NEWTON, Mass. – Seniors Alex Veloukas (Salem, Mass.) and Chad Coehlo (Salem, Mass.) both completed impressive careers, both on and off the lacrosse field, and on Thursday afternoon they were named as members of the 2017 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Academic All Region teams.
The tandem of business majors both met the criteria, which required that nominees must have senior standing, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, and be a significant enough player that he was nominated for at least All-Conference selection. Veloukas and Coehlo were both named Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Conference selections this year.
Coehlo made his third straight GNAC All-Conference team and his second consecutive First Team selection. He was third in the conference with 67 points, and accounted for 34 assists and 34 ground balls, while ending his career with 171 points.
Veloukas was selected to the GNAC All-Tournament team for the second time in his career, and he ends his four years tied for the program record with 75 caused turnovers. He caused 32 turnovers this year, tied for second best in the GNAC, and grabbed 52 ground balls while marking the top offensive attacks of the Mustang's opponents.
Seventy-five senior men's lacrosse players earned selection to the 2017 NEILA Academic All-New England teams, including forty-two student-athletes from 22 different Division 3 institutions.
Members of the team are nominated by head coaches in Divisions 1, 2 and 3, and are comprised of student-athletes who have excelled both in the classroom and on the field over the course of their men's lacrosse career.
Division 3 member Amherst College led the way with five selections, a number matched by Division 1 Ivy League member Brown University.
Southern New Hampshire University led five Division 2 schools with four of the nine honorees hailing from their institution.
Division 1 was represented by 24 student-athletes from 10 different NEILA member schools.