Last Golden Bear Student-Athletes for the Fall Semester 2014 are Recognized

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--The Western New England University Athletics Department has announced that Chelsea Vujs (Berlin, Conn.) and Andrew McManus (Rowley, Mass./Triton Regional High School) are the last Golden Bears to be named Western New England Student-Athletes of the Week for the fall semester.

Vujs in the past week averaged 12.5 points, an amazing 18.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for the Golden Bears. On Wednesday at Curry, Vujs scored nine points, grabbed 10 rebounds and seized three steals. In a home win over 2014 Commonwealth Coast Conference runner-up Roger Williams, she posted game highs of 16 points, seven assists (also a career high) and 26 rebounds to help WNE defeat the Hawks for the first time in three seasons. The 26 rebounds were one of three NCAA Division III performances of 25 or more rebounds in the nation this season.

For her efforts, Vujs earned CCC Women's Basketball co-Player of the Week accolades and was named to the honor roll by the New England Women's Basketball Association on Monday.

McManus, a senior center, received Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Football First Team accolades, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors' of America, last Tuesday, Dec. 2. The position captain was part of an outstanding offensive line that allowed just 0.70 sacks per game to rate seventh in the nation. Allowing not only protection for Golden Bears senior quarterback Tyler Ward's record-setting year in his first season as a starter, but also aiding senior running back Kevin Cook to rush over 4,000 yards en route to first-team All-New England Football Conference and all-region honors.

A two-time CoSIDA/Capital One Academic® All-District I First Team performer, McManus is a four-year starter and he helped the Golden Bears lead the NEFC during the regular season with 4,435 total yards (the school record is 4,765), ranking 45th in NCAA Division III with a 444.0 average, a school-record 223 first downs (OLD: 220, 2007), 30 rushing touchdowns and red-zone TDs at 34-for-48. The team also was second in the conference with a school-record 48 TDs, 335 points (the WNE benchmark is 341) and 2,677 rushing yards (the team mark is 2,716).

Vujs is a psychology major while McManus studies mechanical engineering.

The WNE Student-Athletes of the Week awards will resume the week of Jan. 12, 2015, and will include all competitions dating back to Dec. 27, 2014.