Basketball shows up strong for NEWMAC Academic All-Conference

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By Emily Cardona

The men’s and women’s basketball team earned 13 spots on the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference teams for the 2019-2020 season.

The 13 student athletes are required to have a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average out of a 4.0 scale and reach second-year academic status to be eligible for the all-academic award.

“Not surprising at all because our kids do really well academically, and they are very good and hard-working students,” women’s basketball head coach Bill Gould said in an interview.

Both men’s and women’s basketball teams are tied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for first place in the academic all-conference selections.

Women’s basketball filled nine of the 49 spots across the NEWMAC conference. For seniors Natalie Clydesdale, Kate Foultz, and Quinn Madden, this is their third straight year receiving this award. Sam Boyle, Ashley Toner, and Rachel Davey have earned the all-academic for two years straight.

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Four men’s basketball players received spots on the all-academic team. Sophomores Nate Martin, Trevor McLean, and Zachary Waterhouse are first-time honorees, while it’s senior Ben Holding’s third straight year earning the all-academic award.

“I am very proud of the commitment that I put in my grades,” Holding said in an interview. “It is a lot of work but it takes commitment to be a student athlete.”