearances, the Huskies won the national title in 1991 and 1997, and were runner-up in 2013.
With a priority on academics, University of Southern Maine student-athletes finished fourth in the Presidents' Cup with a collective grade point average of 3.11. Huskies' Athletics recognized a record 212 William B. Wise Scholar Athletes in the Fall of 2018.
A 2018 Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) Thirty Under 30 selection for up-and-coming basketball coaches, across all Division (I, II, III), USM head coach Samantha Allen was named to Coach & Athletic Director magazine's 40 Under 40 for her professional development and character. Allen, who was named the University's Advisor of the Year, also received one of nine Faculty Awards for Community Service. Stressing the full development of student-athletes in athletics, academics, service to community and personal and professional growth, Allen is also a Maine Campus Compact Harward Faculty Award winner.
University of Southern Maine indoor track and field All-American C.J. Moody added another honor to his ever-growing resume when he was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Track & Field/Cross Country third team, as selected by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Moody is the eighth USM student-athlete since 2000 to receive the prestigious honor from CoSIDA and its various title sponsors. A nursing major, Moody has a 3.866 cumulative grade point average. Moody is the second member of the men's track and field/cross country program to be honored, joining 2003 recipient Darryl Whitney among the list of honorees.
University of Southern Maine Huskies’ women’s basketball captain Kimberly Howrigan was nominated to receive the NCAA’s prestigious Woman of the Year award. Howrigan is one of a record 585 nominees from across the NCAA’s three divisions. Nominees from each institution excel in the four pillars of the Woman of the Year award program: academics, athletics, service and leadership. One hundred ninety-two nominees are from the NCAA Division III ranks. To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, completed their eligibility in her sport and have earned her undergraduate degree by summer of 2019. Eligible student-athletes are nominated by their member school, whose corresponding conference office reviews nominations and submits nominees to the NCAA. By the numbers, the field of 585 is the largest in the program’s history, and the average GPA of a nominee is 3.71.
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