COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College had 215 student-athletes qualify for the Northeast-10 Conference Academic Honor Roll for the spring semester, including 21 that posted a 4.0 grade-point average last semester.
Saint Michael's placed fifth among the league's 15 institutions by having 66.6 percent of its NE10 student-athletes land on the Academic Honor Roll, and 10th in total qualifiers. Student-athletes that earn a minimum 3.0 GPA during a given semester are eligible for the accolade. Eighteen of the Purple Knights' squads compete in the NE10.
Formerly known as the Commissioner's Honor Roll, the Academic Honor Roll is broken by the conference into three categories: Academic Excellence for those with a 4.0 GPA, Academic Distinction for those between 3.50 and 3.99, and Academic Honors for student-athletes between 3.00 and 3.49. Beyond the 21 Purple Knights who earned Academic Excellence, 110 positioned themselves for Academic Distinction and another 84 claimed Academic Honors.
Field hockey claimed a school-best six 4.0 student-athletes: May graduate Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), rising seniors Maggie Daley (Slingerlands, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) and MaKayla Foster (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury Union), rising junior Erin LaMarca (Raynham, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham Regional), and rising sophomores Nacole Barrett (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial) and Jess Edmonds (Goffstown, N.H./Goffstown). Foster earned her sixth 4.0 in as many semesters, Daley and Dobecki posted their second, and Barrett, Edmonds and LaMarca all had their first.
Five women's soccer student-athletes had spotless terms, with May graduates Megan LeCours (Barre, Vt./Spaulding), Sara Rooke (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) and Sarah Williams (Bronx, N.Y./The Ursuline School) and rising juniors Kara Bassett (New London, Conn./Saint Bernard School) and Jocelyn Long (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) all registering their initial 4.0s.
Women's lacrosse rising senior Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) and rising junior Ashley Turner (Monkton, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) both netted 4.0 GPAs, with Turner taking home her fourth in a row to begin her career and Pietz tallying her second. Women's swimming & diving rising senior Megan Reid (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) turned in her third 4.0, and classmate Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) her second. Women's tennis also saw two student-athletes claim perfect semesters: May graduate Margaret de Pont (Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan), who posted her second, and rising sophomore Elly McKenna (Lowell, Mass./Lowell Catholic), who landed her first.
Women's basketball May graduate Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) finished her career with eight 4.0 semesters in as many tries, finishing as a valedictorian thanks to her 4.0 cumulative GPA, while classmate Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) of women's volleyball had the third 4.0 of her Saint Michael's tenure. Women's cross country May graduate Kara Hettinger (Lindenhurst, Ill./Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) and baseball rising junior Alex Mendez (Fallon, Nev./Churchill County) rounded out the Purple Knights' 4.0 student-athletes with their first career immaculate semesters.
The field hockey team topped Saint Michael's with 21 honorees, and was one qualifier shy of Pace University's league lead. Men's ice hockey (20), women's soccer (18), women's cross country (17) and women's lacrosse (17) all narrowly trailed the field hockey squad. Women's tennis' 10 honorees led the NE10, while men's basketball also had 10 qualifiers, coming within one of Assumption College for tops in the conference.