SOUTH EASTON, Mass. - Eight Southern New Hampshire University student-athletes were named to their respective Northeast-10 Conference All-Academic Teams for the winter and spring seasons which were announced Thursday afternoon. The eight who were honored were Karissa Bettencourt (Norton, Mass.) of the softball team, Troy Bowen (Nashua, N.H.) of the men's basketball team, Catalina Echeverry (Cali, Columbia) of the women's tennis team, John Frey (Westminster, Colo.) of the ice hockey team and Julie Kraus (Derry, N.H.) and Libby Parent (Hinesburg, Vt.) of the women's lacrosse team and D.J. Lantz (New London, N.H.) and Andrew Maziarz (Cumberland, R.I.) of the golf team.
Bettencourt, who was named to the NE-10 All-Academic Team for the third time in her career, recently graduated with a 3.63 grade point average and a degree in communications. This season on the field, Bettencourt was named NE-10 All-Conference for the third time in her career after batting .250 with a pair of home runs and 14 runs batted in. She wrapped up her career ranked second in program history with 143 career hits, while her 76 career runs place her third in that category.
Bowen, a Business Administration major who graduated with a 3.50 GPA, ranked second on the men's basketball team in scoring, averaging 12.3 points per game while draining a team-high 60 three-pointers. He earned Northeast-10 Third Team All-Conference accolades after helping lead the Penmen to an 18-12 record and a berth in the NE-10 semifinals. In two years in a SNHU uniform, Bowen scored over 700 points and scored 1,056 points over his collegiate career, including two seasons at High Point University.
Echeverry, a sophomore marketing major with a 3.44 GPA, earned First Team All Northeast-10 honors at No. 2 singles this season after posting a 12-0 record in conference play. In 2008-09, she posted a 15-1 dual match record and also teamed up with Amber Chandronnait (Bow, N.H.) for a 9-1 NE-10 doubles mark to earn NE-10 Second Team honors. In her first two seasons, Echeverry has registered a 24-2 dual match record in singles play.
Frey, a junior business major with a 3.75 GPA, served as a co-captain for the hockey team this season and ranked fourth on the squad in scoring with nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points. He was one of three players to play all 24 games this season as the Penmen advanced to the Northeast-10 semifinals. SNHU's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008 as a sophomore, Frey has totaled 27 goals and 34 assists for 61 points over his first three seasons. He was named to the NE-10 All-Academic Team for the second time in his career.
Kraus, who was named NE-10 All-Academic for the third time in her career, recently graduated with a 3.99 GPA in business. A two-time All-America Second Team selection, she left SNHU as the women's lacrosse program's all-time leader in ground balls (212), caused turnovers (126) and draw controls (147). Kraus also garnered ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America honors twice in her career, including being named to the First Team as a senior, while she was also the Division II recipient of the IWLCA Scholar-Athlete Award.
Parent, a marketing major with a 3.95 GPA, also earned NE-10 All-Academic honors for the third time in her career. A four-time Northeast-10 All-Conference selection, Parent led the Penmen in scoring as a junior and senior and graduated as the women's lacrosse program's all-time leader in goals (169) and points (248) while ranking second in assists (79). A two-time IWLCA All-Region selection, Parent also earned ESPN the Magazine Third Team Academic All-America honors this past spring.
Lantz, a sophomore business major with a 3.66 GPA, earned Northeast-10 Second Team honors for the Penmen this season after tying for 13th at the NE-10 Championship in September. Two weeks later he would earn NE-10 Player of the Week honors after finishing second with a two-day score of 146 at the SNHU Penmen Invitational. He tied for the team lead in scoring average as he averaged a score of 78.3 per round.
Maziarz recently graduated with a 3.55 GPA as a marketing major. A two-time Northeast-10 All-Conference performer, he earned Second Team honors this season after finishing tied for 17th at the NE-10 Championship after finishing eighth as a junior. He also finished tied for 11th at the SNHU Penmen Invitational after carding a 73 in the tournament's second day. He and Lantz both helped SNHU reach its third NCAA Division II Championship appearance in the last seven seasons.