Stonehill Announces Fall 2016 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

63% of Skyhawk student-athletes recognized for posting GPAs of 3.20 or higher during Fall 2016 semester

Fall 2016 Athletic Director's Honor Roll

Morse was one of 10 field hockey student-athletes to show excellence in the classroom and on the field

EASTON, Mass. (February 3, 2017) - Stonehill College has announced its Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the Fall 2016 semester, recognizing 260 student-athletes who have earned a semester grade point average of 3.20 or higher. Each of Stonehill's intercollegiate athletic programs were represented on this semester's list, with every team harboring at least five student-athletes named on the list of academic excellence.

Leading the way with 33 student-athletes recognized was the football team. Closely following was the women's track & field team (30), the women's soccer team (25), and the men's track & field team (22). The men's tennis team saw nearly 80-percent of their roster earn Honor Roll recognition, as the equestrian team named 64-percent, and men's soccer and women's lacrosse both boasted 63-percent. Overall, an outstanding 63-percent of Stonehill's student-athletes finished out their semester with GPAs equal to or higher than a 3.20.

Among the 260 student-athletes named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, seven achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, five of which did so during their team's seasons. Earning the highest of honors while in season were football junior Jake Ehrhardt (Mahwah, New Jersey/Mahwah), volleyball freshman Rachel Dunlavy (Brighton, Michigan/Father Gabriel Richard), men's tennis junior Thomas Buckley (Hebron, Connecticut/RHAM), cross country junior Abby Hersom (Rockland, Maine/Oceanside), and equestrian senior Kathryn Filer (Madison, Connecticut/Daniel Hand).

Spring/Winter season athletes Mark Hamalian (West Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) of the men's track & field team, and Elizabeth Vetter (Great River, New York/East Islip) of the women's lacrosse team also earned 4.0 semester averages.

Siciliano found his way on the turf and in the classroom this past fall as a computer science major

Of the 23 student-athletes on the field hockey team, 10 of them earned their spot on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll. Among the mentioned were sophomore Kacie Smith (Norwood, Massachusetts/Norwood) and junior co-captain Sarah Morse (Westminster, Massachusetts/Oakmont Regional) showed excellence both in the classroom and on the field. Both student-athletes were named Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and Synapse Sports first team All-American, and two-time All Northeast-10 selection. Smith had also been named the NFHCA Division II East Region Player of the Year during the fall semester; a testament to her 22 goals, 49 points scored, and overall remarkable performance in the program's history.

Senior captain and offensive lineman Anthony Siciliano (Monroe, New York/Don Bosco Prep) of the football team achieved an honor roll worthy GPA, while also claiming the title as a National Football Foundation Campbell Trophy & National Scholar-Athlete Award semifinalist. As a computer science major, Siciliano has been named to the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll all seven semesters and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for six semesters.

Stonehill continues to boast one of the best athletic and academic programs in the country. The Skyhawks have earned an outstanding 96-percent Academic Success Ranking by the NCAA for three years straight, a ranking that accounts for the graduation rate of student-athletes. Among the 21 Division II intercollegiate programs at Stonehill, the student-athletes have secured their place as sixth most successful among all NCAA Division II institutions.

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