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NEC Announces 2020-21 Spring Scholar-Athletes, Academic Honor Roll & Commissioner’s Honor Roll

6/17/2021

 
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Somerset, NJ -- Spotlighting those who excelled in both the classroom and the field of play, the Northeast Conference (NEC) today honored its 2021 Spring Scholar-Athlete award winners.

These highly decorated individuals included a pair of repeat scholar-athlete winners, an All-American, an NEC Player of the Year, an NEC individual champion and eight student-athletes with at least a 3.90 cumulative grade point average.

Fairleigh Dickinson was the big winner with four student-athletes earning accolades. Mount St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart both sported a pair of honorees.

All scholar-athlete award winners have compiled a minimum of 60 semester hours at their institution, maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team.

Along with the scholar-athletes, the NEC also announced its Spring Academic Honor Roll, consisting of a record 1,585 student-athletes with a 3.20 or better grade-point average. There were also a record 460 student-athletes named to the spring Commissioner’s Honor Roll, recognizing those superior student-athletes with a 3.75 or better grade point average.

Over the course of the 2020-21 academic year, a league record 3,747 NEC student-athletes landed a spot on the Academic Honor Roll, a 9.9 percent increase from a year ago. That figure also represents over two-thirds of NEC competitors. Likewise, a record 1,169 student-athletes were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, a 9.6 percent jump from 2019-20.

Sacred Heart senior shortstop Austin Markmann (Middletown, NJ/Middletown South) was named this year’s baseball scholar-athlete winner. Markmann was voted to the All-NEC second team after leading the conference with 13 doubles and ranking second with 43 RBI. He also finished the year fifth on the circuit in homers (six) and hits (50). In doing so, Markmann helped the Pioneers earn a spot in the NEC Tournament for the 11th time in 12 years. Named to the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll this spring and a four-time selection to the NEC Academic Honor Roll, the Criminal Justice major from Middletown, NJ compiled a 3.83 grade point average.

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Fairleigh Dickinson graduate student Florian Schroedl (Berlin, Germany/Hans Carossa Oberschule) secured his second straight men’s golf scholar-athlete honor. Schroedl earned first team All-NEC accolades for the second time in his career following a second place finish at the NEC Championship, carding a 4-over 220 (72-74-74). The Berlin, Germany native, who was the 2019 NEC individual champion, was also tabbed to the All-NEC second team in 2018. He was named to the NEC Academic & Commissioner’s Honor Roll in all five years as a Knight. Schroedl majored in International Business and completed his MBA in Accounting and Marketing with a 3.97 grade point average. He recorded a 3.90 grade point average as an undergraduate student.

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Fairleigh Dickinson senior Julia Warke (Winnersh, England/Holt Comprehensive School) put a bow on a memorable senior campaign with her selection as the women’s golf scholar-athlete honoree. This past April, Warke carded a eight-over 224 to capture the individual title by one stroke and boost the Knights to a third consecutive NEC Championship and NCAA appearance. She went on to be he named the NEC Golfer of the Year, made her second showing on the All-NEC first team and garnered the third All-Conference honor of her career. Over the course of the season, the senior from Winnersh, England ranked second in the NEC with a 76.8 strokes per round average and registered four top-10 finishes. In yet another major honor, Warke was recently named the Harriet McCormick Female Athlete of the Year at FDU. A Mechanical Engineering major, she registered a 3.98 grade point average and was a four-time selection to the NEC Academic and Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

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Sacred Heart senior midfielder Logan Liljeberg (Wrentham, MA/LaSalle Academy) pocketed the men’s lacrosse scholar-athlete award. Liljeberg landed on the All-NEC first time for the second straight time after he ranked second in the conference in points per game (4.09), fourth in assists per game (2.09) and tenth in goals per game (2.0). He recorded multiple points in 12-of-13 matches on the year, including a career-high seven-point outing vs. Bryant on April 24. Liljeberg wrapped his SHU tenure third at the school in career assists (65), fifth in points (135) and ninth in goals (70). The Wrentham, MA product was a member of the NEC Academic & Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of his four years. Liljeberg posted a near-perfect 3.99 cumulative grade point average while majoring in Business Economics.

