Springfield, Mass. - July 25, 2019 - Being honored for its continued excellence both on the field and in the classroom, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team has earned Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad recognition, announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Additionally, nine members of the 2019 team have been recognized individually, as Maria Antonellis (Groton, Mass.), Lilly Barraclough (Dover, N.H.), Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.), Gianna Napoli (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.), Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.), Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.), Amanda Picozzi (Wyoming, R.I.) and Michala Niden (Walpole, Mass.) all landed on the 2019 Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll.
In order for a team to qualify for the IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad recognition, it must have a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.0. To be recognized individually, student-athletes must be a junior, senior or graduate student and have a GPA of 3.50 or better.
The Pride was one of 303 institutions across Division I, II, III and the NAIA to receive the honor, and one of just 147 schools in Division III. Of college's competing in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), Springfield College had the most student-athletes recognized, and just the Pride and Endicott College were the only two teams from New England with nine student-athletes honored.
It was another impressive season for the Pride in 2019, which won a NEWMAC title after defeating Babson College before heading back to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Of the Pride's nine student-athletes to land a spot on the Division III Academic Honor Roll, two of them earned All-Conference honors, including Kane and Stone, as Stone was also recognized as the 2019 NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Defensive Athlete of the Year.
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