BENNINGTON, Vt. — The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) has announced its list of student-athletes who registered a high enough cumulative grade point average to collect 2015 Spring Academic All-Conference honors with 12 of those hailing from Southern Vermont College.
Players from the Conference’s men’s and women’s basketball, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball, softball, and men’s tennis teams with a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher following the spring semester, and who were sophomores or higher in class standing, were eligible to pick up the laurel.
"SVC's Academic All-Conference athletes show an amazing dedication towards their academics as well as their respective sports,” said Jeb Gorham, Southern Vermont’s Faculty Athletics Representative. “Student-athletes who achieve such an honor are role models on campus and truly support the mission of Division III athletics. It is impressive to see 12 of our student-athletes achieving greater than 3.40 cumulative GPAs. As academic expectations on campus constantly grow, it is encouraging to see our student-athletes meet and exceed these expectations."
Among the 12 Mountaineers being honored by the league, six are collecting NECC all-academic honors for another time in their respective career. Softball seniors Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Shelby Jones (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) are both on the spring academic all-conference squad for the third straight year while men’s volleyball junior Scott Fitzgerald (Queensbury, N.Y.) is taking home his second such honor in as many years.
Women’s lacrosse sophomores Emily Lesure (Cheshire, Mass.), Lauren Nesshoever (Rutland, Vt.), and Melodie Orrell (Gloucester, Mass.) are each garnering their second academic accolade after making their way onto the NECC’s fall list; Lesure did so as a member of SVC’s women’s volleyball team while Nesshoever and Orrell both represented women’s soccer.
"We have many reasons to be proud of our SVC student-athletes,” commented Director of Athletics Michael McDonough. “Foremost is their academic performance. These 12 student-athletes have placed themselves at the pinnacle of academic achievement; no easy accomplishment given the demands placed on them. They are leaders on the field as well as in the classroom, and we salute them."
William Bromirski (So.) Criminal Justice - Cambridge, N.Y.
Amber Dow (So.) Psychology - Panton, Vt.
Abbi Molner (So.) Radiologic Sciences - Wilmington, Vt.
Emily Fleming (Sr.) Healthcare Management & Advocacy - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Shelby Jones (Sr.) Criminal Justice - Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
Lissa Marie Soler (So.) Criminal Justice - Yonkers, N.Y.
Scott Fitzgerald (Jr.) Psychology - Queensbury, N.Y.
Daveon Logan (Jr.) Psychology – Los Angeles, Calif.
Kelsey Carrera (So.) Nursing - Queensbury, N.Y.
Emily Lesure (So.) Radiologic Sciences - Cheshire, Mass.
Lauren Nesshoever (So.) Biological Sciences - Rutland, Vt.
Melodie Orrell (So.) Radiologic Sciences - Gloucester, Mass.