Seven Penmen Receive NE10 Academic All-Conference Honors

Seven athletes highlighted for winning NE10 Academic All-Conference.


MANSFIELD, Mass. – Seven Southern New Hampshire University student-athletes were named to their sport's Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference Team on Friday.

Redshirt-junior Cassidy Huckins (Loudon, N.H.) and junior Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) were two of the 19 members of the NE10 All-Conference Field Hockey Team. Huckins, an accounting major with 3.63 grade-point average, broke down multiple barriers for the SNHU field hockey program this season, being named its first All-American, as well as its first NE10 All-Conference First Team selection, along with van der Doorn. The Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America Second Team choice led the Penmen in goals with 13 and total points with 30. She started each of Southern New Hampshire's 19 games and finished eighth in the NE10 in both points and goals, while adding a pair of game-winning tallies.

van der Doorn is a sociology major with a 3.79 GPA who earns her second straight Academic All-Conference nod. van der Doorn joined Huckins on the NE10 All-Conference First Team – her third career All-Conference pick – after starting all 19 contests and ranking third on the team with 17 points on six goals and five assists.

Men's soccer took up a league-best three of the 11 spots on its Academic All-Conference squad, with junior Chaney Nash-Gibney (So. Burlington, Vt.), and sophomores Tom Marriott (Nottingham, England) and Jannik Mohr (Koblenz, Germany) garnering the honors. Nash-Gibney, an economics and finance major with a 3.96 grade-point average, adds to his 2018-19 list of academic accolades, which includes Google Cloud Academic All-America Third Team and All-District 1 First Team honors. Nash-Gibney started all 19 matches on a back line that led the NE10 in goals-against average (0.77) and goals allowed (15).

An international business major with a 3.48 GPA, Marriott broke out this season with selections to the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Second Team, Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-East First Team and NE10 All-Conference First Team. Marriott posted 24 points on nine goals and six assists in 19 matches, tying for fifth in the conference in assists and sixth in both goals and points. 

Mohr, another international business major with a 3.84 GPA, played in 14 matches as one of the anchors of the SNHU back line, dishing three assists for the three points. Mohr was named to the All-Conference Third Team.

An accounting major with a 3.96 GPA, senior Jessica Dillon (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) claimed a spot on the Academic All-Conference volleyball squad. Dillon played in all 82 sets during the season, racking up 541 assists (6.60 a/s), 11 aces (0.13 sa/s), 190 digs (2.32 d/s), 14 blocks (0.17 b/s) and 47 kills (0.57 k/s). She ranked 12th in the league in both assists and assists per set.

Senior Samantha Sparda (Scarborough, Maine) was one of 21 members of the women's soccer Academic All-Conference Team. The economics and finance major with a 3.55 GPA earned United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Second Team, D2CCA All-East Region Second Team and NE10 All-Conference First Team honors this season. Sparda started all 20 matches she played in, while anchoring a back line that led the league with a 0.90 GAA and 20 goals allowed (amongst teams that played at least 17 matches).

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 two-thirds or started in at least half of the team's competitions and be a significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale); and 3) completed at least two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment at their current institution, which cannot include the last semester completed.

The NE10 is an association of 15 diverse institutions serving student-athletes across 24 NCAA Division II sports. Together we build brilliant futures by embracing the journey of every student-athlete. 

Each year, 4,500 student-athletes compete in conference championships, making the NE10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the NE10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes. 

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