WORCESTER --- WPI seniors Jackson Conroy (Reading, MA) and Mark Calnan (Winchester, MA) have been named United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Scholar All-Americas as recently announced by the organization. Two of the three NEWMAC student-athletes on this year's teams, Conroy was tabbed a second team midfielder and Calnan was chosen as a third team forward.
It marks the second straight season that WPI was represented on the squad. Riley Doherty was the program's first ever selection when named a third team honoree in 2018. Conroy and Calnan were also Scholar All-East region with Conroy taking home first team accolades and Calnan a second team pick.
Conroy, the NEWMAC's Athlete of the Year, led the team in points with 16, following his six-goal, four-assist performance in 2019. The midfielder was a two-time All-NEWMAC pick and was named NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week of September 16th and just last month was selected to the CoSIDA Men's Soccer Academic All-District I team.
A member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Pi Mu honor societies, Conroy was also an All-NEWMAC pick in 2018. 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.
Calnan traded his second team All-NEWMAC selection a year ago for first team honors this season. The forward paced the team in goals with seven and tied for the NEWMAC lead with four game-winning tallies. Calnan was also was named to the CoSIDA Men's Soccer Academic All-District I team.
A two-time All-NEWMAC selection, Calnan 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.
To be eligible for selection, the student athlete must be nominated by his or her head coach and meet the following criteria: have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career, start more than 50 percent of all games and be an elite player as supported by playing honors (i.e., all-conference) or contributions to the success of his/her team, play for a current United Soccer Coaches College Services member institution and be a junior or above in athletic standing at the current institution.
It been a busy award season for the duo as in addition to the NEWMAC honors, they were each named second team All-New England by the United Soccer Coaches and were selected to play in the New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) Senior All-Star Game.
WPI finished with a 13-4-4 record under NEWMAC Coach of the Year Brian Kelley, shared the NEWMAC regular season title and won a game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1976.