Morse & Santo Among Nominees for NE10 Scholar-Athletes of the Year



Skyhawks Edward E. Martin Scholar-Athletes of the Year among candidates for NE10’s top honors

NE10 Announces Scholar-Athlete of the Year Nominees

EASTON, Mass. (May 17, 2017) – Stonehill College seniors Sarah Morse (Westminster, Massachusetts/Oakmont Regional) and Joe Santo (Newburyport, Massachusetts/Newburyport) have been named among the combined list of 30 candidates for the Northeast-10 Conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, to be voted on by a committee of faculty and athletic administrators from the Conference’s 15 member institutions and later recognized at the NE10’s year-end banquet in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Morse is among 15 candidates for the NE10’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Santo is among the 15 NE10 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year candidates. The duo were also recently recognized as Stonehill’s Edward E. Martin Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year. To be eligible for nomination of this prestigious award, a student-athlete must be in their final year of athletic eligibility during 2016-17, must be graduating with a degree this May (unless in a master’s program), must be enrolled in a full-time course load, and must have a minimum final cumulative grade point average of a 3.30.

Morse, a finance major with a 3.69 cumulative grade point average at Stonehill, is a two-time consensus All-American with the field hockey program. She was a consensus first team selection as a midfielder her junior season, before earning first team All-America honors as a back her senior year from Synapse Sports, along with second team Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) accolades. Morse earned CoSIDA Academic All-America At Large third team honors her junior year and is a two-time NE10 Academic All-Conference selection. She is a two-time first team All-NE10 honoree and NE10 All-Championship team selection over her career, earning Most Outstanding Player honors in leading the Skyhawks to a second-straight NE10 Tournament title in 2015. She has received the St. Thomas Aquinas Medal for having the highest cumulative GPA on the field hockey team and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies.

Morse and Santo earned Stonehill Martin Senior Scholar-Athlete Awards. (PHOTO BY Lewis Glass/SportsPix)

Santo, a marketing major with a 3.45 cumulative grade point average at Stonehill, has been named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-East Region team seven times in his career as a member of the men’s cross country and track & field programs. This spring, he has captured two NE10 Championship titles at the Outdoor Championships in the 10,000-meter run and the 5000-meter run to go with three runner-up finishes at the NE10 Championships over his four years. The three-time NCAA provisional qualifier is a three-time All-New England performer, winning the 5000-meter run at the New England Indoor Championships in February, while placing fifth in the 5000 at the Outdoor Championships over the weekend. Santo, also a nominee for the NE10 Man of the Year award, has been named to the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for all seven semesters, while also being tabbed on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for five semesters. Santo was named to the USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic Team for three years and selected on the CoSIDA Cross Country and Track & Field Academic All-District I First Team in 2016.

With 21 intercollegiate sports, after announcing the addition of women's golf for the 2017-18 academic year, Stonehill boasts one of the top athletic and academic programs in the country. While finishing in the top three of the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents' Cup standings for overall athletic performance 12 straight years, the Skyhawks have received the NCAA Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Achievement each of the first six years of the program's existence of honoring institutions with an Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90-percent or better. Stonehill has earned a 96% Academic Success Ranking (ASR) by the NCAA three straight years, which considers the academic success rate of the institution based on the graduation rate of student-athletes, good for sixth among all NCAA Division II institutions, with 11 Skyhawk teams receiving a perfect rating of 100%. In addition, the Skyhawks are ranked third in the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Power Rankings for Division II used to assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA and NAIA athletic programs.

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