The University of Maine women’s soccer team was the stingiest in America East, thanks in part to sophomore goalkeeper Claudia Dube-Trempe and junior central defender Noelle Leon-Palmer.

Both have been rewarded for their performances. The 6-foot-tall Dube-Trempe was named the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year, and Leon-Palmer earned Defender of the Year honors in a vote of the league’s coaches.

They also were chosen to the All-AE first team along with junior midfielder Charlene Achille. Junior back Joanie L’Abbe was selected to the second team, and back Kendra Ridley was an All-Rookie selection.

The L’Abbe twins, Eve and Joanie, were chosen to the All-Academic team.

Maine allowed only three goals in its eight conference games and Dube-Trempe led the conference with an 0.33 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. She was second with 44 saves.

“She has great range and a great frame,” UNH coach Steve Welham said. “She is very consistent.”

“The numbers tell the story,” said Maine coach Scott Atherley, whose Black Bears went 2-1-5 in AE play. “In addition to stopping the ball, she reads the game well. She knows when she needs to come off her line, and she is so valuable at distributing the ball. She’s like an 11th field player.”

Leon-Palmer is the key to Maine’s three-back formation.

“Noelle also organizes our defense,” Atherley said. “She knows when to cover and when to step up (and break up a play). She’s also a great passer.”

Achille has provided the Black Bears with what Atherley called a “physical presence in the midfield” in addition to scoring six of their 10 goals. “She’s also a good distributor.”

The Black Bears (4-7-6, 2-1-5 AE) are the fifth seed for the AE playoffs and face No. 4 Albany (6-8-5, 3-2-3 AE) in Thursday’s 7 p.m. quarterfinal at Albany, New York.

Cummins Thomas women’s coach

Thomas College in Waterville on Wednesday announced the hiring of Emily Cummins as the new head coach of the women’s basketball team.

Cummins is a graduate of Wilmington College in Ohio, where she played four years of basketball and was a member of the 2004 NCAA Division III national championship team.

She most recently served three seasons as the head women’s coach at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Cummins previously was an assistant coach for three seasons at LaGrange College in Georgia and was a graduate assistant at Otterbein College for three seasons.