February 3, 2014

Nine Merrimack College Fall Student-Athletes Earn NE-10 Academic All-Conference Honors

FIVE FALL TEAMS, NINE STUDENT-ATHLETES REPRESENT MERRIMACK ON ACADEMIC ALL-CONF. TEAM

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College Athletic Department ranked as one of the top academically proficient programs in the Northeast-10 Conference for the fall season, as nine Warriors earned a spot on the NE-10’s Academic All-Conference Team.

To be eligible for selection to the Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference Teams, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1) participated in at least half of the team's competitions and been either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale); and 3) completed at least one academic year at his/her current institution.

American International College and Bentley University led the way with 11 student-athletes selected apiece. Merrimack and Stonehill both had nine recognized, while Adelphi University and the University of New Haven each had eight.

For the Warriors, the women’s cross country team, the men’s and women’s soccer programs, the field hockey squad and the volleyball team each had at least one representative, with field hockey (3) and women’s soccer (3) leading the way.

For field hockey, which earned its third straight trip to the NCAA Final Four this past season, was represented by sophomore Sydney Bowker (Schenectady, N.Y.), and Katrina Squeri (Chelmsford, Mass.), as well as senior Candace Waldie (North Andover, Mass.).

The women’s soccer team also had three student-athletes represented, as senior Danielle Dion (North Grosvenordale, Conn.), junior Katie Bresciani (Hopedale, Mass.) and sophomore Jenna Savi (Dedham, Mass.) each garnered the all-conference academic team honors.

Men’s soccer, women’s cross country and women’s volleyball each had one student-athlete recognized by the Northeast-10: men’s soccer captain Ronald Ried (Schwendy, Germany), women’s cross senior Fiona Coleman (Windsor, Conn.), and women’s volleyball junior Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, N.Y.).

Ried was a driving force and leader of the Warrior backline and helped the men’s soccer team earn its second straight trip to the NE-10 Championship Final while posting 13 wins in the process.

Coleman helped the women’s cross country squad achieve something that had never been done in the history of the program, as the Warriors advanced to the NCAA National Championships in Spokane, Wash., after placing third at the East Regionals.

Finally, Sheehan – a first-team all-conference and all-region selection – played an important role in the women’s volleyball team’s resurgent 2013 campaign; the Warriors enjoyed a seven-win improvement from the previous year and, more importantly, shocked the conference with a postseason run that carried them to the NE-10 Championship Final. Merrimack threw everything it had at two-time defending champion New Haven and forced a decisive fifth set in the title game, but settled for the league’s runner-up honor.

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