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Eastern Places 32 On Fall LEC Academic Team

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Thirty-two Eastern student-athletes representing all six fall sports earned spots on the fall 2011 Little East Conference All-Academic Team. Seniors who attained spots on the fall academic honor roll for the third time were Ryan Hughes (Cheshire) and Bryan Jorge (Bristol) of the men's cross country program; Sam Konopka ( Hebron) and Jo-Ann Merheb ( Bethel) of the women's soccer program; and Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) of the men's soccer program.


Among the eight full-fledged LEC member institutions, Eastern recorded the second-highest total of all-academic team qualifiers in the fall. Additional academic honor roll repeaters from last fall were junior Ryan Franklin, (Glastonbury) from men's cross country; junior Denica Gagnon (Colchester) and senior Amanda Quinones (Trumbull) from women's cross country; senior Lyndsey Zavisza (Suffield) and junior Rochelle Normandin (South Windsor) from field hockey; juniors Jordan Munsell (Waterford) and Cory Tobler (Portland) from men's soccer; juniors Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) and Daniela Marchitto (Orange) from women's soccer; and senior Gianna Trombino (East Moriches, NY) and junior Danielle Bourne (Branford) from women's volleyball. Senior women's volleyball player Kristianna Ibsen (Shelton) returned to the team after qualifying as a sophomore in 2009.


To qualify for the team, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic status with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30. In 2010-11, Eastern featured the most academic honor roll achievers in all three playing seasons, totaling 89; in 2009-10, Eastern won the inaugural Presidents Cup for having the highest cumulative GPA of all conference institutions.                     



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