MANSFIELD, Mass.- A total of 209 student-athletes have been named to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Academic All-Conference team for the 2019 Fall semester, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday morning.
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 men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball were eligible for the award.
Eight major award winners from the fall are honored on the all-academic team. Cross country saw both the Men’s and Women’s Athletes of the Year earn the award, as Elms College’s Ricky Elmer (Chicopee, Mass.) and Lesley University’s Kayla Ranere (Danbury, Conn.) represented their schools on the team. Field hockey Player of the Year, Manhattanville College’s Robin Boot (Bedum, Netherlands), highlighted the NECC Champion Valiants’ nine All-Academic selections. Men’s soccer Player of the Year, Charlie Swann (London, England) of the NECC Champion Eastern Nazarene College, as well as the Goalkeeper of the Year, Lesley’s David Crutchfield (Boylston, Mass.) also earned the honor. The women’s soccer Player of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year were also honored, as Becker College’s Kyra Teixeira (Old Lyme, Conn.) and Elms’ Rebecca Molin (West Hartford, Conn.) garnered the accolade. The women’s volleyball Defensive Player of the Year, Kianna Lozada (Bayamon, P.R.) of Elms, rounded out the major award winners.
Seven of the eight major award winners were also first-team All-NECC selections in their respective sports, and are joined on the All-Academic team by 18 additional first team All-Conference members. There were also 21 second team all-conference selections honored, along with 22 Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team members.
Women’s Soccer saw the highest number of All-Academic honorees, with 71. New England College led the pack with 16 Women’s Soccer student-athletes named to to the All-Academic team, as well as a conference-leading 39 overall honorees.
ABOUT THE NECC
The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 15 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.