Department of Athletics

Field Hockey: Huskies’ Samantha Ellis Named 2018 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year

Samantha Ellis, Abigail Staples and Makayla Garvin action shots during a field hockey game.

GORHAM, Maine – Led by 2018 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year Samantha Ellis (New Vineyard, Maine/Mt. Blue) three members of the University of Southern Maine Huskies' field hockey team are being recognized by the Little East Conference with post-season honors after completing an outstanding 2018 season following a vote of the league's 13 head coaches. 

            Junior Makayla Garvin (Springvale, Maine/Sanford) and Ellis were both second team All-Little East Conference selections, while junior Abbie Staples (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) earned an honorable mention All-LEC nod.  

            In her second season with the Huskies, Staples, a William B. Wise Scholar Athlete and Business Management major, had a breakout season scoring nine goals and adding three assists for 21 points while patrolling the Huskies' midfield.  With a knack for scoring in big spots, Staples recorded seven of her nine goals and all three of her assists in LEC action.  Notching a pair of game-winning goals, both in conference action, Staples scored USM's decisive goal in a 3-1 win over regular season champion Castleton University (October 20), helping the Huskies' secure the number three seed in the LEC tournament.  In USM's 2-1 quarterfinal win over Fitchburg State (October 30), Staples scored the game-tying goal en route to the comeback win.  

            A three-year member of the Huskies' field hockey team, Garvin served as one of the 2018 captains and led Southern Maine's defense with steady play and ability to create offensively from the back line. Scoring one goal and one assist during the season, Garvin's lone goal was a big one tallying the game-winner in the Huskies' 4-0 conference win at Framingham State (October 9.  Garvin also recorded an assist on the game-winner in a 2-1 victory versus LEC foe Plymouth State (October 17).  Garvin also recorded a defensive save in USM's 3-1 win over Castleton (October 20), and played a big role in helping USM's four shutout victories and 1.84 goals against average, which ranks third in the Little East. READ MORE