Seven WPI Fall Student-Athletes Draw NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team Praise

NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team - 2021

Westwood, MA --- The NEWMAC has revealed the Fall 2021 All-Sportsmanship team, with seven WPI student-athletes chosen by their respective coaches to represent their respective sports. 

The student-athletes honored include Pat Flaherty (Norwood, MA) of Men's Soccer, Emma Hartzel (Littleton, MA) of Women's Cross Country, Andrew Peyton (Merrimack, NH) of Men's Cross Country, Lauren Paul of Women's Soccer (Schaghticoke, NY), Kelly Makechnie (Hampton Falls, NH) of Field Hockey, Catherine Reynolds (Concord, NH) of Volleyball and Ryan Michaud (Salem, NH) of Football. 

What the coaches are saying: 

Brian Kelley - Head Men's Soccer Coach on Pat Flaherty: "Pat is one of the most respected players on our team. As a back up keeper, practice is Game Day for Pat and he brings a remarkably positive attitude that lifts his teammates. He is a senior who is an excellent role model for our team and program!" 

Brian Chabot - Head Women's Cross Country Coach on Emma Hartzel:  "Emma has been an amazing teammate all four years she's been with the program and one of the reasons she was named captain going into this year. There is not a teammate that she hasn't made a connection with and often times, helped, whether it was running, academic or in some other way. She always brings a positive vibe to every practice and competition." 

Brian Chabot - Head Men's Cross Country Coach on Andrew Peyton: "Andrew has not started his collegiate athletic career off the way he had hoped, with the combo of the pandemic and injuries preventing him from competing to his fullest but he remains a positive force on our team. He always shows up to practices and meets with a smile on his face and gives everything he has to help his teammates and the team succeed. He's the most respected and appreciated member of our program." 

Stephanie Riley-Schafer - Head Women's Soccer Coach and Sue Silva - Co-Head Women's Soccer Coach on Lauren Paul: "Lauren is proof that hard work, being open to feedback and applying the two together pays off. Since joining our program she has made great strides as keeper and has emerged as a leader in our program. She one of the kindest individuals you will ever meet. She is the type of teammate who invests not only in herself becoming better for the team, but also invests and inspires her teammates do to the same. We couldn't be more proud of Lauren for receiving this recognition." 

Kim Cosenza - Head Field Hockey Coach on Kelly Makechnie: "Kelly is our sole captain and is a leader in everything she does. She is the backbone of our defense and a poised and confident player on the field. Not only is she an incredible athlete but she is an exceptional human being in every aspect of her life. She is the epitome of WPI field hockey and the standard that our athletes will strive to work towards for years to come. Kelly has made our program, campus, and community, proud." 

Leo Fahey - Interim Head Volleyball Coach on Catherine Reynolds: "Cat is determined, hard working, and focused, with a very-high volleyball IQ. More than that, she is one of those rare athletes who not only supports her teammates but strives to make them better in practice and games. She is a leader and role model and very deserving of this honor." 

Chris Robertson - Head Football Coach on Ryan Michaud: "Simply put one of the most selfless football players I have ever been around.  Ryan leads by example every day as a player, a student, and a teammate.  His love and respect for the game of football is truly rare."

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