Posted: Jul 29, 2015
Golden Bears Land Thirteen Skaters on 2015 Academic All-ECAC Northeast Team (posted on March 20, 2015)
Forty-Six Golden Bears Land on the Fall Academic All-Commonwealth Coast Conference Lists (posted on Jan. 24, 2015)
Twenty-Nine Golden Bears Cited by the New England Football Conference (posted on Jan. 19, 2015)
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--It's here...the top 10 stories of the 2014-15 academic year in Western New England University Athletics. Throughout the remainder of the summer, we'll countdown the best moments played out by Western New England NCAA teams, coaches and student-athletes since July 1, 2014.
Our listings continue with our No. 7 entry: the fourth-straight season setting a school record with 138 academic all-conference award winners from the Commonwealth Coast Conference, New England Football Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference Northeast (hockey) and Pilgrim League (wrestling).
The 138--which is up seven from the previous benchmark of 131, set during the 2013-14 academic year--comes from CCC sports baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, women's volleyball and women's swimming, football's NEFC and men's hockey's ECAC Northeast affiliation. Western New England had 105 in 2011-12, 114 in 2012-13 and 131 in 2013-14.
Among the highlights, Football had a whopping 29 honorees--up from 25 in 2013. Softball had 10 selections to lead WNE teams on the CCC winter/spring all-academic team and Women's Soccer had 12 to pace Golden Bear fall sports on the conference's honor roll.
In addition, Golden Bear student-athletes received numerous academic awards at the national level as well as earning conference senior scholar-athlete of the year laurels.
Top 10 Western New England Athletics Stories/Moments for 2014-15 School Year:
#10: Football Wins Inaugural Pynchon SAW Game in Big Comeback at Springfield College
#9: Women's Basketball Overcomes 22-Point Second-Half Deficit to Defeat Springfield College for the First Time Since 2007
#8: Pair of CoSIDA Academic All-America performers in Grace Kucharski (women's volleyball), Andrew McManus (football)
#7: School-record 138 academic all-conference citations--fourth consecutive year
#6: Announced July 31
#5: Announced Aug 3
#4: Announced Aug 10
#3: Announced Aug. 17
#2: Announced Aug. 24
#1: Announced Aug. 31