Springfield, Mass. - October 7, 2016 - The Springfield College softball program was recognized for its hard work not only on the field, but also in the classroom, as the Pride finished the 2016 season as Division III's sixth-ranked team in grade-point average, announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Thursday night. Additionally, 12 student-athletes were recognized as Easton/NFCA Scholar Athletes for their dedication to academics.
Springfield College finished the year with a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.538, good for sixth in all of Division III and third in the New England region. The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across seven membership divisions.
Of the 1124 Division III softball student-athletes recognized, Springfield College had 12 student-athletes that earne Easton/NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors for posting a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. The Pride's 12 student-athletes ranked tied for first among institutions in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.
Those who were recognized individually were: seniors Jenna Webb (Harrison, N.Y.), Elizabeth Joseph (Stamford, Conn.) and Melissa Nelson (Milford, Conn.), juniors Alicia Pavadore (Taunton, Mass.), Simone Morin (Plantsville, Conn.) and Jordyn Moquin (Plantsville, Conn.), sophomores Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.), Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.), Emily Reynolds (Charlton, Mass.), and freshmen Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.), Lindsey Ziegler (Queensbury, N.Y.), and Sam Cox (Longmeadow, Mass.).
The Pride will kick off its 2017 campaign when it hosts Coast Guard in NEWMAC play on March 25 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.