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Following the lead of several major NCAA Division I, II and III programs and leagues across the country, the University of Southern Maine on Thursday night announced that it has canceled all spring intercollegiate sports activities, effective immediately, in response to the coronavirus public health crisis and for the safety of student-athletes.

“This is, of course, shared by many, a very disappointing day for USM athletics, but a step that needed to be taken to protect the health and well-being of all our student-athletes, coaches and staff going forward,” said USM director of athletics Al Bean.

USM has seven spring sport programs that are affected — baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, men’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field.

Also, four fall sport programs participating in non-traditional seasons this spring are also canceled. Six USM six winter sport athletes were affected by the NCAA’s decision to cancel all of its winter and spring championships.

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