WNEGoldenBears.com's Top 10 Stories of 2013 is Four All-Americans in Two Sports

WNEGoldenBears.com's Top 10 Stories of 2013 is Four All-Americans in Two Sports
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—The time has finally come the number one story—voted by you, our fans—from the Calendar Year 2013 for Western New England Athletics: four Golden Bears in two sports earned All-America accolades.

The Commonwealth Coast Conference champion WNE men's lacrosse team saw three Golden Bears appear on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American team, including 2013 graduates Aaron Harris, Corey Johnson and then-junior Adam Knapton. All three student-athletes were named honorable mention and gave the program 25 USILA All-America certificates in its history.

Harris, a former defenseman from Eliot, Maine, received first-team All-CCC honors for the second straight season last spring. Johnson, who was a midfield specialist from Maybrook, N.Y., also earned a spot on the all-conference first team for the second time. Knapton, a Canandaigua (N.Y.) High School product, was tabbed the 2013 CCC Offensive Player of the Year after receiving first-team status.

Grace Kucharski of the Eastern College Athletic Conference New England champion women's volleyball team became the program's first-ever All-American in December. The American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) named the junior libero from Avon (Conn.) High to its honorable mention squad.

In 2013, Kucharski led the CCC with 5.05 digs per set on the way to totaling for a school-record 586 digs. The business management major also was an Academic All-America candidate and one of just two liberos in all of New England named to the AVCA All-American teams, and among only 10 nationwide.