Louisville, Ky. - October 11, 2017 - The Springfield College softball program was recognized for its hard work not only on the field, but also in the classroom, as the Pride finished the 2016-17 academic year as Division III's 14th-ranked team in grade-point average, announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Tuesday. Additionally, 15 student-athletes were recognized as Easton/NFCA Scholar Athletes for their dedication to academics.
Springfield College finished the year with a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.563, good for 14th in all of Division III and fourth in the New England region. The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across seven membership divisions.
Of the 1825 Division III softball student-athletes recognized, Springfield College had 15 student-athletes that earned Easton/NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors for posting a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. The Pride's 15 student-athletes ranked tied for first among institutions in the New England region, and had the most recipients among teams in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.
Those who were recognized individually were: seniors Alicia Pavadore (Taunton, Mass.) and Jordyn Moquin (Southington, Conn.), juniors Brianna Weltlich (Russel, Mass.), Kayla Padroff (Southington, Conn.), Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.), Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.), Rachel Ball (Coventry, R.I.), Shelby Allen (Oakland, N.J.), sophomores Eliza Poutenis (Acton, Mass.), Sam Cox (Longmeadow, Mass.), and freshmen Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, Conn.), Jessie Storch (Granby, Conn.), Meghan Sastram (Oxford, Conn.) and Gabby Alfieri (Cornwall, N.Y.).