UMF Athletics Honors Student-Athletes at 12th Annual Beaver Social

UMF Athletics Honors Student-Athletes at 12th Annual Beaver Social

FARMINGTON, Maine -- University of Maine at Farmington Athletics celebrated the accomplishments of its student-athletes at the 12th annual Beaver Social on Wednesday evening in North Dining Hall of the Olsen Student Center.

The event recognized the department's one team and six individual major awards given to student-athletes who have excelled both athletically and academically during the 2015-16 academic year and throughout their careers at UMaine-Farmington. 

The President's Cup, awarded to the varsity team with the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) following the fall semester, was won by field hockey team with a cumulative GPA of 3.453, snapping the women's cross country team's streak of three straight President's Cups. The 2016 field hockey team was also named a 2015 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Team.

Women's basketball senior Elizabeth Ferry (Winslow, Maine/Winslow) and men's soccer senior Chris Roberts (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) were awarded as the Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Ferry finished her academic career with a 3.943 GPA while Roberts closed out his UMF career with a 3.846 GPA. The Senior Scholar-Athlete award is presented to the female and male senior athletes that hold the highest cumulative GPA following the fall semester.

Women's basketball senior Meghan Smith (Boothbay, Maine/Boothbay) and baseball and men's track and field senior Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine/Erskine Academy) were honored as Senior Athletes of the Year. Smith was a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) First Team All-Conference selection and made the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) Second Team All-State this season.

Cabaniss is the current all-time hits leader and is only two hits shy of breaking the single-season record for hits. Cabaniss is third in the program's history with 156 total bases and tenth with 25 stolen bases. The Senior Athlete of the Year award is given to a male and female athlete who has best exemplified athletic success throughout their UMF careers. 

Ferry and Cabaniss were also presented with the Beaver Pride Award. A secondary education English major, Ferry was named the NAC Senior Scholar-Athlete for women's basketball and made the All-Sportsmanship Team. Ferry becomes the first athlete to win two Beaver Pride Awards after she was the first non-senior to win the honor last year.

A secondary education math major, Cabaniss helped start the UMF track and field club team, which evolved into a varsity program in 2016. He was also named to the 2015 NAC Winter/Spring All-Academic Team as a junior.

The Beaver Pride Award is given annually to a male and female student-athlete who embodies sportsmanship, school spirit, the drive for excellence, and most importantly Beaver pride. These athletes are role models for the UMF community and make good choices. This award is voted on by UMF's student-athletes. 

Award Descriptions

The President's Cup is given annually to the top performing varsity team based on having the highest grade point average for the fall semester of the academic calendar. 

The Senior Scholar-Athlete Award is given annually to the male and female senior student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average after the fall semester of the academic calendar. 

The Senior Athlete of the Year Award is given annually to the top male and female senior athlete, based on performance over their entire career at UMaine-Farmington. This award should recognize an athlete's achievements over the duration of their UMF athletic career. The recipient must be in good standing with their team and the department throughout the academic year.

The Beaver Pride Award is given annually to a male and female student-athlete who embodies sportsmanship, school spirit, the drive for excellence, and most importantly Beaver pride. These athletes are role models for the UMF community and make good choices. This award is voted on by UMF's student-athletes.