Taunton, Mass., graduate one of three remaining candidates for first year Conference award
EASTON, Mass. (May 22, 2013) – Stonehill College ice hockey senior captain Dana Borges (Taunton, Mass./Coyle & Cassidy) has been named one of three finalists for the inaugural Northeast-10 Conference Man of the Year Award, to be selected by the Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) Council and announced at the Conference's end of the year meetings in Falmouth, Mass., in June.
Borges is a finalist along with Bentley University senior men's soccer student-athlete Weston Zeiner and Saint Michael's men's tennis standout Chris Moskal. The NE-10 Man of the Year Award honors senior student-athletes for their collective collegiate achievements in service, leadership, athletics and academics. Former Stonehill women's basketball honorable mention All-American Emily Rousseau, '11, was an NE-10 Woman of the Year finalist following her senior year.
Borges is a two-time Capital One Academic All-District At Large team selection and Northeast-10 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winner for ice hockey. He was a semifinalist for the Joe Concannon Award, presented by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston to the top American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the NCAA Division II or III level and earned All-Northeast-10 Conference first team honors for the first time this winter.
Borges graduated over the weekend with a 3.75 cumulative grade point average as a criminology major at Stonehill, with a political science minor. He was named the Edward E. Martin Male Scholar-Athlete Award and Fr. John McCarthy, C.S.C., Leadership Award recipient at the College's annual Senior Student-Athlete Dinner last month and is a three-time NE-10 Academic All-Conference selection and three-time St. Thomas Aquinas, Patron Saint of Students, medalist for having the highest cumulative grade point average on the team.
Borges, a 2009-10 NE-10 All-Rookie team performer, led the NE-10 in scoring with 37 points during his senior season as he collected 15 goals and 22 assists. He recorded at least one point in 18 of 26 games during his senior season and registered multiple points in 11 of those contests. He also led the NE-10 in assists, power play points (17) and power play goals (seven), while finishing eighth nationally in Division II and III for scoring and 13th in assists and power play goals. Borges concluded his career with 29 goals and 58 assists for 87 points in 100 career games played for the Skyhawks.
Borges, an Edward H. Sutherland Honor Society member, completed an internship with the Public Defender's Office in Brockton, Mass., during his junior year as well as the Department of Justice in Boston in the summer of 2012. He and his ice hockey teammates are active with Team IMPACT and he has also served as coach with the junior varsity hockey team at Coyle & Cassidy. Borges is the ice hockey team's representative with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), serving as chairperson for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA)/SAAC leadership forum held at the College this spring.
Stonehill ice hockey finished its season with an 11-15-0 record overall, including a 6-5-0 mark in the Northeast-10 to finish fourth in the Conference standings and earn its 14th-straight tournament appearance.
Stonehill captured the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents' Cup for the third-straight year and fourth time overall at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year, Stonehill finished ranked 68th in the final Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings which recognizes overall athletic achievement in NCAA championships. Stonehill has received the NCAA Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Achievement each of the first two years if the program's existence of honoring programs with an Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90-percent or better. The athletics program is also ranked sixth in the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Power Rankings used to assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA and NAIA athletic programs, marking a fourth straight top ten placement.