Maine Student-Athlete Academic Spotlight
University of Maine 2011-12 Student-Athlete Academic Highlights
For the ninth consecutive year, Maine‘s America East “All Sport” GPA exceeded a 3.0 average, posting a 3.04 or the 2011-12 year. The Academic Cup, established by the America East Board of Directors in 1995, is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest GPA’s during the academic year. Maine won the cup in both 2004 and 2007.
Congratulations to Coach Mark Lech & the Women’s Cross Country Team for achieving a 3.47 team GPA for 2011-12, the highest year end GPA of all Maine teams.
The Black Bears had 13 teams with a GPA of 3.0 or better for the 2011-12 year. Women’s teams included Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Indoor Track & Field and Outdoor Track & Field. Men’s teams included: Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track & Field and Outdoor Track & Field.
Maine had the top 2011-2012 year GPA of all America East schools in Men’s Cross Country with a 3.29 GPA and in Women’s Soccer with a 3.42 GPA.
A total of 52 UMaine student-athletes from four sports (Men’s & Women’s Cross Country, Field Hockey and Women’s Soccer) were among the 632 named to the 2011 America East Fall Academic Honor Roll for earning GPA’s of 3.0 or better. For the sixth year consecutive year, Maine had the highest percentage (74.2%) of student-athletes named to the Honor Roll for the fall season. 35 of the 52 were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll for earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
97 Student-Athletes graduated in 2011-12. Women’s Soccer midfielder Stephanie Frenette-Blais (Elementary Education / Quebec City, QUE) was recognized as one of the five University of Maine
“Outstanding Graduating International Students of the Year” representing the College of Education and Human Development.
134 Maine student-athletes were named to the 2011-12 America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll (Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Men’s & Women’s Swimming, Men’s & Women’s Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field, Baseball and Softball) for earning GPA’s of 3.0 or better. 74 student-athletes were named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll for earning a GPA of 3.50 or higher.
For the ninth consecutive year, over one-half of the UMaine student-athletes were recognized for their success in the classroom at the Scholar-Athlete Recognition Awards ceremony. 175 students were named as UMaine Scholar-Athletes for achieving a 3.0 or better GPA for the 2011 calendar year and/or maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA. In addition, 68 first year athletes were honored as *Rising Stars* for earning a 3.0 or better GPA in their first semester at UMaine.
This year’s M Club Dean Smith Awards were presented to Nursing major, Kelly Newton (Field Hockey / Vancouver, BC)) and Kinesiology & Physical Education major, Andrew Rogers (Men’s Basketball/Philadelphia, PA). These awards are presented UMaine’s top male and female student-athletes with outstanding academic and athletic achievement, along with citizenship and community service.
“Team Maine 2011” Honors were presented to the top sophomore, junior or senior of each team achieving the highest GPA for their team during the 2011 calendar year: Patrick Thibodeau - Baseball, Andrew Rogers - Men's Basketball, Samantha Wheeler - Women's Basketball, Kelton Cullenberg - Men's Cross Country & Outdoor Track, Krislyn Hyatt and Rachel Wilkinson - Women’s Cross Country, Katy Grime and Kathryn Porter - Women's & Track, Alexa Binnendijk - Field Hockey, Roosevelt Boone – Football, Dan Sullivan - Men's Ice Hockey, Ashley Norum - Women's Ice Hockey, Meaghan Bradica - Women's Soccer, Ashley Kelley - Softball, Robert Bickford - Men's Swimming & Diving, Carmen Linden - Women's Swimming & Diving and Alex St. Pierre – Cheering.
The Women’s and Men’s Cross Country teams were honored by the NCAA with public recognition for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores. These teams posted multi-year APR scores that were in the top 10% of all teams in their respective sports. This marks the seventh consecutive year that the women’s team has posted a perfect score of 1000 for the past seven years. The Men’s team is also earning recognition for the second straight year. The APR provides a look at a team's academic success by tracking academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation.
Katy Massey from the Women’s Ice Hockey team (Psychology / Waterville, ME) was one of two student-athletes in the Hockey East conference to be named Hockey East “Top Scholar-Athlete” for earning a perfect 4.0 GPA for the 2011-12 season, the only in the conference to do so. Massey and senior defense Ashley Norum (Biology / Fairbanks, AK) were also two of seven named to the Women’s Hockey East Academic All-Star team, honoring the top grade point average by position in the Hockey East conference, honoring the conference’s top grade point average by position.
For the eighth consecutive year, the Maine Field Hockey team was honored with the Gladiator by SGI / National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Academic Team Award for posting a 3.0+ GPA in Fall 2011. Maine was one of 66 Division I teams to be honored. 9 players received individual honors for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher: Zoe Berkey, Hannah Keating, Becca Paradee, Holly Stewart, Alexa Binnendijk, Megan Miller, Brittany Fleck, Jocelyn Mitchell and Kelly Newton. Maine’s nine recipients were the second most amongst America East teams.
