BOSTON – The accolades continue to roll in for junior Sierra Stone of the Hartford women’s soccer team, as she was named the 2019 America East Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete on Thursday.
A native of Hebron, Conn., Stone enjoyed a tremendous season both on and off the field for the Hawks in 2018. She received the fifth All-Conference honor of her career this past season after earning Second Team laurels. With Stone as a mainstay in the midfield, the Hawks compiled a conference-leading six shutouts in addition to posting the most regular-season wins since 2011 (13).
Stone also took home New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) All-New England Second Team honors for the second time in as many seasons in 2018.
The honor is the latest in a string of academic awards for Stone, who holds a 3.96 grade-point average as an accounting major. Selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District 1 First Team by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), she also was also named Third Team Scholar All-East Region by the United Soccer Coaches.
A two-time America East All-Academic Team selection, Stone is the fourth Hartford women’s soccer player since 2013 to receive America East Scholar-Athlete recognition. A total of six Hawks have won the award under head coach John Natale, who concluded his 15th season at the helm in 2018.
America East Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the six championship sports that the conference sponsored in the fall season, including men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey and volleyball. Emily Costello (Stony Brook, volleyball), Paul Hogan (UMass Lowell, men’s cross country), Daniel Krutzen (UAlbany, men’s soccer), Melissa Nealon (UAlbany, field hockey) and Lauren Trumble (Vermont, women’s cross country) rounded out the 2019 America East Scholar-Athlete recipients.
Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve who carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50. They will automatically be eligible for the America East Male or Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which will be announced this summer.