SOMERSET, N.J. – Senior Garrett Lane (Reading, Mass.) took home All-Northeast Conference First Team honors as the Northeast Conference released its award winners for the 2012-13 men's tennis season on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Joining Lane with accolades was the tandem of Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) and Chris Nelson (Scituate, Mass.) who were named to Second Team Doubles at flight No. 3.
Head Coach Mike Quitko believed that the three athletes were very deserving of the awards. "Garrett, Eric and Chris had outstanding seasons for us this year, and especially blossomed through the months of March and April," said Quitko, who led the Bobcats to their 11th straight NEC Semifinals appearance this past season. "I was happy to see their names on the NEC award winners' list."
Lane completed a fantastic career for the Bobcats and will have his name embedded in the record books for quite some time. Lane finished with 81 career wins and ranks in a two-way tie with Stefano Salvatore for ninth place among Division I players at Quinnipiac. Furthermore, of the 81 wins, 46 have come at singles which ranks him fifth for the category. Lane combined for 30 wins between singles and doubles this year which included a come-from-behind victory over FDU's Peter Skvarka, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 5 singles in the NEC Semifinals. Lane led the NEC in winning percentage at No. 5 singles, defeating conference opponents 81 percent of the time.
Ambrosio and Nelson clicked on all cylinders in the final months of the season. The duo went 7-0 against at No. 3 doubles, serving as the only NEC pairing to post an undefeated record. Their seven wins are the second most among flight No. 3 pairings, with six of those coming against conference competition. The unbeaten streak started against FDU on March 30 and carried all the way through the NEC Semifinals when they defeated a second Knights' pairing. They are 10-1 all-time when paired together.
About The Northeast Conference
Now in its 32nd year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 12 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30). Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 23 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic or play-in access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league's official website (www.northeastconference.org) and digital network (www.necfrontrow.com), or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube (@NECsports).