June 26, 2013
2013 Patriot League Honor Roll
WEST POINT, N.Y. - -
Rising sophomore Alyssa Strobehn posted the highest grade-point average in the spring semester among the three Army softball players named to the Patriot League's Academic Honor Roll in an announcement by the conference office. Rising juniors Ali Cleinmark and Jewels Steurer joined Strobehn in rounding out the 46 student-athletes honored for their performance on the diamond and in the classroom.
It is the second straight year that Cleinmark, who posted a 3.616 GPA in the spring majoring in Kinesiology, earned conference academic honors. Last month, the Army infielder was among 11 student-athletes named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team. Cleinmark has been on the Dean's List every semester at West Point, and was recently awarded the Superintendent's Award for Achievement.
Cleinmark worked her way into Army's starting lineup this year stepping into the first-base vacancy where she drew starts in 44 of 45 games. She collected 25 hits to include a pair of doubles and her first career home run. The native of Normal, Ill., recorded five multiple-hit games and scored a game-high three runs in a 10-1 win over East Tennessee State. She committed just one error in 256 chances in helping Army rank first in fielding percentage (.973) in the Patriot League and 14th nationally.
Strobehn, an undeclared major with a 3.946 GPA, posted the second highest GPA among the conference schools and was one of just six student-athletes to record a GPA of 3.8 or higher this spring. At season's end, she was named the team's most improved player. A hard worker, Strobehn drew duty in 23 games with three starts at catcher. She played errorless ball in 18 chances and scored four runs to include the tie-breaker in a 3-2 ninth-inning win over Iona.
Steurer, who posted a 3.342 GPA as a Mechanical Engineering major, closed out her second year as a member of Army's pitching staff. The native of Morris Plains, N.J., posted a 3.28 earned run average in 21.1 innings in the circle.
"It's certainly a tremendous honor for the individuals and our program, to have three representatives on the conference academic honor roll," said Army head coach Michelle DePolo. "It is an accomplishment that is augmented by the fact that they are competing against individuals at other elite academic institutions, and in their own right in their most challenging academic years at West Point."
"The three individuals representing our team are very deserving of the award and truly embody what our program is about. They are equally committed to academics, softball and the West Point mission. We are very proud of their accomplishments and look forward to more great things in the future."
To be eligible for the Patriot League's spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average during the spring semester and be a participant in a winter or spring sport.
The Black Knights closed out the season 35-26 - their second straight 30-win season and third in four years. Army captured the Patriot Championship for the first time since 2002 and fifth overall, along with earning its third trip to the NCAA Regionals. The Black Knights competed at the NCAA Austin Regional where they set school regional marks for runs scored (five) and hits (10) against Houston, who had to come-from-behind to defeat Army, 7-5.