Stedman and Gromacki Named Regional Player & Coach of the Year

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AMHERST, MA - Just one day before leaving for the 2010 NCAA Division III Final Four, the Amherst College women's basketball program received another bit of great news. This afternoon, named sophomore guard Caroline Stedman (Walpole, MA) and head coach G.P. Gromacki Regional Player and Coach of the Year award winners. Stedman was also one of just five players in the Northeast Region to earn First Team honors. Less than 24 hours later, Stedman was named an ECAC New England All-Star, and the New England Player of the Year.

Today's honor is just the latest in a long line of awards that Stedman has earned during her breakout sophomore season. After averaging just 2.2 points per game as a rookie last year, Stedman has emerged as the Lord Jeffs' leading scorer this year. Stedman leads the undefeated and top-ranked Amherst (31-0) team into the Final Four this weekend averaging a team-high 12.4 points per game, while also ranking among the team leaders in steals, assists, blocks and nearly every shooting statistic.

Joining Stedman on the First Team from the NESCAC are Tufts University standouts Colleen Hart and Julia Baily. Also earning First Team honors were a pair of players that Amherst has beaten this season in Nicole Wurdeman (Babson) and Melissa Teel (Western Conn.). The NESCAC placed one player on each the Second and Third Teams in Colby's Alison Cappelloni and Bates' Lauren Yanofsky.

Stedman was named the 2010 NESCAC Player of the Year on March 3, before earning WBCA All-Region honors on March 9.  Gromacki was also name the 2010 NESCAC Coach of the Year and the 2010 WBCA Regional Coach of the Year. This marks the second straight season that Gromacki has been named the Regional Coach of the Year, and with the Lord Jeffs making back-to-back national semifinal appearances, Gromacki will be a leading candidate for all national coach of the year honors.

Amherst will take on Wash.-U. on Friday night at 6 p.m. (EST) for a spot in the 2010 National Championship game. Read a full preview of the entire Final Four weekend by clicking here. You can also view the full list of All-Region award winners by clicking here.