WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- A total of five players from the Little East Conference earned spots on the IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association) Division III Academic Honor Roll in 2017. Four of the honorees came from undefeated Little East Conference regular-season champion Eastern Connecticut State University.
Senior defender Taylor Pendergast (South Windsor) and senior midfielder Paige Schneider (East Lyme) repeated the recognition in their second years of eligibility, and were joined on the team by junior defenders Taylor Behn (Amherst, NH) and Allison Nadeau (Tolland).
Qualifiers need to reach junior eligibility with cumulative 3.50+ grade-point averages through this past spring. A total of 531 student-athletes representing 156 schools comprised the Division III academic team.
The Eastern quartet helped the department capture the LEC Presidents’ Cup for academic supremacy for the third straight year in 2016/17 and the Warriors’ perfect LEC record and regular-season title played a large role in the Warriors winning their first LEC Commissioner’s Cup as the most successful athletic program in the conference. In the spring, each of the four repeated to the LEC All-Academic team (minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA) and earned an E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award (minimum 3.50 GPA) through the fall).
Pendergast and Schneider both majored in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. Behn, a second-year transfer from Albany, is majoring in Sport & Leisure Management and Nadeau in Health Sciences.
On the field for the14-5 Warriors, Schneider was named to the All-LEC team for the fourth straight year (third time on the first team), scoring a conference-high 71 goals with 74 points (third-best in the LEC). Pendergast and Behn both started every match on defense, with Pendergast winning 22 ground balls and causing 14 turnovers, concluding her three-year career by starting all possible 52 matches. Behn picked up 24 ground balls and forced 25 turnovers, having now started all 36 matches in her career. A first-year starter, Nadeau started 11 of the 18 matches in which she appeared, collecting 15 ground balls and causing two turnovers.