AUSTIN, Texas. – A trio of Merrimack College student-athletes earned CoSIDA Academic All-American At-Large honors, including men’s lacrosse senior attack man Charlie Bertrand, who was chosen as the male Team Member of the Year.
Bertrand also garnered a spot on the Men’s At-Large Division I First Team, while Katharina Ohmen of the field hockey team and Léa-Kristine Demers of the women’s hockey team were named Academic All-American picks as well. Ohmen was named to the second team, while Demers was a third team selection.
A Baldwinsville, N.Y. native, Bertrand was named the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team Member of the Year in 2019 for Division II and earned second team Academic All-American honors in 2018. In the classroom, he has earned a 3.91 GPA in his time at Merrimack and earned a degree in mechanical engineering. On the lacrosse field, he is a three-time USILA All-American and twice named the USILA National Player of the Year. He was also a key piece in both of Merrimack’s national title runs in 2018 and 2019. He has registered at least one point and one goal in all 58 games that he has played in during his career and has 274 career points on 210 goals and 64 assists.
Ohmen (joining Bertrand and six others) is the eighth student-athlete in Merrimack’s history to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American on multiple occasions; she also landed on CoSIDA’s Women’s At-Large Second Team as a junior (2018-19). The graduate student finished her undergraduate degree in three years as a criminology major with a 3.98 grade-point average, and registered a 3.94 GPA as a graduate student in 2019-20. The Bremen, Germany native wrapped up an illustrious career this fall, serving as Merrimack’s starting goalie during the 2019 season, the team’s first in Division I as NEC members. Ohmen led the nation in saves per game (11.72) and ranked 11th nationally in save percentage (.764); she led the NEC in saves per game and total saves (201) while ranking second in save percentage. In 2019-20, she was also named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association Scholar of Distinction as well as receiving a spot on the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.
Demers, who hails from Repentigny, Quebec, put together a highly impressive career at Merrimack both on the ice and in the classroom. She graduated with a 4.00 GPA and a degree in integrative biology and is a three-time Hockey East All-Academic All-Star and Hockey East Top Scholar-Athlete for her 4.00 GPA. Between the pipes, she made 68 career starts and won 16 games including a pair of shutouts. In her final season in 2019-20, she compiled a .906 save percentage and finished eighth in the country in saves with 795.
Bertrand is Merrimack’s fifth three-time Academic All-American and he and Ohmen combine for two of Merrimack’s eight all-time multiple All-American selections. Demers made history as well, as she is the women’s hockey team’s first ever All-America pick.
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