Merrimack College Celebrates Class of 2014 at Commencement Sunday
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Merrimack College celebrated the graduates of the Class of 2014 Sunday afternoon at Lawler Rink, as 80 student-athletes officially wrapped up their careers in North Andover at the College’s 64th Commencement Celebration.
The Merrimack Athletics Class of 2014 compiled a four-year combined record of 727 wins, 654 losses and seven ties, amassing a .526 winning percentage over that span. They helped their teams win 11 Northeast-10 Conference championships and earn 13 appearances in their teams’ respective NCAA Tournaments.
Graduating senior Kennedy Ndamba, an Honors Sports Medicine and Public and Professional Writing major who was a year-two member of the men's soccer team, was chosen by his peers to deliver the undergraduate Commencement Speech.
This year alone, the Class of 2014 combined for 175 overall victories, three conference crowns and four NCAA Tournament appearances – the most in a single season since the 2008-09 academic year that featured six NCAA Tournament qualifiers.
The Class of 2014’s final season on campus began with an incredible fall season that featured two teams qualifying for the NCAA Tournament and two more appearing in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship in their respective sport.
The women’s cross country team made history after qualifying for the NCAA National Championships in Spokane, Wash., thanks to their third-place finish at the NCAA East Regionals back in November, while the field hockey team advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the third year in a row. The men’s soccer team barely missed out on an NCAA Tournament at-large berth after finishing with 13 wins en route to an appearance in the NE-10 Final, while the women’s volleyball team completed a remarkable single-season turnaround thanks to a fabulous postseason run that carried them all the way to the league championship, where they barely fell in five sets to perennial power New Haven.
Highlights from the winter season included the men’s basketball team earning a victory over rival Bentley, who was ranked 21st in the country at the time, while the women’s basketball team did likewise against 20th-ranked Adelphi midway through the season. The men’s ice hockey team claimed two wins over ranked foes – including NCAA Tournament participant Quinnipiac – while the women’s swimming team enjoyed success during their historic inaugural season on campus. Finally, the men’s and women’s track & field programs continued to make noise in just their fourth year as a varsity program highlighted by its first-ever individual qualifier in the NCAA National Championships.
In the spring, the Class of 2014 made its mark on a number of fronts, led by the men’s lacrosse team reaching the NE-10 Finals for the fifth time in six seasons, while the softball team returned to the playoffs and earned its first postseason win since 2011. The baseball team boasted the NE-10 Player of the Year for the second straight season as well as the East Region Player of the Year for the first time ever, while the women’s crew team successfully defended its NE-10 Rowing Cup title and the track & field teams again registered historic success at the league and New England Championships while boasting an individual qualifier in the national championships for the second straight season.
Seniors Eddie Newton (North Billerica, Mass. / Pictured) and Keaira Monet Perry (Bellingham, Mass.) of the baseball and softball team, respectively, were chosen to represent Merrimack as finalists for the Northeast-10 Scholar Athletes of the Year, while 57 total Warriors earned NE-10 All-Conference recognition and nine earned major conference year-end awards, including two Players of the Year. As of this writing, 11 student-athletes earned All-America status in 2013-14, and at least one more will be named in the coming weeks.
Merrimack College Athletics Class of 2014
Men’s Cross Country
Men’s Ice Hockey
Men’s Track & Field
Women’s Cross Country
Keaira Monet Perry
Women’s Track & Field