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NEC Announces 2018 Fall Scholar-Athletes, Academic Honor Roll & Commissioner’s Honor Roll


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Somerset, NJ -- The Northeast Conference (NEC) today paid tribute to a stellar group of student-athletes with the announcement of its 2018 Fall Scholar-Athlete award winners, presented by Certified Financial Services.

Among those honored were a pair of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans who were also repeat honorees, an NEC individual champion and a student-athlete with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

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 a record 812 student-athletes with a 3.20 or better grade point average, a 6.1 percent increase from 2017. There were also a record 276 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 figure represents a 14.5 percent increase from a year ago.

Wagner junior Jonathan Besselink (Kingston, Ontario/Holy Cross Catholic Secondary) claimed the men’s cross country scholar-athlete award. Besselink raced to a fifth place finish at the NEC Championship in Smithfield, RI this past October, clocking in at 26:00.1 to help lead Wagner to a program-best third place finish. The All-NEC honoree went on to compete in his third straight NCAA Regional meet. Besselinlk’s best finish of the season was a runner-up showing at the Monmouth XC Tune-Up in October. The Kingston, Ontario native is a three-time member of the NEC Academic and Commissioner Honor Roll. He has compiled a 3.88 grade point average while majoring in Business Administration. 


Central Connecticut sophomore Angie Rafter (Danielson, CT/Killingly) was the recipient of the women’s cross country scholar-athlete accolade. Rafter sparked the Blue Devils to their first NEC championship since 1999, winning the individual title with time to spare, beating the field by 11 seconds in 18:03.6. The two-time All-NEC honoree went on to place 66th at the NCAA Regional meet. She was also a three-time NEC Athlete of the Week this past fall. Rafter, who hails from Danielson, CT, is an English major with a 3.93 grade point average. She has been named to the NEC Academic and Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of her first two years at CCSU.

Robert Morris senior linebacker Adam Wollet (Poland, OH/Poland Seminary) repeated as the football scholar-athlete award winner. Wollet led the NEC for the second straight year and finished 13th nationally with 10.1 tackles per game. His 111 takedowns also ranked fifth on the RMU single-season list and boosted him to second team All-NEC honors for the second year running. Wollet wrapped his career ranked third all-time at the school with 314 tackles. His year culminated in a second straight appearance on the CoSIDA Academic All-America team, this time earning first team honors. In doing so, he became the fifth student-athlete in the RMU football program to be honored by CoSIDA on multiple occasions as well as the 11th overall. The Poland, OH product is a Finance and Management double major who maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Wollet finished as a four-time NEC Academic and Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree.


Fairleigh Dickinson redshirt senior striker Ahu Obhakhan (Drogheda, Ireland/St. Joseph CBS) earned men’s soccer scholar-athlete honors for the second straight year. Obhakhan ranked second in the conference in both goals (eight) and points (17), and was the league leader with four game winners, including the tally that sent the Knights to the NEC title match. He went on to repeat as a first team All-NEC honoree at year’s end. Obhakhan added to his impressive list of accomplishments with his second consecutive CoSIDA Academic All-America nod. He earned second team honors following his selection to the third team a year ago. Obhakhan remains the lone FDU soccer student-athlete to be named an Academic All-American. A native of Drogheda, Ireland, the Business Management major carries a 3.83 grade point average. He is a four-time selection to both the NEC Academic Honor Roll and NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.


Central Connecticut senior midfielder Charlotte Maurer (Northampton, MA/Northampton) took home the women’s soccer scholar-athlete award. Maurer was named the NEC Midfielder of the Year and to the All-NEC first team after totaling eight goals, five assists and 21 points. She ranked third in the league in each category as the Blue Devils posted a perfect 8-0 conference mark and captured the program’s ninth NEC Tournament title. Maurer was also lauded by the United Soccer Coaches, who tabbed her to the All-North Region first team, and she was voted All-New England and All-ECAC. Topping things off, the Northampton, MA native was the top vote-getter among midfielders who competed in the NEWISA Senior Bowl. Her success on and off the field materialized in her selection to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America second team. Maurer is a four-time member of the NEC Academic Honor Roll. She is a Marketing major who maintains a 3.64 grade point average.


Central Connecticut junior Madelyn Kaprelyan (Huntington Beach, CA/Huntington Beach) was recognized as the scholar-athlete of the year in women’s volleyball. Kaprelyan comes off a terrific season that saw her earn both NEC Player of the Year and ECAC Offensive Player of the Year honors for the Blue Devils, who posted a runner-up regular season finish. She tied for second nationally with five triple-doubles, and ranked third in the conference in hitting percentage (.293) and fifth in kills per set (3.24). The three-time NEC Player of the Week was also chosen as the National Player of the Week on October 10. Kaprelyan enters her senior year as a two-time NEC all-star and a three-time NEC Academic Honor Roll honoree. Kaprelyan, who carries a 3.50 grade point average, is a Biomolecular Sciences major who hails from Huntington Beach, CA.

2018 Northeast Conference Fall Scholar-Athletes, Presented by Certified FInancial Services
Sport                  Name                 School                  Cl    GPA    Major

Men’s Cross Country    Jonathan Besselink   Wagner                  Jr    3.88   Business Administration
Women’s Cross Country  Angie Rafter         Central Connecticut     So    3.93   English
Football               Adam Wollet          Robert Morris           Sr    4.00   Finance & Management
Men’s Soccer           Ahu Obhakhan         Fairleigh Dickinson     R-Sr  3.83   Business Management
Women’s Soccer         Charlotte Maurer     Central Connecticut     Sr    3.64   Marketing
Women’s Volleyball     Madelyn Kaprelyan    Central Connecticut     Jr    3.50   Biomolecular Sciences  

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