March 25, 2019
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Husson’s Worcester and MMA’s Richardson earn top NAC honors

Courtesy of Monty Rand
Courtesy of Monty Rand
Husson University's Kenzie Worcester dribbles the ball up the floor during a game last season. Worcester, a senior, has been named the North Atlantic Conference women's player of the year.

Record-setting Husson University senior guard Kenzie Worcester of Washburn and Maine Maritime Academy senior forward Adam Richardson of Bradley have been named the North Atlantic Conference basketball players of the year.

Husson and MMA also swept the conference’s coach of the year awards, with Husson’s Kissy Walker named women’s basketball coach of the year and Maine Maritime’s Dan McNeely earning the honor on the men’s side.

Worcester leads the NAC with a scoring average of 18.8 points per game, and she also paces the conference in field goals, field goals per game, 3-point percentage and total points this winter.

She was a seven-time NAC Player of the Week this winter while leading Husson to the top seed for the conference tournament and also was recognized by the Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the New England Women’s Basketball Association.

This winter she became the first guard in Husson women’s basketball history to exceed the career milestones of 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 150 assists and 150 steals.

Joining Worcester on the All-NAC first team are Alayne Felix of Maine Maritime Academy, McKenna Brodeur of Oakland and UMaine-Farmington, Alyssa Mitchell of Northern Vermont-Lyndon and Antanasia Chambers of SUNY Canton.

Second-team selections were Megan Peach of Garland and Joan Overman of Washburn, both from Husson; Melinda Ogden of Searsport and Maine Maritime Academy, Molly Carroll of Southwest Harbor and Thomas College in Waterville, and Breanna Cullers of SUNY Canton.

Richardson averaged a NAC-best 18.6 points per game this winter and also led the conference with his .642 field goal percentage and 4.6 assists per game. He was the first player in MMA men’s basketball history to record a triple-double.

The former Old Town High School standout was a three-time NAC Player of the week while helping Maine Maritime to one of its best seasons in recent history.

Richardson also carries a 3.43 grade-point average as an engineering technology major and was named the NAC’s men’s basketball Senior Scholar-Athlete. He logged 600 hours during a 2018 summer engineering co-op in the Utilities and Recovery area of the SAPPI Somerset Paper Mill in Skowhegan where he worked on a major project to revamp the training curriculum for operations employees. He also performed inspections, sampling, and a cost-savings analysis with the engineers.

Richardson was selected to the 2017-18 NABC Honors Court, 2016-17 NAC All-Academic Team, and the 2016-17 Men’s Basketball Sportsmanship Team.

Joining Richardson on the All-NAC men’s basketball first team are Justin Martin of Winslow and Husson University, UMaine-Presque Isle’s Shyquinn Dix and UMaine-Farmington teammates Milani Hicks of Scarborough and Amir Moss of Portland.

Second-team honorees are Justin Thompson of East Millinocket and Husson, Nicholas DePatsy of Waldoboro and Maine Maritime, Riley Robinson of Dixfield and UMF, and SUNY Canton teammates Andrew Fitch and Robert Holliday Jr.

McNeely was named NAC men’s basketball coach of the year in just his second season at Maine Maritime Academy. He led his team to 11 victories this winter, the most for the Mariners in 13 years. The Mariners also went 7-7 in the NAC, an improvement from 4-14 a year ago and enough to secure the fifth seed in the 2019 NAC tournament.

Walker was named NAC Coach of the Year for the seventh time overall and the third time in the last four years after leading Husson to a 17-8 record overall, 13-1 in league play and the top seed for the conference tournament. Among the nonconference victories this winter for Husson was a 64-59 upset of nationally ranked University of Chicago on Dec. 30 during a tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.

Other top NAC women’s basketball awards went to Paige Carter of UMaine-Farmington as senior scholar-athlete and Northern Vermont-Lyndon teammates Alissa Mitchell (defensive player of the year) and Lea Crompton (rookie of the year).

Griffin Guerrette, a freshman guard from Presque Isle and the University of Maine at Presque Isle, was recognized as NAC men’s basketball rookie of the year while SUNY Canton’s Fitch — a 7-foot center — was named defensive player of the year.

 



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