18 WestConn Football Student-Athletes Named To 2017 MASCAC Fall All-Academic Team

18 WestConn Football Student-Athletes Named To 2017 MASCAC Fall All-Academic Team

Westfield, MA — The Western Connecticut State University placed 18 football student-athletes on the 2017 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team that was released earlier on Tuesday by Commissioner Angela Baumann.  A total of 737 student-athletes have been honored by the league, which the Colonial gridders are an affiliate member.

Student-athletes that compete in championship varsity sports offered by each of the MASCAC institutions during the Fall 2017 athletic season and have achieved a 3.20 cumulative or semester-based grade point average during the semester are eligible for selection to the Fall All-Academic Team.

"I am proud that 18 of our football student athletes earned such high honors in the MASCAC," said WestConn Athletic Director Lori R. Mazza.  "Having the 'srudent-first' mentality, is seen by these young men in the classroom, which is held high regard by their professors and coaching staff.  Being a student athlete at any level is difficult, so achieving this honor is a great accomplishment."

"The MASCAC had another successful semester as reflected by the large number of student-athletes recognized on the 2017 MASCAC Fall All-Academic Team," Commissioner Baumann said. "Finding success in the classroom is equally as important as success on the field of play which our student-athletes have shown time and time again. I am extremely proud of their academic accomplishments."

The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, the nation's oldest Division III men's and women's playing conference, has a rich and storied tradition of competitive success while celebrating excellence in the classroom. MASCAC member schools include Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, MCLA, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Salem State University, Westfield State University and Worcester State University. Two other institutions, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Plymouth State University, are affiliate members of the conference in the sports of football and men's ice hockey, while Western Connecticut State University joined the conference as a football affiliate member in 2013.

Student-Athlete         Cl.         Major                                         Hometown/High School
Jarius Bailey                So.        Justice and Law Administration     Cromwell, CT/Cromwell
Matthew Daddona        So.        Finance                                       Watertown, CT/Watertown
Jaret DeVellis               Jr.         Marketing                                    Newtown, CT/Newtown
Ethan Draper               Jr.         Business Administration                Bethel, CT/Bethel
Joshua Foster              Fr.         Justice and Law Administration      Vernon, CT/Rockville
Justin Gray                  Sr.        Digital/Interactive Marketing         Simsbury, CT/Simsbury
James Hilbie                Sr.        Health Promotion Studies              Oakdale, CT/Montville
Kevin Maxen                Jr.        History-American Studies              Southbury, CT/Pomperaug
Mike Munson               Fr.         Exploratory Studies                      Somers, CT/Somers
Robert Reis                 So.        Health Promotion Studies              Newington, CT/Newington
Ryan Sahle                  Fr.        Pre-Secondary Education               Stormville, N.Y./Carmel
Vinnie Scancarello        Fr.        Exploratory Studies                       Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury
Andrew Schimanski      Fr.        Political Science                            Torrington, CT/Torrington
Parker Tregoning         So.       Finance                                         Durham, CT/Coginchaug Regional
Dimitrios Tsesmetzis    Sr.        Marketing                                     Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay
Tristan Wallace            Fr.        Marketing                                     Plainville, CT/New Britain
Mi-Cha-El West            Jr.        Social Work                                   New Haven, CT/Wilbur Cross
Christian Wheeler        So.        Justice and Law Administration       Vernon, CT/Rockville