Athletics is an important and exciting part of student life at the University of Southern Maine. Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, USM teams provide plenty of fun and action for everyone involved.
USM sponsors 22 intercollegiate sports; 11 for women, and 11 for men. The fall sports lineup includes
- Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Men’s and Women’s Soccer
- Women’s Tennis
During the winter season, USM offers seven sports:
- Men’s and Women’s Basketball
- Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey
- Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field
In the spring, student-athletes can choose to participate in:
- Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse
- Men’s Tennis
- Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field
A variety of club and intramural sports are also offered.
Admission is charged for home men’s & women’s basketball, and men’s & women’s ice hockey games during the regular season. General admission is $5 for adults, $3 for non USM students and seniors (55+). USM students are free with a valid ID, and children under 12 are free. Admission prices for post-season are dictated by the governing body (LEC, NCAA, etc.)
The Student-Athlete Experience
As an NCAA Division III member institution, Huskies’ athletics places the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students’ academic programs. USM Athletics seeks to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete’s athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete’s educational experience. USM Athletics achieves this through the five key developmental areas: Academic Achievement, Athletic Performance, Personal Development, Career Development and Service to Community.
USM student-athletes succeed in the classroom and in competition as evidenced by the numerous academic honors earned by its student-athletes each year. Each year USM Athletics recognizes its student-athletes who have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher with its annual William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete. A record 259 student-athletes achieved this honor for the 2019-2020 academic year.
A History of Success
Ten different Huskies varsity teams and many individual performers have participated in national championship competitions, highlighted by Huskies baseball teams that captured National Championship honors in 1991 and 1997. In addition, the women’s basketball team holds the NCAA Division III record for the longest streak of consecutive 20-win seasons (30) and has competed in the NCAA Final Four five times. In individual awards, men’s track and field athlete Jamie Ruginski completed his career as a four-time National Champion, wrestler Dan Del Gallo – a two-time Elite 90 winner and Academic All-American – claimed his program’s first national championship in 2017, and two-sport standout Peyton Dostie became the Huskies’ first female national champion winning the pentathlon as a senior.
A majority of the Huskies compete in the Little East Conference, recognized as one of the most competitive Division III conferences in the nation. In addition, golf competes as a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, men’s and women’s ice hockey competes in the New England Hockey Conference, and wrestling participates in the New England Wrestling Association.