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)
(Minimums: 3.30 cumulative GPA through spring, 2019 and sophomore academic status in fall, 2019)
|Kyle Boutot||Jr.||Sport & Leisure Mgmt.||Tolland|
|Zach Kulman||Sr.||Sport & Leisure Mgmt.||Stafford Springs|
|David Noel||Jr.||Business Administration||Armonk, NY|
|Max Parent||Sr.||Biology||Yarmouth, MA|
|Will Toomey||So.||Health Sciences||Willington|
|Sydney Collentine||So.||Elementary Ed. and Comm.||New Fairfield|
|Mary Greenwell||So.||Political Science||Warwick, RI|
|Keira Integlia||Jr.||Sport and Leisure Mgmt.||Branford|
|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
|Jorich Swift||So.||Sport and Leisure Mgmt.||Mansfield|
|John Walker||So.||Computer Science||Westerly, RI|
|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|
|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|
|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 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|