Peyton Dostie and Andrew Richards Earn Major USM Athletic Department Awards

Peyton Dostie and Andrew Richards Earn Major USM Athletic Department Awards

GORHAM, Maine  - The University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics recognized the achievements and contributions of its senior student-athletes this past weekend with its 16th Annual Senior Awards Night Banquet at the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham campus.  More than 50 Husky student-athletes were recognized for their time and commitment to each of the Huskies’ 22 NCAA Division III intercollegiate teams.

            In addition to recognizing its senior student-athletes, USM Athletics also handed out to major department awards.  Senior Peyton Dostie (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) of the Huskies’ field hockey and indoor and outdoor track and field teams was recognized with the Paula D. Hodgdon Leadership Award and senior Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) was presented with the Roland Wirths Memorial Award.

“The nomination and presentation of the Paula D. Hodgdon Leadership Award & Roland Wirths Memorial Award continues to play a significant role within our department,” said USM Director of Athletics Al Bean.  “These awards are coveted by faculty and staff and student-athletes eventually understand the people behind each of these awards and the significance they play within the department.”

Each individual nominated has made a significant impact on the department and their sport, however, I can't think of two better people than Peyton Dostie and Andrew Richards to receive these awards. Both have performed on the national stage and have led their teams to outstanding seasons and national recognition.  Both are outstanding students and have made their impact on their sport, the department and others within their respective programs.  I'm very pleased with the six nominees fr each award and even more pleased with the recipients.  Peyton and Andrew are first-rate all the way and have represented their teammates with distinction.  My congratulations and best wishes to each of our stars.

            Awarded annually since 1980, the Roland Wirths Memorial Award is named of the former Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram sportswriter who was a strong supporter of USM athletics.  It is given to the deserving student-athlete who best exemplifies the characteristics of Wirths and his writing.

Wirths often wrote about the overachiever, the person small in stature who made a big difference.  He was interested in stories of the heart, people who made a real difference, or the true leader or inspirational-type player.

A senior pitcher for the USM baseball team, Richards transferred to the Huskies’ program after a season with Southern Maine Community College and quickly become one of the best relief pitchers in NCAA Division III baseball.  With Richards arm on the mound, Southern Maine has boasted back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division III World Series while securing New England Regional Championships in 2013 and 2014. 

In his first season (2013) with the Huskies, Richards earned second team All-Little East Conference honors and was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA New England Regional tournament.  During the New England Regional Championship, Richards was the pitcher of record in four game (3-1), including a five-hit shutout win over Western New England

Richards continued his strong post-season performance at the NCAA Division III World Series and was selected to the all-tournament team.  During the World Series, Richards earned a win over Ithaca College with a single-game record 12.0-inning relief stint, vaulting the Huskies into the National Championship game.

In 2014, Richards repeated as an NCAA All-Regional Tournament team selection, posting a 3-0 record in six NCAA tourney games with a 1.86 earned run average.  Two of his wins came at the Division III World Series.  As a senior, Richards has continued to excel and became the University of Southern Maine baseball program’s all-time leader in wins on April 12, 2015.  Richards picked up his 25th career win after pitching four innings of relief in a 12-8 win over Framingham State.  Thus far through his Huskies’ career, Richards has 26 career wins against seven losses and 14 saves.  He is 8-3 in 2015 with five saves.

            Initiated in 1993, the Paula D. Hodgdon Leadership Award is presented annually to the female student-athlete who exemplifies the qualities of Hodgdon, a former member of the faculty and field hockey coach who was a pioneer in women's athletics. The recipient must have played at least three

years on an intercollegiate athletic team, been a valuable member of that team, and is a woman who displays loyalty, dedication and commitment to the team, the sport and USM.

            A three-year standout on both the Huskies’ field hockey and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams, Dostie has collected numerous honors due to her ability on and off of the field as well as the track.  Dostie added the Paula D. Hodgdon Award to ever-growing list of accolades.

As a two-year captain of the Huskies’ field hockey team, Dostie finished her career as the 2014 Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year – an award she also won as a junior in 2013.  In her final season as a Husky, Dostie achieved several program milestones, becoming Southern Maine’s all-time leader in points finishing her career with 133 points.  She is also the all-time leader in assists with 25.  Dostie also holds several single-season or career records.

