COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College saw 263 student-athletes qualify for the Northeast-10 Conference Academic Honor Roll for the spring semester, including 41 that posted a 4.0 grade-point average last term.
Saint Michael's was fifth among the league's 14 institutions in 4.0 student-athletes while ranking sixth by having 69.9% of its NE10 student-athletes land on the Academic Honor Roll. Student-athletes that earn a 3.0 GPA in a given semester are eligible for the accolade. Eighteen of the Purple Knights' 21 squads compete in the NE10.
Formerly known as the Commissioner's Honor Roll, the Academic Honor Roll is broken by the conference into three categories: Academic Excellence for those with a 4.0 GPA, Academic Distinction for those between 3.50 and 3.99, and Academic Honors for student-athletes between 3.00 and 3.49. Beyond the 41 Purple Knights who earned Academic Excellence, 130 positioned themselves for Academic Distinction and another 92 claimed Academic Honors.
Saint Michael's women's soccer led all NE10 women's soccer programs with 31 honorees, while men's ice hockey (20) tied for the league lead in its sport. Women's cross country (22) placed second in the conference, and men's tennis (8) and women's basketball (11) were two and three short of their NE10 leaders, respectively. Men's lacrosse landed 23 qualifiers, field hockey and women's lacrosse boasted 19 apiece, and baseball had 18.
Nearly one quarter of the Saint Michael's student-athletes with a 4.0 this spring hailed from women's soccer, as 10 players represented that program: May graduates Kara Bassett (New London, Conn./Saint Bernard School), Jocelyn Long (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich), Taryn Manna (Shirley, Mass./Home Schooled), Tess McCabe (Cataumet, Mass./Bourne), Holly Spencer (Windham, Maine/Windham), Liz Vallatini (Needham, Mass./Needham) and Victoria Zambello (Sharon, Mass./Sharon), rising senior Jenny Panergo (Brooklyn, Mich./Columbia Central/Davis & Elkins), and rising juniors Katie Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) and Paulina Valentine (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial). Spencer posted her fourth perfect term, Escobedo her third, Bassett, Long, McCabe, Panergo, Valentine and Vallatini their second, and Manna and Zambello their first.
Panergo also represented the women's tennis team, while Vallatini was also a member of the women's swimming & diving program, which saw May graduate Leah Benoit (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) claim her third career 4.0 term and rising sophomore Rachel McAdams (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell) register her first.
Nine women's cross country runners put together a 4.0 semester: rising seniors Hannah Muse (Yarmouth, Mass./Nauset Regional), Casey Reeder (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and Rachel Smith (Old Forge, N.Y./Town of Webb), rising juniors Maggie Burnham (Holden, Mass./Wachusett Regional), Cailey Comiskey (Swanton, Vt./Missisquoi Valley Union), Grace Erholtz (Baxter, Minn./Brainerd), Filippa Hemmestorp (Malmö, Sweden/Malmö Borgarskola) and Cecelia Schmelzle (Saint Louis Park, Minn./Saint Louis Park), and rising sophomore Katie Culliton (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls). Comiskey, Erholtz, Reeder, Schmelzle and Smith all notched their third 4.0, Burnham and Culliton their second, Muse her first, and Hemmestorp her first since joining the program this past season.
Women's lacrosse May graduates Shelagh Fluharty (Fitchburg, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic) and Ashley Turner (Monkton, Vt./Mount Abraham Union), rising senior Jordy Fenton (Andover, Mass./Phillips Academy) and rising junior Emilie Webster (New London, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) all had perfect terms, with Turner earning her seventh 4.0, Fenton and Webster their fourth each, and Fluharty her first. Also a member of the field hockey program, Fluharty was joined by May graduate Molly Humiston (Kittery, Maine/R.W. Traip Academy) and rising sophomore Petra Bajuk (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) from that squad, with both landing their second 4.0.
Women's volleyball May graduates Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial) and Jillian Harvie (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) posted their third and second 4.0, respectively, while rising junior Beth Syverson (Huntington, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Emmanuel [Mass.]) garnered her first since joining the program. Women's basketball rising fifth-year senior Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) nabbed a 4.0 for the fifth time, and rising redshirt junior Danielle Scaperrotta (Ardsley, N.Y./Ardsley) for the first. Softball May graduate Sydney Longley (East Granby, Conn./The Ethel Walker School) and rising junior Sadie Pratt (Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) nailed down their third and second 4.0, respectively.
Men's cross country rising senior James Downs (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) compiled his fifth career 4.0, and men's golf May graduate Jack Maino (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich), men's tennis rising senior Constantin Krogh (Oslo, Norway/Persbråten VGS) and men's swimming & diving rising sophomore Aaron Bouchard (Plattsburgh, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) all claimed their second. Baseball rising senior Ian McNamara (Northampton, Mass./Northampton), men's ice hockey rising senior Hugo Turcotte (Gap, France/Kimball Union Academy) and men's soccer rising sophomore Alessandro Pescina (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela/Colegio Loyola Gumilla) were all first-time qualifiers.