Merrimack Achieves New Heights in the Classroom in the Spring Semester

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Merrimack’s Athletic Department posted a grade-point average of 3.08 during the spring semester, improving for the fifth straight semester.

Of Merrimack’s 22 intercollegiate programs, a record 18 programs recorded a team GPA of over 3.0, including all 12 women’s programs. All 12 women’s programs also have cumulative grade-point averages over 3.0.

In all, 16 teams improved off its fall performance, with football and field hockey among the most dramatic improvements.

“I think Merrimack’s student-athletes are outstanding,” said Jane Parent, who was honored as Merrimack’s Professor of the Year. “Our student-athletes have both rigorous academic and travel schedules.  My experience is that our student-athletes have good attendance in class.  They also give as intense an effort to their studies as they do to their athletics.  In short, it’s a pleasure to have student-athletes in class each semester.”

For the second straight semester, the women’s golf team posted the highest GPA, with an impressive 3.87 mark. Other notable women’s athletic programs included basketball (3.61), soccer (3.41), volleyball (3.26) and field hockey (3.24).

On the men’s side, tennis, which also captured its first-ever Northeast-10 outright regular season and tournament championships, led the way with a 3.29 GPA. Also of note were soccer (3.17), hockey (3.15), lacrosse (3.09) and cross country (3.00).

Eighteen student-athletes, seven more than the fall semester, recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA and are listed below.

149 student-athletes, roughly 31% of all student-athletes, posted a 3.5 or higher in the spring, compared to 116 (24%) in the fall.

“I'm pleased that our student athletes have done so well this semester,” said Professor Mary McHugh, who serves as Merrimack’s Faculty-Athletic Representative. “We challenge them to be as successful in the classroom as they are on their field, and it's wonderful to see them answer this call.  It's a credit to them, their coaches and the entire community who work with them.”

Student-athletes who recorded a 4.0 in the spring semester are: Valerie Bauer (softball), Vince Bellino (men’s tennis), Ashley Childers (women’s soccer), Brian Clevesy (men’s soccer), Fiona Coleman (cross country/track), John Doherty (cross country/track), Ryan Flanigan (hockey), Alex Gallant (softball), Katie Ganser (women’s basketball), Nick Hannan (football), Mike Laracy (baseball), Nick Maggio (men’s lacrosse), Jessica Peacock (women’s soccer), Chris Pinette (baseball), Sarah Salatto (field hockey/women’s lacrosse), Kelly Schatzlein (women’s basketball), Shane Simbeck (football), and Katie Veasey (women’s tennis).

Merrimack had eight Academic All-Americans in 2011-12, most in school history. Those who received Academic All-American honors are Robbie Sabadoz (Men’s Soccer), Jessica Peacock (Women’s Soccer), Anne Major (Cross Country/Track), Rebecca Ainscow (Cross Country/Track), Fiona Coleman (Cross Country/Track), Luis Cruz (Cross Country/Track), Harry Mullin (Cross Country/Track), and Ryan Flanigan (Hockey).