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Northeast Conference Announces 2017 Spring Scholar-Athletes, Academic & Commissioner’s Honor Roll


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Somerset, NJ -- Accomplished student-athletes from seven different Northeast Conference (NEC) institutions comprised the 2017 Spring Scholar-Athlete award winners, announced today by NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris. 

This elite group of honorees included two NEC Player of the Year award winners and seven student-athletes with at least a 3.90 grade point average.

Bryant, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis U and Wagner each earned two awards, along with one each for Fairleigh Dickinson, Robert Morris and Saint Joseph’s.

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 979 student-athletes with a 3.20 or better grade-point average. There were also 227 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 2016-17 academic year, a total of 2,198 NEC student-athletes landed a spot on the Academic Honor Roll, a 6.5 percent increase from a year ago. That figure also represents approximately half of the NEC’s competitors. On the year, a record 592 student-athletes were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, an 11.3 percent jump from 2015-16.

Sacred Heart senior Ted Shaw (Southington, CT/Southington) was named this year’s baseball scholar-athlete recipient. A versatile performer who started all 59 games playing at shortstop, first base and DH, he led the Pioneers and ranked third in the NEC with 68 hits. Shaw ended the year with a .300 batting average, .383 on-base percentage and 14 stolen bases as Sacred Heart advanced to the title game of the NEC Baseball Tournament. He closed out his career as SHU’s all-time leader in walks (110) and ranks ninth in hits (200). Named to the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll all four of his years, the Southington, CT native recorded a 3.86 grade point average. Shaw majored in Finance and Business Economics.

Saint Francis U junior Brandon Mihalo’s (Windsor, Ontario/Holy Name Catholic) combination of academic achievement and prowess on the links earned him the men’s golf scholar-athlete award. Mihalo was named to the All-NEC first team after posting the league’s third-lowest scoring average with 73.8 shots per round on the year. He finished third at the NEC Championship in Daytona Beach, FL, shooting a three-over 219 (70-71-78), including two sub-par rounds. Mihalo recorded five top-10 finishes, a pair of top-five showings and was the NEC Player of the Month last September. The Accounting major from Windsor, Ontario has compiled a 3.95 grade point average and been named to the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of his three years.
Following another terrific year on the links, Sacred Heart senior Ellen Nighbor (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) was tabbed the women’s golf scholar-athlete of the year. Nighbor collected her second straight NEC Player of the Year honor and earned first team All-NEC kudos for the third consecutive year after she recorded four individual titles and six top-five finishes in 2016-17. She won the NEC individual title in a tiebreaker after shooting a two-over 218 (71-71-76) over 54 holes, and also captured the Navy Fall Invitational, the SHU Fall Classic and the Lonnie Barton Invitational. In doing so, Nighbor averaged a league-low 75.4 strokes per round on the year. The Marketing major from Glen Ellyn, IL was a four-time NEC Academic Honor Roll and five-time SHU Dean’s List member. Nighbor sported a cumulative 3.67 grade point average during her time in Fairfield. 

Saint Joseph’s junior attacker Chris Blewitt (Lincoln Park, NJ/Bergen Catholic) was recognized as the men’s lacrosse scholar-athlete honoree. Blewitt was tabbed to the All-NEC first team this spring after he led the Hawks in points (45), goals (27) and assists (18). The Lincoln Park, NJ native ranked in the NEC top-10 in all three categories, finishing fourth in points per game (3.21), fifth in assists per game (1.29) and eighth in goals per game (1.93). Blewitt, the 2015 NEC Rookie of the Year, was tabbed to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team and was unanimously selected to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area for the second year in a row. A Finance major who carries a 3.94 grade point average, Blewitt is now a three-time member of the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Robert Morris junior midfielder Dana Davis (Garnet Valley, PA/Garnet Valley) took home women’s lacrosse scholar-athlete accolades. Davis landed a spot on the All-NEC first team following her second team selection in 2016 and All-Rookie team honor as a freshman. In helping lead the Colonials to a second place regular season finish, Davis tallied 34 goals and 40 points to finish third and fourth, respectively, on the Colonials. She paced RMU and ranked second in the NEC in ground balls per game (3.62), and ended the year fourth in the conference in caused turnovers per outing (2.0). Entering her senior campaign, Davis ranks second in program history with 154 ground balls and her 3.07 per game average is the top mark in Colonial history. Davis, who hails from Garnet Valley, PA, is a Nursing major. She carries a 3.91 grade point average and has been named to the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll all three of her years in Moon Township.
Wagner senior outfielder Brianna Tredway (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown West) wrapped up her big spring season by being selected as the softball scholar-athlete recipient. Tredway was recently awarded the league’s highest honor when she was voted the NEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and honored by the membership at the annual NEC Spring Meetings in Long Branch, NJ. Tredway was named to the All-NEC first team and finished the year ranked second in the conference with a .399 average, including a .440 mark in league play. She also finished sixth on the circuit in on-base percentage (.431) and ninth in hits (57). Tredway would go on drive in six runs en-route to NEC All-Tournament team honors as the Seahawks advanced to the title game for the first time in over a decade. Tredway was also named to the NFCA All-Region team and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District award recipient. The Downingtown, PA product majored in Psychology and compiled a 3.80 grade point average while earning NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognition four times.

