Lousiville, Ky.- The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) placed 20 softball student-athletes on the Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes, as the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) recognized over 8,000 student-athletes for academic success in 2018-19. Becker College, Eastern Nazarene College and Lesley University each had student-athletes earn the distinction.
In addition, Becker was ranked as one of the top 100 programs in Division III in combined GPA (96), with a 3.289.
Becker saw eight student-athletes from last year’s team collect the accolade. Samantha Belenchia (Ansonia, Conn. / Ansonia), Kelsey Weston (Hampstead, N.H. / Pinkerton Academy), Lauren Niemann (Bay Shore, N.Y. / Bay Shore), Lyndsey Cobb-Wilkins (Elmira, N.Y. / Elmira), Sarah Ellis (Berkley, Mass. / Bristol County Agricultural), Mary Wagner (East Meadow, N.Y. / East Meadow), Elizabeth Simonian (Auburn, Mass. / Auburn) and Kyra Teixeira (Old Lyme, Conn. / Lyme-Old Lyme) all qualified for the team with GPAs of 3.50 or higher during the 2018-2019 academic year.
The reigning NECC Softball Champions, Eastern Nazarene, garnered a program-record best seven honorees. Meghan Stanley (Bedford, Mass.) was honored for the fourth-straight year while Rebecca Ashman (Havre de Grace, Md.) and Rebecca Hayner (Halfmoon, N.Y.) both earned the distinction for the second year in a row. Lauren Clements (Garrison, Texas), Tylan Onorato (Wiscassett, Maine), Dominique Santos (Lancaster, Calif.), and Elisabeth Schaffer (Benton, Pa.) all picked up their first career honors.
Lesley has six honorees, as Kristen DiCicco (Wantagh, N.Y.), Tallin Goldberg (Merrimack, N.H.), Lindsey Jensen (Milton, Mass.), Samantha Jensen (Milton, Mass.), Antonia Kieran (Wilmington, Mass.), Ilana Zach (Randolph, Mass.) were named Scholar-Athletes.
The NFCA Academic Awards program honors both collegiate and high school teams and individual student-athletes for their submitted team GPA's for the 2018-19 academic year.
(Portions of this release courtesy of Becker and Eastern Nazarene Sports Information)