GORHAM, Maine – For the third time in program history, the University of Southern Maine Huskies' women's soccer team has been recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with its annual College Team Academic Award. The Huskies have previously earned the honor in 2010 and 2011.
To qualify for the award, Southern Maine must achieve have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to be eligible. No stranger to academic success, the Huskies' women's soccer program has been a six-time recipient of the University of Southern Maine Athletic Department's Remo C. Riciputi Award. The Riciputi Award is given annually to the Huskies' team and individual sport with the highest collective grade point average. The Huskies had 12 individuals earn USM's William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete honors in 2014, including two of the team's captains seniors CC Pelletier (West Newfield, Maine/Massabesic) and Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.).
Southern Maine is one of 554 women's soccer teams from across Division I, II, III and NAIA schools recognized by the NSCAA for their academic achievements. Southern Maine is one of five schools from the State of Maine to earn the honors, including the University of Maine, UMaine Farmington, Bowdoin and Thomas College.
The Huskies (3-5 overall) travel to Plymouth State on Saturday (2:30 p.m) for a Little East Conference game before returning home to face in-state rival UMaine Farmington on Tuesday, October 6 (3:30 p.m.) for their annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Game.