Penmen Honored for Work in Classroom with 12 Earning NE10 Spring Academic All-Conference Recognition

June 2019 N.E. 10 Academic All Conference student-athletes.


MANSFIELD, Mass. – Southern New Hampshire University had 12 of its student-athletes named to the Northeast-10 Spring Academic All-Conference Team on Monday.

The 12 selections were the fourth most in the league behind Le Moyne College (14), Merrimack College (14) and Adelphi University (13). Le Moyne and Adelphi sponsor all 10 spring sports that were recognized, while SNHU and Merrimack offer nine of the 10.

Graduate student Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) and redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) claimed two of the 10 spots on the baseball team. Walkinshaw, who finished his sport management degree with a 3.88 GPA and wrapped up his MBA this year with a perfect 4.0, turned in a stellar season that saw him collect Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) East All-Region First Team, American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) East All-Region Second Team, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East All-Region Second Team, NE10 All-Conference First Team and Google Cloud Academic All-District accolades. In 15 appearances, including 14 starts, Walkinshaw went 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA, allowing just 78 hits, while striking out 102 and walking 31, in 98-and-two-thirds innings. Walkinshaw, who held batters to a .218 average against him, went the distance twice and limited opponents to two runs or less in 10 starts. Walkinshaw led the league in innings pitched and strikeouts, while ranking second in wins, seventh in ERA and 11th in strikeouts per game (9.30). He was named the NE10 Pitcher of the Week on four occasions this season, while no other pitcher in the league won the award more than once. Walkinshaw finished second in innings and fifth in strikeouts in the program's single-season record book. Walkinshaw, who captures the third NE10 Academic All-Conference honor of his career, was drafted by Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics in the 36th round earlier this month.

Goldstein garnered his second consecutive NE10 Third Team honor this season and now receives his second straight Academic All-Conference nod. Goldstein, the only member of the team to play in all 55 games, hit .300 with a pair of home runs, 22 RBI and 41 runs scored, while collecting 15 stolen bases on 20 attempts. He helped bolster a .434 on-base percentage by drawing 23 walks and getting hit by a pitch 21 times. The second baseman has handled 237 of his 245 chances cleanly and helped turn 24 double plays. Goldstein led the league in hit by pitches, while placing sixth in runs, eighth in OBP and 12th in steals. Goldstein, who already owned the top spot in the program's single season record book with 17 HBPs last season, has now penciled his name into the top two slots. 

Junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) represented the Penmen by earning one of the 15 softball slots for the second consecutive season. Barone, a mathematics major with a 3.94 GPA, became the program's second All-American with a selection as a Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) All-America Honorable Mention, in addition to being named both a D2CCA East All-Region and NE10 All-Conference First Team, and Google Cloud Academic All-District choice. Barone started 30 of the 33 contests she took the ball for in the circle, going 20-7 with one save and a 1.25 ERA. In 206-and-two-thirds innings, she allowed only 163 hits, while striking out 182 and walking just 35. She went the distance on 23 occasions and twirled nine shutouts, allowing fewer than two runs in 21 of her appearances. A league-best, three-time NE10 Pitcher of the Week this season, Barone led the conference in ERA and innings pitched, while ranking second in appearances, complete games and shutouts, third in wins and strikeouts, fourth in strikeouts per game (6.16) and seventh in batting average against (.214). Barone placed seventh, nationally, in ERA.

Senior Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.) was one of 14 to earn the honor for women's track & field. Elder, who had been chosen as Academic All-Conference in the 2018 and 2019 indoor seasons, earns the accolade for the outdoor season for the first time. A psychology major with a 3.73 GPA, Elder adds to her list of 2019 outdoor accolades that includes Google Cloud Academic All-District and United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) East All-Region, which she garnered for the discus throw, shot put and hammer throw. Elder, the program record holder in four events, including shot put, discus, hammer throw and weight throw, became the second SNHU athlete to compete in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, doing so in the shot put. Elder captured four discus titles this season, four shot put wins and three hammer victories for 11 total wins.

