|Rachel Cole is among Penn State's best at school with a 3.94 GPA|
The 2015-16 academic year was a productive one for the Lady Ice Lions, as the team once again excelled in the classroom, headlined by eight upperclassmen who boast a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5.
Those players - whose achievement reached the level of ACHA Academic All-American qualification in seasons that honor is awarded - include Cassie Dunne, Nina Elia, Tarika Embar, Claire Gauthier, Darby Kern, Jackie Saideh, Hanna Scanlon and Lucy Yeatman.
Underclassmen with cumulative GPAs of 3.5 or better include Rachel Cole, Aimee Little, Meghan Miller, Riley O'Connor and Sophie Paolizzi.
One other upperclassman, Devon Fisk, would qualify as well, although her December graduation with a perfect average for her entire college career meant that she was not reported on the spring semester eligibility form filed with the ACHA and used for determining academic standing with the association.
Specific to this past fall semester Fisk, along with Kern, Yeatman and Little all posted perfect 4.0 GPAs. That quartet, along with Elia, Gauthier, Saideh, Miller, Dunne, Embar, Paolizzi, O'Connor, Cole, Scanlon, Anna Marcus, Allyssa Long and Kelly Watson all won Dean's List recognition (a 3.5 GPA for a single semester), helping the Lady Ice Lions' team-wide mark to a 3.43 for the term, a sharp improvement over last season.
In all, 13 of the 21 players rostered during the spring semester (62 percent) carry a 3.5 cumulative average, while 16 (76 percent) made Dean's List during the last completed semester of school.
Cole was the best-performing freshman with a 3.94 average and will be recognized with a newly-initiated award for the team's top academic rookie.
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