June 6, 2017

New England College's Granata Named CoSIDA Academic All-America®

New England College senior women's lacrosse player Allison Granata (Norwalk, Conn.) has been named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American following her placement on the Women's At-Large Third Team.

In May, Granata was named to the Academic All-District ™ Women's At-Large NCAA Division III All-Region Team, which then put her in consideration for Academic All-America ® recognition.

Granata, a standout both in the classroom and on the lacrosse field, is one of just six women's lacrosse players named to one of the three women's Academic All-America® teams, and is one of 10 student-athletes recognized from a New England college or university.

She becomes the first NEC student-athlete in recent history to earn Academic All-America® honors.

To view the complete list of All-America honorees release, click HERE.

Granata earned her place on the CoSIDA Academic All-America ® Women's At-Large third team on the strength of her 3.96 grade point average (GPA) as a double-major in kinesiology and business administration. She was named New England College's Female Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, and was recognized at NEC's commencement as the recipient of the Priscilla C. Danforth Award, which is granted to a graduating female senior for outstanding athletic ability and sportsmanship.

Granata was also honored by the North Atlantic Conference as both the women's lacrosse Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Player of the Year.

In addition to her successes in the classroom, Granata wrapped up an outstanding career on the playing field as well. She tallied 85 points and scored 71 goals as a senior to become NEC's all-time leader in both goals (206) and points (263). She also graduates with 210 draw controls, 130 caused turnovers, and 310 ground balls.

Granata participated in a number of extra-curricular activities in her senior year. She was a member of SAAC, an active participant in NEC's One Love event, and organized an Out of the Darkness walk to raise awareness for suicide prevention. She was also a four-year member of NEC's cross country team.

CoSIDA, which began its recognition of NCAA scholar-athletes in the 1950's, has honored more than 15,000 deserving athletes across all divisions in 12 sports. To be eligible for the at-large program, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. 

Sports eligible for the at-large program are Women's Beach Volleyball, Women's Bowling, Men's and Women's Fencing, Women's Field Hockey, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Gymnastics, Men's and Women's Ice Hockey, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Men's and Women's Rifle, Women's Rowing, Men's and Women's Skiing, Men's and Women's Swimming, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Water Polo, Men's Wrestling. 

--Courtesy of NEC Sports Information