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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

1993-94

Melissa Emery, Field Hockey

1994-95

Rhonda Benner, Women’s Track/Cross Country

1995-96

Lori Towle, Women’s Basketball

1996-97

Mandy King, Women’s Basketball

1997-98

 Heather Gilmour, Field Hockey

1998-99

 Alison Drury, Field Hockey

1999-2000

 Michelle Cloutier, Softball

2000-01

 Rachel Drury, Soccer

2001-02

Tina West, Women’s Soccer and Softball

2002-03

Libby, Women's Basketball

2003-04

Deedra Boudreau, Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse

 

Meg Cressler, Women’s Basketball

2004-05

 Kim Brewer, Women’s Track and Field

2005-06 

Katie Frost, Women’s Basketball

 

Stacey LeBlanc, Women's Soccer

2006-07

Lindsey Welch, Women’s Basketball

2007-08 

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

2008-09

Brandi Alton, Field Hockey

2009-10

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

2010-11

Sarah Deroche, Softball

2011-12

Courtney Cochran, Women’s Basketball

2012-13

Nicole Garland, Women’s Basketball

2013-14

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

2014-15

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

 

Roland Wirths Memorial Award Past Winners

1980

Steve DeBree, Soccer and Men’s Basketball

1981

John Jordan, Men’s Basketball

1982

 Mike Stockwell, Physician

1983

Joe Doane, Men’s Basketball

1984 

 Greg Jordan, Statistician

1985

Maureen Burchill, Women’s Basketball

1986 

 Brad Wise, Soccer and Baseball

1987

 Peter Story, Men’s Basketball

1988

 Doug Ouellette, Baseball

1989

Jeff Bowers, Men’s Basketball

1990

 Pat Moody, Men’s Basketball

1991

Bonny Brown, Field Hockey and Softball

1992

Jim Broughton, Baseball

1993

Richard York, Baseball

1994

Robert LaPrise, Men’s Basketball

1995

Jeff Ireland, Soccer

1996 

Jamie Wood, Women’s Basketball

1997

Ken Reed, Baseball

1998

Mandy King, Women's Basketball

1999 

Michael Ellerbrook, Men’s Basketball

2000

Penny Osborne, Women's Cross Country

2001 

Andy Higgins, Men's Soccer

 

Kevin Faria, Men's Track and Field

2002

 Niki Dominiczak, Women’s Basketball

2003

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

2004

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

2005

Jay Casterella, Men’s Basketball

 

Jon Lounsbury, Men’s Ice Hockey

2006

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

 

Donna Cowing, Women’s Basketball

2007

Mark Carragher, Men’s Ice Hockey

2008

Adam Ross, Baseball

2009

Megan Irving, Women's Ice Hockey

2010

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

2011

Jennifer Masessa, Field Hockey

2012

Jeremy Jackson, Men’s Basketball

2013

 Mike Poulin, Men’s Basketball

2014

Stephanie Gallagher

 

Nate Veilleux, Baseball

2015

Andrew Richards, Baseball

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