NORTON, MA- Seven Wheaton College tennis players, including five on the men's side, picked up Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete awards for the 2009-10 academic year. The seven award winners marked the most since the Wheaton teams compiled nine five years ago.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letterwinner, have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 for the given academic year and have been enrolled at his or her present school for at least two semesters.
Recent graduates Chapman Beekman (South Kingstown, RI/South Kingstown) and Kyle Hudgins (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge) posted their third consecutive ITA academic awards. Each also earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference honors, while Hudgins was selected to a NEWMAC All-Conference team for the fourth straight year.
Classmate Eric Pelletier (Bangor, ME/Bangor) drew his second ITA Scholar-Athlete laurel to go alongside a second academic all-conference award, while rising senior Trent Faltin (Durham, NH/Oyster River) and rising sophomore Dennis Scarpa (Cheshire, CT/Xavier) picked up their first ITA accolades. Faltin is also a two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree.
For the women, graduates Katherine Knies (Purdys, NY/North Salem) and Caralina O'Connell (Norwalk, CT/Brien McMahon) were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for the first times in their careers.
Under veteran head coach Lynn Miller, the Lyon men fell one victory shy of the school record in going 14-5 while advancing to the NEWMAC Tournament championship match for the fifth time in the league's 12-year history. Wheaton placed second in the conference at 4-1.
On the women's side, the regionally-ranked Lyons experienced their most successful season in program history, advancing to their first NCAA Tournament while also capturing initial NEWMAC regular season and tournament titles. Shattering a school mark for victories, Wheaton finished 17-3 overall and 6-1 in conference play.