Ice Hockey sophomore goaltender, Daniel Sullivan (Double major in Finance & Management / York, PA) and sophomore swimmer, Robbie Bickford (Biochemistry / Milford, ME) were named to the Capital One 2012 Academic All-District Men’s At-Large First Team. Senior distance runner, Corey Conner (Nursing / Townsend, MA) was also selected to the Capital One 2012 Academic All-District Track & Field First Team. These honors recognize the nation’s top student-athletes combined performance athletically and in the classroom.
The Softball team earned 14 selections to the 2011-12 America East Winter/Spring Honor Roll, the highest number of all Softball squads in America East. The Women’s Soccer team will receive the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for posting an
impressive 3.42 team GPA for 11-12 year.
Thirteen Football players were named to the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Football Academic All-Conference Team for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in their entire academic career to date. From the offense were Damarr Aultman, Roosevelt Boone, Carlton Charles, Jeffrey Gakos, Brian Harvey, Christopher Reagan, Cody Simcox, Christopher Treister and Marcus Wasilewski. From the defense were Arron Achey, Michael Mangiarelli, Ryan Nani and Samuel Shipley.
From a recruited walk-on four years ago, to leading the nation in scoring and assists, senior forward Spencer Abbott (Child Development & Family Relations / Hamilton, ON) was named one of the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for the 2012 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. The award honors the country’s top college ice hockey player for strength of character on and off the ice, displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, sportsmanship and scholastic achievement.
Andrew Rogers from the Men’s Basketball team (Kinesiology & Physical Education / Philadelphia, PA) was inducted as a member of the Class of 2012 Senior Skulls Honor Society. Today’s Senior Skulls consist of 12 senior men who have shown outstanding leadership, campus involvement, community service, academic achievement, responsibility, character, and integrity while an undergraduate at the University of Maine. Membership in the Senior Skulls is considered the highest all-inclusive honor to which a male student at the University of Maine can aspire. Rogers was also named to the COSIDA Academic All-District First Team and the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) Academic Honors Court.
Thirteen Men’s Ice Hockey student-athletes were named to the Hockey East conference All-Academic Team for earning a 3.0 GPA in both the 2011-2012 fall and spring semesters. First time honors were awarded to Mark Anthoine, Andrew Cerretani, Connor Leen, Bill Norman and Jake Rutt. Second time honorees were Mike Cornell, Brian Flynn, Brice O’Connor, Josh Seeley, Dan Sullivan and Jon Swavely. Third time honors were presented to Theo Andersson and Mark Nemec.
The Women’s Ice Hockey squad had twelve players named to the Women’s Hockey East (WHEA) All-Academic team for achieving a 3.0 or better GPA in both the 2011-12 fall and spring semesters. Fourth time honors were given to Ashley Norum and Melissa Gagnon. Third-time honors to Myriam Crousette, Dawn Sullivan and Chloe Tinkler. Second-time honorees were Dominique Goutsis, Kayla Kaluzny and Kelly MacDonald, while first- time selections were Brianne Kilgour, Katy Massey, Jennifer More and Nikola Tomigova. Norum & Gagnon were also recognized as WHEA Distinquished Scholars for achieving above a 3.0 GPA in each of their semesters during their four year career at Maine.
The women’s track & field team will receive the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team honors for posting a 3.19 team GPA in 2011-12.
Senior distance runner Corey Conner (Nursing & Honors / Townsend, MA), senior multi-events athlete Jesse Labreck (Elementary Education / Winslow, ME) will receive the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic accolades after meeting NCAA qualifying standards in track & field. In the indoor season, Labreck was nationally ranked in the pentathlon (18th / 3979 points), High Jump (38th / 5’9 3⁄4”) and 55 Meter High Hurdles (43rd 8.39 seconds). Conner won the America East championship with a school record time of 15:59.66, won the NCAA East regional and placed 16th in the NCAA outdoor track championships.
10 student-athletes achieved a perfect 4.0 gpa for the 2011-12 academic year: Zoe Berkey – Field Hockey, Meaghan Bradica – Women’s Soccer, Katy Grime – Women’s Indoor & Outdoor Track, Alicia Hahn - Women’s Swimming, Ashley Kelley – Softball, Carmen Linden – Women’s Swimming, Katelyn Massey – Women’s Ice Hockey, Alexander Parenteau – Men’s Outdoor Track, Nicholas Peterson – Men’s Outdoor Track and Kate Spies – Women’s Cross Country & Track.
America East All-Academic Team selections represent the top student-athletes in their respective sport from the America East conference. Honored for their sport from the men’s teams were: Jonathan Balentina – Baseball, Andrew Rogers – Basketball, Wilson Adams - Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, David Currier – Outdoor Track & Field, Robbie Bickford and Cody Lachance – Swimming & Diving. Women’s honors were presented to Alexa Binnendijk and Jocelyn Mitchell – Field Hockey, Carmen Linden – Swimming & Diving, Jillian O’Brien – Track & Field, Corey Conner – Cross Country and Track & Field and Ashley Kelly – Softball.
Looking forward to another great year in 2012-13 G o B L U E ! !