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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – A school record 11 student-athletes from Merrimack College were named to the Northeast-10 Conference Academic All-Conference Team for the spring 2017 season, as announced by the league office on Thursday.
Two of those Warriors garnered prestigious Sports Excellence Award recognition: recent graduate Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) claimed the third straight Sports Excellence Award of her career for women's outdoor track & field, while rising senior Alessandra Ricigliano (Scarsdale, N.Y.) earned similar accolades in the sport of women's golf for the second time in her career.
As a department, Merrimack set a new single-season record for most selections to the NE10 Academic All-Conference Team with 11 total selections. There was at least one Warrior represented in seven different spring sports with a team-high three each coming from both women's golf and women's track & field. Baseball, softball, men's lacrosse, men's tennis and women's tennis had one honoree apiece.
In total, 93 spring student-athletes collected NE10 Academic All-Conference accolades. Additionally, one Sport Excellence Award winner was chosen from the following 10 sports: baseball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's outdoor track & field, softball, as well as men's and women's tennis.
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.
Muscaro claimed her third straight NE10 Sports Excellence Award for outdoor track & field and fifth overall when including the two she garnered during her indoor track career. A three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, she registered a 3.88 cumulative grade-point-average, graduating last month as a criminology major. She went a perfect 6-for-6 in her career in terms of NE10 Academic All-Conference honors and was also named the NE10 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year back in June. The 12-time All-American and six-time national champion is also a five-time NE10 Track Athlete of the Year (three during the outdoor season). Her most prestigious accolade, though, was her being named the Division II Honda Athlete of the Year last month.
Ricigliano claims her second Sports Excellence Award honor in as many seasons eligible for the honor after another remarkable season in the classroom and on the links. Also earning her first career CoSIDA Academic All-District distinction earlier this spring, the Scarsdale, New York, native helped lead the Warriors to a third consecutive Northeast-10 Conference Championship in the fall – thanks, in large part, to her claiming that tournament's individual medalist honor – and was the Warriors' top golfer from wire-to-wire. She averaged a team-low 79.4 strokes per round and also qualified for the NCAA Division II East Super Regional, becoming just the third individual in program history to qualify for NCAAs. The owner of a 3.932 GPA while pursuing a degree in Criminology, Ricigliano has won the NE10 Championship twice in her career and posted three top-five finishes in tournaments/dual matches in 2016-17.
A repeat all-academic selection, junior Mikhail Belov (Krasnoarmeyskoy, Russia) put forth another stellar year on the court and in the classroom for the men's tennis program. Merrimack's top-flight option for most of the season, Belov picked up his second career CoSIDA Academic All-District nod in the spring, and added his third consecutive all-conference selection as one of the top doubles pairings in the NE10. Belov tied for the team lead with 14 doubles victories, earning a top-10 regional ranking from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for the entirety of the spring campaign. Belov maintained a 3.84 cumulative GPA as an electrical engineering major.
The Elite 90 Award winner at the 2017 Division II NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship, rising senior Eric Coburn (Londonderry, N.H.) secured his first selection to an NE10 Academic All-Conference squad after his impressive season on the turf and in the classroom. One of Merrimack's top two-way players on its way to an appearance in the national title game, Coburn led the team with 27 caused turnovers and ranked second with 60 ground balls. He contributed nine points offensively, as well, and has a 3.808 GPA entering his senior year as a Sports Management/Finance major.
Junior Carol Dimaiti (Medford, Mass.) was one of Merrimack's four honorees on its stellar 4x100-meter relay team, and that helped her secure her first career all-region nod in addition to her first career NE10 Academic All-Conference selection. The junior placed second at NE10s ago with a blistering school-record time of 46.97 seconds, the second-fastest in the region to date, which helped her garner all-conference second team honors in the process. A week later, she was part of the winning relay team at the New England Championships in the same event. She has a 3.977 GPA entering her senior year as an Accounting major.
Rising junior Krystal Knight (Groveland, Mass.) was one of the women's golf team's three academic all-conference selections. She qualified for the NCAA East Super Regional for the second year in a row and was one of the Warriors' top performers on the links in the fall and spring seasons. She earned a third-place finish at the NE10 Championship back in September, helping the Warriors claim their third straight league title, and she ranked second on the team averaging 79.7 strokes per round. She fired 11 scores in the 70s – tied for the most on the team – and placed tied for 17th at the NCAA East Super Regional. Her 3.962 GPA is tops on the team heading into her junior year as a Biology major.
Junior Lauren MacGregor (Salem, N.H.) also earned her academic all-conference nod in the outdoor track & field circuit after a fantastic spring. She also earned her third career all-region selection in the triple jump after her performance at the league championships. Her school-record distance of 11.56 meters (37' 11.25") would stand as the fifth-best in the region and was good for fourth best at NE10s. She finished with five top-five finishes this outdoor season in jumping events. She owns a 3.876 GPA as she enters her senior year as a Computer Science major.
A NE10 All-Conference Second Team selection to go along with his CoSIDA Academic All-District nod, sophomore Matthew Ronai (Orange, Conn.) of the baseball program earned his first NE10 Academic All-Conference honor following his breakout season. Merrimack's primary designated hitter led the Warriors with a .356 batting average and 58 hits overall, setting additional career bests in extra-base hits (16), doubles (11), homers (4), RBI (33) and OPS (.902). The sports medicine major compiled a 3.82 GPA, one of the highest on the Navy and Gold.
Another tennis student-athlete who majors in electrical engineering, sophomore Mana Seifaei (North York, Ontario) picked up her first-ever NE10 Academic All-Conference selection with a 3.92 GPA. The Warriors' first doubles and second singles performer, Seifaei earned all-league first-team honors at No. 1 doubles, winning 15 times at the pairs venue. The reigning ITA East Region Rookie of the Year advanced to the semifinals of the doubles bracket at the ITA East Regional Championship, the furthest a Merrimack pairing has gone in program history.
The softball program's first Academic All-American in 22 years, junior Alyssa Williamson (Scarborough, Maine) notched a NE10 Academic All-Conference selection following the conclusion of her first full season with the Warriors. As a psychology major, Williamson collected a 3.95 cumulative GPA, distinguishing herself as one of the nation's best. The NFCA/D2CCA All-East Region and NE10 All-Conference First Team selection enjoyed a superb junior campaign, leading the Navy and Gold and ranking seventh in the league with a .365 average, slashing .365/.411/.476. She added a team-high 62 hits, which were the fourth most in the NE10.
Finally, rising senior Jessica Wagner (San Diego, Calif.) earned her second consecutive spot on the academic all-conference compilation after finishing the year with a 3.759 GPA as a Sports Medicine major. Wagner was one of Merrimack's three all-conference selections and earned NE10 Golfer of the Week honors once in the fall. She was as steady as any other golfer for the Warriors all season, averaging 81.1 strokes per round – third lowest on the team – and she tied a career low after firing a 74 during a tournament in the spring season.