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Decorated Mount St. Mary’s graduate student defender Kaitlyn Ridenour (Boonsboro, MD/Middletown) was a double winner, earning both NEC Defensive Player of the Year and scholar-athlete accolades in women’s lacrosse. Ridenour helped lead the Mount to its second straight unbeaten regular season title with an 11-0 mark in conference play, then won NEC Tournament MVP honors as the Mountaineers captured their first crown since 2005 with a 9-8 overtime win over Wagner. She served as the backbone of a stingy Mount defense that led the NEC in goals against average (8.36) and held nine-of-11 league rivals to single digits over the course of the regular season. The two-time All-NEC first teamer and IWLCA Mid-Atlantic second team all-star caused a team-high 15 turnovers, scooped up 17 ground balls and added 22 draw controls on the season. Ridenour, who hails from Boonsboro, MD, was also one of the recipients of the Monsignor John L. Sheridan Award, presented to the student-athlete, who, through athletic and academic achievement, exemplified the spirit and dedication demanded by intercollegiate athletics, and who, through such activity, fostered the ideals of Monsignor John L. Sheridan and Mount St. Mary’s University. Named to the NEC Academic Honor Roll in each of her five years, she registered a 3.52 grade point average as a Elementary Education major and posted a perfect 4.0 GPA this past year as she pursues her graduate degree in Sport Management.

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LIU Brooklyn graduate student outfielder Patricia Griffin (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) repeated as one of the co-winners of the softball scholar-athlete award. Griffin wrapped her star-studded career with her third All-NEC honor - including a second straight first team selection - and added third team NFCA All-Region plaudits as the table setter for the Sharks, who finished second in the regular season with a 25-7 conference record and reached the championship round of the NEC Tournament. She finished in the NEC top-10 in a variety of categories, including batting average (.373, seventh), hits (44, sixth), runs (32, sixth), stolen bases (11, fifth) and on-base percentage (.444, eighth). Griffin, who was raised in Marlton, NJ, concluded her time at LIU with 197 hits and committed just one error over the course of her career. She has been recognized on the NEC Academic & Commissioner’s Honor Roll for an unprecedented six years. Griffin majored in Adolescent Education and is pursuing her Master’s degree in School Counseling. She registered a 3.99 grade point average as an undergraduate student and has recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA in her graduate studies.

