WORCESTER -- WPI seniors Jackson Conroy (Reading, MA) and Mark Calnan (Winchester, MA) and junior Rufus Adams (Duxbury, MA) has garnered CoSIDA Men's Soccer Academic All-District I accolades, as voted upon by sports information directors from Massachusetts and Maine. The trio is now under consideration for Academic All-America accolades.
Adams picks his second consecutive honor as a goalkeeper while Calnan was recognized as a forward and Conroy a midfielder.
Calnan and Conroy shared for the team lead in goals with six and are among six players player tied for the NEWMAC lead in game-winning goals with three.
Calnan, an All-NEWMAC selection in 2018, tallied his game-winning markers against Worcester State, UMass Boston and Wentworth. The senior boasts a 3.76 GPA while majoring in Industrial Engineering. His local IQP project worked on facilitating effective communication at Seven Hills Foundation.
Conroy, member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Pi Mu honor societies, was also an All-NEWMAC pick a season ago. The industrial engineering major with a 3.83 GPA also volunteers with Big Brother Big Sister and serves on 2020 class board. His IQP project - "Holistic Retirement Programming for Victorian Emergency Service Workers" - was completed in Australia in the spring of 2019.
Adams was also a 2018 All-NEWMAC honoree and has had a junior campaign that has seen him earn four NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week awards and the Engineers led all of NCAA Division III in goals against average (0.397). He registered saves in 1-0 win at St. Joseph's (ME) to snap Monks 63 game regular season unbeaten streak. In the classroom the Mechanical Engineering major sports a 3.45 GPA. Adams is slated to complete his IQP project this spring.
WPI shared the NEWMAC regular season championship for the second time in three seasons and was selected Monday to participate in its fifth NCAA Division III Tournament and seventh overall. The Engineers (12-3-4) will face Nazareth on Saturday at 3:30pm in the first round contest at defending national champion Tufts.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his current institution, must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable) and he has completed one full calendar year at his current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
CoSIDA Release (PDF)