May 21, 2009
DELAWARE, OH-A member of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team has earned a prestigious academic honor.
Senior forward Rebecca Stephens (North Andover, MA/North Andover HS) has been named second team ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District in the District One College Division. Stephens was named to the women's at-large team in a vote of sports information directors in District One who are members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. Student-athletes honored must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2 and be sophomores, juniors or seniors at their respective universities.
As a senior, Stephens was UMass Dartmouth's second leading scorer with 15 goals and four assists for 34 points. She scored three game-winning goals, including the game winner in the first round of the Little East Conference playoffs against Westfield State with 12 seconds remaining in regulation time.
A three-time Academic All-America nominee, Stephens received the Senior Scholar-Athlete Award, UMD's highest academic honor for student-athletes, at the 2009 Athletic Banquet. A second team All-LEC selection, Stephens was named to the first two LEC Academic All-Conference teams, represented the team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and was a team captain. During her career, she was named to both the Chancellor's List and the Dean's List at UMD for academic excellence, was a Commonwealth Scholar and a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, interned at the University of Virginia last summer, doing research in immunology, and will attend the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine this fall.
"Becca was a coach's dream," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "She's the person you want in the game when there is a minute left and you're tied. When Westfield State tied up our playoff game, Becca said that it wasn't over, and she scored the winning goal. She puts a lot into her studies; she's a hard worker, and a great leader."
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY