Women's Ice Hockey: USM Places Nine on AHCA All-American Scholars List

Women's Ice Hockey: USM Places Nine on AHCA All-American Scholars List

Huskies Led by Three-Time Recipients Rylie Binette, Shannon Colbert and Grace Simmons

            GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's ice hockey team placed nine members on the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) 2019-2020 "Krampade All-American Scholar" list that was released this week.  This is the fourth year that the AHCA and Krampade have partnered to recognize deserving men's and women's ice hockey student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions.

            Receiving the honor for 2019-2020 from the USM women's program are freshman goalie Hannah Aveni (Melrose, Mass./Biology), junior forward Rylie Binette (Milan, N.H./Health Science), senior defenseman Mikayla Butkus (Essex Jct., Vt./Nursing), junior forward Shannon Colbert (Manomet, Mass./Finance), sophomore defenseman Brianna Doty (Lyndonville, Vt./Nursing), freshman forward Peyton Dukas (Fairfield, Conn./Health Science), freshman forward Kailey Robert (Colchester, Vt./Athletic Training), senior defenseman Grace Simmons (Buffalo, N.Y./Nursing) and freshman forward Maddy Young (Westford, Vt./Environmental Science).

            Binette, Colbert and Simmons are receiving their third recognition, and Doty is a two-time recipient.  The other five are earning their first honor.

            Due to the effects of Covid-19 on actual grades in the spring, the AHCA adopted revised criteria for this year's honorees.  To qualify, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.75 GPA for the fall semester and participated in 40% of their school's games.  A small number of waivers of the 40% participation requirement were granted due to injury or for back-up goaltenders.

            On the ice, Southern Maine finished the 2019-2020 season with an 12-13-2 overall record and a 9-7-0 mark in the New England Hockey Conference.  The Huskies advanced to the semifinal round of the playoffs by defeating the University of Massachusetts Boston in the longest game in the history of the program, 2-1 in triple overtime, before falling to Suffolk University by a 2-1 count in the semifinals.  In the classroom, the Huskies compiled a team GPA of 3.545 during the recently completed academic year.

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