University of Maine’s Charlene Achille named America East Rookie of the Year

Posted Oct. 24, 2012, at 5:22 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 24, 2012, at 8:16 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine women’s soccer player Charlene Achille of Longueuil, Quebec was named the 2012 America East Rookie of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon.

The freshman forward started all 16 regular-season games for the Black Bears, playing 1,426 minutes over the course of the 2012-13 campaign.

Achille tallied seven points on two goals and three assists. She also was named to the 2012 All-America East second team and the 2012 All-Rookie Team.

Joining Achille on the All-Rookie Team is UMaine freshman back Noelle Leon-Palmer of Ajax, Ontario. Leon-Palmer started all 16 games and led the team in minutes played with 1,441.

Nikki Misener of Burlington, Ontario, a junior midfielder, was named to the 2012 America East All-Academic Team.

Misener, an elementary education and French and honors double major, started all 16 games for the Black Bears. She led the team in scoring with five goals and two assists for 12 points.

Amelia Pereira of Hartford was named the AE Striker of the Year, Emma Clark of Boston University was the AE Midfielder of the Year, Jessica Morrow of BU was the AE Defender of the Year and Erin Quinlan of Hartford was named the AE Goalkeeper of the Year.

All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (e.g., 11 on the field for field hockey) but can be more if there is a tie in voting.

To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.

UM sets Fan Appreciation Day

The UMaine women’s basketball team has scheduled Fan Appreciation Day as part of Saturday’s activities at Memorial Gym.

Coach Richard Barron’s Black Bears will have a brief practice starting at 9 a.m., then will play their annual blue-white scrimmage starting at 9:30.

Upon completion of the scrimmage, which will give fans their first look at the new-look UMaine team that features nine freshmen, other activities are planned.

There will be a basketball skills clinics, done by Barron, the UMaine staff and the players, for children in grades eight and under from 11-11:45. That will be followed by a team autograph session.

All fans who attend Saturday’s events will receive a free ticket, while supplies last, to Saturday’s noon men’s basketball exhibition game against Laval at Alfond Arena.

CultureFest will be going on simultaneously in the field house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the Black Bears field hockey team’s Senior Day game against New Hampshire is slated for a new start.

To register, contact UMaine assistant coach Amy Vachon at amy.vachon@umit.maine.edu or 581-3094.

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