Six student-athletes representing five different programs from the Merrimack College Athletics Department were honored on Thursday when the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) unveiled its Google Cloud Men’s and Women’s Academic All-District At-Large teams.
On the men’s side, junior Charlie Bertrand of the men’s lacrosse program along with juniors Denis Davydov and Alex Fedorov of the men’s tennis squad earned recognition. Another junior, Johnathan Kovacevic from the men’s ice hockey program, was recognized on the Division I District I list. Among the women’s honorees, senior Krystal Knight of the women’s golf program earned a spot for the second straight year while junior Katharina Ohmen from the field hockey squad received her first-ever Google Cloud Academic All-District selection. For Bertrand, it also marked his second all-district nod while Davydov, Fedorov, Kovacevic and Ohmen all received their first career honors.
A student-athlete is recognized as an All-District selection for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The student-athlete must have an overall G.P.A of 3.3 or higher to qualify in addition to being a significant contributor on the field. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes baseball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
Now a three-time first team all-region pick after this week’s honors from the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, Bertrand adds yet another accolade to a season full of them; the USILA Preseason Player of the Year and 2019 NE10 Player of the Year who was the only Division II player named to the Tewaaraton Watch List during the winter, Bertrand has been arguably the nation’s best overall player with 84 points on the strength of 69 goals and 15 assists in 14 games. He leads the country in points per game (6.00) and goals per game (4.93), while his 11 man-up goals are second on the roster. He has 23 ground balls and seven caused turnovers, as well, and is shooting 50.7 percent on the season.
Davydov completed his second full season at Merrimack with a Northeast-10 All-Conference Second Team selection at first doubles. The Russian native posted a 19-10 overall record at doubles, winning seven of eight matches in conference play while posting a 13-8 mark at the top flight. While his all-league accolades came in the doubles flight, Davydov posted one of the most impressive singles seasons in school history as the Warriors’ top option. A NE10 All-Tournament team selection, Davydov totaled 17 singles wins at No. 1 and 19 overall as a singles player this spring. He played in all but two singles matches at the top flight this spring for Merrimack.
Finishing the year with the most single-season wins in school history, Fedorov totaled 40 victories while playing at mostly second doubles and third singles. The Guilderland, N.Y. native won 18 singles contests while tying for the team lead with 22 doubles triumphs. The NE10 Elite 24 Winner at the NE10 Championship, Fedorov was also an all-conference selection on the second team at second doubles and a third-team honoree at third singles. Fedorov won seven of nine NE10 singles matches while prevailing in all but one (8-1) of his conference doubles matches.
Kovacevic, who signed a two-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets in March, represents the second-highest draft selection by any player in program history. He is one of only five all-time Warriors to be drafted in the first 100 picks of any NHL Draft, as well. A Grimsby, Ontario, native, Kovacevic finished his junior season with 18 points (4 goals, team-high 14 assists) in 31 games for the Warriors and wrapped up his three-year collegiate career with 54 points (9 goals, 45 assists) in 101 games. Kovacevic becomes the first Merrimack defenseman to sign an NHL contract out of college in 10 years.
Knight’s adds another academic accolade to her mantle after her superb career wraps up at the national championship this week. Knight has been one of the biggest factors on the course this year while orchestrating arguably the best season by a golfer in school history. She ranks 11th in all of Division II in scoring average (73.45) and boasts seven event victories and 10 top-10 finishes to date. The Groveland, Massachusetts, native become the second Warrior ever to repeat as an NE10 individual champion after carding a one-over 143 to help Merrimack claim the conference crown for the fourth time in five years. Knight set the school record for lowest round by an individual three times in the fall, including a five-under 67 at the Saint Rose Invitational in September. She became the second individual ever at Merrimack to reach the national championship tournament, as well.
Ohmen has enjoyed a spectacular career on the field and in the classroom for the Merrimack field hockey program. Her academic prowess this year has featured both a NE10 Academic All-Conference selection as well as the NE10’s Sports Excellence Award as the top field hockey student-athlete in the conference. She was named the league’s NE10 Goalkeeper of the Year after leading Merrimack to the conference championship. At the end of the league tournament, Ohmen was named both the Elite 24 recipient in addition to earning a spot on the all-tournament team. The Bremen, Germany’s native landed on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American Second Team and the all-league first team after ranking fifth in the nation in save percentage (.794) and 11th in goals-against average (1.44).