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KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Aug. 29, 2019) – Recent U.S. Merchant Marine Academy graduate and men's soccer student-athlete Sam Ney '19 (Vicenza, Italy) was selected by the Skyline Conference executive committee as the league's 2018-19 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced on Thursday. On the women's side, Samantha Caruso of the St. Joseph's-L.I. women's soccer and women's lacrosse teams brought home the hardware.
"Congratulations to Sam and Samantha on their illustrious careers as student-athletes in the Skyline Conference," said Skyline Conference Commissioner Linda Bruno. "These two individuals are fine examples of what the student-athlete experience in our conference can lead to following graduation from our member institutions."
Ney was a First Team All-Skyline selection for the Mariners after the 2018 season. Ney, now a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force who will be attending flight school shortly, was named to the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 Team as a right back on a Mariner defense that allowed just 12 goals all season.
He majored in Maritime Logistics and Security at USMMA, and is hopeful to eventually compete on the All-Air Force soccer team. On campus at Kings Point, Ney was the Regimental Maintenance and Repair Officer, while also staying active in the academy's chapter of the Propeller Club -- promoting the interests in the maritime industry.
"Winning this prestigious award is a tremendous honor," said Ney. "Being selected out of the vast number of deserving student-athletes is truly meaningful to me. It really is a culmination of not only my own personal sacrifices, but everything my teammates went through at Kings Point. This award should be in the name of all my teammates and coaches who led us to such a successful season - namely (USMMA interim head coach) CDR Drew McCarthy and (interim assistant coach) Will Sprouse."
"Sam epitomized what it meant to be a role model, student-athlete and officer-in-training at the Academy and on the soccer team," said McCarthy. "Sam seamlessly blended superior academic achievement and high athletic performance all while serving as a leader in the Regiment of Midshipmen. Sam truly reflects the NCAA Division III concept of excelling on the field of play, in the classroom, and be involved across campus. Beyond all of this, what really made Sam standout was his strength of character. Sam led by example and held himself and his team to the highest ethical standard as he genuinely represented the Academy's core values of Respect, Honor, and Service. We are a better team and athletic program for having Sam as a leader on and off the field, and I am thrilled that he is being recognized as the 2018-19 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year."
For the complete release from the Skyline Conference, click here.
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