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Record Number Named to 2019-20 GNAC Academic All-Conference Team

Record Number Named to 2019-20 GNAC Academic All-Conference Team

WINTHROP, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) placed a record-high 53 student-athletes on the 2019-20 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Academic All-Conference Team, as announced by the league front office on Friday morning.

In order to be eligible for the conference's academic all-conference squad, a student-athlete must obtain a 3.25 cumulative GPA and have reached second-year academic status. Across the entire GNAC, a new record total of 1,148 student-athletes were named to the 2019-20 GNAC Academic All-Conference Team, an increase of 118 from the 2018-19 Academic All-Conference Team. It marks the third straight year more than 1,000 GNAC student-athletes have garnered selection, with nearly 5,000 total overall selections the past five years.

Saint Joseph's College of Maine once again paced the conference's selections with 117, edging Lasell University who registered 115. Johnson & Wales University was third with 111, ahead of Regis College (106) and Norwich University (98) to round out the top-five institutions. For the complete list of selections from all GNAC schools, please use the link below.

OFFICIAL GNAC RELEASE

Factoring in multi-sport student-athletes, the USJ women's soccer team boasted 13 student-athletes on the 2019-20 GNAC Academic All-Conference Team to lead the Blue Jays. Softball had the second-most with 12 student-athletes, while men's basketball was third with seven. For a complete list of USJ student-athletes who made the 2019-20 GNAC Academic All-Conference Team, please see below.

2019-20 GNAC ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Men's Basketball (7)
Tahj Brown, So., Bridgeport, Conn.
Nadir Dixon-Thompson, So., Dorchester, Mass.
Stephen Laffin, Sr., West Hartford, Conn.
Brad Landry, So., Wallingford, Conn.
Sam Majek, So., Brooklyn Conn.
Ryan O'Neill, So., Litchfield, Conn.
Jake Sullivan, So., Branford, Conn.

Men's Cross Country (1)
Mario Manon-Porcella, So., Torrington, Conn.

Men's Soccer (1)
Domeniko Skrelja, So., Ulcinj, Montenegro

Men's Swimming & Diving (1)
Jacob Wyse, So., Broad Brook, Conn.

Women's Basketball (2)
Deanna De La Cruz, Jr., Winsted, Conn.
Katelyn Vazquez, So., Manchester, Conn.

Women's Cross Country (1)
Kristina Petit, Sr., Plainville, Conn.

Women's Lacrosse (1)
Charlotte Eberhardt, Sr., Thomaston, Conn.

Women's Soccer (11)
Madison DiDomenico, Jr., Windsor Locks, Conn.
Alyssa Fecko, Jr., Stafford, Conn.
Ariana Gazaferi, So., Southington, Conn.
Paola Jimenez, So., East Hartford, Conn.
Melissa Lux, Jr., Plainville, Conn.
Caroline Mackey, So., East Lyme, Conn.
Caitlyn Mayhew, So., Meriden, Conn.
Alison O'Neill, So., Litchfield, Conn.
Emily Remicio, Jr., West Hartford, Conn.
Nicole Ringuette, So., Moodus, Conn.
Sierra Romie, So., Newington, Conn.

Softball (11)
Natalie Amato, So., Cheshire, Conn.
Brianna Barfield, Sr., North Attleboro, Mass.
Megan Burke, Jr., Parkland, Fla.
Abigail Dillon, So., Portland, Conn.
McKenna Driscoll, Sr., Bristol, Conn.
Samantha Iannone, So., Wallingford, Conn.
Alessandra Milardo, Jr., Plantsville, Conn.
Kacy O'Connor, So., Milford, Conn.
Amanda Thiel, Jr., Torrington, Conn.
Ashlee White, So., Bristol, Conn.
Michelle Woodruff, Jr., Southington, Conn.

Women's Swimming & Diving (5)
Brielle Bergeron, So., Easthampton, Mass.
Shelby Cios, So., Rocky Hill, Conn.
Sarah Maglio, So., Bristol, Conn.
Alise Martel, So., Harwinton, Conn.
Mackenzie Stotler, So., New Hartford, Conn.

Women's Tennis (3)
Carolyn Callahan, So., Southington, Conn.
Domonique Carnot, Sr., Meriden, Conn.
Allison Vignati, So., Middletown, Conn.

Women's Volleyball (3)
Hannah Benson, So., Terryville, Conn.
Nina Nevarez, So., New Milford, Conn.
Aminah Tsonga, Jr., Plainville, Conn.

Multi-Sport (6)
Julia Annecchiarico, So., Ludlow, Mass.
Joseph Boland, Sr., Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Anna Chevarella, Jr., Derby, Conn.
Symantha Fazzino, Jr., Newington, Conn.
Nina Lestrud, So., Torrington, Conn.
Lindsey Montminy, So., Vernon, Conn.

About the GNAC
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Founded in 1995, the GNAC annually sponsors and administers 22 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunity and community involvement in an effort to enhance the student-athlete experience.

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