April 28, 2008
Loudonville, N.Y. - The Siena women's lacrosse team placed four student athletes on the annual MAAC All-Academic Team as announced by conference officials. Courtney Highsmith, Katie Ostrye, Jaclyn Papa and Emily Winslow represented the Saints.
Highsmith, a junior college transfer from Ann Arundel Community College (Md.), starred as a midfielder this season in her first year adorning Green and Gold. In the classroom, she posted a 3.34 GPA as a psychology major. The junior native of Crofton, Md. excelled on the field as well, leading all midfielders on the team with 33 groundballs, while ranking third on the team with 15 goals.
Ostrye, a senior quad-captain from Katonah, N.Y., was a staple on the Saints defensive unit this season. Off the field, she accrued a 3.70 GPA as a psychology major which she will earn her degree in next month. On the field of play she was a stalwart at the defensive end, leading the team with 34 groundballs, while ranking second in caused turnovers with 14.
A sophomore defender from nearby Clifton Park, N.Y., Papa led the entire team with a GPA of 3.85 with a major in biology. She started all 14 games on defense this season and recorded an assist. She also added 20 groundballs and seven caused turnovers.
Winslow, a senior quad-captain and defender from Webster, N.Y., earned her second All-Academic Team selection this school year. A rare two sport varsity athlete, Winslow also earned league recognition in the fall from the Northeast Conference in field hockey. A biology major, Winslow had tallied a GPA of 3.84. On the field, she started all 14 games, totaling 20 groundballs and 10 caused turnovers.
To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.