18 Southern Vermont Student-athletes Earn NECC Fall 2018 All-Academic Honors

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MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) announced on Wednesday its list of student-athletes from around the league who earned Fall 2018 All-Academic laurels with Southern Vermont College being represented by 18 honorees.

To be eligible for the accolade, students must have been a sophomore or higher in class standing during the Fall ’18 semester and register a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or higher following the term. Athletes who participated in men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball at one of the NECC member institutions qualified to earn the decoration.

“I am thrilled to have 18 of our student-athletes earn NECC all-academic honors,” said Southern Vermont Interim Director of Athletics Christin Gowan. “This award is a tribute to their hard work in the classroom and ability to balance the demands of being both a collegiate athlete and an excellent student.”

18 Mountaineers collecting the league’s fall accolade is the most for SVC since 20 did so in 2014. Four of the 18 student-athletes from the 2018 list are being awarded for the second-straight year while 10 sophomores are picking it up after their first semester of eligibility.

“Earning a place on the all-academic team is no easy feat,” Gowan continued. “I am proud of all of our student-athletes who went through the grind of 6 a.m. practices, midnight study sessions, and everything in between. I believe having all five of our fall sports represented on this team is also partially due to the emphasis our coaches place on the importance of academics. I am grateful for the effort of our student-athletes, and I am looking forward to another successful semester in the spring.”

In total, a record-setting 211 student-athletes from around the Conference earned their way to the All-Academic Team. To see the complete list, visit https://www.neccathletics.com/landing/2018-19/Academic_All-Conference_-_Fall2018_.pdf.


Men’s Cross Country
Jackson Amankrah (Sr., Business Admin./Healthcare Mgmt. – New York City, N.Y.)

Women’s Cross Country
Maddy Main (Jr., Business Administration – Bennington, Vt.) *
Faith Sullivan (So., Biological Sciences – Bennington, Vt.)

Men’s Soccer
Esteban De La Cruz (So., Business Administration – Granada Hills, Calif.)
Lee Dennis (Jr., Business Admin./Sports, Recreation, & Tourism Mgmt. – Chocorua, N.H.) *
Devin Furphy (Jr., Criminal Justice – Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.)
Zach Gilman (So., Nursing – Farmington, N.H.-)
Joey Wolodkevich (So., Business Admin./Sports, Recreation, & Tourism Mgmt. – Coxsackie, N.Y.)

Women’s Soccer
Ashley Blom (Jr., Radiologic Sciences – Manorville, N.Y.) *
Addison Bonacio (So., Radiologic Sciences – Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
Hannah Gould (So., Business Admin./Sports, Recreation, & Tourism Mgmt. – Granville, N.Y.)
Rileigh Griffiths (So., Business Admin./Entrepreneurship – Milford, N.Y.)
Nia Hamlin (So., Radiologic Sciences – Cohoes, N.Y.)
Sydnee Julian (Sr., Criminal Justice – Mexico, N.Y.)
Ally McNamee (Sr., Business Admin./Sports, Recreation, & Tourism Mgmt. – Freehold, N.J.)
Jayne Wierzbicki (So., Business Administration – Wilmington, Mass.)

Women’s Volleyball
Abigail Landon (Jr., Nursing – South Glens Falls, N.Y.) *
Nikki Ramirez (So., [Double Major] Psychology & Business Administration – West Covina, Calif.)

* Denotes placement on previous NECC Fall Academic All-Conference Team