February 12, 2013

Twelve Earn NEFC Academic All-Conference Honors

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - Twelve members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team have earned New England Football Conference Academic All-Conference honors. To qualify for the team a player must have completed three semesters at the same institution and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. A total of 230 players on the conference's six teams were honored.

Two seniors, defensive back Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley) and wide receiver Nick Hiou (Peabody, MA/Peabody) were honored. The NEFC also honored four juniors, defensive lineman Jordan McDonald (Brockton, MA/Brockton), offensive lineman Mike Thomas (Everett, MA/Everett) and linebackers Joe Martin (Spencer, MA/David Prouty) and Michael Waters (Taunton, MA/Taunton). Six sophomores rounded out the honorees for UMD as linebacker Hunter Black (Marion, MA/Old Rochester Regional), defensive linemen Nick Costa (N. Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth), Mike Rodriguez (Framingham, MA/Framingham) and Nils Swenson (Ipswich, MA/Ipswich), and wide receivers Will McNamara (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton) and Steve Tarpey (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury) all received recognition.

"I am very proud of these 12 young men," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "They represent UMass Dartmouth and our football team extremely well. They are examples to all of athletes.  Each of these students is an important member of our team and prove that you can be successful athletically and academically."

The 2012 season marked the last for the Corsairs in the NEFC, as they will become an associate member for football in the Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference, which is sponsoring the sport for the first time in 2013. UMD joins Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Westfield State University, Worcester State University and fellow affiliate-member institutions Plymouth State University and Western Connecticut in moving to the MASCAC. UMass Dartmouth is also an associate member in the MASCAC in men's ice hockey.

                                    
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