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Zach Cotoni Honored

Midfielder Zach Cotoni. Courtesy photo


By Robert Mingolelli
The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) is proud to recognize the 2020 Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team, which was announced by the league.
     The Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team is composed of one student-athlete from each sponsoring institution and is selected by the coaching staff from their respective program, to honor their positive contributions to sportsmanship.
     2020 Spring Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team from New England College: Zach Cotoni of Groton (Men’s Lacrosse), Molly Gingras (Women’s Lacrosse), Jameson Carey (Baseball), Emily Farone (Softball).
     The Del Malloy Sportsmanship team recognizes student-athletes who uphold the fundamental values of NECC sportsmanship; respect, fairness, civility, honesty, and responsibility. These values should be manifested not only in athletics participation but also in the broad spectrum of activities affecting their program on campus.
     The NECC has renewed its emphasis on sportsmanship, with the recent announcement of a Sportsmanship Initiative. The initiative will provide consistent messaging and programming, as well as continued education of student-athletes and administra- tors, with the goal to ensure that all Division III student-athletes have a rewarding experience. (NECC Press Release)
     As a New England College graduate student, Zach Cotoni was captain of the 2020 mens’ lacrosse team. The Pilgrims were 3-3 before the season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A midfielder, Zach played in 5 games and was fourth in scor- ing with 6 goals and 4 assists for 10 points. In the opening game of the season on February 22, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime, leading NEC’s lacrosse team to a win over Gordon College 13-12, for the first time since 2005. Other honors Zach received during his collegiate career were being named to NAC 1st Team in 2018, and to the 2019 All-Academic Team.
     Zach is a 2015 graduate of Groton-Dunstable Regional. He was a 2014 and 2015 Mid Wach A 1st Team All Star.
     “At GD, Zach was a captain his senior year, finishing as our third all-time leading scorer,” shared assistant principal and former lacrosse coach Rick Arena. “He could certainly score and was a significant threat to any team we faced. What was even more im- pressive was Zach finished second in career assists proving how he made others around him better.
     “He was a pleasure to coach because he would take suggestions and put them into practice. You could see him getting better as the season progressed. We have been fortunate enough to have many families involved with our program. The Cotonis, starting with his older brother Anthony, helped establish the strong parental support system we enjoyed for many years. It is a wonderful tribute to their dedication to see all of their children do well at the next level,” concluded Arena.
     Zach majored in Sport and Recreation Management at NEC and is the son of Debbie and Neil Cotoni.
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