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Five Student-Athletes Named to NEWMAC Field Hockey Academic All-Conference Team

BABSON PARK, Mass.- November 7, 2007 -The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference announced its 2007 Academic All-Conference Teams on Wednesday and several Springfield College student athletes were honored.

Honorees must have met the following criteria: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2007 spring semester, achieved second year academic status at her institution, and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.

The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference consists of 10 highly selective institutions committed to academic excellence: Babson College, Clark University, U.S Coast Guard Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Springfield College, Wellesley College, Wheaton College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

On the women's volleyball team, Alyssa Muething (Plainsboro, N.J.) and Jennifer Grimaldi (Farmingville, N.Y.) were each chosen as all-academic team members while field hockey team members Jane Kelleher (Chatham, Mass.), Julia Kincade (Durham, N.H.), Emily Murray (Booton, N.J.), Jill Urtz (Verona, N.Y.) and Brittany Veazie (Dexter, Maine) were also honored with the accolade.

From the women's soccer team, Shanda Kogut (Preston, Conn.), Lauren Peltier (Agawam, Mass.), Rory Pogmore (Lebanon, Conn.), and Kristen Stewart (Durham, Conn.), were each honored for their excellence in the classroom.

The men's soccer team landed six members on the all-academic team as James Ashcroft(Shelton, Conn.), Michael Kilmartin (Wateford, N.Y), David Kotulski (Bethleham, Pa.), John Plourd (Southampton, Mass.), Henry Ruggiero (Stow, Mass.), and James Skelton (Conway, N.H.), were all honored.

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