Six student-athletes earn spots on fall team for maximum third time
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University finished atop the list when the Little East Conference office released the 2010 All-Academic team for the fall season.
At left: Rachel Cocola
.Thirty-one of the 186 student-athletes honored were members of Eastern's six fall intercollegiate teams - two more than runner-up Keene State College and three more than the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Keene also sponsored six intercollegiate teams in the fall while UMass Dartmouth fielded teams in all seven Little East falls sports.
Thirteen members of the Eastern cross country program (seven men and six women) earned all-academic distinction, with seven coming from the women's soccer team, four from men's soccer and women's volleyball and three from the field hockey program.
To earn a spot on the all-academic teams a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically and athletically, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3, and be a full-time member of a varsity team.
Earning LEC fall academic honors for the maximum third times in their careers were
six seniors: Amanda Ericson (Bolton) and Ashlee James (Franklin) from the women's cross country program, Rachel Cocola (South Windsor) from field hockey, Stephanie Norell (Stratford) and Lauren Hickey (Southwick, MA) from women's soccer, and Christina Schirone (Pelham, NY) from women's volleyball.
The conference sponsors falls championships in the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, field hockey, women's volleyball and women's tennis. The conference began honoring all-academic teams during the 2007-08 academic year.
Last fall, Eastern placed 25 student-athletes on the fall all-academic team - the second-most of any LEC institution. It had 25 on the 2008 fall team and 20 on the inaugural fall team in 2007.
In 2009/10, 64 Eastern student-athletes were named to the fall, winter and/or spring LEC All-Academic Team - a total which placed it just one selection behind the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the University of Southern Maine, which shared second place in the listing.