Newport News, VA—Several University of Maine Fort Kent student-athletes have been recognized for their outstanding performances on and off the field, most importantly in the classroom and on the playing court/field during this fall season. The USCAA announced the Volleyball and Soccer All-Academic teams as well as the All-American teams late Thursday evening.
UMFK was well represented on the USCAA All-Academic teams placing 10 student-athletes on the list. In order to be selected, students must have completed at least one semester at their school and hold a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Most of these athletes have to deal with the pressure of trying to balance school, athletics, work, and also long travel weekends for the majority of contests. With a team of four eligible seniors, the volleyball squad had 3 USCAA Academic All-Americans. Jessany Munoz, a university studies major from Yreka, CA, Anna Peabody, an education major from Boulder Creek, CA and Jessekah McCorkle, a university studies major from Bayliss, CA were all honored by the USCAA. All three of them are expected to graduate with Honors in May.
Women’s soccer placed six student athletes on the All-Academic team. Sophomore Emma Ashby, a biomedical science major from London, Ontario, Sophomore Olivia Bouchard, a nursing major from Greenville, Maine, Sophomore Jessica Kozachuk, a biology major from Sarnia, Ontario, Sophomore Marie-Laurence Montagne, a biology major from Montreal, Quebec, Sophomore Brianna Mills, a biology major from Deux Montagnes, Quebec, and Junior Katherine Ferland, a psychology major from Sainte-Agathe-Des-Monts, Quebec were all honored.
Men’s soccer had three student-athletes tabbed to the All-Academic team. Junior Jesse Shelton, a forestry major from Ingersoll, Ontario, Junior Phil Dionne, a business major from St-Andre D’Argenteuil, Quebec and Sophomore Jamie Reid, who is currently undecided on his major were selected. For Dionne and Shelton, this is the second straight year they have been honored.
The UMFK women’s volleyball team had a season to remember. They set school records for wins (23) and matches played (28) and in a single season and once again narrowly missed out on a chance to go to the USCAA National Tournament after being skipped over for the final spot. One of the major contributors, Senior Danielle Carrillo of Mendota, California, has been named a USCAA All-American. Carrillo was named by the USCAA coaches as an honorable mention selection. Carrillo was the top outside hitter for one of the best hitting teams in the country. She averaged 3.02 kills per set, good for 18th in the USCAA. She was third overall in kills on the team and tied for fourth in service aces. Carrillo was forced to miss 6 matches near the end of the season after suffering an ankle injury, but came back and was better than ever, most importantly on back to back days where the Bengals defeated NCAA Division III opponents St. Joseph’s College of Maine and rival, Maine Maritime Academy (twice).
UMFK soccer has a long standing tradition of players being named to the USCAA All-American teams. For the #1 team in USCAA women’s soccer and the defending National Champs, Junior Katherine Ferland, Senior Ariane Lebarge-Pelletier, Sophomore Briana Mills and Junior Yosselin Berrueco all earned a spot on the USCAA All-American First Team. For Ferland, Lebarge-Pelletier and Mills, it marks the second consecutive season they are all represented as 1st team All-Americans. Ferland leads the Bengals with 27 goals on the season, including a hat trick in the quarterfinal matchup on Thursday evening. Lebarge-Pelletier has been the rock in the middle of the field this season for the Bengals. She continues to be the engine that makes the team go with her tenacity in every minute of play. Mills has been as solid as a rock in the back for UMFK’s defense which has posted 10 shutouts on the season. Burrueco, a newcomer to the squad, was the missing piece that fit beautifully into the Bengals puzzle this season, as she has complemented Ferland and taken some of the goal scoring pressure away from her. Playing the left side of the field for the Bengals, she has assisted on six of Ferland’s goals this season while putting 15 of her own in the back of the net.
On the men’s side, an unbeaten regular season and the #1 overall seed in the National Tournament will land a few players on the USCAA All-American 1st team. Sophomore Ben Kluvers, Junior Phil Dionne, and Seniors Willie Monthe and Kennard Brown were all selected by the USCAA on the first team. For Kluvers, Dionne and Brown, this is the second consecutive year the three have them have shared the honor as teammates. The three headed scoring monster (Kluvers, Monthe, Brown) of the Bengals was the best in the nation this season, leading the USCAA with 115 goals. Currently led by Kluvers’ 27 goals, Monthe and Brown were not far behind, scoring 21 and 18 goals respectively, making it nearly impossible for opposing teams to stop them. All three of them scored in 9 separate games and at least two of the three scored in 16 of 20 games so far this season. Kluvers and Monthe each started the season with goal streaks of seven consecutive games while Brown either scored or assisted in 16 of 20 games. While the offense gets most of the praise, the majority of it would not be possible without the defense of the Bengals who very rarely allow a goal or even the ball to enter the 18 yard line. At the center of it all is Phil Dionne. The middle back is as solid as a rock in the back, controlling the game with his pitch vision and ball control. His defense has allowed just 8 goals so far this season, good for 3rd in the USCAA, while posting 13 shutouts.