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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Three student-athletes from Merrimack College were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Men’s and Women’s At-Large Teams on Thursday, as selected by CoSIDA members. The CoSIDA Academic All-District program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in athletic competition and in the classroom.
Senior Charlie Bertrand from the men’s lacrosse program was named to the men’s at-large team, and senior Léa-Kristine Demers from the women’s ice hockey team and graduate student Katharina Ohmen from the field hockey squad earned spots on the women’s at-large team. Bertrand and Ohmen earned all-district selections for the third and second time in their respective careers. Demers’ honor was the first selection of her four-year career.
All three student-athletes registered impressive academic numbers. Bertrand boasted a 3.91 GPA as a mechanical engineering major, Demers owned a perfect 4.00 GPA as an integrative biology major while double minoring in chemistry and psychology. and Ohmen totaled a 3.98 GPA as an undergraduate and a 3.94 GPA in Merrimack’s graduate program.
Bertrand is one of the most accomplished players in Warrior history with a pair of USILA National Player of the Year nods and a trio of USILA All-American selections. He was also a center piece on both of the Warriors’ national championship teams in 2018 and 2019. Academically, Bertrand has also stood out from the pack. He just completed a degree in mechanical engineering and twice earned Elite 90 honors as the player with the top GPA at NCAA championship weekend.
In her career, Demers made 68 career starts in goal for the Warriors, earning sixteen wins and two shutouts. She has been impactful in net her entire career, with her career high 54 save effort coming in a win against then-No. 3 Minnesota as a sophomore. In her senior season, Demers held a .906 save percentage, finishing eighth in the nation in total saves with 795. The Repentigny, Quebec native earned four wins and five ties, including a shutout against Rensselaer. Her season-high 45 stops came against Maine in Orono on January 18. She is a three-time Hockey East All-Academic All-Star and Hockey East Top Scholar-Athlete for holding a 4.0 GPA.
Ohmen wrapped up an illustrious career this fall, backstopping the Warriors during their inaugural Division I campaign. Ohmen led the nation in saves per game (11.72) and ranked 11th nationally in save percentage (.764); she led the Northeast Conference in save per game and total saves (201) while ranking second in save percentage. In 2019-20 she was named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association Scholar of Distinction as well as receiving a spot on the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District® teams are divided into geographic districts across the United States and Canada. Merrimack College is included in District I, which comprises Division I institutions from the six New England states as well as New York. Honorees selected first-team Academic All-District® will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. Academic AllAmerica® honorees will be announced from June 16-19.