Eastern's 47 Fall All-Academic Qualifiers Top Little East Conference Field Again

The winner of he Little East Conference Presidents' Cups the last two years representing academic supremacy, Eastern topped the LEC with 47 All-Academic achievers this past fall. Thirteen members of the women's soccer program gained this academic distinction, the most by any institution in any fall sport.
The winner of he Little East Conference Presidents' Cups the last two years representing academic supremacy, Eastern topped the LEC with 47 All-Academic achievers this past fall. Thirteen members of the women's soccer program gained this academic distinction, the most by any institution in any fall sport.

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WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – On the heels of winning its second straight Presidents’ Cup as the top academic institution in the Little East Conference following the 2015-16 academic year, Eastern Connecticut State University has placed 47 student-athletes on the 2016 Fall All-Academic Team, as announced by Commissioner Cora H. Brumley.

Senior Chris Armstrong (Bolton) qualified for the third time in men’s cross country and the maximum seventh time overall (twice each in men’s indoor and outdoor track & field). Senior Paige Schneider (East Lyme) is a three-time qualifier in field hockey and a maximum five-time qualifier overall (twice in women’s lacrosse). Each will have the opportunity to qualify again during the 2016-17 academic year.

Qualifiers must have reached sophomore academic and athletic status and must have amassed an overall GPA of at least 3.30 through the spring of 2016. A total of 280 men’s and women’s student-athletes representing all seven of the conference’s fall championship programs qualified for the all-academic team.

Each of Eastern’s six fall programs were represented by a minimum of four student-athletes. Women’s soccer led all conference teams with 13 representatives. Women’s volleyball and men’s soccer each had eight representatives on the squad. In all, Eastern saw nine senior single sport student-athletes reach a maximum of three years as qualifiers on the All-Academic Team.

Plymouth State University was second with 44 All-Academic selections.