Ten Wheaton student-athletes earn academic all-conference honors

NORTON, MA- Ten 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 2009. Student-athletes receiving the award must have maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better upon completion of the 2008 fall semester, attain at least sophomore standing and be a competing member of a team for the entire season.

The men's tennis and men's outdoor track & field teams were each represented by a school-best four athletes, as each set a program record for academic all-league nods.

Men's tennis junior Chapman Beekman (South Kingstown, RI/South Kingstown) drew his second career laurel, while classmate Kyle Hudgins (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge) and sophomores Trent Faltin (Durham, NH/Oyster River) and Josh Fisher (Ridgefield, CT/Wooster School) each earned his initial nod. Hudgins, who was also named all-conference for doubles this spring, totaled nine doubles victories and eight singles wins during the school year, helping the Lyons go 11-7. Beekman won his only singles match for a team that finished up 3-2 in the league and advanced to the tournament semifinals.

Senior Scott Hafferkamp (Merrimack, NH/Merrimack) earned his first track & field academic honor after qualifying for three as a member of the cross country team, while juniors James MacCarthy (Oakton, VA/James Madison) and Miles Souza (Norton, MA/Saint Sebastian's School) both drew their second award. Souza has also drawn a pair of cross country honors, while sophomore Nick Kacher (Waltham, MA/Waltham) nabbed his initial track & field accolade after qualifying for academic all-conference during the cross country season.

Women's lacrosse senior Caitlin Grant (Walpole, MA/Walpole) and junior Kate Kimball (Lexington, MA/Lexington) both earned laurels, with Grant placing on the team for the third time and Kimball drawing her first award. An all-conference pick as a junior, Grant paces the Lyons with 47 goals and 54 points prior to voting for next week's all-league teams. Kimball has started 14 games on defense for Wheaton, which is 6-9 overall heading into Wednesday's first round of the NEWMAC Tournament.

A pair of women's track & field athletes round out Wheaton's academic all-conference contingent, as senior Morgan Jamiel (Warwick, RI/Toll Gate) qualified for her third honor and sophomore Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy) drew her first for track & field after earning an accolade this past winter as a member of the swimming & diving squad. Jamiel narrowly missed out on an all-league finish at last weekend's NEWMAC Championship, taking third place in the 100-meter hurdles. The team came within 20 points of second place.

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