Taunton, Mass., graduate is first ice hockey player to earn honors
11th Academic All-American all-time for Stonehill
EASTON, Mass. (June 7, 2013) – Stonehill College ice hockey captain Dana Borges (Taunton, Mass./Coyle & Cassidy) has earned Capital One Academic All-America honors as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America committee.
Borges, who earlier this week was named the Northeast-10 Conference's inaugural Man of the Year award winner, is the 11th Academic All-American from Stonehill and the first ice hockey player from the College to be earn Academic All-America at large honors. He was selected to the Division II at large second team for his accomplishments on the ice and in the classroom. CoSIDA's at large Academic All-America program includes student-athletes that compete in the sports of tennis, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, volleyball and wrestling.
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 signed a professional contract with Evry Peaux Rouges of France's Division 2 League last week.
Borges recently graduated 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 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.
With 20 intercollegiate sports, Stonehill boasts one of the top athletic and academic programs in the country. The Skyhawks, who compete in the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference, has finished in the top three in the final Presidents' Cup standings nine straight years, winning the Cup four times, including a streak of three-straight from 2009-10 through 2011-12. This prestigious award is given to the top performing athletic school in the Northeast-10, across all sports and seasons. 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 Skyhawks have earned a 97% Academic Success Ranking (ASR) by the NCAA, which considers the academic success rate of the institution based on the graduation rate of student-athletes, good for fifth among all NCAA Division II institutions, with nine Skyhawk teams receiving a perfect rating of 100%. In addition, the Skyhawks are 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.