May 6, 2010

Sixteen Wheaton student-athletes earn NEWMAC academic honors

NORTON, MA- Sixteen Wheaton College student-athletes were named to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference teams for the spring of 2010. Student-athletes receiving the award must have maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better upon completion of the 2009 fall semester, attain at least sophomore standing and be a competing member of a team for the entire season.

The men's tennis team was represented by a school-best four athletes, while three apiece were lauded from women's lacrosse and men's and women's outdoor track & field.

Men's tennis seniors Chapman Beekman (South Kingstown, RI/South Kingstown), Kyle Hudgins (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge) and Eric Pelletier (Bangor, ME/Bangor) and junior Trent Faltin (Durham, NH/Oyster River) each qualified. Beekman earned his third career honor, while Faltin, Hudgins and Pelletier drew their second accolade. Hudgins was also lauded with an all-conference singles award this spring after going 17-5. The Lyons were 14-5, coming within one win of the school record, and advanced to the NEWMAC Tournament title match.

Women's lacrosse senior Kate Kimball (Lexington, MA/Lexington) was academic all-conference for the second time, while classmate Cameron McManus (Yarmouth, ME/Yarmouth) and sophomore Sabrina Fiori (Newton, MA/Beaver Country Day School) both earned their first honor. Kimball and McManus each appeared in all 15 games on defense, with Kimball starting every contest, while Fiori provided five goals and three assists. Wheaton finished 5-11, falling in the first round of the league tournament.

Men's track & field was represented by senior Miles Souza (Norton, MA/Saint Sebastian's School), junior Nick Kacher (Waltham, MA/Waltham) and sophomore Ezra Citron (Bellingham, WA/Bellingham). It is Souza's third track & field honor after also drawing three during his cross country career, while Kacher now has two in each sport. Citron nabbed his first award. Kacher finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run at the NEWMAC Championship while helping the Lyons take fourth.

Junior Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy) was lauded for the second time in track & field after twice qualifying for swimming & diving, and sophomore Kimberly Nash (Tempe, AZ/McClintock) drew her first track & field accolade after being lauded in the fall for cross country. Classmate Leah-Perle Bloomenstein (West Bloomfield, MI/Walled Lake Northern) earned her initial honor. The trio helped Wheaton take fifth at the NEWMAC Championship.

On the baseball diamond, junior Hadi Raad (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY/Hastings) and sophomore David Longley (Brunswick, ME/Brunswick) both earned their first academic accolades. In helping 16th-ranked Wheaton to a 30-8 mark and its 10th NEWMAC Tournament crown, Raad is hitting .303 with 31 runs batted in and 11 stolen bases, while Longley holds a 2.35 earned run average in 17 relief appearances.

Sophomore Emily O'Connell (Kennebunk, ME/Kennebunk) represented the softball squad in qualifying for academic all-conference. In limited action for the 20-18 Lyons, she scored seven runs and drew seven walks while swiping three bases. Wheaton advanced to the second round of the NEWMAC Tournament.

The NEWMAC sponsors seven spring sports: baseball, women's lacrosse, women's rowing, softball, men's tennis, and men's and women's outdoor track & field.

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