The Huskies’ offensive catalyst during her three seasons at USM after transferring from St. Joseph’s College (Maine), Dostie completed her career with 54 goals and 25 assists for 133 points.  She has 13 game-winning goals to her credit, including four during the 2014 season.  She is a three-time All-Little East Conference selection earning first team in 2013 and 2014 and second team in 2012.  In addition, Dostie is a two-time first-team National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association (NFHCA) All-Region selection. 

            Recently earning All-American honors in the indoor pentathlon, Dostie has been critical to the on-going success of the women’s indoor and outdoor track and field program.  Dostie made conference and USM history this winter becoming the first athlete in the history of the Little East Conference women’s track and field’s award program to sweep the Track Athlete and Field Athlete of the Year Awards.  Dostie claimed four Little East Conference titles (Long Jump, High Jump, 60-meter Hurdles, 600-meter Run) helping the Huskies to their 15th consecutive Little East Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship. 

            This spring, Dostie helped the Huskies to their 16th straight LEC outdoor track and field title, winning three individual titles and anchoring the winning 4 x 100 meter relay.  Dostie won the 110-meter hurdles, the high jump and 400-meter run.


Past Paula D. Hodgdon Leadership Award Winners


Melissa Emery, Field Hockey


Rhonda Benner, Women’s Track/Cross Country


Lori Towle, Women’s Basketball


Mandy King, Women’s Basketball


 Heather Gilmour, Field Hockey


 Alison Drury, Field Hockey


 Michelle Cloutier, Softball


 Rachel Drury, Soccer


Tina West, Women’s Soccer and Softball


Libby, Women's Basketball


Deedra Boudreau, Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse


Meg Cressler, Women’s Basketball


 Kim Brewer, Women’s Track and Field


Katie Frost, Women’s Basketball


Stacey LeBlanc, Women's Soccer


Lindsey Welch, Women’s Basketball


Shannon Kynoch, Women’s Basketball and Women’s Lacrosse


Brandi Alton, Field Hockey


Mary Vaughan, Women's Ice Hockey and Women's Lacrosse


Sarah Deroche, Softball


Courtney Cochran, Women’s Basketball


Nicole Garland, Women’s Basketball


Stefanie Stockwell, Softball, Women’s Soccer and Women’s Track and Field


Peyton Dostie, Field Hockey, Women’s Track and Field


Roland Wirths Memorial Award Past Winners


Steve DeBree, Soccer and Men’s Basketball


John Jordan, Men’s Basketball


 Mike Stockwell, Physician


Joe Doane, Men’s Basketball


 Greg Jordan, Statistician


Maureen Burchill, Women’s Basketball


 Brad Wise, Soccer and Baseball


 Peter Story, Men’s Basketball


 Doug Ouellette, Baseball


Jeff Bowers, Men’s Basketball


 Pat Moody, Men’s Basketball


Bonny Brown, Field Hockey and Softball


Jim Broughton, Baseball


Richard York, Baseball


Robert LaPrise, Men’s Basketball


Jeff Ireland, Soccer


Jamie Wood, Women’s Basketball


Ken Reed, Baseball


Mandy King, Women's Basketball


Michael Ellerbrook, Men’s Basketball


Penny Osborne, Women's Cross Country


Andy Higgins, Men's Soccer


Kevin Faria, Men's Track and Field


 Niki Dominiczak, Women’s Basketball


Jason Tuck, Men's Cross Country/Track and Field


Greg Dolbec, Men’s Cross Country/Track and Field


Jay Casterella, Men’s Basketball


Jon Lounsbury, Men’s Ice Hockey


Mike Bunker, Men’s Cross Country/Track and Field


Donna Cowing, Women’s Basketball


Mark Carragher, Men’s Ice Hockey


Adam Ross, Baseball


Megan Irving, Women's Ice Hockey


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


Jennifer Masessa, Field Hockey


Jeremy Jackson, Men’s Basketball


 Mike Poulin, Men’s Basketball


Stephanie Gallagher


Nate Veilleux, Baseball


Andrew Richards, Baseball

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