In addition to stacking trophies, the Blue Devils hit the books hard in hard-hittin’ New Britain.
Central Connecticut is home to three of the NEC’s six Scholar-Athlete award winners from the 2018 fall season.
Angie Rafter (women’s cross country), Charlotte Maurer (women’s soccer) and Madelyn Kaprelya (volleyball) all brought some hardware back to Hardware City.
In addition to their academic exploits, the trio of Blue Devils helped their respective teams to plenty of athletic success this past fall.
Rafter led CCSU to its first NEC women’s XC team title since the turn of the millennium. Maurer and her mates carried a 17-game unbeaten streak into the 2018 NCAA Women’s College Cup Tournament. Kaprelya was a key contributor to a CCSU volleyball unit that posted a second-place finish in the NEC regular season standings.
The other Scholar-Athlete award recipients represented Wagner, Fairleigh Dickinson and Robert Morris.
FDU’s Ahu Obhakhan (men’s soccer) and RMU’s Adam Wollet (football) were repeat Scholar-Athlete winners while also earning Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Jon Besselink brought the men’s cross country award to Grymes Hill after posting a fifth-place finish at the 2018 NEC Championships.
All six honorees carried a cumulative grade-point average no lower than 3.50.
See all six 2018 Fall NEC Scholar-Athletes of the Year below…
They just want an opportunity and a number of fortunate NEC football alumni are getting one this spring.
Six athletes with all-NEC credentials have accepted invitations to attend NFL Rookie Camps on a tryout basis.
They are as follows:
Malik Duncan, Saint Francis DB (Steelers)
Delondo Boyd, Saint Francis DB (Bears)
Ben Huss, Duquesne OG (Jaguars)
Matt Sewall, Bryant WR/KR (Texans)
Andy Smigiera, Robert Morris DB (Seahawks/Cardinals)
Randall Laguerre, Central Connecticut LB (Eagles)
Amongst the aforementioned six men, Huss and Duncan earned STATS FCS All-America honors this past winter. Huss competed in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January.
Meanwhile, Wagner two starting offensive tackles from the 2017 season will compete in NFL camps after signing rookie contracts. After being selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by Baltimore, Greg Senat inked a deal with the Ravens prior to the start of their mini camp. Meanwhile, all-NEC tackle Matt Diaz was one of 22 players to sign UDFA contracts with the Tennessee Titans.
The Northeast Conference recognized those teams that best competed with dignity and respect during the 2017-18 winter sports season.
For the 10th year running, the league handed out a Team Sportsmanship Award in the sports of men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s swimming & diving, men’s indoor track & field, women’s indoor track & field and women’s bowling.
Bryant (MBB / SWIM) and St. Francis Brooklyn (WBB / WITF) were double winners. SFBK won the women’s basketball honor for the fifth time in six seasons while Caldwell captured a third consecutive women’s bowling award.
Since the NEC Team Sportsmanship program was instituted in 2008, Saint Francis U has won a conference-best 35 awards.
The NEC’s Team Sportsmanship Award winners were chosen through a vote of team captains and coaches from throughout the conference.
A LOOK AT THE WINNERS
It’s the seventh time in 10 seasons that the NEC’s top individual bowling award belongs to a Fairleigh Dickinson player.
FDU senior Karsyn Lukosius captured the 2018 NEC Bowler of the Year award to go along with a selection to the All-NEC First Team.
The league unveiled its three major award winners along with two All-NEC Teams and an All-Rookie Team on Friday, March 23 at Howell Lanes in Howell, NJ.
Meet the #NECelite from the 2017-18 NEC bowling regular season…
A 5-foot-5 guard headlines the list.
Mount St. Mary’s senior Junior Robinson was unanimously chosen by the league’s head coaches as the NEC Player of the Year. The conference’s leading scorer received the honor on the eve of Wednesday’s NEC Tournament quarterfinal games.
The league announced its major award winners and all-conference honorees on Tuesday afternoon via Twitter.
Meet the 2018 Men’s Basketball #NECelite…