October 31, 2003
University of Maine at Fort Kent Lady Bengal soccer player Jess Gagnon has quite a bit to celebrate on the heels of a week when she scored her 100th career point and was subsequently named "Player of the Week" by both the United States Collegiate Athletic Association and Sunrise Conference, and "Athlete of the Week" by WAGM-TV.
In addition, Gagnon and her fellow Lady Bengals are also rejoicing following their team's first win in six years against County-rival University of Maine at Presque Isle on Saturday, October 25 at Alumni Memorial Field. In the final home game of the season, UMFK topped the UMPI Owls with a score of 3-2.
Gagnon, who plays forward, is a junior from Fort Kent enrolled in the behavioral science and criminal justice programs.
She scored her 100th career point on Sunday, October 19 during a game against Kings College, making her the women soccer program's career scoring leader. She currently has 106 career points (46 goals and 14 assists).
The milestone was followed early last week with three more honors when Gagnon learned she was named the Sunrise Conference "Player of the Week" after scoring six goals and notching an assist in three Lady Bengal games. The USCAA also named her the top women's soccer player in the country out of athletes representing all schools competing in the association for the week of October 20.
The USCAA is an organization of 52 two and four-year colleges and universities from throughout the country, including several in Maine that participate in intercollegiate athletic competition, including soccer.
The Sunrise Conference is comprised of seven schools from Maine and New England, including UMFK, that compete in division two of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
"Jess has had a tremendous career and is arguably one of the most complete student-athletes UMFK has ever had. She has not only set our school's career scoring mark but also carries a high grade point average while double majoring in behavioral science and criminal justice. Jess is the prototypical Lady Bengal," said Eric Werntgen, head coach for women's soccer team.
In addition to her recent honors, Gagnon is the 2003 Sunrise Conference regular season point leader with 49 (22 goals, 5 assists) and a nominee for Sunrise Conference "Player of the Year". She is additionally a 2003 NAIA Scholar Athlete Nominee.
In 2002, she was names the UMFK women's soccer Scholar Athlete and the team's Most Valuable Player.