901 Spring Student-Athletes Receive Honors
HADLEY, Mass. - The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its 2013 Spring All-Academic selections today, with 901 student-athletes receiving All-Academic recognition. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.
Of the 901 student-athletes, an astounding 483 students are repeat performers, with 305 making their second appearance, while 178 are being recognized for the third consecutive year. The Spring All-Academic selections also included 126 athletes that were honored as both All-NESCAC and All-Academic this season, while 55 students received both All-Sportsmanship and All-Academic honors.
Nine student-athletes received All-Conference, All-Sportsmanship, and All-Academic honors this spring. The individuals that garnered all three honors were a trio of Amherst seniors, Reilly Horan of softball, Keri Lambert of women's track and field, and Caroline Richman of women's tennis. Wesleyan placed a pair on all three teams, with seniors Mike Robinson of the men's lacrosse team and Hannah Zimmerman of the Cardinals' women's track and field program earning recognition. Bates baseball senior Ryan Sonberg, Bowdoin men's track and field senior David Bean, Tufts women's lacrosse senior Kerry Eaton and Williams women's track and field junior Brianne Mirecki were also selected to all three teams.
Lambert was quite possibly one of the most decorated student-athletes featured on the Spring All-Academic Team. The 2013 NESCAC champion in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase was also a member of the third-place 4x800-meter relay team, while earning the fifth and sixth career Track & Field All-Conference honors this spring. At the 2013 NCAA Championships, Lambert recorded a third-place finish in the Steeplechase to collect All-American honors to close out a remarkable career. In the fall, Lambert won the individual title at the NESCAC Cross Country Championships and placed third in the NCAA Championships for another one of her seven career All-American awards, spanning cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field.
Sophomore Lok-Sze Leung of Middlebury and senior Trey Meyer of Williams both wrapped up stellar seasons on the tennis court last week in Kalamazoo, Mich. Leung, the two-time NESCAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year and 2012 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, compiled a record of 34-2 this year on her way to capturing the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles Championship after falling short in the title match in 2012. She won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles national title during her first fall on campus in 2011 and reached the finals this past fall.
Meyer, the 2013 NESCAC Men's Tennis Player of the Year, is a three-time All-Conference honoree. Meyer collected First Team singles and doubles honors in both 2012 and 2013 and Second Team singles and doubles recognition in 2011. Meyer helped lead the Ephs to their first NESCAC crown since 2003 and first National Championship since 2002. He advanced to the quarterfinals of 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Singles Championship, while teaming for a Round of 16 appearance in the Doubles Championship. Meyer, who was named the ITA Division III Northeast Senior Player of the Year, reached the Round of 16 at the USTA/ITA New England Regional Championship in the fall.
Also earning top honors were seniors Allee Beatty of Wesleyan and Bob Cook of Amherst. Beatty, who was the NESCAC Softball Player and Defensive Player of the Year, is the first Cardinal to be named to either honor. A four-time All-Conference honoree, Beatty helped Wesleyan tie a program record with 24 wins on the season. The speedy outfielder led the conference with 50 runs scored, eight triples and 25 stolen bases, while also ranking sixth with a .421 batting average and seventh with 51 hits. Defensively, Beatty didn't make an error in 59 chances this season.
Cook, the NESCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year, helped Amherst to the NCAA Regionals with his phenomenal pitching throughout the season. The senior led the NESCAC with a 0.95 earned run average, two complete games and 66.2 innings pitched with 39 strikeouts and a batting average against of just .180. Cook went 5-2 on the mound, but was also one of the Jeffs' top hitters down the stretch. The 2012 NESCAC Player of the Year and three-time All-Conference selection led the team with a .368 batting average and .484 on base percentage to go along with a pair of doubles and triples and a homer in just 94 plate appearances.
Middlebury women's lacrosse senior Alice Pfeifer made her third appearance on the All-Academic Team this spring. Pfeifer earned the NCAA's Elite 89 award, which honors the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest cumulative grade-point average among his or her peers competing at the NCAA finals site. Pfeifer helped pace the Panthers as they made their 16th trip to the NCAA tournament this spring.
The NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team also featured numerous individuals that were a part of a conference championship squad and a few who helped their institution win a national title. A total of 112 student-athletes were members of a NESCAC champion team, while 16 individuals won a NCAA crown, as the Tufts softball team (6) earned the program's and conference's first national softball championship while the Williams men's and women's tennis (10) teams both teamed up to bring represent the Ephs as national champions. Joining Lambert and Leung as individual national champions was Connecticut College junior Mike LeDuc, who won the Men's 3,000-meter Steeplechase at last weekend's NCAA Track and Field Championships.
2013 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team