1,023 Spring Student-Athletes Receive Honors
HADLEY, Mass. – A total of 1,023 student-athletes have been named to the 2015 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team by the conference office today. To be honored, an individual 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 1,023 student-athletes named to the team, 318 were honored for the second time in their career, while 208 were recognized for the third time. In addition, 125 members of the group garnered both All-Academic and All-Conference accolades this spring, led by 21 student-athletes from Amherst and 20 from Tufts and Williams each. A total of 66 individuals were named to both the All-Sportsmanship and All-Academic Teams by the conference.
Twelve student-athletes distinguished themselves by receiving All-NESCAC, All-Sportsmanship, and NESCAC All-Academic. Four individuals collected all three honors in men’s tennis, including junior Michael Solimano (Montvale, N.J.) of Amherst, senior Noah Bragg (Brookline, Mass.) of Bowdoin, sophomore Michael Liu (Basking Ridge, N.J.) of Wesleyan and junior Jose Raventos (San Jose, Costa Rica) of Williams. Three softball players, junior Kat Maehr (Sayville, N.Y.) of Middlebury, junior Christina Raso (Burlington, Mass.) of Tufts and senior Simone Frank (Amherst, Mass.) of Williams, garnered each award as well. Rounding out the list were junior Max Araya (Redding, Conn.) of Middlebury (baseball), senior Michael Clougher (Canton, Mass.) of Connecticut College (men’s rowing), senior Christina Harvey (Middletown, Conn.) of Tufts (women’s outdoor track & field), senior Jared Nowell (Cos Cob, Conn.) of Williams (men’s outdoor track & field) and senior Taylor Wilson (Chevy Chase, Md.) of Bowdoin (women’s lacrosse).
The 2015 Spring All-Academic Team includes three NESCAC Players of the Year and a NESCAC Pitcher of the Year.
Wesleyan’s Sam Elias (Norwood, N.J.) was selected as the NESCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year, while receiving NESCAC All-Academic recognition for the third time. The senior led the conference with a 1.53 ERA over a league-best 76.1 innings. He posted an 8-1 record on the mound for the conference champions, and ranked third among NESCAC pitchers with 66 strikeouts and four saves.
Junior Julia Geaumont (Saco, Maine) of Bowdoin was named the NESCAC Softball Co-Player of the Year after posting in one of the greatest seasons in school history as a designated player and pitcher. At the plate, the two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree ranks second among league players with eight home runs, fourth with a .669 slugging percentage and eighth with a .405 batting average. Geaumont also led the Polar Bears with 49 hits and 29 RBI. Her eight home runs set a new Bowdoin single-season record. In the circle, she set the program’s single-season record for wins with 16 in addition to recording a 1.82 ERA, which ranks fifth in the league, and 94 strikeouts.
Amherst junior Quinn Moroney (Manhasset, N.Y.), the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Year and two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, recorded 113 points on 30 goals and 83 assists this season en route to becoming the program’s all-time points leader in the modern era (275 points on 75 goals and 200 assists). He also broke the Jeffs’ single-season points record, besting the mark he set a year ago (112).
Junior Mike Odenwaelder (Goshen, Conn) of Amherst earned NESCAC All-Academic recognition for the first time in his career after repeating as the NESCAC Baseball Player of the Year. Odenwaelder led the league with 63 hits and 98 total bases. He was among the conference leaders in several other categories with seven home runs, 38 runs, 15 stolen bases, a .380 batting average and a .590 slugging percentage. Defensively, he recorded 118 putouts and eight assists.
Founded in 1971, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) consists of 11 liberal arts colleges and has consistently reflected its commitment to the values of athletics and academic achievement. The member colleges of the conference are Amherst College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Tufts University, Wesleyan University, and Williams College.