Sports

Six Bengal Athletes join First-Team All-Americans

Virginia Beach, Virginia — The Unites States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) announced its All-American teams and All-Academic teams at its annual Fall Championships Awards banquet.

UMFK was well represented on both the All-American and All-Academic teams. Sherifatu Sumaila, the Player of the Year in 2016 was named USCAA All-American First team for the second consecutive season. Sumaila leads women’s soccer with 36 goals and 20 assists. She scored four goals in the Bengals opening game of the 2017 National Tournament Catherine Bruno also found herself on the first team. Bruno, a senior who has had to play everywhere on the field for UMFK this season was a second-team selection a year ago.
Seniors Kendra Freund and Gabi Riccardi-Shortt were named as Second-Team All-Americans. The Bengals are the #1 overall seed in the tournament and will play their second pool play match tomorrow afternoon.
Haley West, a junior setter for the volleyball team was named as a First-Team All-American. West was the second leading vote getter this season. She has helped guide UMFK to a school record 30 match wins and helped make history as the Bengals won two matches in pool play at the USCAA Nationals for the first time ever. The Bengals lost all four matches a season ago. They will play their final two pool play matches on Friday morning and await their opponent in the Elite Eight round later Friday afternoon.
Senior middle Hope Driscoll and senior libero, Kamalani Kahele was named as Honorable Mention selections for the record-setting volleyball team.
Men’s soccer was the most successful First-Team selection sqaud. Three Bengals were named first team All-Americans. Mark Parchment, a sophomore midfielder, was the second leading scorer for the high powered Bengals offense. His 17 assists rank him second overall in the USCAA.
Midfielders Rodney Witter and Miguel Barnaby were the other two plays selected as First-Team All-Americans, the first for each player. Witter scored 10 goals and assisted on seven more, while Barnaby scored six goals on the season.
To be considered as a USCAA All-Academic selection, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA throughout their academic careers. Men’s soccer gets the nod with eight selections. Mark Parchment, Lewis Cockburn, Odean Irons, Glenroy Osbourne, Ryan Merckel, Kevaughan Smith, Kimar Smith and Stefan Petricevic.
Women’s soccer Academic All-Americans: Ruth-Ann Lorman, Sherifatu Sumaila, Kendra Freund and Cameika Davis.
Junior Adriana Gutierrez was the lone recipient for Academic All-American.

Get the Rest of the Story

Thank you for reading your 4 free articles this month. To continue reading, and support local, rural journalism, please subscribe.