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52 ONU student-athletes named Academic All-OAC

In 10 spring sports

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An impressive 52 Ohio Northern student/athletes were named Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference in the ten spring sports for 2020.

The ONU women's track and field team had a program record-high of 12 selections and women's lacrosse tied his program-best total with five Academic All-OAC selections.

Men's track and field had 10 honorees, men's lacrosse and baseball had seven each, softball had five, men's golf had three, men's tennis had two and women's golf had one.

ONU Esports team falls to U of Cincinnati

 The Ohio Northern Esports team fell in the finals of the Ohio National Collegiate Esports Tournament on Thursday, April 30, to Cincinnati 3-0.

The Polar Bears reached the finals in their first collegiate season with a 3-1-1 victory over Ohio State in the semifinals on April 23 and a 3-0 sweep of Kent State in the quarterfinals on April 16.

Ohio Northern, under first-year head coach Troy Chiefari, finished the spring Overwatch NEC season with a 7-4 record.

"This is a great accomplishment for our players," Chiefari said. "To reach the finals in our first year is very good. Everyone feels bad about the loss, but keep cheering on our guys."


ONU goalkeeper named to all-Freshman Team for 2020

Ohio Northern goalkeeper Cole Zaferakis (Liverpool, N.Y.) was named to the InsideLacrosse.com All-Freshman Team for 2020.

Zaferakis was listed by the magazine as the nation's top freshman net-minder.

"This is a great honor and I am so happy for Cole," fifth-year head coach Nat St. Laurent said. "He had a great season. This is huge for our program, to be mentioned on a national level."

In six games this season, Zaferakis had 88 saves, a 9.01 GAA and an amazing 63.3 percent save percentage.

Cort Reynolds' latest article posted on SB Nation

Icon sports writer Cort Reynolds' latest SB Nation celticsblog.com article was published this week. 

The article reviews NBA TV's recent "Film Room" showing of the epic Game 7 in the 1987 Eastern Finals vs. Detroit.

Click here to view it:


4 Polar Bears named to Hampshire Honor Society

Ethan Hale, Anthony McFadden, Brenden Medina, Grant Nieszala

Four members of the Ohio Northern football team were named to the prestigious National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society team for the 2019 season.

• Seniors Ethan Hale (Galena/Big Walnut), 
• Anthony McFadden (Chillicthe/Paint Valley), 
• Brenden Medina (Oberlin) and
• Grant Nieszala (Lambertville, Mich./Bedford) all received the honor.

NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers.

An impressive 1,471 players from 370 schools qualified for membership in the Society's 14th year.

ONU esports team battles Cincinnati for Ohio championship

The Ohio Northern Esports will battle Cincinnati for the Ohio Championship of the National Esports Conference Tournament .

The Polar Bears reached the finals with a 3-1-1 victory over Ohio State in the semifinals on April 23 and a 3-0 sweep of Kent State in the quarterfinals on April 16.

The NEC is offering state tournaments for a handful of states and is currently one of the highest levels of collegiate Esports around the country.

All players on all teams are playing remotely to conform with the state social distancing guidelines.