Wheelock Student-Athletes Honored

June 09, 2011

Wheelock College had 10 student-athletes across four winter and spring sports earn New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Academic All-Conference laurels for the spring 2011 semester. With four women's basketball players earning recognition, the Wildcats were one short of the league leader. Softball student-athletes also claimed four honors.

To be eligible for NECC Academic All-Conference, student-athletes must have posted a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.40 through the spring semester and be at least a sophomore. Student-athletes who competed in men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's tennis and men's volleyball were eligible for the honor.

Each of Wheelock's four women's basketball honorees had previously drawn an NECC academic accolade, with senior Caitlin Kerr (Attleboro, MA/Bishop Feehan) and junior Kayla Drescher (Wallingford, CT/Mark T. Sheehan) being lauded on the hardwood for the second straight season. Sophomores Sarah McCaffrey (East Taunton, MA/Taunton) and Taylor Rogers (Essex, MA/Manchester Essex Regional) qualified for their first hoops honors after both being recognized last fall, McCaffrey for women's soccer and Rogers as a member of the field hockey team.

Three of the four Wildcat softball players were repeat qualifiers, with seniors Nicole Rapsis (Nashua, NH/Nashua South) and Nicole Zina (Bristol, RI/Our Lady of Fatima) earning their second NECC Academic All-Conference awards for softball. Zina was also a two-time qualifier as a member of the women's soccer team, where senior Christine Pellerin (Auburn, MA/Auburn) was twice recognized. Pellerin joined sophomore Sara Buscemi (Arlington, MA/Arlington) in being honored for the first time on the softball diamond.

Seniors Patsy DiNuzzo (Beaver, PA/Beaver) and Lauren Webber (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth) rounded out Wheelock's NECC Academic All-Conference qualifiers. DiNuzzo earned his second academic award as a member of the men's basketball team, while Webber also received her second honor. Webber was one of five men's tennis representatives from the NECC, and the only woman.

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