Bryant redshirt sophomore Matt Kuhar (Smithfield, RI/Smithfield) has already staked his claim as one of the top men’s tennis players in league history, and now adds to his resume by winning co-scholar-athlete honors in his sport. After sitting out last season with an injury, Kuhar came back at another level en-route to his unanimous selection as NEC Player of the Year. He posted a 19-6 overall record and 6-0 mark against NEC rivals to help spark Bryant to a fourth consecutive NEC title. A two-time NEC Player of the Month and two-time NEC Player of the Week, Kuhar went 12-3 at the #1 flight, including wins over opponents from Harvard, Cornell and Princeton. He won all three of his NEC Tournament matches in straight sets, and in the first round of the NCAA Tournament he posted a 6-0 win in the first set over Oklahoma’s Andrew Harris, the No. 32 player in the country. By year’s end Kuhar became the first player in Bryant history to earn an ITA regional ranking. He was also named to the All-NEC first team at #1 doubles with teammate Luke Lorenz. Kuhar, a local product out of Smithfield, is a Finance major with a 3.64 grade point average. He has been named to the NEC Academic Honor Roll three times.

Wagner junior Charlton Boyd (Shreveport, LA/Loyola College Prep) earned a share of the scholar-athlete of the year award in men’s tennis. Boyd, who sports a near-perfect 3.98 grade point average, compiled a 14-6 record for the Seahawks, who advanced to the NEC semifinals. He finished 3-1 in league play and went 8-3 at the #6 flight. Boyd has posted a stellar 48-21 career singles record and is 50-24 all-time in doubles. The Shreveport, LA native was awarded the Class of 2008 Scholarship as well as the Verrazano Memorial Prize at the 2017 Wagner College Undergraduate Awards. Boyd is a Government & Politics major who has been named to the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll all three of his years on Grymes Hill.
Bryant junior Nina Luiggi (Nottingham, England/Minster School) claimed the women’s tennis scholar-athlete of the year accolade. Luiggi made it back-to-back All-NEC second team honors at #4 singles, and helped lead the Bulldogs to the conference semifinals. She ranked second on Bryant with 10 wins on the year, and posted a 4-2 mark against league opponents. Luiggi delivered at the NEC Tournament, winning two singles matches in straight sets and a pair of doubles matches teaming up with Ashanti Campfieid. The duo was also named to the All-NEC first team at No. 2 doubles, a year after collecting second team honors. A three-time member of the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Luiggi carries a 3.97 grade point average. The Nottingham, London native majors in Applied Psychology.

Saint Francis U junior Bryce England (Williamsburg, PA/Williamsburg) capped off his “Triple Crown” year with the men’s outdoor track and field scholar-athlete honor. England, who was also the NEC scholar-athlete in cross country and indoor track and field, collected NEC Most Outstanding Track Performer honors for the distance events after sweeping the 5,000 and 10,000 races with a pair of IC4A qualifying times at the league meet. He finished the 5K in 14:43.50 to win by more than 11 seconds and crossed the tape in 31:05.01 in the 10K to earn a six-second victory. The Williamsburg, PA native went on to compete at the NCAA East Prelims. England, a Biology and Spanish double major, was recently named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. He maintains a 3.96 grade point average.

Fairleigh Dickinson junior Mae Thompson (Esher, England/Hinchely Wood School) was chosen as the scholar-athlete award winner in women’s outdoor track and field. Thompson cruised to a win in the 800 meters at the NEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past May, clocking in at 2:13.42. She also picked up runner-up honors in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:44.20. Thompson qualified for the NCAA East Prelims in the 800 meters, where she advanced to the quarterfinals, and was also fourth at the ECAC Championships in her specialty event. Thompson posted the NEC’s fastest time in the 800m this season when she set a new school record with a 2:07.48 at the adidas Winthrop Invitational in March. The Esher, England product has earned recognition as a member of the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll three straight years. She carries a 3.94 grade point average and is a Humanities major.
2017 Northeast Conference Spring Scholar-Athletes
Sport                  Name                        School  Cl    GPA    Major
Baseball               Ted Shaw                    SHU     Sr    3.86   Finance & Business Economics
Men’s Golf             Brandon Mihalo              SFU     Jr    3.95   Accounting
Women’s Golf           Ellen Nighbor               SHU     Sr    3.67   Marketing
Men’s Lacrosse         Chris Blewitt               SJU     Jr    3.94   Finance
Women’s Lacrosse       Dana Davis                  RMU     Jr    3.91   Nursing
Softball               Brianna Tredway             WC      Sr.   3.80   Psychology
Men’s Tennis           Matt Kuhar                  BRY     R-So  3.64   Accounting
                       Charlton Boyd               WC      Jr    3.98   Government & Politics
Women’s Tennis         Nina Luiggi                 BRY     Jr    3.97   Applied Psychology
Men’s Outdoor Track    Bryce England               SFU     Jr    3.96   Biology & Spanish
Women’s Outdoor Track  Mae Thompson                FDU     Jr    3.94   Humanities  

About The Northeast Conference
Now wrapping up its 36th 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.