Star defender earns College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District, Krampade All-American Scholar honors

Samantha Benoit was named College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District and joined 12 of her Norwich University women’s hockey teammates on the Krampade All-American Scholar honors from the American Hockey Coaches Association.

The CoSIDA Academic All-American program recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined athletic and academic performance. Benoit, a defenseman from Bow, New Hampshire, graduated in May with a health science degree and a 3.79 grade-point average.

She was honored in the women’s at-large category, which comprises beach volleyball; bowling; crew/rowing; fencing; field hockey; golf; gymnastics; ice hockey; lacrosse; rifle; skiing; swimming and diving; tennis and water polo. 

Samantha Benoit, a defenseman from Bow, New Hampshire, graduated in May with a health science degree and a 3.79 grade-point average.

Norwich has had CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in each of the last five years. Men’s hockey player Braeden Ostepchuk thrice earned the honor (2018, 2017 and 2016); Gabriel Chicoine earned it twice (2021 and 2020). Emily Lambert (women’s hockey) and Tom Aubrun (men’s hockey) earned it in 2020; Emily Oliver (softball) and Mary-Kait Mace (women’s soccer) earned it in 2019; and Derek Lotito (football) earned it in 2016.

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Norwich’s 13 Krampade All-American Scholars led the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) for the second straight year and tied for ninth among NCAA Division III programs. (Photo by Chandler Mosher/Norwich University Athletics.)

Benoit helped lead Norwich to the 2018 NCAA Division III National Championship as a freshman and was an American Hockey Coaches Association first-team All-American in 2019 and 2020. She’s also a two-time New England Hockey Writers All-New England selection and a two-time first-team All-New England Hickey Conference honoree. 

Benoit became just the second defenseman and the 12th player in Norwich women’s hockey history to reach 100 career points. She was on pace to break the program's  assists record before coronavirus pandemic protocols shortened her senior season.

Benoit finished with 84 assists, third on Norwich women’s hockey’s all-time list all-time and just seven short of Sophie Leclerc's '10 program-record 91 assists. Benoit also scored 16 career goals.

Krampade honors

Meanwhile, Norwich’s 13 Krampade All-American Scholars led the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) for the second straight year and tied for ninth among NCAA Division III programs. 

In all, 450 Division III women's hockey student-athletes earned Krampade honors, which required a 3.6 GPA in the fall and spring semesters. 

Joining Benoit were Alexa Berg (West Fargo, North Dakota), Kayla Goleniak(Canton, Michgan) and Ingrid Holstad-Berge (Stavanger, Norway) in earning the honor for the second straight year. 

Senior KC Herne (Akwesasne, Quebec), and juniors Carley Sedlar (Howell, Michigan), Taylor Tom (Kenora, Ontario) were first-time honorees as were sophomores Molly Flanagan (Lutz, Florida), Ann-Frederique Guay (St. Lambert-de-Lauzon, Quebec) and Julia Masotta (Tewksbury, Massachusetts), and freshmen Aimee Headland (Nottingham, United Kingdom), Ally LaGue (Barre, Vermont) and Melianne Reynolds (Sherbrooke, Quebec).

Norwich’s women’s hockey team finished 7-1 in the COVID-19 shortened 2020-21 season.


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