Six NESCAC Student-Athletes Garner Academic All-America Honors

Six NESCAC Student-Athletes Garner Academic All-America Honors

Courtesy of Hamilton, Middlebury, Tufts and Williams Sports Information

HADLEY, Mass. – Six NESCAC student-athletes from five different schools were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Division III At-Large Teams.


Junior Evan Buitenhuis of Hamilton men’s hockey, along with seniors Vlad Murad of the Colby men’s tennis team and Tyler Olney of the Tufts men’s lacrosse team were honored on the men’s side. Senior Annie Artz of the Tufts field hockey team was joined by juniors Evie Keating of the Middlebury women’s lacrosse and Emma Waddell of the Williams women’s swimming & diving team represented the women's teams.

Recognizing the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, the Academic All-America® Team is made up of student-athletes who are a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).

Buitenhuis, a third-team selection, is the first Continental men's hockey player to ever earn Academic All-America honors. He is an environmental studies major with a grade-point average of 3.57 and was the only ice hockey player named to the team. A two-time first-team selection to the All-NESCAC Team, Buitenhuis is also a two-time NESCAC's Winter All-Academic Team honoree. He was recently awarded Hamilton's Renwick Prize in biology, a scholarship awarded annually to a junior or senior for the study of biology during the summer.

Buitenhuis, a native of Burlington, Ontario, won the 2017 Sid Watson Award as the Division III Men's Player of the Year awarded by the American Hockey Coaches Association. A first-team All-American, he helped the Continentals advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Championship in their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Buitenhuis, the NESCAC Player of the Year, ranked third in Division III with a .941 save percentage and sixth with a 1.78 goals against average while playing 1,581 minutes (5th nationally). He started 26 of the team's 29 games and posted a 17-5-4 record with two shutouts. Buitenhuis allowed three goals or less in 24 of his 26 starts. He helped the Continentals rank third nationally in scoring defense with 1.86 goals allowed per game and fourth on the penalty kill at 88.7 percent.

Murad, a native of Bacau, Romania, is the ninth Colby student-athlete to earn the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-America honor and was a Second Team honoree. He was selected to the NCAA Division III Singles Tournament for the first time and became the first Colby student-athlete to earn the Elite 90 Award from the NCAA for having the highest GPA of any men’s tennis player in the NCAA Tournament. He also earned the National Most Improved Senior Award, given out by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

Murad finished his career with a 94-45 record (44-22 singles, 50-23 doubles). He was 17-5 this past year in singles and 17-6 in doubles. In the final rankings by the ITA, Murad ended the season 20th in the country in singles.

Olney, was a top defender in the region this spring, and received Academic All-America Third Team honors. He was the Division III NCAA Men's Lacrosse Elite 90 Award recipient in 2016, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 90 championships. A Dean's List student every semester, Olney graduated as a mechanical engineering major with minors in computer science and entrepreneurial leadership studies. He was the recipeint of the Kenneth and Debra Bloom Scholarship within the School of Engineering and was a three-time Academic All-NESCAC honoree.

From Clifton Park, N.Y., Olney started all 19 games on defense for the Jumbos in 2017. He was second on the team with 26 caused turnovers while also collecting 38 ground balls. He contributed offensively with a goal and an assist from his defensive position and was selected to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-New England Second Team. Olney started on defense for the Jumbos in the 2016 NCAA Championship Game and won two national championships during his career. A co-captain this season, he finished his career with a record of 75-13.

Artz earned a spot on the women’s Academic All-America Second Team. A psychology major with a mass communications and media studies minor, Artz started all 22 games for the Jumbo field hockey team that advanced to the NCAA Championship Game in November. She led the team with 14 goals, including four game-winning tallies, and 30 points. In 10 conference games, she tallied six goals and one assist. Tufts finished 19-3 overall and won the NESCAC championship. Artz scored twice in the conference final versus Middlebury.

From Gates Mills, Ohio, Artz, a Dean’s List student, was selected as a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Second Team All-American and to the NFHCA All-New England West Region First Team. She is a three-time NFHCA All-Academic Team member. Artz was All-NESCAC First Team last fall.

Keating was named to the Academic All-America Second Team and is the 10th student-athlete in school history to achieve the accolade. The Hanover, N.H. native is a biology major at Middlebury, currently boasting a 3.84 grade point average. Last spring, Keating was named the NCAA Elite 90 Award at the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship.

The junior helped the Panthers post a 16-5 record and earn a spot in the NCAA Quarterfinals. She was a key component of a Middlebury squad that led the NESCAC in team defense at 6.89 goals allowed per game. The defender paced the team and ranked second in the conference with 44 ground balls, while adding 26 caused turnovers. The Panther defense only allowed double figures in goals four times in 21 contests this spring.          

Waddell is the second Williams women's swimmer to be named an Academic All-American since the spring of 1994. An Academic All-America Third Team selection, she was named the Swimmer of the Meet at the 2017 NCAA DIII Championships and is the sport’s candidate to be the Honda Division III Athlete of the Year.

This winter Waddell increased her career total of NCAA National Championship titles when she won the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly for the second time in her career. She owns the Division III 50 freestyle record, clocking a time of 22.69.

Waddell, a native of Bangor, Maine, has earned eight individual All-America honors and has been a part of 12 relays in her three years of competing at the NCAA Championships, earning All-America honors in all 12 races. Waddell is a biology major and is a two-time Academic All-NESCAC honoree earning honors in both years she has been eligible.