HCC student-athletes earn academic honors

Five Harford Community College Fighting Owls were recognized for their academic excellence with an award from the most prestigious collegiate committee of academics in the nation. These fall student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-District honors from CoSIDA.

Men's soccer's Kevin Connelly; Audrey Baldwin, Alex Kaputsos and Becky McManus of the women's soccer program; and volleyball's Abby Stevens were named to the Academic All-District Team for District 34. They were five of 16 junior college student-athletes named on the prestigious list among fall student-athletes.

Connelly was a sophomore defender on the most successful men's soccer team in program history. The Fighting Owls won the regular season conference title with an 11-0-1 Maryland JUCO mark and a 14-4-1 overall record, both program bests. Connelly earned a 3.92 grade-point average in business administration while achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall semesters of 2010 and 2011.

Baldwin earned NJCAA All-American honors as a sophomore goalie for the No. 4 women's soccer team last month. She totaled 15 wins between the pipes as the Fighting Owls finished fourth at the 2011 NJCAA Championships, the highest finish in school history. She earned a 3.81 GPA in business administration with a 4.0 GPA in the fall 2011 semester.

Kaputsos was second on the team in goals with six as a sophomore defender. She was also part of 20 shutouts in her two-year career at Harford. She achieved a 3.92 grade-point average in nursing while achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall and spring semesters of 2011.

McManus scored 14 goals as a Fighting Owl forward, helping the team win 30 contests in her career. She had a 4.0 GPA during the fall 2010 semester while totaling a 3.66 GPA in an undeclared major.

Stevens helped the volleyball team reach the NJCAA District Tournament for the first time in school history as a sophomore defensive specialist. She posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring 2011 semester while totaling a 3.70 overall GPA with an undeclared major.

To be eligible for the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-America or All-District Team, a student-athlete must be a sophomore who is a starter or important reserve while achieving a 3.30 cumulative GPA.

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