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May 21, 2012

Three PSU student-athletes named Academic All-District

Bergeron, Greco, Richardson represent Panthers on prestigious team

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three standout Plymouth State University student-athletes have been honored for their successful accomplishments in the classroom as well as on the field of play.

            Senior field hockey player Lauren Bergeron and junior ice hockey players Kyle Greco and JC Richardson have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 1 Team (At-Large), as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).  All three will advance to the national ballot for First-, Second- and Third-Team Academic All-America honors, which will be announced later this month.

   
  Bergeron
 
  Greco
 
  Richardson
   

            Bergeron was named to the All-District Team for the second straight year.  A four-year starter at midfield and two-year co-captain for the Panthers, Bergeron never missed a game and started all but two in her career.  She was an outstanding two-way player, earning First Team All- Little East Conference honors after tying for the LEC lead last season with nine assists.  Bergeron, who was also an All-LEC pick in 2010, set the PSU career mark with 26 assists and helped the team to a four-year record of 59-28.

            A three-time selection to the LEC All-Academic Team and the National Academic Squad by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, Bergeron is a Spanish major and has been named to the PSU President's List every semester at PSU for having a grade point average greater than 3.8.  She is a member of two academic honor societies, and has served as president of the World Language Society.  She has been a Spanish tutor and spent a semester in 2011 volunteering as an English teacher in Costa Rica.

            Greco is a two-year veteran for the Panther ice hockey team who was named Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) First Team All-Star in 2012.  He topped the team in scoring (14 goals, 22 assists, and 36 points in 26 games), led the MASCAC in assists and ranked third in goals and points.  The Panther assistant captain was also a finalist for the Concannon Award from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, given to the top American-born Division II/III player in New England.

            A two-time selection to the MASCAC All-Academic Team, Greco is a Business Administration major and has been named to the PSU President's List every semester at PSU (after transferring from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point).  He assists with the local youth hockey program, and he was part of a student group that placed 2nd out of 15 teams in an Apprenticeship Business program. 

            Richardson is a three-year veteran for the Panther ice hockey team who served as the team captain in 2011-12.  Richardson skated on PSU's top defensive line, playing in every game and contributing one goal and 12 assists to the offense.   Richardson and Greco led PSU to the first conference championship (MASCAC) in the program's 40-year history, and first NCAA Division III Championship Tournament berth.

            Also a two-time selection to the MASCAC All-Academic Team, Richardson is a Business Administration major and has been named to the PSU President's List all five semesters at PSU.  He assists with the local youth hockey program, and volunteered for a local Community Health fundraiser.

            To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America program, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).  He/she must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution.  Academic All-District First Team selections advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America honors. CoSIDA selects Academic All-District and All-America Teams in Football, Women's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Cross Country/Track & Field, Baseball and Softball, with all other sports eligible for the At-Large Division.

              The complete Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Teams are available on the CoSIDA Website at http://cosida.com/media/documents/2012/5/At_Large_Acad_All_District_Mens_2012.pdf and http://cosida.com/media/documents/2012/5/At_Large_Acad_All_District_Womens_2012.pdf

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