In her three-year field hockey career and four seasons of basketball, Kristin Potito of York sparked her University of Southern Maine teams to state, regional, and national prominence. While gaining widespread individual recognition all along the way.
Among her many feats and honors were key roles in USM's advancement to the NCAA Division III Final Four in both sports in the same academic year, 1987-'99.
An All-State selection three years in field hockey, the hard-driving forward added regional All-American honors in 1986 and was a first team All-American in 1987.
She sat out the past fall as she was fully occupied with student teaching.
Potito is USM's all-time FH scoring leader with sixty goals and eleven assists for 71 points. Coach Paula Hodgdon's Huskies went 36-13-6 during her tenure.
The team was ECAC champion in 1986, NCAA Northeast Regional titlist in 1987, and an ECAC tournament entry in 1988.
Kristin was cmoparably valuable to USM's basketballers, who were 102-15, with the ever=intense, skillfull point guard.
In addition to directing the Huskies' offsense, she was a tenacious defender for Coach Gary Fifield.
In four seasons she totaled 739 points, averaging 7.25 a game in spite of the restrictions of her feeder function, along with a 3.82 assists average and 2.65 rebounds a game (despite her short stature).
Potito helped the Huskies to three Northeast Regional championships as she made ECAC first team, All-State first team, and Little East Conference second team.
As an example of her basketball value, after sitting out first semester games the past season because of her student teaching, she returned to action and the Huskies went 18-1.
Her many accomplishments, too, came while wearing a brace to protect a chronic knee problem.
Earlier, Kristin was an All-Scholastic choice by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald in both sports.
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.