Graduate students Tiago Fernandes (Porto, Portugal) and Miguel Marreiros (Portimao, Portugal), as well as junior Bas van Biezen (Sassenheim, The Netherlands) took up half of the six men's tennis slots. Fernandes, who collects the accolade for the third consecutive year, was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region Senior Player of the Year, Northeast-10 Player of the Year (for the third straight season), NE10 All-Conference First Team, an NE10 Man of the Year finalist and a Google Cloud Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team honoree. Fernandes finished the season 21-5, overall in singles play, including 17-4 at the top flight and a perfect 9-0 in league play. SNHU's all-time singles wins leader at 80, Fernandes won 14 of his last 16 matches, and fell just three wins shy of matching the single-season program record of 24 victories that he set a year ago. Fernandes finished his business administration degree with a 3.96 GPA and owned a perfect 4.0 GPA as he pursued his MBA.

Marreiros, who joined Fernandes on the Google Cloud Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team, was named to the NE10 All-Conference First Team for the second time in his career this season. He went 11-8, overall, as well as 7-5 out of the No. 5 slot and a perfect 6-0 in league play. Marreiros was 17-5 in doubles play and was an unblemished 9-0 in the NE10. He owned a 3.72 GPA in business administration and finished his MBA program with a 3.97.

van Biezen, a business administration major with 3.68 GPA, claimed NE10 All-Conference First Team honors in both singles and doubles this year. He went 16-4 in singles play, including 7-1 in league action, while going 20-4 in doubles, including 16-3 out of the top slot and an impressive 8-1 in the NE10.

Seniors Anna Sala (Matadepera, Spain) and Sofia Morais (Porto, Portugal) staked claim to a pair of the six women's tennis spots. Sala, who wins the award for the second straight season, received NE10 First Team recognition at No. 1 doubles with Morais. Sala, the three-time NE10 Player of the Week, finished 11-9 in singles play, including 8-3 in the league. She was 17-5 in doubles, including 14-4 at the top flight and a near-perfect 10-1 in NE10 action. Sala was a graphic design major with a 3.95 GPA.

Morais, who garnered an NE10 Player of the Week award during the season, as also a Third Team selection at No. 2 singles, where she went 12-5 this season, including 8-3 in NE10 action. Overall, Morais, a business administration major with a 3.82 GPA, was 16-7 in singles.

Senior Matt Paradis (Hooksett, N.H.), a business administration major with a 3.39 GPA, was one of five men's golfers on the team. Paradis, who was selected as a Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) PING East All-Region Team honoree, was also feted as the NE10 Player of the Year and garnered an All-Conference First Team accolade for the third time in his career. Across 25 rounds of golf this season, Paradis shot even-par and averaged a team-best 71.7 per round. He won five individual medalist honors, including at both the NCAA Atlantic/East Regional and Northeast-10 Championship. He set an NE10 record with an 8-under at the Championship, as he became the first golfer to win back-to-back conference titles since 2012-13 and just the fifth golfer in the history of the event to shoot a single-round 66. Paradis finished in the top 10 nine times in the 11 events he played in, including seven top-five showings. Paradis won both the Franklin Pierce Fall Invitational (Sept. 10) and the Penmen Fall Invitational (Sept. 18), before making it three straight when he captured the NE10 Championship (Oct. 1) with a two-round total of 136. He ended the regular season with a victory at the Penmen Spring Invitational (April 19) and then fired a 5-under 211 to capture the regional crown, before carding a 219 at the NCAA National Championships (May 22). Paradis was a four-time NE10 Golfer of the Week (Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Oct. 24, April 3) during the season.

Senior Morgan Mitchell (Charlton, Mass.) and Makyla Lewellen (Zainesville, Ohio) grabbed two of the six women's golf spots. Mitchell, a psychology major with a 3.83 GPA, ranked second on the team with an 83.6 average over 21 rounds and 10 events. She claimed a pair of top-10 finishes, including a top-five showing when she placed fourth at the Penmen Columbus Day Intercollegiate (Oct. 7). Mitchell, who earned NE10 All-Conference Third Team honors, set a new school record on the first day of that tournament by carding a 74, before shattering that mark with the program's first sub-par round – a 1-under 71 – at the Sunoco Campbell Oil Classic (March 25). 

Lewellen, a business administration major with a 3.78 GPA, averaged an 86.4 across 21 rounds in 10 events. Her low round of the season came at the Dartmouth Invitational on Sept. 16 when she shot a 79 in the second round. She wrapped the season with her best showing – her second top-15 finish – when she placed 12th at the Penmen Spring Invitational on April 16.

To be eligible for selection to the NE10 Academic All-Conference teams, a student-athlete must have met or exceeded the following minimum requirements: started in at least half or played in at least two-thirds of the team's competitions as a significant contributor and achieved a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

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