Colburn, Fiori and Palmer named academic all-conference
NORTON, Mass. - Fourteen 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 2011. Student-athletes receiving the award must have maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better upon completion of the 2010 fall semester, attain at least sophomore standing and be a competing member of a team for the entire season.
Four teams were represented by a school-best three athletes, as baseball, women's lacrosse, men's tennis and women's outdoor track & field all drew three. Men's outdoor track & field had two recipients.
Baseball senior Hadi Raad (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hastings) and junior David Longley (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) picked up their second academic accolades, while sophomore Eric Jensen (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) earned his first. In helping 16th-ranked Wheaton to a 28-8 mark and its 11th NEWMAC Tournament crown, Raad is hitting .393 with 31 runs, 23 RBI and 11 doubles, Longley possesses a 1-0 record and a 1.86 earned run average in eight relief appearances, while Jensen, who also collected all-conference accolades, is batting .390 with 28 RBI, 27 runs and 12 doubles.
Women's lacrosse junior Sabrina Fiori (Newton, Mass./Beaver Country Day School) was named academic all-conference for the second time, while classmate Hailey Colburn (Concord, N.H./Concord) and sophomore Kristen Palmer (East Dorset, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy) drew their first honors. Fiori scored twice in 15 games, Colburn, who also earned all-league laurels, paced the Lyons with 60 goals and 76 points, while Palmer recorded 10 markers and 13 points. Wheaton went 7-12 while advancing to the NEWMAC Tournament semifinal round for the first time in five seasons.
Men's tennis senior Trent Faltin (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) garnered his third academic all-conference accolade, classmate Josh Fisher (Ridgefield, Conn./Wooster School) picked up his second, while sophomore Dennis Scarpa (Cheshire, Conn./Xavier) drew his first. Faltin and Fisher each posted two doubles wins, while Scarpa, an all-conference singles recipient, went 10-5. The Lyons were 11-6 and advanced to the NEWMAC Tournament semifinal round for the ninth consecutive spring.
Women's track & field was represented by senior Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) and juniors Savannah Geasey (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth) and Kimberly Nash (Tempe, Ariz./McClintock). Combined with swimming & diving, Perkins was lauded with her sixth such laurel. Nash collected her second straight award, while Geasey drew her first. The trio helped Wheaton place third at the NEWMAC Championship.
Men's track & field senior Nick Kacher (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) and junior Ezra Citron (Bellingham, Wash./Bellingham) rounded out the honorees. Kacher picked up his third award after also drawing three during his cross country career, while Citron nabbed his second accolade. The Lyons took fifth at the NEWMAC Championship.
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.