Fontaine Named CCC Senior Scholar-Athlete, Three Other Golden Bears Earn All-CCC Honors

Senior Matt Fontaine (left) was named the CCC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He also earned All-CCC first team honors, along with juniors John Abbott (second from left) and Mike Metcalf (right). Junior Joe Ciolek (second from right) was named to the All-CCC second team.
Senior Matt Fontaine (left) was named the CCC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He also earned All-CCC first team honors, along with juniors John Abbott (second from left) and Mike Metcalf (right). Junior Joe Ciolek (second from right) was named to the All-CCC second team.

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Fontaine, Abbott & Metcalf collect All-CCC first team honors, Ciolek named to second team

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (May 10, 2017) – Senior Matt Fontaine (East Longmeadow, Mass.) of the Western New England University men's golf team has been named the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Senior Scholar-Athlete, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon when the conference office released its major award winners and All-CCC teams.

Fontaine also earned first team All-CCC honors along with juniors John Abbott (Higganum, Conn.) and Mike Metcalf (Longmeadow, Mass.), while junior Joe Ciolek (South Hadley, Mass.) collected second team accolades.

An accounting & finance major with a 3.63 cumulative grade point average, Fontaine is a two-time Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon Scholar All-American and a three-time CCC Academic All-Conference honoree. He was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Student-Athlete Honor Society as a junior last year.

Fontaine caps his impressive career with his third consecutive All-CCC first team selection after being named to the second team while also garnering CCC Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman in 2014. In ten events and 16 total rounds this season, the senior posted a 78.8 stroke average. He registered a trio of second-place finishes, including back-to-back runner up efforts this spring at the Rhode Island College Invitational (April 14) and Western New England Invitational (April 20) with matching scores of 72. Fontaine also turned in a second place finish at the CCC Fall Qualifier on October 4 after firing a 75.

Abbott is also being recognized as an All-CCC first team performer for the second straight season after registering a team-best 76.8 stroke average in ten events and 16 rounds. The 2015 CCC Rookie of the Year posted five top-ten finishes in 2016-17, including third place performances at the Rhode Island College Invitational and Johnson & Wales University Wildcat Invitational (April 22-23). Abbott carded a season-best score of 73 at the RIC Invitational while also recording a pair of 74s during the fall portion of Western New England's schedule.

Metcalf garners All-CCC first team accolades for the first time in his career after landing on the second team as a sophomore last season. The Longmeadow, Mass. native turned in an average score of 77.8 in ten events and 16 rounds. Metcalf was among Western New England's most consistent golfers, as he finished in the top-10 in seven of the ten events he played in, including all five this spring. He placed second overall in the 85-player field at the JWU Wildcat Invitational with a two-day score of 151 (77+74).

Rounding out Western New England's four All-CCC performers is Ciolek, who earns second team accolades after being recognized as the CCC Rookie of the Year in 2015-16. The South Hadley, Mass. native posted three top-five efforts in his nine events in 2016-17, including a first place finish among 45 players at the Rich Korzec Invitational (April 11) with a score of 74. Ciolek was also Western New England's top performer at the CCC Championship, finishing third overall with a two-day score of 149 (76+73).

The Golden Bears fell just short of capturing their third consecutive CCC title in 2016-17. Western New England won the first four tournaments it appeared in during the spring season, before falling to Endicott College by one stroke at the CCC Championship on April 29-30 at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, Mass.