To qualify for recognition, teams had to have achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or above for the 2010-2011 academic year.
The Pride was one of 70 teams from across the nation to earn the honor. Springfield was also one of four teams from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to be recognized as Mount Holyoke College, Wellesley College and Wheaton College were honored.
The 2011 campaign was a memorable one for Springfield as it owned an 11-6 record before bowing out in the NEWMAC Tournament Championship game. The Pride captured the conference regular season crown for the first time since 2006 after rattling off a 6-0 record against league foes.