WORCESTER -- WPI graduate student Caraline Wood (Averill Park, NY) and sophomore Lindsay Ambrosino (Chelmsford, MA) have garnered CoSIDA softball Academic All-District I first team accolades, as voted upon by sports information directors from Massachusetts and Maine. The duo is now under consideration for Academic All-America accolades.
The pair earned the honors as infielders as Wood picks her second consecutive award while Ambrosino was recognized for the first time. The selections give the Engineers 13 academic all-district awards for seven-year head coach Whitney Goldstein. WPI was joined by MIT and Endicott as the only programs in New England to have multiple selections to the team and along with Moravian (PA) in District III and Averett (VA) in District IV as the only schools in Division III with two infielders named all-district.
Because of the truncation of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, honorees were selected based on achievements throughout their career. Both were off to great starts in the abbreviated four-game 2020 Crimson and Gray campaign. Wood was hitting .583 with eight RBI, four runs scored, four doubles, three walks and a pair of stolen bases while Ambrosino batted .467 with a homer, a pair of doubles, a triple, six runs scored and seven RBI.
Wood was a first team All-America in 2019. The third baseman batted .465 and ranked third in Division III in total bases (126) and fourth in RBI (59), 10th in slugging percentage (.875) and 11th in hits (67) and home runs (13) following the Super Regionals. The Medford Regional All-Tournament team selection was 10th in batting average (.583) and 11th in slugging percentage 1.083), and is one of 17 to have a triple thus far in the NCAA Tournament. The senior concluded with a seven-game hitting streak, including a 4-for-4 performance versus St. Joseph (CT) in the NCAA tournament. In 18 conference games, Wood led the way with a 1.056 slugging percentage, eight home runs, 29 RBI and 57 total bases.
The NEWMAC Player of the Year and three-time All-NEWMAC first teamer was one of 25 semifinalists under consideration for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III Softball Player of Year award.
The mechanical engineering major with a 3.51 undergraduate and 3.85 graduate was a multiple time Dean's List honoree and a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. Her IQP Project her junior year in Cape Town, South Africa explored perspectives on affordable housing while her MQP Project her senior year involved designing an attachable arm bike for alternative wheelchair propulsion.
Ambrosino became the program's third NEWMAC Softball Rookie of the Year in as many seasons in 2019, fourth in the Goldstein Era and sixth in program history. The shortstop guided the conference with 40 runs on the season and 24 during NEWMAC games. Six of the freshman's seven home runs came in conference play which is good for third overall and second versus NEWMAC pitchers. After homering in both games at Wheaton to conclude March, Ambrosino boasted a 13-game hitting streak from April 3 to April 19.
A biomedical engineering with a perfect 4.00 GPA is a three-time Dean's List honoree and was the 2019 Herb Beall General Chemistry Award winner. Ambrosino is a Crimson Key Tour Guide and ARC Tutor. Her Humanities and Arts Component focuses on writing.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at her current institution, must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable), completed one full calendar year at her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
Co-SIDA Release (pdf)