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By Averaging 8.5 Qualifiers Per Sport, Eastern Tops All Little East Conference Institutions in Fall All-Academic Program

By Averaging 8.5 Qualifiers Per Sport, Eastern Tops All Little East Conference Institutions in Fall All-Academic Program

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Eastern Connecticut State University led all Little East Conference institutions by averaging 8.5 all-academic qualifiers in each of its conference-sponsored sports and was second overall with 51 qualifiers, one behind leader Plymouth State University. Eastern is one of three conference institutions to sponsor six of the seven conference sports in the fall. Plymouth is one of six to sponsor all seven.

To be named to the LEC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must be at least in sophomore standing in the classroom, have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the previous semester, and have been at their current institution for at least one full academic year.

With seven all-academic qualifiers in men's cross country, Eastern accumulated 22.8 percent of the conference total of 31 qualifiers in that sport, with LEC regular-season champion men's soccer reaping 19.6 of the total of 46 qualifiers with nine qualifiers, and LEC champion women's cross country amassing 17.9 of the conference total of 28 qualifiers by featuring five winners in that sport.

Eastern finished no lower than second (or tied for second) in total academic qualifiers in each of its six sports. Eastern was first in men's cross country and men's soccer, tied for first in women's cross country, tied for second with ten in field hockey, tied for second with eight in women's volleyball and tied for second with ten in field hockey. Women's soccer, whose 12 qualifiers topped all of Eastern's sports, shared third place among LEC institutions. For women's soccer, 66.7 percent of its 18 eligible student-athletes -- the best percentage of all Eastern teams -- qualified, as did 58.3 percent of men's cross country's 12 eligible runners.

At left: All-Little East Conference soccer midfielder Linnea Reich of Middletown  -- a Digital Art and Design major -- qualified for the LEC All-Academic Team for the maximum third time this fall as one of 12 qualifiers from the program. Nearly 70 percent of those eligibile for the award from the women's soccer program qualifield with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30.

A total of 383 student-athletes competing in the LEC's seven fall championship sports – men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, women's tennis, women's volleyball - earned a spot on the team. In addition to the nine LEC member schools, student-athletes from the six associate members in field hockey and three associate members in women's tennis were eligible for all-academic honors.

Now in its 13th year, the LEC All-Academic program has featured 1,048 qualifiers from Eastern, an average of 83.1 student-athletes per year through 12 full years.

In addition to academics, the Warriors also led in the race following the fall season for a fourth straight Commissioner’s Cup, which measures an institution’s on-field success in the LEC’s championship sports.

By the Numbers
14 student-athletes maintain a 4.00 cumulative GPA
54 student-athletes have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.90
119 student-athletes have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75
268 student-athletes have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50

Totals by Sport
Men's Cross Country (9 Institutions) - 31
Women's Cross Country (9 Institutions) – 28 (1- 4.0)
Field Hockey (13 Institutions) – 88 (3- 4.0s)
Men's Soccer (9 Institutions) – 46 (1 - 4.0)
Women's Soccer (9 Institutions) – 95 (4 – 4.0)
Women's Tennis (10 Institutions) - 45 (1 - 4.0)
Women's Volleyball (9 Institutions) – 50 (4 – 4.0s)

EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE ALL-ACADEMIC (51)
FALL, 2019
(Minimums: 3.30 cumulative GPA through spring, 2019 and sophomore academic status in fall, 2019)

Men's Soccer        
Kyle Boutot Jr. Sport & Leisure Mgmt. Tolland  
Lucas Chaude Jr. Criminology Montville  
Zack Kindall So. Communication Ellington  
Zach Kulman Sr. Sport & Leisure Mgmt. Stafford Springs  
David Noel Jr. Business Administration Armonk, NY  
Max Parent Sr. Biology Yarmouth, MA  
Jake Pendl Jr. Finance Cromwell  
Jackson Toomey Sr. Communication Willington  
Will Toomey So. Health Sciences Willington  
Field Hockey
       
Sydney Collentine So. Elementary Ed. and Comm. New Fairfield  
Mary Greenwell So. Political Science Warwick, RI  
Lydia Hindle Jr. Biology Norwich  
Sydney Hogan Jr. Education/Art Northford  
Keira Integlia Jr. Sport and Leisure Mgmt. Branford  
Bryce Makula So. Communication Guilford  
Katelyn Miller So. Biology/Pre-med Wallingford  
Brianna Nolan So. Elementary Ed. and Spanish Watertown  
Morgan Sanson Sr. Health Sciences Thomaston  
Amy Smith Sr. Secondary Ed. and Math Trumbull  
Men's Cross Country
       
Maxwell Chase Jr. English Brooklyn  
Aaron Hostetler Sr. Communication Milford  
Sean McHugo Jr. Undecided Coventry  
Kyle Smith So. Communication/Business Manchester  
Jorich Swift So. Sport and Leisure Mgmt. Mansfield  
John Walker So. Computer Science Westerly, RI  
Tyler Wright So. Accounting Westport  
Women's Cross Country        
Maggie Dulak Sr. Health Sciences Northford  
Samara Johnson Sr. Social Work Lebanon  
Sylvia Lawrence Jr. Social Work Woodstock  
Nina Pasqua Sr. Sport and Leisure Mgmt. Bristol  
Maggie Santacroce So. Health Science Bristol  
Women's Volleyball        
Anna Barry So. Psychology Andover  
Madison Bell So. Health Sciences Salem  
Alaetra Long Jr. Biology Lincoln, NE  
Mckenzie Maneggia Sr. Sport and Leisure Mgmt. Andover  
Valencia McClendon Jr. Sport and Leisure Mgmt. Meriden  
Lauren Notholt Jr. Sport and Leisure Mgmt. Milford  
Abby Stern Jr. Elementary Education Manchester  
Meg Verizzi So. Business Administration Lebanon  
Women's Soccer        
Makenzie Anderson So. Health Sciences North Smithfield, RI  
Jada Augustin So. Health Sciences Stratford  
Sierra DeCarli So. Business Administration Tolland  
Abbey Fitzsimmons Sr. Health Sciences West Hartford  
Emily Kratochwil Jr. Health Sciences Stratford  
Nina Langton Jr. Health Sciences Bolton  
Madison Leary Jr. Biochemistry Portland  
Madison Lewicki Jr. Health Sciences Newington  
Gaia Mistriel So. Health Sciences Danbury  
Linnea Reich Sr. Digital Art and Design Middletown  
Olivia Rovalino So. Elementary Education Simsbury  
Alexis Tyrrell Jr. Physical Education Torrington