Mena and Swanson named academic all-conference
NORTON, Mass. - Ten Wheaton College student-athletes were named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference team for the fall of 2010. Student-athletes earning the award must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better upon completion of the 2010 spring semester, attain at least a sophomore year standing and be a competing member of a varsity team for the entire season. Four programs led the way with two honorees apiece, while two had one each.
Men's and women's cross country collectively boasted four academic all-league members, with senior Nick Kacher (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) picking up his third straight honor. Sophomore Michael Richard (Chicopee, Mass./Holyoke Catholic) was lauded for the first time, marking the fifth consecutive season that at least two of the program's athletes qualified. Kacher and Richard were the first two Lyons to cross the finish line at the NEWMAC Championship, with Kacher falling two places short of the final all-conference runner.
Women's cross country junior Taylor Wills (Kinderhook, N.Y./Ichabod Crane) drew her second academic all-league honor, while sophomore Lindsay Petrenchik (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) picked up her initial laurel.
Junior Pablo Mena (San Salvador, El Salvador/American School of El Salvador) and sophomore Max Swanson (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) represent the regionally-ranked men's soccer team, as Mena garnered his second straight accolade and Swanson his first. Swanson finished fourth on the team with 13 points, while the pair helped Wheaton finish 11-6-3 and advance to its second successive NEWMAC Tournament final.
The women's volleyball program extended its stretch of having at least two academic all-league members to 10 straight seasons, as junior Emily Davisson (Carpinteria, Calif./Laguna Blanca School) and sophomore Christina Cannon (Milford, N.H./Milford) earned their second and first awards, respectively. Davisson was second on the squad in digs and service aces, while Cannon was fifth in kills.
Field hockey senior Julia Atwood (Concord, Mass./Brooks School) was tabbed to the team for the third straight time, as her 12 points helped lead the Lyons to a 13-8 mark and league tourney semifinal finish. Women's soccer junior Jessica Stuart (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) was honored for the first time, placing fifth on the team with 12 points in helping the regionally-ranked Lyons go 16-4-2 and qualify for their 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament.
Fall sports sponsored by the NEWMAC include men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, women's tennis and women's volleyball.