Posted: Aug 02, 2015
Our listings continue with our No. 6 entry: the Golden Bears led the Commonwealth Coast Conference with six senior scholar-athlete of the year awards. Western New England posted six winners in 15 of the championship sports offered by the CCC. The University of New England had the second-most with four honorees.
It started with women's soccer tri-captain Avery Clark taking the honors after appearing in a career-best 14 games last fall. Next up was Erica Lozy of Women's Cross Country being named at the conference championships on Nov. 1 held at Gordon College. The fall concluded with two-time libero of the year and All-American Grace Kucharski picking up the conference's top academic award in women's volleyball.
The University of New England also had three fall honorees in the sports of men's cross country, field hockey and women's soccer.
Like the fall, the Golden Bears had three winners in spring sports Baseball (Matt Anziano), Women's Lacrosse (Emily Castleman) and Men's Tennis (PJ Nassar). Like Clark and Kucharski, Castleman and Nassar also made their respective all-conference teams in the playing arena.
Top 10 Western New England Athletics Stories/Moments for 2014-15 School Year:
#10: Football Wins Inaugural Pynchon SAW Game in Big Comeback at Springfield College
#9: Women's Basketball Overcomes 22-Point Second-Half Deficit to Defeat Springfield College for the First Time Since 2007
#8: Pair of CoSIDA Academic All-America performers in Grace Kucharski (women's volleyball), Andrew McManus (football)
#7: School-record 138 academic all-conference citations--fourth consecutive year
#6: Six senior scholar-athlete of the year awards to pace the Commonwealth Coast Conference
#5: Announced Aug 3
#4: Announced Aug 10
#3: Announced Aug. 17
#2: Announced Aug. 24
#1: Announced Aug. 31