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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Eight student-athletes from Merrimack College were named to the Northeast-10 Conference Academic All-Conference Team for the fall 2015 season, as announced by the league Wednesday morning.
The eight honorees represented the highest single-season total for Merrimack since seeing nine recognized in the fall of 2013. Both men's and women's soccer boasted two student-athletes apiece, while football, field hockey, men's cross country and women's cross country all had one honoree.
In total, there were 79 fall student-athletes to receive Academic All-Conference plaudits. Adelphi led the way with 10 Academic All-Conference choices, while Merrimack, Southern New Hampshire and Stonehill each had eight. Each of the conference's 15 member institutions, as well as associate member LIU Post, had at least one honoree.
The most Academic All-Conference selections came from the sport of women's soccer with 17 honorees. Field Hockey was next with 13 selections, while football and men's soccer each had 11 recipients.
To be eligible for selection to the Northeast-10 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.
Redshirt sophomore Stephen Camarro (North Reading, Mass.) served as the football team's placekicker this past season; he knocked down nine field goals in 13 attempts (.692) and was 37-for-38 on point-after attempts (97.3%). His longest field goal of the season was a 39-yarder that came on the road against LIU Post back on Oct. 10. In total, he kicked four field goals of 30 yards or longer, and ranked second on the team in scoring with 64 points. Those efforts saw him earn CoSIDA Academic All-District status.
From men's soccer, junior Jaime Cortes Torres (Seville, Spain) takes home the first academic honor of his career of putting forth his best season to date as a junior. He totaled career highs in goals (6), assists (6) and points (18), coming on strong late in the season with a five-game point streak. During that run, he totaled 12 points on four goals and four assists. He was also named to the league's all-conference second team for the first time in his career, as well.
After putting together the best season of her career in her senior campaign, field hockey senior Lindsay Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine) earns her first Academic All-Conference distinction. A two-time NFHCA All-Academic Team selection, the forward played in all 22 games for the Warriors this season, posting career-highs in goals (7), assists (5) and points (19), all of which ranked fourth on the team. She notched her first-career two-goal game midseason, then repeated that feat two games later in a span of 13 points in four games on her way to her team's first-ever National Championship appearance.
One of two women's soccer selections, junior Megan Gada (Bozrah, Conn.) earns Academic All-Conference recognition for the second consecutive year. The junior captain played and started in all 21 games in 2015, tying her career-high with two goals and adding an assist for five points on the season. She was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District squad as a sophomore.
The second men's soccer selection, Julio Leon Garcia (Caracas, Venezuela) earned Academic All-Conference distinction for the second straight year. Earlier this season, the Warriors captain was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American as well as a National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) Scholar All-East Region selection. The primary left back totaled six points on a career-high tying three goals during the fall season, en route to his selection on the all-league second team. Leon Garcia tied for the team lead with two game-winning goals.
Women's cross country senior Kerry Phelan (Peabody, Mass.) bookends her stellar career with her first Academic All-Conference honor after earning NE-10 Rookie of the Year and All-Conference Third Team recognition as a freshman. The senior captain competed in the final four races for the Warriors this fall, posting a ninth-place finish at Kirsch's Cup and a 39th-place finish at NCAA Regionals, the best finish for Merrimack at the meet. She has previously earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors as a junior and sophomore, as well.
Another women's soccer representative, Jenna Savi (Dedham, Mass.) nabs the third Academic All-Conference honor of her decorated career after a senior campaign that saw her put together one of the best seasons in program history. The senior played and started in every game for Merrimack, leading her team with career-highs in goals (10) assists (13) and points (33). She finished the season ranked first in the NE-10 in points and assists, and tied for third in goals as well as fifth in the nation in assists. Savi became the eighth player in program history to post 10 goals & 10 assists in a season this fall. For those efforts, she was also named to the NE-10 First Team All-Conference, the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, the Division II CCA All-East Region Team, and the NSCAA All-East Region Second Team.
Finally, men's cross country senior Evan Vadenais (Millville, Mass.) garners the first Academic All-Conference honor of his career after earning USTFCCCA All-Academic honors last year. The senior captain ran in six of seven races for the Warriors this season, posting two top-five finishes along with three top-10 finishes. He was the top-finisher for his team in three different races this season, including in the season-opening Shacklette Invitational, where he placed fourth.