MARSHFIELD, Mass.- A total of 194 student-athletes have been named to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Academic All-Conference team for the 2018-2019 Winter and Spring semesters, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon. Of the 194 student-athletes, six were dual sport athletes.
In order to be eligible for NECC Academic All-Conference honors, a student-athlete must post a minimum grade point average of 3.40 on a scale of 4.00, and must be a sophomore or higher in class standing. Student-athletes who competed in Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Softball, Men’s Volleyball and Men’s and Women’s Track & Field were eligible for winter/spring NECC academic honors.
This year’s honorees included six conference major award winners, the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Players of the Year, Mitchell College’s Domenico Santiago (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) and New England College’s Rene Hudson (Gallatin, Tenn.), respectively. The Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year, Shannon Chau (San Francisco, Calif.), of Eastern Nazarene College was honored, as was the Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year, Ryan Healy (Fair Lawn, N.J.) of Endicott College. Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year, Tara Bainbridge (South Hadley, Mass.) of New England College and Softball Pitcher of the Year, Eastern Nazarene’s Elisabeth Schaffer (Benton, Pa.) also earned the accolade.
Santiago, Hudson, Bainbridge and Schaffer were also first-team All-NECC selections in their respective sports, and are joined on the All-Academic team by 11 other first team All-Conference members. In addition, 15 second team and 10 third team selections were honored, along with 16 Del Malloy Sportsmanship team members.
Baseball and Softball saw the highest number of All-Academic honorees, with 40 each. Elms College led the pack with a total of 36 honorees.
For the full list of honorees, click the link below.