University of Maine senior center and captain Tanner House and senior defenseman and assistant captain Jeff Dimmen are two of 20 men’s hockey finalists for the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award.

To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be Division I players who have attained notable achievements in the community, the classroom, in their character and on the ice.

The field will be narrowed to 10 during the season and the winner will be announced during the Frozen Four April 7-9 in St. Paul, Minn.

House has a 3.8 grade point average in finance and was the 2010 winner of the University of Maine M Club’s Dean Smith Award given to the top male and female student-athlete at Maine.

He is also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has volunteered with local youth at the Bangor YMCA during their Healthy Kids Day. Among other community projects, he has supervised children at Kids Night Out and in Toys for Tots, has hosted a group from the Maine Center for Integrated Rehab each season, giving them a tour of Alfond Arena and answering questions.

In addition, he has participated in the Kids Zone at halftime of football games, volunteers as an instructor at various hockey clinics and plays in sled hockey games against local paraplegics.

On the ice, House was Maine’s third-leading scorer a year ago with 18 goals and 21 assists in 35 games and he had three goals in Maine’s first three games entering Friday’s game at Michigan State. He had 32 goals and 45 assists in 106 career games.

Dimmen has a 3.82 GPA in finance and, in the spring of 2010, he was named the recipient of the Dale Lick Academic Achievement Award for having the highest GPA on the hockey team.

He participates in several community service activities including Skate with the Bears where members of the hockey team skate with local youth, youth clinics and sled hockey games.

Dimmen was a second-team All-Hockey East selection last year when he notched 12 goals and 18 assists. His 12 goals were one shy of tying the school single-season record for goals by defensemen. He has an assist in three games so far and entered Friday’s game with 20 goals and 33 assists in 109 career games.

UMaine soccer, field hockey have key games

UMaine’s soccer and field hockey teams will be hosting important games with America East playoff implications on Sunday.

The soccer team will entertain Hartford on Seniors Day at noon before the field hockey team plays host to Fairfield University at 3 p.m.

The Maine women are 2-3 in conference play and in seventh place, just behind 2-2-1 Binghamton. The top six teams qualify for the tournament.

The Black Bears are 6-6 overall and host a Hartford team that is 2-1-2 and 5-7-3, respectively.

The Maine women will look to try to snap a scoreless drought that has spanned 269 minutes and 29 seconds.

Midfielder Kelsey Wilson of Gorham is Maine’s leading scorer with six goals and two assists and she will be one of three seniors who will be playing her last home game along with Greenville striker Hannah Breton and fellow striker Cari Gill.

The field hockey team has had an exceptional nonconference showing, going 10-2 including noteworthy wins over Providence and Michigan.

But the Bears have lost both of their league games, 3-2 to New Hampshire and 1-0 to Albany.

They are one of three teams at 0-2 and vying for the fourth and final playoff spot behind 2-0 Albany, New Hampshire and Boston University.

Fairfield is also 8-6 overall, 0-2 in AE.

Maine continues to be led by Kelly Newton (13 goals, 5 assists), Jocelyn Mitchell (12 & 3) and Stephanie Gardiner (7 & 7).