NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College Athletics Department was honored with 14 student-athletes on the Northeast-10 Conference Spring Academic All-Conference squads, sharing the league lead for honorees when the NE10 unveiled its academic all-league teams on Monday afternoon.
Three members of the men’s lacrosse program, two student-athletes each from the baseball, softball and men’s tennis programs and one representative each from the women’s lacrosse, men’s outdoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field, women’s tennis and women’s golf programs completed the number of honorees for Merrimack, which matched Le Moyne’s total output for the most among the NE10’s member institutions. To be named to a NE10 Academic All-Conference Team, a student-athlete must have met or exceeded the following minimum requirements: started in at least half or played in at least two-thirds of the team’s competitions as a significant contributor and achieved a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
Ninety-eight student-athletes in total earned Academic All-Conference recognition, with Merrimack’s 14 honorees setting a new school record for the most student-athletes honored with academic all-conference distinction, besting last spring’s 13 selections.
Junior Charlie Bertrand, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, currently carries a 3.917 GPA at the conclusion of his junior academic year. The Baldwinsville, New York, native repeated as the NCAA Elite 90 Award winner, given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA present at his/her sport’s respective national championship round. The honor was one of many this spring for Bertrand, whose 2019 campaign was one of the best in school history. He earned his second straight USILA Player of the Year and Outstanding Attackman honor, which followed his being named the 2019 Northeast-10 Conference and New England Player of the Year. Bertrand, now a three-time All-American (and two-time first team selection), was also the only Division II player named to the Tewaaraton Watch List during the winter. His stat line saw him post 97 points on the strength of 78 goals (a new single-season program record) and 19 assists in 16 games. He led the country in points per game (6.06) and goals per game (4.88), while his 13 man-up goals were second nationwide. The academic all-conference selection is the second straight for his resume.
Registering an impressive 3.9 GPA as a senior on the women’s track & field program with a major in environmental studies, Margaret Byrne concluded her Merrimack career with her first-ever academic all-conference selection. Byrne was a mid-distance runner for the Warriors, competing mostly in the 800-meter event during her outdoor campaign. Her best performance came at the NE10 Championships in the spring, advancing to the finals of the 800m and finishing eighth in the event. Byrne posted her best time of the season in the prelims of the 800-meter, registering a time of 2:18.86.
A Finance major and owner of a 3.604 GPA, Dan Cotnoir has ascended into one of the region’s elite defenders and quietly put together a rock-solid campaign on the back end, culminating in both his first-ever all-region and all-conference honors, as well as his academic all-league selection. Leading a very young defense and transition unit that often features multiple players who are either freshmen or sophomores, the Longmeadow, Massachusetts, native forced 17 turnovers while gathering 30 ground balls and only committed seven turnovers himself to help Merrimack’s defense mold into a top-20 unit nationally (and top-four in the conference) by season’s end.
Junior Denis Davydov added a second academic recognition this spring following a spectacular campaign as the men’s tennis program’s top player. Already a Google Cloud Academic All-District recipient from the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA), Davydov’s 3.844 GPA as a civil engineering garnered him his first-ever NE10 Academic All-Conference nod. The Ulyanovsk, Russia native earned NE10 All-Conference Second Team honors at first doubles, winning 19 doubles matches including a 7-1 record in conference play. Davydov also won 17 times at first singles in dual match play, while setting a career high with 38 total wins.
Merrimack’s leader in victories with a single-season record of 40, junior Alex Fedorov maintained a near impeccable GPA to receive his second straight NE10 Academic All-Conference selection. The Guilderland, N.Y. native garnered a GPA of 3.972 as a double major in accounting and finance. Fedorov also received Google Cloud Academic All-District honors, was the Elite 24 Award winner at the NE10 Championship, and landed on the all-league second team at No. 2 doubles and all-league third team at No. 3 singles. Fedorov tied for the team lead with 22 doubles victories, and ranked second with 18 singles triumphs. He posted at 8-1 NE10 record in doubles and a 7-2 NE10 record in singles.
Junior Thomas Joyce received his second straight NE10 Academic All-Conference honor after boasting a 3.873 GPA as an economics major. The Warriors’ starting first baseman and primary No. 3 hitter, Joyce set career highs in total hits (56), homers (4), RBI (41), doubles (9) and steals (15) this past spring. He ranked in a tie for fourth in the NE10 in RBI, while ranking second on Merrimack with a .306 batting average and leading the team with a .409 on-base percentage. Joyce was arguably the best defensive first baseman in the NE10, fielding a career-high .995 with just two errors in over 400 chances in the field.
A Biology major who graduated with a 3.94 GPA, senior Krystal Knight became Merrimack’s first-ever Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American after capturing a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Championship, where she was just the second student-athlete in school history to qualify as an individual for. She capped off a tremendous career for the Warriors with seven individual titles – including her second straight conference crown back in the fall. The Groveland, Massachusetts, native averaged 73.92 strokes over 25 rounds this season, the 13th-lowest average among all Division II golfers. She will graduate as the most decorated golfer from a statistical standpoint in school history with a career scoring average of 76.85, nearly four strokes better than the next best competitor. She also was a two-time conference champion and a three-time qualifier for the NCAA regional championship, as well as a one-time qualifier for the national championship. She also is the program’s first-ever four-time all-conference first team honoree and is now a three-time NE10 All-Academic Team selection and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.
