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Southern Maine’s Mary Caron Named CoSIDA Academic All-American

Southern Maine’s Mary Caron Named CoSIDA Academic All-American

GORHAM, Maine – University of Southern Maine senior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic's Academy) joined an elite group of Husky student-athletes becoming Southern Maine's seventh individual to earn Academic All-American ® honors with her selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-American ® Division III Softball Third Team as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 

A two-year captain of the Huskies' softball program, and a 2017 Little East Conference first team selection at shortstop, Caron is the first USM softball player to earn the prestigious academic accolade for her outstanding achievements in the classroom and on the field.  As the seventh USM student-athlete to receive Academic All-America ® honors from CoSIDA, Caron joins Husky standouts Alison Drury (women's college division fall/winter at-large, third team, 2000), Darryl Whitney (men's cross country/track and field, second team, 2003), Ashley Marble (women's basketball, first team, 2007), Molly Carl (women's cross country/track and field, third team, 2012), Chris Bernard (baseball, second team, 2014), and Daniel Del Gallo (wrestling, second team, 2016).

"Mary has been an exceptional student-athlete and has been a tremendous leader for our program," said fifth-year head coach Sarah Jamo.  "We are very proud of Mary's accomplishments on the field and in the classroom, and she has a bright future ahead of her as one of our many successful alumnae.  Her hard work and dedication is easily seen by anyone who has been associated with our program and she is extremely deserving of this honor." 

Recently named co-winner of the 2017 Paula D. Hodgdon Leadership Award during the athletics' department year-end honors banquet, Caron earned first team Academic All-District honors, becoming the fifth USM softball player and first since Sarah McLean in 2003 to earn the academic distinction, gaining eligibility for the Academic All-America ballot. To qualify for nomination, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 or above.  Caron far exceeds the minimum standards carrying a 4.0 GPA in her Master's in Public Health studies, and a 3.96 GPA in her bachelor's degree in Biology.  

A two-time recipient William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete and Little East Conference All-Academic Team selection, Caron was a Teaching Assistant for the Intro to Public Health class and the Graduate Assistant for the Master's in Public Health program chair. In the community, Caron \ volunteers her time with 4H helping grow interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in a local fifth grade classroom. This summer, Caron will complete a field experience opportunity with the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) working in Chronic Disease and Epidemiology. Caron hopes that her educational background and various field experiences and internships will translate into career success as she plans on pursuing epidemiology or environmental health in her post-graduate years.  

The Huskies' starting shortstop for the last three seasons, Caron led Southern Maine in batting average (.349), RBI (21), hits (38), doubles (10), and triples (3).  For her career, Caron played in 112 games collecting 133 hits and driving in 61 runs.  She hit .356 over her career, with 25 doubles, seven triples, and five home runs. 

 

University of Southern Maine 

Student Athletes who have been recognized by CoSIDA

Academic All-America ® of the Year

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball (College Division)

2007

 

 

 

 

Academic All-America ®

Mary Caron, Softball

Third Team, 2017

 
 

Daniel Del Gallo, Wrestling

Second Team, 2016

 
 
 

Chris Bernard, Baseball

Second Team, 2014

 
 

Molly Carl, Women's Cross Country/Track & Field

Third Team, 2012

 
 

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball

First Team, 2007

 
 

Darryl Whitney, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country

Second Team, 2003

 
 

Allison Drury, Field Hockey (Fall-Winter At-Large)

Third Team, 2000

 

 

 

 

Academic All-District One

Nicole Kirk, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country

First Team, 2016

 
 

Dan Del Gallo, Wrestling

First Team, 2016

 
 

Chris Bernard, Baseball

First Team, 2014

 
 

Molly Carl, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country

First Team, 2012

 
 

Collin Henry, Baseball

First Team, 2010

Emily Artesani, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country

Second Team, 2010

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

First Team, 2010

 
 

Collin Henry, Baseball

First Team, 2009

Ryan Pike, Baseball

First Team, 2009

Stacey Kent, Women's Basketball

Second Team, 2009

 
 

Stacey Kent, Women's Basketball

Second Team, 2008

 
 

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball

First Team, 2007

Christa Hutchinson, Women's Track & Field

First Team, 2007

Virginia Flood, Lacrosse (At-Large)

Second Team, 2007

 
 

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball

First Team, 2006

 
 

Stacy LeBlanc, Soccer

Second Team, 2005

Ashley Marble, Women's Basketball

Third Team, 2005

 
 

Darryl Whitney, Track/Cross Country

First Team, 2003

Sarah McLean, Softball

First Team, 2003

Amy Swanberg, Track/Cross Country

Second Team, 2003

 
 

Sarah McLean, Softball

Second Team, 2002

 
 

Allison Drury, Field Hockey (F-W At-Large)

First Team, 2000

Sarah Drury, Soccer (F-W At-Large)

Third Team, 2000

June LaVallee, Softball

First Team, 2000

Julie Plant, Basketball

Second Team, 2000

 

 

Julie Plant, Softball

First Team, 1999

June LaVallee, Softball

Second Team, 1999

Tracy Libby, Basketball

Second Team, 1999

Allison Drury, Field Hockey (F-W At-Large)

Second Team, 1999

 

 

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