HADLEY, Mass. - The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its 2007 Fall All-Academic selections today, with 332 student-athletes that participated in a fall sport earning All-Academic recognition. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached junior 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 332 student-athletes that received Fall All-Academic accolades, a total of 123, more than one-third, had the honor bestowed upon them last autumn. 46 student-athletes on the 2007 Fall All-Academic squad also received NESCAC All-Conference recognition this past season. Nine Fall All-Academic selections also garnered both All-Conference and All-Sportsmanship honors, as Bowdoin's Brendan Egan (Westfield, N.J.), John Hall (Bow, N.H.) and Laura Onderko (Glastonbury, Conn.), Anna King (Greenland, N.H.) of Colby, Middlebury's Alex Elias (Manchester Center, Vt.), Catherine Beck (Brookline, N.H.) and David Sorensen (Dover, Mass.) of Tufts, Zach Librizzi (Essex Juction, Vt.) of Wesleyan, and Williams' Nathan Elwood (Andover, N.J.) each earned all three awards this fall.
Among the Fall All-Academic selections were two Amherst seniors that earned individual NESCAC honors during 2007. Jaclyn DeMais (Hillsdale, N.J.) received NESCAC Volleyball Player of the Year, while fellow Jeff Heather Wilson (Danvers, Mass.) came away with Most Outstanding Performer honors in Women's Cross Country.
DeMais, who also earned NESCAC All-Conference First Team recognition for the second-straight year, ranked third among all NESCAC players in hitting percentage and second in kills in 2007, as she hit at a .284 percent clip while averaging 4.98 kills per game during her final season with the Jeffs. DeMais also contributed 3.95 digs, second among her teammates, while playing in each of Amherst's 122 games this fall. With DeMais' support, the Jeffs put together a team-record 30-5 mark and reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA Volleyball Tournament.
Wilson improved upon her 2006 NESCAC Women's Cross Country Championship performance by over 90 seconds after placing 11th last fall. She was one of four Jeff harriers to finish in the top 10 at the 2007 championship, helping Amherst secure its second-consecutive NESCAC Women's Cross Country crown. After earning All-Conference Second Team honors the past two years, Wilson's top finish garnered the senior NESCAC All-Conference First Team recognition for the first time in her career. Wilson paced Amherst this past weekend at the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships, placing ninth to help her squad capture its first NCAA Women's Cross Country title.
2007 NESCAC Fall All-Academic