SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – A record-setting 579 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) student-athletes were honored on Monday morning as the league announced its Spring Academic All-Conference Team. The spring list includes participants from each of the CCC’s member institutions who participated in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, men’s tennis, and women’s track and field. Competitors in the men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s track and field invitationals were also honored.
In order to be recognized as a member of the Academic All-Conference Team an athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) and must also have attained sophomore academic status.
Included among the honorees are the 10 winners of the Senior Scholar-Athlete awards in their respective sports. Three of the Senior Scholar-Athletes on this spring’s list came from Wentworth with Tim Elrick (Plymouth, Mass.) being recognized in baseball, Sam Knollmeyer (Hampton, N.H.) in men’s basketball, and Rachel Willcutt (Tilton, N.H.) in softball. Meanwhile, Roger Williams and Western New England each had two of this year’s award winners. The Hawks’ Anna Walther (Northhampton, Mass.) and Makayla D’Urso (Londonderry, N.H.) were the honorees in women’s basketball and women’s track and field, respectively. Golfer John Abbott (Higganum, Conn.) and men’s ice hockey player Matt Audet (Campbell, Calif.) represented the Golden Bears. Gordon’s Michael D’Antuono (Mapleville, R.I.) was the honoree in men’s tennis, Nichols’ Steven Moutsoulas (Salem, Mass.) was the winner in men’s lacrosse, and Salve Regina’s Katie Kline (Brookfield, Conn.) was selected in women’s lacrosse.
Abbott and Knollmeyer were also two of 11 Academic All-Conference honorees that were major award winners in their sports this season. Abbott was the Golfer of the Year, while Knollmeyer took home men’s basketball Defensive Player of the Year honors. The men’s basketball Player of the Year Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.) from Nichols also earned a spot on this spring’s Academic All-Conference team, as did women’s basketball Defensive Player of the Year Emily Irwin (Billerica, Mass.) from Curry. The softball and baseball Pitchers of the Year also earned a spot on the list with Eastern Nazarene’s Elisabeth Schaffer (Benton, Pa.) and WNE’s Bob Hamel (Southwick, Mass.) both being named. Roger Williams had four award winners on the list. Women’s lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year Kaelin Hogan (Bethel, Conn.) and Defensive Player of the Year Emily Stoeppel (Brookline, Conn.) were two of the representatives. The other two were the inaugural CCC Women’s Track and Field Runner of the Year Sarah Mawdsley (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Field Performer of the Year Savannah Fox Tree-McGrath (Billerica, Mass.). Fox Tree-McGrath shared the Field Performer of the Year with the Seahawks’ Erin Gunther (Sayville, N.Y.), who was also an Academic All-Conference selection.
Each of the major award winners were also First Team All-CCC members. Overall there were 44 Academic All-CCC members who were also All-CCC First Teamers. Additionally, 34 Second Team and 33 Third Team performers were recognized.
The full list of Academic All-CCC honorees can be found HERE.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.