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NEC Announces 2015 Fall Scholar-Athletes, Academic Honor Roll & Commissioner’s Honor Roll


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Somerset, NJ -- Three student-athletes from Saint Francis U, two from Robert Morris and one each from LIU Brooklyn, Sacred Heart and Wagner comprise the 2015 Fall Scholar-Athlete award winners for the Northeast Conference (NEC).  

In what may be the most outstanding group of scholar-athletes in NEC history, all eight honorees possess a 3.82 or better grade point average. Likewise, the award winners include a repeat winner and Capital One Academic All-American in Robert Morris senior football player Nick Faraci (McDonald, PA/South Fayette), along with a pair of All-Americans in Saint Francis U’s Francis de Vries (Christchurch, New Zealand/Cashmiere) (men’s soccer) and Lance Geesey (Harrisburg, PA/Cumberland Valley) (football).

All scholar-athlete award winners must have earned 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 announced its fall Academic Honor Roll, consisting of 656 student-athletes with a 3.20 or better grade point average. There were also 171 student-athletes named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, recognizing those superior student-athletes with a 3.75 or better grade point average. The Commissioner’s Honor Roll total represents a 22.1 percent increase from a year ago.
Sacred Heart senior Sean Ferguson (Smithtown, NY/St. John the Baptist) is the recipient of the men’s cross country scholar-athlete award. Ferguson became the first runner in school history to win the NEC Men’s Cross Country individual championship, setting a course record time of 24.51.2 as the Pioneers raced to a second place finish at the meet. A four-time NEC Athlete of the Week in 2015 and a three time All-NEC honoree over the course of his career, he won five of the six races he completed in this past fall to establish a single-season program record. In addition to his NEC victory, Ferguson crossed the tape first at the Stony Brook, Bryant, Fairfield and Albany Invitationals. Ferguson, who hails from Smithtown, NY, majors in History and carries a 3.82 grade point average. He has claimed a spot on the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of his four years at Sacred Heart.


Saint Francis U junior Danae Peters (Manheim, PA/Manheim Central) claims women’s cross country scholar-athlete honors. Peters was one of three SFU runners to post top-20 finishes at the NEC Women’s Cross Country Championship back in October. She was named NEC Athlete of the Week on September 22 following a strong performance at the National Catholic Invitational where she posted a time of 18:51.9. The Manheim, PA product also placed fifth at the Penn State Open and was SFU’s top finisher at the IC4A/ECAC Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park. Peters majors in Health Science (Physical Therapy) and maintains a 3.94 grade point average. She has twice been named to the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Robert Morris senior offensive lineman Nick Faraci (McDonald, PA/South Fayette) takes home his second straight scholar-athlete honor in football.  Faraci, a center, never missed a start in his RMU career, taking the field 44 straight games to match the school record. At year’s end he was tabbed to the Capital One Academic All-America team for the second straight year, earning first team honors following his second team selection as a junior. Faraci became just the third RMU student-athlete across all sports to earn multiple Academic All-America accolades. The McDonald, PA native was also one of 52 student-athletes named to the 2015 FCS ADA Academic All-Star team and was one of 10 finalists for a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship. He is a three-time Capital One Academic All-District recipient and four-time NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree. Faraci majors in Nursing and finished the fall semester with a 3.94 cumulative grade point average.
Saint Francis U redshirt junior kicker Lance Geesey (Harrisburg, PA/Cumberland Valley) is the co-recipient of the football scholar-athlete award. Geesey comes off an incredible season that saw him convert 16 of his 17 field goal attempts, including 5-6 from beyond 40 yards. He led the nation in field goal percentage (.941), finished fifth in field goals made per game (1.6) and topped the NEC with 76 points. A Harrisburg, PA native, Geesey set a school and NEC record with five field goals vs. Central Connecticut on November 7. At year’s end, he earned the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Placekicker Award, which goes to the top kicker in all of FCS. Geesey was also tabbed an ADA and AFCA All-American, and was named an ECAC FCS All-Star. A three-time NEC Special Teams Player of the Week this past fall, Geesey is the SFU career leader with 45 field goals over his first three years and has converted 81.9 percent of his attempts spanning his Red Flash career. A Capital One Academic All-District selection and three-time member of the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Geesey is majoring in Management/Marketing. He has compiled a 3.92 grade point average.


