Following a stellar season on the diamond and in the classroom that featured multiple recognitions and awards, junior Alyssa Williamson (Scarborough, Maine) of the Merrimack College softball program was named a College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) Academic All-American, as CoSIDA unveiled its Division II Softball All-Americans on Wednesday afternoon. Williamson landed on the Academic All-American Third Team.
Williamson earned the distinction to be considered for All-American status after being named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection earlier this month. She became the eighth student-athlete in program history to earn All-American honors and first in 22 years, and the 14th student-athlete ever at Merrimack to achieve this honor.
The CoSIDA Academic All-American program recognizes student-athletes from across the country that have excelled on the field of play and in the classroom. To be eligible for recognition, student-athletes must be of sophomore status or higher at their respective institutions and own cumulative grade-point averages (GPA) of 3.30 or higher.
As a psychology major, Williamson collected a 3.95 cumulative GPA. The second-year Warrior was one of just three Northeast-10 Conference performers to receive All-American recognition, joining Adelphi’s Brenna Martini (First Team) and Le Moyne’s Courtney Case (Second Team).
The NFCA/D2CCA All-East Region and NE10 All-Conference First Team selection enjoyed a superb junior campaign, which marked her second year at Merrimack and first full season with the Warriors. She led the Navy and Gold and ranked seventh in the league with a .365 average, slashing .365/.411/.476. She added a team-high 62 hits and 15 doubles, which were the fourth most in the NE10.
Williamson was part of a Merrimack team that advanced to the program’s 14th NCAA Tournament and first in six seasons. The Warriors won a pair of games in the East Regional, reaching the regional final before bowing out in the tournament’s final day.--
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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