MERRIMACK PLACES SIX ON NE-10 SPRING ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Highlighted by two members of the Merrimack baseball team, one representative from the men’s lacrosse and softball squads, and two more on the NE-10 champion men’s tennis team, six Merrimack student-athletes earned a spot on the Northeast-10 Conference Spring Academic All-Conference Teams, as announced by the league Tuesday.
The six Warriors join a list of 92 individuals conference-wide that were recognized for their outstanding achievements in the classroom and on the playing field in baseball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s indoor track & field.
To be eligible for selection to the Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference Teams, a student-athlete must have met 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.
Key components behind the baseball team’s magical run to the NE-10 Championship Finals, seniors Joe Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) and Mark O’Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.) joined nine other members on the baseball academic all-conference squad. Drafted in last month’s MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, Mantoni finished with a team-leading 36 RBI on offense while posting a team-best eight saves and 1.61 ERA from the mound. O’Flynn, meanwhile, posted a .286 average on 48 hits while scoring 31 runs. He also drove in 23 and went 13-for-15 in stolen bases.
One of the top faceoff men in the conference, senior midfielder Patrick Coskren (Norwood, Mass.) was the men’s lacrosse team’s lone representative on the academic all-conference team. The senior dominated the X this spring, finishing 166-for-268 in faceoffs, winning 61.9 percent of the draws.
A first-team all-conference outfielder, junior Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, Mass.) represented the softball team thanks to her strong junior campaign and an even stronger academic year in the classroom. The outfielder finished with 31 hits and a .352 average while scoring 18 runs and notching four stolen bases.
Finally, sophomore Vince Bellino (Amesbury, Mass.) and senior Petar Golijanin (Novi Sad, Serbia) of the men’s tennis team rounded out the six Merrimack student-athletes on the list. Both stalwarts helped Merrimack post a 15-5 campaign en route to repeating as NE-10 Champions and sealing a sixth consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament.