Senior Nicole Lewis Named NEC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete; Fall Honor Rolls Released

SOMERSET, N.J. – Senior Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) of the Quinnipiac University field hockey team was recently one of seven Northeast Conference student-athletes to receive the 2012 Fall Scholar-Athlete Award, announced on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Lewis was tabbed this year's NEC field hockey scholar-athlete honoree. 

The impressive group of award-recipients includes four honorees who have posted a cumulative grade point average in excess of 3.90. All scholar-athlete award winners must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours at their institution, maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team.

Lewis was named the 2012 NEC Goalkeeper of the Year after leading the conference with an .812 save percentage and four shutouts. She also ranked third in goals against average (1.59) and finished with 11 wins on the year for the Bobcats, who qualified for their fifth consecutive NEC Tournament.  Lewis, who hails from East Amherst, NY, was tabbed to the NEC All-Tournament team after stopping a program-record 13 shots in Quinnipiac's NEC semifinal game against Rider.  She was also named to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-Mideast Region second team at year's end.  An Athletic Training major, Lewis ended the fall semester with a 3.91 grade point average.

2012 NEC Fall Scholar-Athletes        
Sport  Name  School  Cl.  GPA  Major
Men's Cross Country  Andrew Hill  CCSU  Jr.  3.77  Mathematics
Women's Cross Country  Eimear Black  Bryant  Jr.  3.91  Biology
Field Hockey  Nicole Lewis  Quinnipiac  Gr.  3.91  Athletic Training
Football  Nolan Nearhoof  Robert Morris  Sr.  3.73  Biology
Men's Soccer  Tamas Maffey-Stumpe  Saint Francis U  Sr.  3.97  Political Science/Accounting
Women's Soccer  Tesa McKibben  Saint Francis U  Jr.  3.69  Management/Marketing
Women's Volleyball  Jamie Rademacher  CCSU  Sr.  3.91  Marketing

Along with the scholar-athletes, the NEC also announced its Fall Academic Honor Roll, consisting of 820 student-athletes with a 3.20 or better grade-point average.  There were also 206 student-athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll, recognizing those superior student-athletes with a 3.75 or better grade point average. 

Quinnipiac named 17 student-athletes to the Commissioner's Honor Roll and 76 student-athletes to the Fall Academic Honor Roll. The women's cross country team placed 17 members to the Academic Honor Roll, field hockey placed 16, women's soccer placed 14, men's soccer place 12, men's cross country placed nine and women's volleyball placed eight.

About The Northeast Conference
Now in its 32nd year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 12 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30). Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 23 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic or play-in access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league's official website ( and digital network (, or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube (@NECSports).

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