Three Lord Jeffs Named to ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team

Brittany Berckes '10
AMHERST, MA – Three Amherst College student-athletes were named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team, which was announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The Amherst women earning Academic All-District honors were junior tennis player Brittany Berckes (Secaucus, NJ), who was named to the Second Team, and senior women’s lacrosse player Amy Craig (Denver, CO) and sophomore swimmer Kendra Stern (Albuquerque, NM), who each landed on the Third Team. Amherst’s honorees are three of only seven NESCAC student-athletes to earn ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team honors this year.

In the At-Large program, nominations are limited to three per school per gender (a total of three men's at-large candidates and three women's at-large candidates). Nominated student-athletes must have significant athletic credentials with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA.

Berckes is a political science major who this season led Amherst to the national title match as the nation’s top-ranked team. After claiming the NCAA Doubles Championship title in each of her first two years, Berckes will return to the individual national championships later this week in both singles and doubles competition.

Amy Craig '09
As the 2008 NESCAC Player of the Year, Berckes has led Amherst to the conference title in each of her three years with the program. After posting an 18-3 record in doubles matches and a 14-6 mark in singles play as a sophomore, Berckes is currently the fourth-ranked singles player in the Northeast and is part of the second-ranked doubles pair.

In addition to anchoring Amherst’s women’s lacrosse team for the past four years, Craig boasts a 3.39 GPA as a history and French double-major. In 2009 she scored 43 goals and recorded eight assists to mark her third consecutive 50-point season. In her four years, Craig tallied 184 goals and 25 assists for 209 points, adding 81 ground balls, 94 draw controls and 42 caused turnovers.

As one of the best attackers in the NESCAC, Craig led Amherst to the NCAA Championship Quarterfinals in 2006 and 2008. This season she earned her second consecutive All-Conference First Team honor and will hope to earn a fourth consecutive IWLCA All-Region selection and second consecutive All-America nod. In her first year at Amherst, Craig was named to the 2006 All-Rookie Team.

Rounding out Amherst’s Academic All-District honorees is Stern, an art history and Spanish double-major with a 3.58 GPA. An eight-time national champion, Stern has already established herself as one of the most dominant swimmers in Division III. This past winter she won national titles in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events to go along with four NESCAC titles.

Kendra Stern '11
Stern’s first season at Amherst was even more impressive, as she won NCAA titles in the 100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyle events, as well as the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays and the 400-yard medley relay. As the 2008 NESCAC Swimmer of the Year and two-time National Swimmer of the Week in 2009, Stern holds national records in the 100-yard freestyle (49.37) and 200-yard freestyle (1:47.19).

Eligible sports for the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America At-Large program are field hockey, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s skiing, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s water polo, men’s wrestling, women’s bowling, women’s crew, men’s and women’s fencing, men’s and women’s rifle, and men’s and women’s gymnastics.

A complete list of the 2008-09 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Teams will be posted on the CoSida Website.