Thirty-six Eastern Connecticut State University student-athletes representing all six intercollegiate spring programs qualified for the Little East Conference All-Academic Team, announced today.
The total was the third-highest among the eight LEC schools for Eastern, which won its third straight Presidents' Cup this past year as the conference's most outstanding academic school. The 36 qualifiers bring Eastern's total to 104 for the 2016-17 academic season -- second-best in the conference. In addition to the spring's total, 47 Eastern student-athletes qualified in the fall and 21 in the winter.
The Eastern men's and women's outdoor track & field teams combined for nearly half (15) of Eastern's total, with the women's team totalling a program-best eight. Men's track, softball and women's lacrosse followed with seven qualifiers each and baseball adding six.
Since the institution of the LEC All-Academic program in 2007-08, Eastern student-athletes have totalled 785 qualifiers, an average of 78.5 per year.
Student-athletes having achieved sophomore academic and athletic status with cumulative GPAs of at least 3.30 qualify for the team (standards in the first two years of the program were 3.20).
Top Row (from left)
Megan Albert (track & field); Nick Afragola (track & field), Chris Armstrong (track & field), Samantha Bardos (softball), Taylor Behn (lacrosse), Ron Buchetto (baseball), Rebecca DeFeo (softball), Nick Fernandes (lacrosse), Mike Funaro (baseball), Mariah McPhee (track & field).
Second Row From Top (from left)
Kassandrah Banks (track & field), Gina Georgetti (softball), Cooper Goslin (track & field),
Merlyn Herrera (baseball), Jolee Iannantuoni (softball), Kelsey Mosher (softball), Allison Nadeau (lacrosse), Raquel Romano (track & field).
Third Row From Top (from left)
Rachel Berkowsky (track & field), Cole Ogorzalek (baseball), Taylor Pendergast (lacrosse),
Matt Pinney (track & field), Michelina Pinto (lacrosse), Jessica Purick (lacrosse), Dominic Rizzitano (track & field), Ariel Smith (track & field).
Bottom Row (from left)
Haley Knox (track & field), Ben Ruddock (baseball), Kayla Santos (softball), Paige Schneider (lacrosse), Greg Schroeder (track & field), Jessica Seymour (softball), Jason Staub (baseball),
Mike Underwood (track & field), Allison Wylie (lacrosse), Amanda Terenzi (track & field).