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Women’s Lacrosse Records Top GPA in America East
Bearcats post program-best 3.19 GPA to lead conference for second time in three years
June 24, 2013Tweet
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team was one of four Bearcat athletic programs to lead the America East in team GPA for the 2012-13 academic year. The women’s lacrosse team joined the men’s and women’s tennis programs as well as the men’s swimming and diving team to lead the conference in team GPA in their respective sports. The women’s lacrosse team posted a 3.19 team GPA, leading the conference for the second time in the past three years.
“I’m very proud of our team and their dedication to pursing excellence in the classroom,” newly appointed head coach Stephanie Allen said. “Excellence in the classroom is the number one priority as student-athletes and they surpassed our team academic goals for this season.”
In 2011, the women’s lacrosse team also led the conference in team GPA with a 3.16 which was surpassed by the 2013 squad led by a perfect 4.0 GPA by senior Katherine Hunsberger. Thirteen of Allen’s players earned a spot on the Binghamton AD Honor with a GPA of 3.3 or higher, while more than two-thirds of the roster garnered America East Honor Roll honors.
“Division I athletics is a tough balance, but this is a hard-working group of young ladies. This will serve as a bench mark moving forward and I know our players will continue work hard to exceed expectations.”
Hunsberger and her 4.0 GPA during the spring semester led the team after earning her second straight appearance on the America East All-Academic team. The Cortland, N.Y. native became the first Binghamton women’s lacrosse player to be named to back-to-back All-Academic teams. Hunsberger led the Bearcats in points (36), goals (35) and draw controls (76) and finished the year ranked ninth in the nation in draw controls per game (5.43). She also made program history becoming the first Binghamton player to earn first-team all-conference honors.
Binghamton concluded the 2013 campaign 2-12 overall and 1-5 in conference play. Freshmen Erin McNulty and Allie Rodgers joined Hunsberger as all-conference selections earning positions on the America East All-Rookie team. The duo is the first pair of Binghamton rookies to earn the honor since 2008 (Lisa Illig and Ali Castiglie).
Binghamton student-athletes continued to build upon their tradition of strong academic performance this past year. For the 15th straight semester, the department-wide GPA eclipsed the 3.00 mark. With a total of 417 student-athletes, BU finished 2012-13 with a cumulative GPA of 3.10. An impressive 47 percent of these student athletes had a GPA of 3.3 or higher.