Saint Francis U junior defender Francis de Vries (Christchurch, New Zealand/Cashmiere) collects this year’s NEC men’s soccer scholar-athlete award. de Vries, who started the campaign as a Hermann Trophy candidate, compiled a long list of honors this past fall. Most notably, he earned his second straight NSCAA All-American nod with his selection to the third team. de Vries made it back-to-back NEC Defensive Player of the Year honors and was voted the ECAC Defender of the Year. He was also chosen to the NSCAA North Atlantic region first team. Over the course of his career, he has been named to the All-NEC first team on three occasions, and is a two-time ECAC All-Star and two-time NSCAA All-Region honoree. de Vries, who hails from Christchurch, New Zealand, anchored a Red Flash back line that allowed just 19 goals in 20 matches and reached the NEC title match for the second straight year. He scored the game-winning goal on a free kick against Robert Morris in the NEC semifinals, and for the second year running was voted to the NEC All-Tournament team. de Vries finished with six goals and 16 points on the year. The Psychology major currently possesses a 3.88 grade point average and has earned a spot on the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of his three years in Loretto.
Wagner junior midfielder Megan Fritz (Cape Coral, FL/Mariner) is this season’s women’s soccer scholar-athlete of the year. Fritz started all 18 matches, and led the Seahawks with five goals and 12 points on the year en-route to second team All-NEC honors. She ended the 2015 season ranked seventh in the NEC in goals and 12th in scoring. Over her first three seasons, Fritz has accumulated 12 goals and 28 points. Fritz, who hails from Cape Coral, FL, majors in Business Administration. She carries a 3.96 grade point average and has been tabbed to the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll three straight years.
Robert Morris junior April Krivoniak (Latrobe, PA/Latrobe) is one of two recipients of the women’s volleyball scholar-athlete award. Krivoniak was named the NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player after she helped lead the Colonials to their first NEC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth since the 2003 season. She finished with 16 kills, nine digs and a pair of blocks in the title match as RMU ended LIU Brooklyn’s three-year reign. Krivoniak wrapped her junior season ranked fourth on the Colonials in kills (1.98), digs (2.72) and blocks (0.48) per game. The Latrobe, PA product became the first RMU volleyball player since 2010 to be named Capital One Academic All-District at years end. Krivoniak, who has been named to the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times, majors in Engineering and maintains a near-perfect 3.99 grade point average.
LIU Brooklyn senior Adriana Viñas Joy (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Colegio Marista) ends her stellar Blackbird career by earning co-scholar-athlete honors in women’s volleyball. Viñas Joy made history this past fall when she became the first player in conference history to win the NEC Libero of the Year award four times. The four-time first team All-NEC honoree led the league in aces (0.67/game) and ranked second in digs (5.44/game). She finished her career as LIU Brooklyn’s all-time leader with 2,024 digs. Over her four years, the Blackbirds compiled a 56-2 record in NEC play, and won four NEC regular season titles and three NEC Tournament championships. A three-time member of the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Viñas Joy majors in Marketing and has registered a 3.92 grade point average.
2015 Northeast Conference Fall Scholar-Athletes
Sport                  Name                 School              Cl     GPA    Major

Men’s Cross Country    Sean Ferguson        Sacred Heart        Sr     3.82   History
Women’s Cross Country  Danae Peters         Saint Francis U     Jr     3.94   Health Science (Physical Therapy)
Football               Nick Faraci          Robert Morris       Sr     3.94   Nursing
                       Lance Geesey         Saint Francis U     R-Jr   3.92   Management/Marketing
Men’s Soccer           Francis de Vries     Saint Francis U     Jr     3.88   Psychology
Women’s Soccer         Megan Fritz          Wagner              Jr     3.96   Business Administration
Women’s Volleyball     April Krivoniak      Robert Morris       Jr     3.99   Engineering
                       Adriana Viñas Joy    LIU Brooklyn        Sr     3.92   Marketing

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Now in its 35th year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30).  Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 22 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league’s official website ( and digital network (, or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Google+, all @NECsports.