The University of Maine at Farmington Athletics Department recently hosted its twelfth annual Beaver Social banquet to celebrate the year and recognize select student-athletes who achieved the highest honors in academics, and those who were chosen by their peers for their enthusiasm and school spirit.
UMF Student Athlete Advisory Committee President (SAAC), Emma Duggan, emceed the program and UMF President Kathryn Foster launched the program with welcoming remarks that affirmed her love of UMF athletics and efforts to excel.
Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation, Julie Davis, engaged the crowd with a game of "Did you know?" to emphasize athletic and academic accomplishments of teams, individuals and staff. She also highlighted the impact athletics makes on campus and in the community through numerous service activities they perform. Award presentations followed.
The President's Cup is awarded to the team with the highest cumulative grade point average. The women's track and field team won its first President's Cup with a GPA of 3.34.
The Beaver Pride Award recognizes a male and female student-athlete who embody sportsmanship, school spirit, the drive for excellence, and most importantly, Beaver pride. These athletes are role models for the UMF community and are known for consistently making good choices. Student-athletes vote on this award. The male winner was Spencer Lloyd-Rees of men's track and field, and the female awardee was Alaina Shorey of the women's lacrosse team.
The Senior Scholar-Athlete Award is given annually to the male and female senior student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average after the fall semester of the academic calendar. Field hockey captain Patty Smith claimed the women's award with a 3.98 GPA, and golf's Derek Guerrette topped the charts on the men's side with a 3.947 GPA.
The Senior Athlete of the Year Award recognizes the top male and female senior athlete based on performance over their entire career at UMaine-Farmington. This award uses criteria such as, but not limited to, career statistical data, team awards, national and conference weekly honors, national and conference post-season achievements (both individual and as a contributor to a team's success), plus any national, regional and conference post-season honors (All-America, All-Region, All-Conference, etc.). The recipients must be in good standing with their teams and the department throughout their careers as well. This year's honorees were Jordan Croteau of the baseball team, and Patty Smith of the field hockey team.
Croteau has been a part of the baseball team for all four years of his college career, and has played in a total of 126 games for the Beavers. He notched 354 at-bats with 96 hits and a career batting average of .271. Behind the plate, he has 450 putouts, 70 assists and has thrown out 39 runners trying to steal.
Smith has played on the field hockey team for three years, earning multiple awards. In goal, she made 268 saves, contributing to 29 wins, with 12 shutouts. Among her accolades, she has been recognized as NAC Defensive Player and named to the All NAC First Team and the All-Region team, and was invited to play in the D3 Senior Game.
Notably, UMaine-Farmington had 84 student-athletes on the most recent Dean's List, had four Coaches-of-the-Year awards, three All-Americans in snow sports, and 37 North Atlantic Conference awards.
As has been the tradition since the first event, all teams participated in a food drive to benefit the community via a local food pantry. Donations were tremendous and very much appreciated by the food pantry attendants, according to Student Athlete Advisory Committee advisor, Cyndi Pratt.
UMF Athletics gave a special thanks to the significant sponsors of this year's event: University Credit Union and Sodexo Dining services, as well as the most significant alumni-driven supporter of UMF Athletics to date, Beaver Alums Supporting Student-Athletes (B.A.S.S.A).