UNCP’s Shade snags Wrestler of the Month honors

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DANBURY, Conn. – A stellar month on the mat, one that included four victories over NCAA Division I competition, has earned University of North Carolina at Pembroke all-American Blaze Shade Wrestler of the Month honors from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the league office announced Thursday.

Shade, an Erial, N.J., product, sported a 13-1 record in the month of November, including a 4-1 mark against NCAA Division I competition. Included in that run was a first-place finish at the 35th Annual Pembroke Classic on Nov. 7, as well as a runner-up spot at the NC State-hosted Wolfpack Open. He won his first 13 matches of the season before dropping a 7-3 decision to NC State starter Nicky Hall in the title match of the Wolfpack Open. He had secured his spot in the title bout with a 3-2 decision over defending Southern Conference (SoCon) champion Sean Mappes of Chattanooga in the semifinals.

Thursday’s honor marked Shade’s second individual laurel of the season so far. He was honored as D2Wrestle.com Super Region 2 Wrestler of the Week honors Nov. 24.

Currently listed fifth in the latest NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Poll at 174 pounds, Shade has tallied a 13-1 record this season with three pins, two technical falls and three major decisions. A three-year starter for the Braves, he has compiled a 68-21 (.764) career record with 32 bonus-point victories (15 pins, 3 technical falls, 14 major decisions) and is 35-15 all-time against NCAA Division II competition.

Senécal-Guzman placed on all-region team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jasmine Senécal-Guzman continued to rake in the postseason recognition for the UNC Pembroke women’s soccer team on Thursday when the sophomore was among 41 players selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America all-Southeast Region squad.

Senécal-Guzman picked up the honor for the second straight year and gave UNCP at least one representative on the NSCAA All-Region listing for the ninth time in the last 13 seasons. She is one of just six players in the history of the women’s soccer program to earn the recognition two or more times during their respective careers.

A defender by trade, Senécal-Guzman tallied 10 points on four scores and two assists this season, including a two-goal, one-assist showing in a dominating home win over PBC rival Georgia Southwestern. She played every minute of 16 contests in 2015, and was an integral part of a defense that surrendered 1.5 goals per game. She was named to the Peach Belt Conference all-academic and all-conference teams in November while also landing a spot on the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association all-state squad.

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