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Saint Francis U graduate student third baseman Mekenzie Saban (Pittsburgh, PA/North Hills) secured co-softball scholar-athlete honors following a terrific year at the plate for the four-time defending NEC champions. Saban was named to the Softball America All-America third team, NFCA All-Region second team, All-NEC first team and NEC All-Tournament team as the Red Flash made their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. She led the NEC in batting average (.452), hits (76), runs (53), doubles (20), total bases (120), and stolen bases (19), and ranked second in on-base percentage (.508), fourth in slugging (.655), and seventh in RBI (29). Saban broke single-season school records in batting average and on-base percentage, and ranked among NCAA leaders in six different statistical categories. The two-time All-NEC performer from Pittsburgh, PA excelled in the postseason, hitting .600 in the NEC Tournament and .400 in NCAA play. Off the field, she was involved in SAAC, Student-Athlete Mentors and the APPLE Leadership Team. Saban, who has appeared on the NEC Academic and Commissioner’s Honor Roll lists four times apiece, graduated with an Accounting degree in three years, posting a 3.99 grade point average. She has compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA as she pursues her MBA.
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Fairleigh Dickinson junior Mehdi Dhouib (Larchmont, NY/Iona Prep) emerged as the men’s tennis scholar-athlete of the year. Dhouib achieved first team All-NEC status for the second time in his career for the NEC champion Knights, who defeated St. Francis Brooklyn, 4-3, in an instant classic title match this past April. The Larchmont, NY product finished the year with a 6-2 record, including a perfect 5-0 at #2 singles. He won both his matches at the NEC Championship in straight sets to earn All-Tournament Team recognition. Dhouib also collected second team All-NEC doubles honors pairing up with Niclas Pietsch. The 2018 NEC Rookie of the Year has now won 33 singles matches over his first three seasons. Named to the NEC Academic & Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of his three years, the Business Administration major maintains a 3.77 grade point average.
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Fairleigh Dickinson junior Aleksandra Vorozheikina (Tambov, Russia) claimed the women’s tennis scholar-athlete award. Vorozheikina was named to the All-NEC second team on a Knights team that reach the NEC semifinals. She picked up a key three-set win at #1 singles in FDU’s quarterfinal win over Sacred Heart. The 2019 NEC Rookie of the Year and first team All-NEC performer as a freshman, Vorozheikina has racked up a 32-17 singles record over her first three seasons. She has been recognized on the NEC Academic & Commissioner’s Honor Roll each year at FDU since arriving from Tambov, Russia. Vorozheikina is a Civil Engineering Tech major and has recorded a 3.97 grade point average.
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Mount St. Mary’s junior Dylan LaNoue (Boiling Springs, PA/Boiling Springs) finished off his year by capturing men’s outdoor track and field scholar-athlete honors. LaNoue racked up 21 points and led the Mount to a third place finish at the NEC Championships by finishing second in the high jump (6’ 9”) and long jump (23’ 5 1/4”), and fourth in the triple jump (49’ 1”) to earn the meet’s Outstanding Field Performer (Jumps) award. He also qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary in the triple jump after uncorking a school record 51’ 6” jump at the Mount 33-48 Challenge in mid-April. LaNoue, who hails from Boiling Springs, PA, has been recognized on the NEC Academic & Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of his three years. The Sports Management major has posted a 3.55 grade point average.
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The NEC’s only multi-sport scholar-athlete this year, Central Connecticut senior distance runner Angie Rafter (Danielson, CT/Killingly) added co-women’s outdoor track and field accolades to her cross country honor. Rafter was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer (Distance) at the NEC outdoor meet after pulling off the double in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and 5,000 meters. She finished an incredible 48 seconds in front of the field to cruise to the title in the steeplechase, crossing the tape in 10:55.98, before she edged teammate Brooke Morabito in the 5K, clocking in at 17:39.06. Rafter, a Danielson, CT product, earned a spot on the NEC Academic and Commissioner’s Honor Roll lists in all four of her years at CCSU. The English major concluded her senior season with a 3.96 cumulative grade point average.
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Wagner senior Tiffany Hanna (Nassau, Bahamas/St. Augustine College) parlayed a strong year in the throwing circle and classroom into the women’s outdoor track and field scholar-athlete award. Hanna claimed NEC Most Outstanding Field Performer (Throws) honors for the second time in her career following a 23-point performance at the NEC Championships. She won the discus by a wide margin with a 156’ 7” toss, and added a second place finish in the hammer (169’ 5”) and fourth place showing in the shot put (40’ 2 1/4”). Hanna is the school record holder in both the discus and hammer. At year’s end, Hanna earned the Dr. Donald W. Spiro Award (Best Academic Achievement), the top student honor awarded each year to a Wagner senior at commencement, as well as the Douglas Gee Morton Award in Economics for academically outstanding work in her major and as a student of good moral character. Named to the NEC Academic and Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of her four years, the Nassau, Bahamas native compiled a 3.98 grade point average during her time at Wagner.
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2020-21 Northeast Conference Winter Scholar-Athletes
 
Sport             Name                     School                Cl   GPA           Major

Baseball          Austin Markmann          Sacred Heart          Sr.  3.83          Criminal Justice
Men’s Golf        Florian Schroedl         Fairleigh Dickinson   Gr.  3.97 (grad)   MBA - Accounting & Marketing
                                                                      3.90 (under)  International Business
Women’s Golf      Julia Warke              Fairleigh Dickinson   Sr.  3.98          Mechanical Engineering
Men’s Lacrosse    Logan Liljeberg          Sacred Heart          Sr.  3.99          Business Economics
Women’s Lacrosse  Kaitlyn Ridenour         Mount St. Mary’s      Gr.  4.00 (grad)   Sport Management
                                                                      3.52 (under)  Elementary Education
Softball          Patricia Griffin         LIU                   Gr.  4.00 (grad)   School Counseling
                                                                      3.99 (under)  Adolescent Education: Math
                  Mekenzie Saban           Saint Francis U       Gr.  4.00 (grad)   MBA
                                                                      3.99 (under)  Accounting
Men’s Tennis      Mehdi Dhouib             Fairleigh Dickinson   Jr.  3.77          Business Administration    
Women’s Tennis    Aleksandra Vorozheikina  Fairleigh Dickinson   Jr.  3.97          Civil Engineering Tech
Men’s OTF         Dylan LaNoue             Mount St. Mary’s      Jr.  3.55          Sport Management    
Women’s OTF       Angie Rafter             Central Connecticut   Sr.  3.96          English
                  Tiffany Hanna            Wagner                Sr.  3.98          Economics

 
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Now in its 40th anniversary season, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout seven states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to a number of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Boston (#9), Baltimore (#26), Hartford/New Haven (#33) and Providence (#53). Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 24 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic access to 16 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU, Merrimack, Mount St. Mary’s, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league’s official website (www.northeastconference.org) and digital network (www.necfrontrow.com), or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, all @NECsports.