Westwood, MA --- WPI placed 79 fall student-athletes on their respective NEWMAC Academic All-Conference teams. Football led the way with 21 selections while women's soccer boasted 15 and men's soccer placed ten. Volleyball had seven honorees while field hockey had eight. Women's Cross Country broke its program record by placing ten while men's cross country saw eight earn accolades.
The volleyball team saw all three seniors Abbie Gilbert (Hopkinton, MA), Colleen Mullins (Andover, MA) and Kassidy Utheim (Monroe Township, NJ) collect their third accolade, and sophomores Kayleigh Campbell (Wilbraham, MA), Sarah Kwatinetz (Seattle, WA) and Amanda Wetmore (Hudson, NH) earn their second. Sophomore Kaleigh Hess (Berea, KY) made her debut as she earned the accolade for the first time.
Football seniors Zack Ahrens (South Glens Falls, NY), Ben Emrick (Windham, NH), Clark Ewen (Arlington, MA), Nick Ostrowski (Charlton, MA) and Nick Samuelson (Sandy Hook, CT) were honored for the third time. Seniors Julian Nyland (Melrose, MA), Stephen Peterson (Maynard, MA) and Zach Uglevich (Maynard, MA) were repeat honorees on this year's scroll while David Barber (New Haven, CT) and Stephen Lauro (Airmont, NY) made their debut. Juniors TJ Cooper (Shirley, MA), Lou Duh (Monroe, CT), Hunter Lutte (Wind Gap, PA), Ryan Michaud (Salem, NH), and Tim Ryan (Schenectady, NY) all picked up their second nod. Junior Diego Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) joined sophomores Joe Coutcher (West Greenwich, RI), Ethan Farrah (Grafton, MA), Alex Kalmar-Gonzalo (Iselin, NJ), Andrew Nicklas (West Hartford, CT), Brendan Olexa (Hatboro, PA) as first time honorees.
Men's Soccer seniors Mark Calnan (Winchester, MA), Jackson Conroy (Reading, MA), Jivan Purutyan (Concord, MA) and Luke Reiniger (Rowley, MA) made the list for the third time. Joining them as back-to-back honorees were senior Luke Lindholm (Sterling, MA) and juniors Rufus Adams (Duxbury, MA) and Sebastian Royo (Southboro, MA). Sophomores Mike Biando (Atlanta, GA), Evan Hallberg (Glocester, RI) and Christopher Martenson (Westport, CT) made their debut.
The Women's Soccer team saw seniors Jill Comeau (North Reading, MA), Becca Hapgood (Halifax, MA), Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, MA), Kirsten Southan (Owings, MD) and Mandy St. Germain (Worcester, MA) honored for the third time. Lauren Francis (Natick, MA) joined her senior classmates as a first time honoree. Juniors Jenna Hirshfeld (Reston, VA) Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT) were repeat honorees. Juniors Rose Awada (Westford, MA) and Isabelle Sillo (Rutland, MA) joined sophomores Meredith Eddy (Newfields, NH), Ellie Patten (Scarborough, ME), Elizabeth Rocco (Fresh Meadows, NY) and Ava Schlesinger (Niskayuna, NY) as first time honorees.
Field Hockey was paced by seniors Carly Cidado (Easton, MA) and Hannah Larochelle (New Boston, NH) who received the honor for the third time. Juniors Emma Bennett (Hampstead, NH), Abby O Sullivan (Walpole, MA) were back-to-back recipients. While sophomores Lauren Dishong (Milford, NH), Zoe Januszewski (Ventura, CA), Kelly Makechnie (Hampton Falls, NH) and Natalie Mohn (Huntington, VT) were first time honorees.
Women's Cross Country saw seniors Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) Ari Rozen (Carver, MA) secure the honor for the third time. Juniors Amanda Lowther (Syracuse, NY), Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, MN) pocketed their second while sophomores Sarah Doherty (Goffstown, NH), Kaelyn Floss (Thomaston, CT), Emma Hartzel (Littleton, MA), Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA), Mary Scrivanich (Old Tappan, NJ) and Nicole Whipkey (Portland, ME) were first time honorees.
The Men's Cross Country team featured junior Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) and Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH), Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, MA) and Jake Scarponi (Barrington, NH) as repeat honorees. Blake Audibert (Milford, NH), Owen Lally (Lebabon, CT), Alexander Simoneau (Attleboro, MA) and Andrew Yatsuhashi (Reading, MA) also made the cut.
Honorees must have met the following criteria: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2019 spring semester, achieved second year academic status at his/her institution, and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.
The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference consists of 11 highly selective schools committed to academic excellence: Babson College, Clark University, U.S Coast Guard Academy, Emerson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Springfield College, Wellesley College, Wheaton College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.