Maine Maritime Academy Athletics Hosts 2019 End of the Year Awards

Maine Maritime Academy Athletics Hosts 2019 End of the Year Awards

CASTINE, Maine - Maine Maritime honored its student-athletes at the annual End of the Year Athletic Awards inside of Smith Gymnasium on Thursday, April 11. Miranda McIntire (Alna, Maine) and Mason Whitaker (Westport Island, Maine) were honored as Senior Scholar Athletes, Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) and Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) took home the Athlete of the Year awards for 2018-19 and Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) and Nathan Granholm (Brunswick, Maine) were named the Mariners Leaders of the Year.

Miranda McIntire - 2018-19 Female Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year – Women's Soccer

McIntire, a senior International Business & Logistics major, boasts a 3.96 GPA and is a two-year captain for the Mariners. McIntire was named to the 2018 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Soccer Second Team and the 2017 NAC Women's Soccer Sportsmanship Team. McIntire has been named to the NAC All-Academic team for three years and earned the Maine Maritime Women's Soccer Lauren McKenna Team Leadership Award. 

On the field, McIntire started all 16 games this season and helped lead the team to most wins in program history and eight shutouts. McIntire helped anchor a Mariner defense that ranked first in the conference in goals allowed, and goals against average during the regular season.

Mason Whitaker - 2018-19 Male Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year – Men's Soccer

Whitaker, a senior International Business & Logistics major, boasts a 3.92 GPA and is a two-year captain for the Mariners. Whitaker is a four-year recipient of the Maine Maritime Elite 8 Award, given to the female and male athlete with the highest cumulative GPA in their academic class. Whitaker has been named a Scheel Scholar and is a three-time NAC All-Academic Team selection. In March, Whitaker was named a CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District® One selection

On the field, Whitaker was an instrumental member of the Maine Maritime defense that allowed just five goals in conference play for a 0.71 goals against average and 22 total goals in 15 regular season games, for a 1.45 goals against average. The senior defender started in all 16 games for the Mariners and helped lead the Mariners to four shutouts this season. 

Alayne Felix - 2018-19 Female Athlete of the Year – Senior – Women's Basketball

Felix, a senior Power Engineering Technology major, led the Mariners in points per game (14.0) and field goal percentage (55.3) this season to earn her second-straight Female Athlete of the Year honor. Felix's 55.3 field goal percentage is a personal season-best, a MMA single-season record, and North Atlantic Conference (NAC) best. Felix, who began her legacy as a Mariner by scoring in double-digits in 92-consecutive games (104 games in total), became Maine Maritime's all-time leading scorer this season with 1,743 career points. Felix tallied 365 points this season, and is the program's all-time leader in field goals made (656), games started (107) and minutes (3,167). 

The forward averaged 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game this season, on the way to her fourth NAC First-Team selection, fourth Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) All-State honor and second ECAC Honorable Mention.

Adam Richardson – 2018-19 Male Athlete of the Year – Senior – Men's Basketball

Richardson, a senior Power Engineering major, ended the season ranking 10th among division III players in field goal percentage (64.2), after leading the Mariners and the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in points per game (18.6), total points (465), assists (71) and assists per game (4.6).  

The senior forward hit 66 percent from the line in conference games (71.1 percent overall), averaged 7.5 baskets for every 11.6 attempts and stayed on the court for over 36 minutes per game, playing wire to wire in four NAC matchups.

The three-time NAC Player of the Week, grabbed 6.0 rebounds per game, including 5.2 defensive rebounds per game. Richardson tallied three double-doubles this season, including two against conference opponents.

Richardson was named the NAC Player of the Year and Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year while earning NAC First Team, Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association (MMBCWA) Second Team, All-Northeast Region Third Team and ECAC First Team honors. 

Megan McLean – 2018-19 Mariners Female Leader of the Year – Senior – Women's Basketball

McLean, a senior International Business & Logistics major, has been a team captain for the Mariners, and was named to the 2018-19 NAC All-Tournament Team. McLean is a two-time NAC All-Academic Team selection and holds the most prestigious honor in the women's basketball program, the Ed and Louis Biggie Locker. 

McLean holds the MMA single-season record for free throw percentage (86.1), while holding the all-time record for free throw percentage (75.9) and ranks fourth all-time in assists (254), seventh in minutes played (2,266) and minutes average (25.2) and ranks 17th all-time in points scored (668).

This season, McLean tallied 222 points, averaging 29.0 minutes, 8.5 points 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. 

Nathan Granholm – 2018-19 Mariners Male Leader of the Year – Junior – Men's Lacrosse

Granholm, a junior Marine Engineering Technology major, is a two-year captain for the Mariners, originally earning the honor as just a sophomore. Last season, Granholm was named to the NAC First Team All-Conference. This season, playing on both sides of the field, Granholm has three goals, an assist, 20 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. Off the field, Granholm is a member of the Regiment of Midshipmen, where he is the Bravo Company Commander. 

The Athletic department recognized 29 four-year athletes, 36 All-Academic selections, 341 All-Conference selections, Elite 8 honorees and the 2018 NAC Volleyball Championship Team.

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