COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse May graduate Ashley Turner (Monkton, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) added to her career awards haul on Tuesday by earning a Northeast-10 Conference Academic All-Conference citation. Turner is the first member of her program to land the honor since Melissa Jaskiewicz '15 in 2015, as Purple Knights have now claimed 13 accolades in the past 16 years.
Turner was among 113 student-athletes across 10 sports to land an NE10 Academic All-Conference nod, including 25 women's lacrosse players. The midfielder set a career high in draw controls (15) this spring while matching her best in points (6) and caused turnovers (4) despite the Purple Knights playing a limited 10-game schedule. She concluded her career with a two-goal effort at Franklin Pierce University on April 30 in the first round of the NE10 Championship, adding two draw controls.
Since last suiting up for the Purple and Gold, Turner has been recognized often due to her academic prowess. The 2020 NE10 Elite 24 Award winner, with the highest grade-point average among women's lacrosse players in the league as a junior, Turner completed her college career with a spotless 4.0 cumulative GPA. She earned the Department of Athletics' Roger F. Keleher '15 Award as the top female scholar-athlete in the graduating class before claiming the College's Katherine Fairbanks Memorial Award, which is given at Commencement to an outstanding graduating female. Turner later landed an NE10 Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence, which necessitates a senior qualifying at least for magna cum laude honors at their school.
Turner majored in biology on a pre-medicine track, minoring in both anthropology and chemistry. The Dean's List student will land her third Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) Academic Achievement Award and seventh NE10 Academic Honor Roll nod in eight semesters later this summer. She studied traditional medicine in China while traveling abroad during her other semester, in fall 2019. A member of four honor societies, Turner was inducted into Beta Beta Beta (biology), Chi Alpha Sigma (college athlete), Delta Epsilon Sigma (Catholic college) and Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts). She has also been part of a team on campus studying the brains of Central American Wandering Spiders through a NASA research grant.
The NE10 Academic All-Conference teams are chosen by a vote of committee of athletic administrators and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FAR). To be eligible for selection to the academic all-conference teams, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1) participated in at least half of the team's competitions and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative GPA; and 3) completed at least one academic year at their current institution.