After winning the inaugural President's Cup for academic superiority in the Little East Conference last year, Eastern completed a three-season sweep of this year's academic awards by placing 30 student-athletes on the 2010-11 spring season All-Academic Team. Eastern became the first institution in the four-year history of the LEC All-Academic awards program to top all conference institutions in the total number of All-Academic achievers in the fall, winter and spring seasons. Eastern totaled 31 selections in the fall and 28 in the winter prior to boasting 30 this past spring for a conference-high of 89 for the year. All-Academic Team qualifiers must be have reached sophomore academic and athletic status, be enrolled in their current institutions for one full academic year, and show a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.30.
Of Eastern's 30 spring selections, seven seniors earned All-Academic Team status for the maximum third time in their respective sports: Amanda Ericson, Ashlee James, Joseph Perucki and Sam Buczek in outdoor track, Jim Schult and Chris Wojick in baseball and Eric Vasil in men's lacrosse. Vasil was previously honored this year as a USILA Academic All-America and Schult a second-team selection to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Baseball Team. On the field, Vasil was an honorable mention USILA All-America and Schult a first-team ABCA All-America and ABCA national Player-of-the-Year.
As an institution, Eastern was awarded the inaugural President's Cup last year signifying the highest overall GPA among all Little East Conference institutions. In the 19 conference-sponsored championships, Eastern featured a cumulative GPA of 3.02 during the 2009-10 academic year. Eastern sponsors teams in 17 of the conference's 19 championships.
Over the course of the year, Eastern's 354 student-athletes recorded an average GPA of 3.02. Ten of the department's 15 programs (men's indoor and outdoor track is counted as one program, as is women's indoor and outdoor track) registered GPAs of at least 3.00 in 2010-11. Members of the women's cross country program earned a 3.51 GPA in 2010-11 (the highest of all Eastern's teams), with women's track and field at 3.37, women's soccer 3.30, women's volleyball 3.20, men's cross country 3.19, and softball 3.18, women's basketball 3.11. All 15 programs accumulated a minimum team GPA of 2.56.
The athletes shown above were named Scholar All-Americas by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in fall 2010. (Photo taken at the NSCAA national convention in Baltimore last January.) (from left) Chris D'Ambrosio (head women's soccer coach), Lauren Hickey, Carl Appel, Greg DeVito (head men's soccer coach), Adam Phaiah (assistant men's soccer coach).
The women's cross country team received the team academic award at the annual awards banquet this past May. (from left): Rhona Free, Faculty Athletic Representative; Frank Poulin (head cross country and track coach), Katie France, Amanda Quinones, Ashlee James, Melissa Healy and Amanda Ericson (team members who were present at the banquet).