Six SNHU Student-Athletes Named to Northeast-10 All-Academic Teams
SOUTH EASTON, Mass. – A total of six Southern New Hampshire University student-athletes were named to their respective Fall 2011 Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference teams announced recently. Senior Austin Britt (Massena, N.Y.) and junior Jordan Branco (Norton, Mass.) of the men’s soccer team, junior Daniela Abruzzese (Parsippany, N.J.) and seniors Emily Mongeau (Westborough, Mass.) and Ariel Teixeira (Warren, R.I.) of the women’s soccer team and Danielle Coffey (Westborough, Mass.) of the volleyball team were all honored.
To be eligible for selection to the academic all-conference teams, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1) participated in at least half of the team's competitions and be 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 Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference teams are chosen by a vote of a committee of athletic administrators and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FAR) at each of the 16 Northeast-10 institutions.
Abruzzese, a Business Administation major, was one of four players to start all 20 games for Southern New Hampshire in 2011. A Northeast-10 Third Team All-Conference selection, Abruzzese, a defender, helped anchor a backline that posted five shutouts and posted a 1.41 team goals-against average this season. Abruzzese, also garnered All-NEWISA honors and was a Capital One Academic All-District Second Team selection.
Britt, a Business Administration major, started each of the 21 games he appeared in on defense. He was a key member of a Penmen defensive unit that posted 12 shutouts in 22 games and posted a 0.63 team goals-against average, good for eighth nationally in team GAA.
Branco, a Communication major, was named a Second Team Capital One Academic All-American earlier this season, becoming the eighth SNHU student-athlete to earn that distinction. A Northeast-10 Third Team All-Conference selection, he ranked second on the team in goals (10), assists (6) and points (26), also ranking second in the NE-10 in scoring.
Coffey, a Sport Management major, was a Northeast-10 Third Team All-Conference selection in 2011 after leading the Penmen in kills with 222 and blocks with 120, while also recording a .246 hitting percentage. She led the NE-10 and ranked eighth nationally in blocks per set, and recently ended her SNHU career as the program’s all-time leader in blocks with 372. She also ranks among the program leaders in career kills (572) and hitting percentage (.243).
Mongeau, an Elementary Education major, started all 19 games in which she appeared for the women’s soccer team and garnered Northeast-10 Second Team All-Conference honors, the third time in her career she has been named All-Conference. An NSCAA All-Region and NEWISA All-New England pick, Mongeau was also an integral member of the Penmen defense. Mongeau also garnered Capital One Second Team Academic All-District honors.
Teixeira, a Sport Management major, was an NSCAA Third Team All-American as well as a First Team Northeast-10 All-Conference and NSCAA All-Region selection. Just the third four-time All-Conference selection in program history, Teixeira led the Penmen in scoring on the strength of six goals and 12 assists for 24 points. One of four players to start all 20 games, Teixeira wrapped up her career ranked seventh in career assists and 10th in career scoring.
The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 5,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.