ORONO, Maine — University of Maine field hockey player Holly Stewart and future Black Bear Sydney Veljacic have been named to the Under 21 Canadian Junior National Team.
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The duo will compete July 27-August 4 at the Women’s Junior World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany. The Junior World Cup is held once every four years.
Stewart, who was named America East Co-Rookie of the Year in 2011, is a two-time America East second-team selection. The junior forward has totaled 17 goals and 11 assists for 44 points in 36 games.
Stewart was honored on the WomensFieldHockey.com All-Rookie team. Last season, she played on the Canadian Women’s Junior National U21 on its trip to Argentina.
Veljacic, who attended Gleneagle Secondary School, will join the Black Bears after playing on the U17 Canadian Junior National Team (2011-present) and the U21 team. She was named U16 Field Hockey British Columbia Junior Female Player of the Year in 2011 and was a member of the British Columbia Provincial teams (2008-12),
Veljacic helped guide 2012 Team British Columbia to a first place U18 Canadian Junior National Championship
UM athletes had 3.11 GPA
UMaine had the fifth highest cumulative grade point average among America East schools during the 2012-13 academic year, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
The Black Bears finished the year with a 3.11 GPA.
The Hartford Hawks won the 2012-13 Academic Cup with a GPA of 3.24. New Hampshire followed Hartford with a 3.18 GPA while Binghamton University and Vermont tied for third (3.12).
Four Black Bear squads had the highest league GPA in their respective sport. Those winning sport specific titles were men’s cross country (3.34), women’s cross country (tied with Vermont at 3.51), women’s indoor track and field (3.41) and women’s outdoor track and field (3.40).
“It is indicative of the hard work put in and the value placed on academics not only by Hartford, but by all nine of our institutions and student-athletes, who consistently excel academically year in and year out, which is a core pillar of this conference and what sets us apart from so many others,” commented America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen.
The Academic Cup, established by the America East Board of Directors in 1995, is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest GPA during the academic year.
Eight of America East’s nine institutions and 101 of 149 teams compiled GPAs over 3.0 in 2012-13 with the league’s 3,400-plus student-athletes earning a 3.08 average during the 2012-13 season, the highest single-year mark in league history. In all, America East student-athletes have averaged better than a 3.0 GPA for eight straight years.
‘Football 101 for Women’ set
UMaine head football coach Jack Cosgrove and his staff will host the second annual “Coach Cos’ Football 101 For Women” on Thursday, Aug. 1.
The event will run 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is an interactive workshop designed to teach women the basics of offensive and defensive strategies as well as what to look for when watching a game.
The first part of the workshop will feature light refreshments and a question-and-answer session. The second part will include a tour of UMaine facilities (locker room, weight room, training room, field and skyboxes) as well as a chance to participate in optional drills with the coaching staff and run plays on the field.
The cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt, refreshments, a ticket to Maine’s home opener on Sept. 14 against Bryant, and the “Tackling Football” book written by Sandy Caron and Mike Hodgson.
All proceeds benefit the UMaine football program. Participants should register in advance by calling the Athletic Development Office at 581-1130 or contacting Mike Hodgson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for registration is July 31.
UMaine offers free camps
UMaine is offering 10 scholarships to a University of Maine Sports Camp this summer, with sponsorship provided by Dunkin’ Donuts.
Applicants must be entering grades 1-8 (1-7 for boys basketball) to be eligible. The deadline for registration is two weeks prior to the start of each camp with a total of 10 winners selected throughout the summer.
Learn more about UMaine sports camps on the camps website at goblackbears.com/camps/index.