NEWMAC Announces 2021 Spring All-Sportsmanship Team Selections

NEWMAC Announces 2021 Spring All-Sportsmanship Team Selections

Westwood, Mass. (May 25) -- The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) recently announced the 2021 Spring All-Sportsmanship Team honorees for baseball, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, softball, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's track and field and women's track and field.

This season's award winners include junior Nick Aiello (Freehold, N.J.) from the baseball team, senior Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.) from the men's lacrosse team, junior Christine Padalino (Potomac, Md.) from the women's lacrosse team, senior Colleen Campbell (Snoqualmie, Wash.) from the softball team, senior Michael Zhao (Princeton Junction, N.J.) from the men's tennis team, senior Libby Rickeman (Wayzata, Minn.) from the women's tennis team, senior Steven Goldy (Centennial, Colo.) from the men's track and field team and junior Claire Melvin (Ithaca, N.Y.) from the women's track and field team.

The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each insitution in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of their overall performance or statistics for the season.

Headshot of Nick Aiello  Nick Aiello | Freehold, N.J. | Baseball

Nick Aiello is a chemical engineering major and this marks his second straight selection to the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team. In two seasons with the Engineers, Aiello has posted a .407 batting average to go along with two doubles and one home run, which came at Nicholas on March 9, 2020. Off the diamond, Aiello has interned at GridEdge Solar and has worked in the Brushnett Lab Group studying carbon dioxide conversion. Additionally, he is an active member of Camp Kesem, Little Beavers and the Energy Club.


A headshot of Gavin Vandenberg  Gavin Vandenberg | Elmhurst, N.J. | Men's Lacrosse

Gavin Vandenberg is a mechanical engineering major and was named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team in 2020. In four years with the Engineers, Vandenberg has appeared in 39 contests, scored 37 goals, posted 15 assists and scooped up 42 groundballs. Off the field, Vandenberg has served as an energy consultant at Sargent & Lundy, as a mechanical engineering intern at Tripp-Lite and as an intern at W.S. Darley & Co. He is also the President of the Computer Building Club.


 Christine Padalino | Potomac, Md. | Women's LacrosseA headshot of Christine Padalino

Christine Padalino is a double major in chemical engineering and earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences. In 2020, Padalino was named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team for the first time in her career. In three seasons with the Engineers, she has appeared in nine games, scooped up 13 groundballs and caused 18 turnovers. Off the field, Padalino has completed research on evaporative cooling with the MIT D-Lab; modeling ocean productivity with EAPS department and served as the Vice President of Communications and Operations for Sigma Kappa.

 Colleen Campbell | Snoqualmie, Wash. | SoftballA headshot of Christine Padalino
Colleen Campbell is a double major in mathematics and nuclear science and engineers. Over the course of her career, Campbell has been named to the NFCA All-Region Third Team, to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team and to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team twice. In the circle, Campbell spun two no hitters and helped the Engineers reach the Division III College World Series in 2018. In 49 games, she has posted a record of 23-10 with 241 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.51. Off the diamond, Campbell has completed a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, worked on detection of radioactive plumes from an airborne platform and completed research with the Nuclear Weapons Education Project. 

  Michael Zhao | Princeton Junction, N.J. | Men's TennisA headshot of Christine Padalino

Michael Zhao is an economics major and has been named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team twice and as an ITA Scholar-Athlete three times. The senior guided the Engineers to a pair of NEWMAC Championship titles and to the NCAA Division III Regional Final in 2019. In four seasons with the Engineers, Zhao has compiled a singles record of 22-9 and a doubles record of 22-22. Off the court, Zhao has served as the Vice President of the Sloan Business Club and has interned at MayTech Global Investments, at Methuselah Advisors and at Blackstone. Additionally, the senior was a Corporate Development Analyst at HCL Technologies.

 Libby Rickeman | Wayzata, Minn. | Women's TennisHeadshot of Libby Rickeman

Libby Rickeman is a mechanical engineering major and this marks her third straight appearance on the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team. A two-time captain, Rickeman has been named as an ITA All-American in both singles and doubles, was the ITA Northeast Regional Rookie of the Year, and has been placed on the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team in doubles twice. Rickeman led MIT to back-to-back NCAA Elite Eights in 2018 and 2019. In 2020, Rickeman received the Christine Davis Sportsmanship Award at the NEWITT Championship. In four seasons with the Engineers, Rickeman has posted a record of 32-15 in singles and a mark of 40-18 in doubles play. Off the court, Rickeman has served as an intern at Heller-Hurwicz Economic Institute at the University of Minnesota, an intern at Accenture and Wise Systems and assisted in research at the MIT Media Lab in the Tangible Media Group division.

 Steven Goldy | Centennial, Colo. | Men's Track and FieldHeadshot of Steven Goldy.

Steven Goldy is an aerospace engineering major and this marks his third appearance on the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team. As a member of the MIT men's track and field program, Goldy was named All-New England during the 2019 outdoor season as he finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:05.17. Off the track, Goldy has researched sports recovery technology, worked in Robotic Telerehabiliation with USP in Sao Carlos, Brazil and did an extended internship with Lockheed Martin Space on the Orion Program.

  Claire Melvin | Ithaca, N.Y. | Women's Track and FieldHeadshot of Claire Melvin.

Claire Melvin is a mechanical engineering major and has represented the Engineers well in the one season she has been able to compete on the track and field team. During the 2018-19 campaign, Melvin was named All-New England in the 4x400 relay and claimed the NEWMAC Championship in both the 400-meter hurdles and the 4x400 relay. Off the track, Melvin as completed a carpentry apprenticeship and has been a part of the Army Squad, DanceTroupe, and served as a Resident Peer Mentor.


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