On top of a NE10 All-Conference Second Team honor at shortstop and a Google Cloud Academic All-District selection, junior Tiffany Mangiameli of the softball program received her first-ever NE10 Academic All-Conference nod. Her academic prowess was evidenced by a 3.816 GPA as a business major, one of the top cumulative GPA’s on the softball program. The NE10’s leader in stolen bases with 34, Mangiameli also ranked 22nd nationwide in total thefts. She led the Warriors with 47 total hits – one shy of tying her career high – and ranked second on the team with a .341 batting average. The Middlefield, Conn. native also paced the program with 13 multi-hit games and at one point during the year reached base in 11 straight contests, the longest such streak of any Warrior in 2019. She touched home a team-best 42 times, which established a new career high and ranked in a tie for third in the league in runs scored.
Senior Nicole Nanof capped off her spectacular career with a second straight NE10 Academic All-Conference selection. She ranked in a tie for second on the team with 12 extra-base hits, including 10 doubles which were also the second most on the Warriors. She swiped a career-best 18 bases on 20 attempts, finishing second on the team in stolen bases. The Goffstown, N.H. native ended the year on a tear, hitting .500 (13-26) over her last nine games, totaling five multi-hit games and knocking in eight runs. Nanof completed her four-year career with a 3.951 GPA as a biology major, and was honored at Commencement with the Merrimack Medal, given to a senior who exemplifies outstanding service to the Merrimack community.
Senior Michael O’Connell, who graduated with a degree Communications and Marketing with a 3.363 GPA and concluded his career as a Warrior as a repeat national champion and earned his first-ever All-America accolade after doing likewise at the region and conference level. The Sudbury, Massachusetts, native played a major role on the turf throughout the year, whether it be up front or in the middle of the field to put the team in the best position to succeed. He finished with a career-high 41 goals and 49 points, ranking third on the team in goals and fourth in overall scoring. A nation-high 15 of those tallies came with the man-up unit. His 47.1-percent scoring clip was second-best on the team for players with 50 or more shot attempts, and he took care of the ball, as indicated by just nine turnovers compared to 30 ground balls and six takeaways. The academic all-conference selection is the first of his career.
Junior Joey Porricelli was as impressive in the classroom as he was on the diamond, picking up his second consecutive NE10 Academic All-Conference honor. The third baseman earned a 3.447 GPA as a mechanical engineering major, adding one more accolade to an honor-filled season. The Monroe, Conn. native was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, which came after three different all-east regions honors and a NE10 Co-Player of the Year distinction. Porricelli enjoyed one of the best season’s ever for a Merrimack third baseman, setting career highs in homers (9), triples (5), RBI (41), OPS, (.946), slugging percentage (.551), on-base percentage (.395) and stolen bases (33). He hit the most homers by a Warrior in a single season since 2002, and was one of the top base stealers in the nation, leading the NE10 and ranking 10th in Division II with 33 thefts. He notched just the third season with at least 30 steals in school history.
Emerging as one of the top sprinters in the nation this spring, junior Eric Rosario enjoyed an outdoor season that ended as a participant in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 400-meter dash. Rosario posted a 3.32 GPA as a business major, balancing an excellent sprinting season with stellar work in the classroom. His accolades in 2018-19 also included an academic all-league honor following the indoor season. Rosario was also named an all-region honoree after both his indoor and outdoor campaigns. He was an all-league first team selection in the indoor campaign as part of the 4×400-meter relay team, and earned first team all-conference honors in the same event for the outdoor season. Additionally in the outdoor campaign, Rosario was an all-conference second team in the 400-meter dash and the 4×100-meter relay. His personal-best time of 47.14 in the 400 at the NE10 Championship was the provisional qualifier that sent Rosario to nationals this spring.
Graduating with a 3.948 GPA as an electrical engineering major, senior Mana Seifaei of the women’s tennis program concluded her impressive Merrimack career both on the tennis courts and in the classroom this past spring. Seifaei played at first singles and first doubles for a Merrimack team that surprised many by reaching the conference finals, where Seifaei claimed the NE10’s Elite 24 Award by having the highest GPA at the conference championship match. She finished her career as a three-time NE10 Academic All-Conference selection, receiving the honor in every year she was eligible. She posted 16 total victories in 2018-19, including 12 doubles triumphs.
Concluding one of the greatest careers at her respective position in school history, senior Lauren Trepaney earns her first-ever academic all-conference selection after earning all-region accolades for the first time as part of a historic senior season. She wrapped up her career last month in the grandest of fashion by helping the Warriors claim their first-ever Northeast-10 Conference title with three upsets – including a wild victory over undefeated Le Moyne in the league tournament title game. Trepaney, an Exercise Science major and holder of a 3.512 GPA, logged nearly every minute in net while starting all 19 games. She finished her career with 22 victories between the pipes, becoming Merrimack’s all-time leader in goalkeeper wins, and concluded the year ranked seventh in the country in save percentage (.525) and 23rd in goals against average (10.21), both of which were the third-best figures in the conference. Her 11.0 saves per game were second-most among NE10 goalies, and she posted 11 games with double-digit save totals.