The University of Maine was one of six schools to post a 3.00 grade point average or better in the 2010–11 America East Academic Cup, announced Tuesday by the conference, according to a press release from the school.
Vermont won the 2010–11 Academic Cup with a 3.17 GPA. The five other schools to post a 3.00 GPA or higher were Hartford (3.13), New Hampshire (3.13), Maine (3.11), Boston University (3.11) and Binghamton (3.10).
The Academic Cup, established by the America East Board of Directors in 1995, is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade point averages during that academic year.
America East also honored all teams with the highest GPA in their respective sports. The Maine women’s cross country team finished with a 3.60 team grade point average to earn the distinction.
Sixty-six percent of the league’s teams (98 of 149) had GPA’s of 3.0 or better. In addition, the league’s nearly 3,200 student-athletes compiled an impressive 3.07 cumulative average during the 2010-2011 season.
The Black Bears won the 2004 Academic Cup and were named co-champions in 2007.
UNE to induct four into Hall
The University of New England will induct three former student-athletes and one former coach/administrator at its annual Varsity Club Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday, Sept. 23.
Former Westbrook College director of athletics and men’s basketball coach Jim Graffam will be joined by Frank Romeo, Jim McGrath, and Danielle (Derosier) Pearson in comprising the UNE’s seventh Hall of Fame class.
Graffam helped build the Westbrook College athletics program in the early 1990s before its merger with UNE in 1996. As the Wildcats’ men’s basketball coach, Graffam guided the program to nearly 150 victories in six seasons, including three consecutive Mayflower Conference championships leading to berths to the NAIA national tourney.
Romeo, who will be inducted posthumously, played soccer for St. Francis College — which became UNE in 1978 — from 1962-1966. He was a repeat all-conference selection and played an integral role in the high level of success of the St. Francis men’s soccer program during the early and middle 1960s.
McGrath was a two-sport athlete for St. Francis during the 1960s, serving as a team captain for both the basketball and baseball teams. McGrath was one of the first St. Francis baseball players to play in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
Pearson (formerly Danielle Derosier) is the career scoring leader for the women’s soccer program. In her four-year career (1993-96), she totaled 56 goals, 43 assists, and 155 total points. Pearson helped lead the program to a school-record 19 wins in 1994 when she tallied 15 goals and a school-record 22 assists.