November 11, 2009

NEWMAC Releases Fall All-Academic Teams; 12 Beavers Honored

BABSON PARK, Mass. -- The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) has officially announced its fall Academic All-Conference Teams, and a total of 13 Babson College athletes were recognized. Representing the Beavers with All-Academic honors were senior Kristen Lang (Kennebunk, Maine), sophomore Wendy Glickenhouse (Red Hook, N.Y.), sophomore Kyle Fitzpatrick (Toledo, Ohio), and sophomore Mike Smith (Brockton, Mass.) of cross country; senior Emiley Cohen (West Grove, Pa.), senior Alyssa L'Bassi (Shrewsbury, Mass.), and junior Colleen Kelly (Milton, Mass.) of field hockey; seniors Dan Fogarty (Brookeline, N.H.) and Sean Gleason (Clinton, N.Y.) of men's soccer; junior Katy Alea (Southborough, Mass.), junior Laura Duston (Nashua, N.H.), and sophomore Alexa Untermann (Honolulu, Hawaii) of volleyball; and junior Kristy Benoit (Shrewsbury, Mass.) of women's soccer.

Lang earned Academic All-Conference recognition for the third time in her career, while Glickenhouse, Fitzpatrick, and Smith each garnered honors for the first time. Despite a mid-season injury, Lang has posted an average time of 22:41 this fall, and this past weekend she posted the team's fourth-best finish when she placed 186th at the ECAC Championships. Glickenhouse also battled injuries for the women's team, as she posted an average time o f24:33 while being held to just two races this fall.

Fitzpatrick was limited by injury to just two races through the team's first six events this fall, but he still ranks first on the team with an average time of 27:24. Both of his finishes were in the top 20, as he placed 13th at the Emmanuel Invitational and 20th at the NEWMAC Championships. Smith missed the Beavers' first three races of the year but came on strong down the stretch, recording the squad's second-best finish at both Emmanuel and at NEWMACs while posting Babson's best result at the ECAC Championships. His average time of 28:56 currently ranks fourth on the team.

The Academic All-Conference honors were the third straight for both Cohen and L'Bassi, while Kelly's was her second in a row. Cohen played in eight games this fall, posting a 2.26 goals against average and a .692 save percentage in net for the Beavers, while L'Bassi started all 19 of the team's contests at left back and recorded one defensive save. One of the team's two captains, Kelly had another fantastic year in the midfield for Babson, amassing 12 goals and eight assists for 32 points while starting all 19 contests.

Both Fogarty and Gleason were named Academic All-Conference for the third straight season. The veteran duo helped lead the men's soccer program to its second straight NEWMAC Championship and the program's 21st bid to the NCAA Tournament this fall. Fogarty led the league with 13 assists this season while also ranking second on the team with 21 points, and on October 25, he became the program's all-time leader in career assists. Meanwhile, team captain Gleason helped anchor the Babson defense this fall, starting all 21 games and recording one assist.

Duston earned Academic All-League honors for the second time in her career, while Alea and Untermann were both recognized for the first time. Duston played in 11 matches this season for the volleyball squad, registering 15 kills, 15 digs, and six aces in 25 sets, while Alea missed the entire season due to injury. Meanwhile, Untermann had a breakout year in her second season, playing 25 matches and amassing 94 kills, 31 total blocks, and a team-high 35 service aces in 83 sets.

Benoit was named Academic All-Conference for the second time in soccer and the fourth time overall in her career. The three-sport star moved from goalie to forward this fall and ranked fourth on the team in scoring with four goals and two assists for 10 points. She played in 16 of the team's 20 contests this year, including 13 starts.

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