MANSFIELD, Mass. – Five Saint Anselm College student-athletes from four different Hawks teams have been selected to the Northeast-10 Conference Spring 2018 Academic All-Conference teams on Wednesday.
Recent graduates Jess Perkins '18, Marta Versprille '18 and Amanda Bickford '18 joined rising junior Madison Borrelli and rising senior JJ Dunn on the exclusive list that recognizes standout student-athletes for their performances on and off the field or court. Perkins earned the honor for the third-straight spring, Versprille and Dunn did so for the second consecutive spring, while Bickford and Borrelli were honored for the first time.
To be eligible for selection by the conference office, a student-athlete must have participated in at least half of the team's competitions and been either a starter or significant contributor, achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and completed at least one academic year at his or her current institution.
As a nursing major, Perkins was named to the Dean's List and NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll a combined 15 times out of 16 semesters on the Hilltop. Earlier this spring, she was named the co-recipient of Saint Anselm's Female Senior Scholar-Athlete Award and was recently named her alma mater's nomination for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Perkins became Saint Anselm's first women's tennis student-athlete to reach 100 career match victories, finishing her four-year career a combined 103-31 in singles and doubles. She played atop the Hawks' singles lineup her entire career, going 60-10 in singles play. This year, she was ranked in the top 20 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region rankings all season as part of a 15-2 season in singles.
In addition to putting together a career-best senior season, Versprille, a communication major, served as a student leader for the College's Hope Happens Here chapter and was an Academic All-NE10 selection last spring. Versprille set career highs in goals (26), assists (7), points (33), ground balls (36), draw controls (59) and caused turnovers (19) this past spring, helping lead the Hawks to their first appearance in the NE10 Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship for the first time since 2015.
Serving as a team captain, Versprille's standout senior season helped her finish her career fifth in school history in draw controls (142) and caused turnovers (59), while tying for sixth in games played (64) and 11th in ground balls (99). Her 59 draw controls in 2018 stand as the ninth-most in a single season in program history.
A rare two-sport athlete on the Hilltop (volleyball and softball), Bickford's four-year career culminated in the softball team's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Softball Championship, as the Hawks advanced all the way to the national championship series in Salem, Va. in late May. The team captain, who double-majored in forensic science and criminal justice, was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after picking up NFCA All-East Region First Team, Northeast-10 Conference First Team and D2CCA All-East Region First Team honors for the Hawks.
The NE10's leader in hits (88) in 2018, Bickford wrapped up her standout career with a program-record 237 hits in 609 at-bats, ranking second in team history with a .389 career batting average. From Mar. 7 to Apr. 9, she compiled a 19-game hitting streak before going on to hit safely in 10-of-11 games in the NCAA Tournament.
Borrelli, a finance and Spanish double-major, was also a member of the standout softball team at Saint Anselm, appearing in 45 games for the Hawks this spring. Offensively, Borrelli batted .228 (23-for-101) but chipped in with a .414 on-base percentage, drawing a team-high 27 walks to rank third in the NE10. Her on-base percentage was the 12th-best in the league and she posted a .947 fielding percentage on 152 chances at second base defensively.
From Mar. 4 to Apr. 9, Borrelli reached base safely in 23-straight games, drawing 20 walks and getting 18 hits over the streak. It was the joint-longest such streak on the team this spring.
Dunn, who is majoring in economics, made 11 appearances for the Hawks baseball team, pitching 65 innings while striking out 38 batters and yielding only 24 earned runs on the season. He led the Hawks with a 3.32 earned-run average and did not allow a run across his first three starts on the season, pitching 19.2 scoreless innings while striking out 16 batters during that stretch.
His team won six out of 11 games in which he started, leading the team in that department. He was selected as the NCBWA East Region Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 21, two days after earning Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Week merits for an outstanding season debut against East Stroudsburg, where he yielded two hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings on Feb. 17.