MARSHFIELD, Mass.- A record 211 student-athletes, including 15 members of Newbury College, have been named to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Academic All-Conference team for the 2018 Fall semester, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon. The 211 student-athletes earning recognition bests the previous record of 210 honorees in the spring of 2017.
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, men's golf, field hockey, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball were eligible for the award.
This year's honorees included four conference major award winners, the Field Hockey Player of the Year, Becker College's Samantha Carter (East Boothbay, Maine), the Golfer of the Year, Springfield College's Jakob Raichle (Bethlehem, Pa.), the Men's Soccer Player of the Year, Andrew Kalombo (Worcester, Mass.) of Newbury College, as well as the Women's Soccer Player of the Year, McKenna Straube (Junction City, Ore.) of Lesley University.
Carter, Raichle, Kalombo, and Straube were also first-team All-NECC selections in their respective sports, and are joined on the All-Academic team by 21 fellows first team All-Conference members. In addition, 16-second team and four third team selections were honored, along with 20 Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team members.
Kalombo, who was recently named to the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Scholar team, is joined by teammate Casey Cisero (Shelton, Mass.) on the team.
Geralson Withrow (Mystic, Conn.) and Nicholas Luciano (Vineland, N.J.) of men's cross country and Mallory Steffan (Thornton, Colo.), Hamido Hassan (Lewiston, Maine), and Nhuelle Le (Worcester, Mass.) of women's cross country also made the NECC team.
Women's volleyball student-athletes Mackenzie Tourville (Pawcatuck, R.I.), Venezia Delgadillo (Sharon, Mass.), and Monica Bolduk (Vernon, Conn.) also qualified for the All-Academic group.
From women's soccer, Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.), Katie Flake (Lancaster, Mass.), Nicole Goncalves (Charlestown, Mass.), Jahna Macnamee (Medford, Mass.), and Keely Molloy (Staten Island, N.Y.) all met the requirements for the academic team.
Women's Soccer saw the highest number of All-Academic honorees with 83. New England College led the pack with 19 Women's Soccer honorees, as well as a conference-leading 40 overall honorees. Elms College was right behind with 37 overall honorees.
For the entire list of All-Conference Academic Student-Athletes: Record 211 Student-Athletes Earn NECC Fall Academic All-Conference Honors
Portions of this release courtesy the NECC Office