Five Penmen Garner Winter NE10 Academic All-Conference Recognition


MANSFIELD, Mass. – Senior Alec Cochran (Orlando, Fla.), juniors Brett Strawn (Wareham, Mass.), Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) and Ashley Elder (Bristol, Conn.), and sophomore Alanna Murphy (Nashua, N.H.), of Southern New Hampshire University, all earned Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference honors Friday.

Cochran suited up in 20 games for the men's ice hockey team as a member of the defensive unit. The economics and mathematics major with a 3.71 grade-point average tied for third on the team in points by a defenseman, as he scored a goal and dished seven assists for eight points. He also was third on the club and second among blueliners with a plus-12 rating.

Strawn, who joined Cochrane as two of the six members on the NE10 Ice Hockey Academic All-Conference Team, led the Penmen in points and assists, recording seven goals and 22 assists for 29 points in 24 games. He also skated to a plus-17 rating, which paced the squad. Strawn, a business administration major with a 3.47 GPA, led the NE10 in assists, ranked second in points and fourth in plus/minus rating.

Lorenzen, an environmental science major with a 3.63 GPA, was one of eight women's basketball players to earn the honor. Lorenzen adds to her list of accolades, which include CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II All-America Honorable Mention, Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) East All-Region Second Team and Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team. She started all 29 games and averaged 17.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 47.5 percent (182-383) from the field and 82.5 percent (132-160) from the stripe.

Lorenzen, who duplicated her career output with 12 double-doubles during the season, reached double figures in points 25 times and scored 20 or more points nine times, including a season-high 28 in a win against Pace on Jan. 3.

The Nov. 27 and Jan. 8 NE10 Player of the Week ranked second in the league in free throws made, third in both scoring and field goals made, sixth in rebounding, seventh in free throw percentage and ninth in field goal percentage. In the east region, Lorenzen placed third in free throws made, fifth in scoring, seventh in field goals made, 10th in rebounding, 17th in field goal percentage and 18th in free throw percentage. Lorenzen slotted 34th in the country in free throws made, 36th in double-doubles, 58th in rebounding, 62nd in scoring, 73rd in field goals made, 77th in field goal percentage and 81st in free throw percentage.

Elder and Murphy combined to fill two of the 15 women's track & field spots. Elder was a force to be reckoned with during the indoor season, as she placed inside the top five in the shot put at all seven meets, including six occasions where she either won or was runner-up. The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association East All-Region performer sports a 3.65 GPA in psychology.

Murphy, meanwhile, recorded seven individual wins during the indoor season, including four triple jump victories at the seven meets she competed in. Murphy finished in the top three in the triple jump on six occasions, falling outside that just one time when she turned in a fourth-place showing at the NE10 Championship with a personal record. Murphy also picked up one long jump triumph and a pair of first-place finishes in the 60-meter hurdles – an event she was also the runner-up in five times. The sport management major owns a 3.97 GPA.

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.

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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