MIT Places League-High 39 Student-Athletes on NEFC All-Academic Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT was at the head of the class when the 2012 New England Football Conference All-Academic team was released by the league today. The Engineers led the conference with 39 players earning the honor; the highest number of MIT student-athletes that has even been honored by the league for academics.

To qualify for the team, a player must have completed three semesters at the same institution and maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. A total of 230 student-athletes from all 16 member institutions collected accolades. MIT's honorees are listed below.

James Balchunas, Jr., OL, Plainview, N.Y./Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK, Materials Science and Engineering

Rhys Borchert, Jr., DB, Pocatello, Idaho/Century, Physics

Harris Chalat, So., OL, Evergreen, Colo./Evergreen, Aerospace Engineering

Alexander Chumbley, So., RB, Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood, Electrical Eng. and Comp. Science

Chris Dessonville, Sr., RB, Omaha, Neb./Brownell-Talbot, Electrical Eng. and Comp. Science

Tye Ellis, So., DB, Shady Side, Md./Southern, Mechanical Engineering

Ike Enwere, So., DB, Houston, Texas/Stafford, Chemical/Biological Engineering

Sebastian Fischer, So., K, Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont, Aerospace Engineering

Aaron Fittery, Sr., DB, Orange, Calif./El Modena, Mechanical Engineering

Brad Goldsberry, So., RB/WR, Elizabeth, Colo./Elizabeth, Electrical Eng. and Comp. Science

Heath Gould, Jr., LB, Las Vegas, Nev./The Meadows School, Brain & Cognitive Sciences

John Halloran, So., DL, East Northport, N.Y./Chaminade, Mathematics

Matthew Hildner, So., OL, Aurora, Ill./Oswego East, Mechanical Engineering

David Hou, So., DB, Champaign, Ill./Champaign Central, Chemical/Biological Engineering

Brent Johnson, Jr., LB, La Canada, Calif./La Canada, Mathematics

Jake Laux, Jr., LB, Dousman, Wis./Kettle Moraine, Chemistry

Phillip Marmolejo, Jr., DB, Clovis, Calif./Buchanan, Mechanical Engineering

Jacob Masterson, So., OL, Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville, Electrical Eng. and Comp. Science

Laith Maswadeh, So., DL, Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley, Mechanical Engineering

Matt Merlino, Jr., DB, Vancouver, Wash./Union, Electrical Eng. and Comp. Science

Ben Montgomery, Sr., TE, Annapolis, Md./Severn School, Electrical Eng. and Comp. Science

Ethan Peterson, Sr., OL, Rutland, Vt./Rutland, Nuclear Science and Engineering

Max Powers, Jr., TE, Rochester, N.Y./Brighton, Materials Science and Engineering

Harry Rein, So., DB, Hingham, Mass./Hingham, Electrical Eng. and Comp. Science

Joel Santisteban, Jr., DL, Lawrence, N.Y./Lawrence, Aerospace Engineering

Jose Smith, So., LB, Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit, Mechanical Engineering

Anthony Souffrant, So., DB, North Grafton, Mass./St. Johns, Aerospace Engineering

Russell Spivak, Sr., DL, Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale, Management Science

Evan Tencer, So., OL, New Milford, N.J./Bergen County Academies, Economics

Billy Thalheimer, Jr., WR, Natick, Mass./Natick, Aerospace Engineering

Ray Tilden, Sr., WR, Greenland, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy, Mechanical Engineering

Derek Vaughn, Jr., DL, Goodlettsville, Tenn./Davidson Academy, Electrical Eng. and Comp. Science

Cameron Wagar, So., DB, West Richland, Wash./Hanford, Mechanical Engineering

Justin Wallace, So., RB, Palatine, Ill./Williams Fremd, Aerospace Engineering

Alex Warner, So., OL, Rockaway, N.J./Pope John XXIII, Mechanical Engineering

John Wenzel, Jr., QB, Mandeville, La./Mandeville, Aerospace Engineering

Peter Williams, So., QB, Portland, Ore./Lincoln, Aerospace Engineering

Richard Yoon, Sr., DL, Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester, Mechanical Engineering

Justin Zabilansky, So., DL, Lyme, Conn./Lyme-Old Lyme, Biological Engineering