Men's ice hockey earns second NE-10 Team Academic Excellence Award in three years

COLCHESTER, Vt. - For the second time in three seasons, the Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team earned the Northeast-10 Conference Team Academic Excellence Award after its student-athletes combined for the highest cumulative grade-point average in the league.

The Purple Knights, who fielded a 29-man roster this past winter under first-year head coach Damian DiGiulian, posted a 3.083 GPA during the 2012-13 school year, the best among the NE-10's six men's ice hockey programs. The squad was among a dozen Saint Michael's programs that compete in the NE-10 to tally a 3.0 GPA.

The majority of the roster earned at least one academic laurel last school year, as 20 players landed on the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for at least one semester, necessitating a 3.0 semester GPA. Senior Colby MacDonald (Byfield, Mass./Valley Jr. Warriors) earned a 4.0 GPA each semester, while classmate Petr Soustal (Unicov, Czech Republic/Gymnazium Unicov) and sophomore Eric Robinson (Williston, Vt./Berkshire School) were NE-10 Academic All-Conference honorees thanks to their achievements both on and off the ice.

The NE-10 Team Academic Excellence Award is bestowed upon teams with the top GPA among each of the league's 23 sponsored sports. In all, 62.9 percent of the programs in the conference totaled a 3.0 GPA in 2012-13.