NE10 Announces Prestigious Academic Honors for Fall Semester

NE10 Announces Prestigious Academic Honors for Fall Semester



86 NE10 Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-Conference Honors

MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Northeast-10 Conference Academic All-Conference teams and Sport Excellence Award winners for the 2016 Fall season have been released, the conference office announced today.

For a full list of honorees, please see below.

A total of 86 fall sport student-athletes collected NE10 Academic All-Conference accolades. That total is up from 79 during the Fall 2015 semester. Additionally, one Sport Excellence Award winner was chosen from the following seven sports: men's and women's cross country; field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball.

To be eligible for selection to the NE10 Academic All-Conference teams, a student-athlete must have met or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1) participated in at least half of the team's competitions and been either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale); and 3) completed at least one academic year at his/her current institution.

Each of the league’s 15 member institutions, and the league's associate member - LIU Post - had at least one Academic All-Conference choice. Adelphi had the most student-athletes recognized with 13, followed by Stonehill with 11, and Bentley with eight. More than half of the league's members had at least five recognized.

The seven Sport Excellence award winners (one in each sport) represented six different schools, with Adelphi being the lone institution to have more than one.


American International's Mitchell Byrne was selcted as the NE10 Sport Excellence award winner for the second straight fall in the sport of Cross Country. He is one of two repeat honorees. The junior is a 3.81 student-athlete, majoring in accounting. Byrne was a First Team All-Conference selection after finishing third at the NE10 Championship's this past fall.

Senior Rachel Avard from Assumption is a 3.93 student, majoring in chemistry. She finished 23rd at the NE10 Championship's and then 34th in the NCAA East Regionals to help the Greyhounds advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history. She has been named to the school's honor roll during each of her seven semesters.

Rachel Colvin from Adelphi was the Sport Excellence award winner in the sport of Field Hockey. The senior defenseman has a 3.841 GPA in Biochemistry, and was named the NE10 Defenseman of the Year in 2015, as well as a 2nd Team All-American this past fall.

Bentley's Bryan Hardy was selected in the sport of football. The senior linebacker is a 3.72 student, double-majoring in Economics and Finance. He led the NE10 in tackles this past fall, finishing 14th in all of NCAA Division II. Hardy was named a 1st Team CoSIDA Academic All-America, and has been named to Bentley's President's List during each of the last six semesters. 

Jaime Cortes Torres from Merrimack was selected for the prestigious honor in the sport of soccer. The native of Spain has a 3.99 grade point average while majoring in International Business. This past fall, he was an All NE10 Second Team selection, as well as a CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American.

Drew Ribadeneyra of Pace earned the award in women's soccer. The junior back is a 3.88 student-athelte focusing on Biological Psychology. She led a Setters' backline that tied the team record with nine shutouts this past fall leading to her selection as the NE10 Defensive Player of the Year. Off the field, Ribadeneyra was named a CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American

Adelphi's Mandy Stanislovaitis repeats as the Sport Excellence Award winner as the senior outside-hitter is a 3.951 student majoring in Exercise Science. This past season she was seventh in the league in kills and helped lead the Panthers to an NCAA Tournament berth. The CoSIDA Academic All-District selection finished second in career kills in program history.

Men's Cross Country (9)
Sean Grady, Adelphi
Mitchell Byrne, American International*
Nik Haas, Bentley
Cody Murphy, Bentley
Sean Beney, Le Moyne
Luke Grandpre, Southern Connecticut 
Tyler McLaren, Southern New Hampshire
Alexander Demeule, Stonehill
Riley Dowd, Stonehill

Women's Cross Country (9)
Nicole Elarde, Adelphi
Ivy Chepyegon, American International
Rachel Avard, Assumption
Jeanette Cudney, Le Moyne
Nicole Maliborska, New Haven 
Mariah Jno-Charles, Pace
Roxy Withers, Saint Michael's
Elizabeth Hannon, Stonehill
Abby Hersom, Stonehill

Field Hockey (18)
Rachel Colvin, Adelphi
Lena Pollich, Adelphi
Allison Sheahan, Assumption
Katie Quilty, Bentley 
Frankie Tossona, Bentley
Carly Canavan, Franklin Pierce
Melissa Quintanilla, LIU Post
Kaycee Zelkovsky, LIU Post
Mary McNeil, Merrimack
Brittany Predmore, Pace
Lesly Sanchez Alvarez, Pace
Rose Mooney, Saint Anselm
Jenna Deschaine, Saint Michael's
Monica Miles, Saint Michael's
Zoe Fanolis, Southern Connecticut
Alicia Morgan, Southern Connecticut
Melanie Rennie, Southern New Hampshire
Sarah Morse, Stonehill

Football (11)
Alex Shain, Assumption
Jack Hansbury, Bentley
Bryan Hardy, Bentley
Sam McDonald, Bentley
Jeff Kidd, LIU Post
Stephen Camaro, Merrimack
Jasheem Banks, Pace
Ryne Griesenauer, Southern Connecticut
Mall Foltz, Stonehill
Donovan Phanor, Stonehill
Anthony Siciliano, Stonehill

Men's Soccer (11)
Alejandro Penzini, Adelphi
John Stojcevski, Adelphi
Emil Thomsen, Adelphi
Hamish Cadigan, Franklin Pierce
Jaime Cortes Torres, Merrimack
Mattia Lanzi, Merrimack
Oscar Zepeda Cagide, Merrimack 
Bradley Anair, Saint Michael's
Sean Black, Southern Connecticut
Adam Branco, Stonehill
Conor McDonough, Stonehill 

Women's Soccer (17)
Nicole Forte, Adelphi
Jeanine Nunez, Adelphi
Meaghan Simmonds, Adelphi
Anne Marie Ulliac, Adelphi
Federica Frew, American International
Amanda Arnold, Assumption
Ana Tatum, Bentley
Megan Gada, Merrimack
Emily Morello, New Haven
Drew Ribadeneyra, Pace
Delany Williams, Pace
Jessica Kaufman, Saint Anselm
Cassie Quattropani, Saint Anselm
Elisa Galbiati, Saint Rose
Caroline Staudle, Southern Connecticut
Alexa Poulin, Southern New Hampshire
Claire O'Brien, Stonehill 

Volleyball (11)
Megan Manierski, Adelphi
Mandy Stanislovaitis, Adelphi*
Lauren Pires, American International
Katie Leidhold, Franklin Pierce
Natalie Casson, Le Moyne
Kendall Corcoran, Le Moyne
Jessica Miller, Le Moyne
Alex Bussey, New Haven
Claudia Fontanet, Pace
Natalie Moore, Saint Michael's
Kathleen Schurman, Southern New Hampshire

* - 2015 Sport Excellence Award Winner

The NE10 is an association of 15 diverse institutions serving student-athletes across 24 NCAA Division II sports. Together we build brilliant futures by embracing the journey of every student-athlete. 

Each year, 4,500 student-athletes compete in conference championships, making the NE10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the NE10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.