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SPR-SUM 2016

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14 PIERCE / SPRING 2016 RAVENINGS F ranklin Pierce's student athletes' success in the classroom is just as important as success on the feld. Four Ravens earned spots on the Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference Team for the spring semester: feld hockey's Chelsey Burnell '16 and Carly Canavan '18 , men's cross country's Jon Holmes '17 and men's soccer's David Magee '18 . In addition, Franklin Pierce put 250 student-athletes on the Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll (semester GPA of 3.0 or higher) and named 225 student-athletes to the Athletic Department Honor Roll (semester GPA of 3.3 or higher). As a Department, Franklin Pierce student-athletes posted a 2.98 GPA in the fall semester. On Oct. 20, the Athletics Department announced it would add women's swimming as its 26th intercollegiate sport in 2017-18. A search will begin this summer to identify a coach for the team, which will utilize the Fitness & Wellness Center at Mount Wachusett Com- munity College as its home facility. The cross-country team hosted the 2015 NCAA Championship East Regional at Hopkinton State Fairgrounds in Hopkinton, N.H. The team fnished fourth in the event, where Colton Ham '16 qualifed for the NCAA National Championship race in Joplin, Mo., where he fnished 53rd in the country (of 246). Women's volleyball qualifed for the NCAA Championship East Regional for the third time in four years, and also made their fourth straight appearance in the Northeast-10 Championship. In women's rowing, the freshman four had a strong fall campaign fnishing with a 21-3 overall record and claimed the teams frst-ever gold medal at the Textile River Regatta in Lowell, Mass., winning the freshman four with coxswain. Fall sports saw a total of 22 All-Conference selections across sev- en sports, led by sprint football's nine All-CSFL selections. In the Northeast-10, men's cross country (4), volleyball (3), feld hockey (2), men's soccer (2), women's cross country (1) and women's soccer (1) each had honorees. Volleyball's Katie Leidhold '19 was selected as Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year, while feld hockey's Natalia Bachelder '16 was selected to participate in the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game. Men's cross country's Colton Ham '16 and Jon Holmes '17 , along with men's soccer's David Magee '18 , all earned All-Region honors this fall. Raven Round Up Success Dynamic Duo WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SUPERLATIVES Leedhams Add Hall of Fame Accolades to String of Accomplishments J ennifer '09 and Johanna Leedham '10 are two of the latest inductees to the Franklin Pierce Hall of Fame. There's no mistaking the massive impact the sisters have had on the Franklin Pierce women's basketball team. Between the two, their stats are staggeringly superlative. As head coach, Jennifer pulled in a 53-34 record, including a 39-25 W-L in Northeast-10 Conference play. She put the Ravens into NCAA Championship berths in both the 2013 and 2015 season–and Franklin Pierce has qualifed for the Northeast-10 Championship in each of her coaching seasons. All that's on top of her undergradu- ate playing achievements: 1,386 career points, placing her eighth in the program's scoring history, and ranks second in both steals (255) and assists (522). And then, there's kid sister Johanna, who's D2's all-time leading scorer. Her 3,050 points led Pierce to three consecutive regional titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010, and got her named national Player of the year three times by the Women's Basketball Coaches As- sociation. She was drafted by the Connecticut Sun following graduation and repre- sented her home country of Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic Games. "Jennifer and Johanna Leedham transformed the FPU women's basketball program from mediocrity to excellence over the past decade" says Bruce Kirsh, athletic director. " The Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on May 1 as part of the athletics banquet. Joining the pair in induction was former men's soccer All-American and head coach Craig Stewart MBA '05, as well as three-time All-Northeast-10 volley- ball setter Karissa (Hookstadt) Atwood '09. The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Foundation was also enshrined for their contributions to athletics. — Holly Beretto '93 Between the two, their stats are staggeringly superlative. FACING PAGE: SHUTTERSTOCK (MT. WASHINGTON)

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