MANSFIELD, Mass. – Senior Tyler McLaren (Pepperell, Mass.) of the Southern New Hampshire University men's cross country team captured Northeast-10 Sport Excellence Award honors and was also one of a league-high 11 Penmen to receive NE10 Academic All-Conference recognition – doing so for the third consecutive season – as the conference office announced its fall academic honors Thursday.
McLaren, who is one of eight men's cross country honorees, is an international business major with a 3.85 grade-point average. McLaren becomes the first runner in program history to earn the Sport Excellence Award, as the top Academic All-Conference selection in his sport. McLaren turned in a magnificent season, winning both the Vermont Tech Invitational and the Bruce Kirsch Cup, while finishing runner-up at the New England Championship, NE10 Championship and NCAA East Regional. The two-time NE10 Athlete of the Week, who garnered NE10 All-Conference First Team and USTFCCCA All-Region honors, became the second runner in program history to qualify for the NCAA National Championship, where he turned in the highest finish at the meet for a Penmen, placing 43rd out of 249 runners in a time of 32:02.8. McLaren topped the previous SNHU best by 32 spots, while finishing just three spots shy of attaining All-America status.
Junior goalkeeper Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.), a forensic psychology major with a 3.76 GPA, claimed a spot on the 16-member field hockey team for the second straight year. Rennie started 16 of the 17 games she played in this season, winning eight games, including four via shutout, while posting a 1.48 goals-against average and .802 save percentage on 97 saves over 1134:09 in the cage. The two-time NE10 Goalkeeper of the Week ranked second in the NE10 in save percentage, fifth in GAA, sixth in shutouts and goals against (24), as well as seventh in total stops.
Rennie was joined on the squad by sophomore teammate Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands), who is a sociology major with a 3.67 GPA. An NE10 All-Conference Second Team selection in the fall, she led the team in goals (10), assists (4) and points (24), while tying for 11th in the league in points. She tallied at least one point in eight contests and became the first 20-point, single-season scorer in program history.
A trio of men's soccer players made up a quarter of that sport's team, with graduate student Michael Rowley (Cooperstown, N.Y.), and sophomores Romain Daniellou (Brest, France) and Louka Masset (Paris, France) earning the honor. Rowley, a criminal justice major with a 3.65 undergrad GPA and perfect 4.0 GPA as a graduate, started all 17 matches and placed second on the team in both goals (6) and points (15), while ranking 10th in the league in game-winning goals (2) and 13th in total goals.
Daniellou, a United Soccer Coaches East All-Region Third Team selection and NE10 Second Team pick, is an international business major with a 3.55 GPA. In 16 matches, including 15 starts, Daniellou produced 14 points on three goals and a team-best eight assists. Daniellou, who led the league in assists and ranked top 20 in points, notched one game-winning goal and a pair of game-winning helpers.
Masset, a business finance major with a 3.42 GPA, claimed United Soccer Coaches East All-Region Second Team, Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) East All-Region First Team and NE10 All-Conference First Team accolades. Masset started 14 of 15 matches he played in, scoring six goals for 12 points. Masset had a flair for the dramatic, as five of his six goals were either game winners or equalizers in the 70th minute or later. He also contributed to a back line that ranked fourth in the league in GAA (0.95) and goals allowed (17).
Women's soccer was not to be outdone, placing four of its student-athletes on the 17-member team, including seniors Courtney Benson (Hopkinton, N.H.), Rianna Fasanello (E. Bridgewater, Mass.), Abigail Maker (Naples, Maine) and Paige Salmon (W. Hempstead, N.Y.). Benson, a justice studies major with a 3.74 GPA, was an NE10 All-Conference Third Teamer, following a season in which she played in 22 matches with 20 starts in the midfield, ranking second on the team in goals (5) and third in both assists (4) and points (14). In the conference, she placed 10th in goals, 11th in assists and 14th in points.
Fasanello, an elementary special education major with a 3.79 GPA, garnered United Soccer Coaches All-America Second Team, United Soccer Coaches East All-Region First Team, D2CCA East All-Region Team, NE10 Defensive Player of the Year and NE10 All-Conference First Team honors. The program's first All-American since 2011, Fasanello started all 23 matches and anchored a stingy Penmen back line that gave up a league-low 15 goals on the year and paced the conference in GAA (0.62). Fasanello, who was named the NE10 Defensive Player of the Week a conference-best three times during the season, also registered two points on a goal – the first of her career that helped Southern New Hampshire edge Assumption College, 1-0, Oct. 17 and also earn her recognition on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays with the No. 4 play of the night.
Maker, also an elementary special education major with a 3.81 GPA, pairs the honor with an NE10 All-Conference Second Team nod from the fall. The forward started 19 of the 23 matches she suited up in, registering 15 points on four goals and a team-high seven assists. Maker, who tied for the league lead in helpers and ranked eighth in points, was second on the team in scoring.
Salmon, a justice studies major with a 3.48 GPA, was a Third Team selection for both the United Soccer Coaches East All-Region and Northeast-10 All-Conference squads. The Oct. 30 NE10 Goalkeeper of the Week, Salmon led the league in GAA (0.62), shutouts (12) and minutes played (2174:08), while tying for first in wins (15) and ranking fifth in save percentage (.826) and eighth in total saves (71). Salmon, who started all 23 matches and played every single second in net, placed second, nationally, in minutes played, and ranked inside the top 30 in the country in GAA.
Senior Marisa Coronis (Hudson, N.H.) was one of 12 volleyball players to collect the honor. A mathematics major with a 3.44 GPA, Coronis gained a spot on the NE10 All-Conference Second Team in the fall. Coronis, a two-time NE10 Player of the Week during the season, was one of four Penmen to play in all 23 matches and 89 sets, recording 346 kills (3.89 k/s), 30 service aces (0.34 sa/s), 248 digs (2.79 d/s) and 30 blocks (0.34 b/s). The 346 kills set a new single-season program record for Southern New Hampshire and also ranked third in the Northeast-10. Coronis led the league in kills per set and placed 15th in service aces per set.
To be eligible for selection to the NE10 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.
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