HADLEY, Mass. – A total of 1,169 student-athletes have been named to the 2018 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team by the conference office today. To be honored, an individual must have reached sophomore academic standing, and be in good standing in their sport with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40 or equivalent on a 4.0 scale. Transfers must have completed one year of study at the institution.
COMPLETE LIST OF HONOREES
Of the 1,169 student-athletes named to the team, 375 were honored for the second time in their career, while 232 were recognized for the third time. In addition, 156 members of the group garnered both All-Academic and All-NESCAC accolades this spring, led by 32 student-athletes from Williams. A total of 72 individuals were named to both the All-Sportsmanship and All-Academic Teams by the conference.
Eleven individuals were selected to all three squads. That elite group included senior Tess Trinka (Oak Park, Ill.) of Bowdoin (women’s tennis), Colby outdoor track and field seniors Jimmy O’Donnell (Melrose, Mass.) and Julia Rembetsy-Brown (Westminster, Mass.), Nate Choukas (Hanover, N.H.) of Trinity (men’s golf) and Rielly Wieners (West Springfield, Mass.) of Wesleyan (softball). Middlebury seniors Kate McCluskey (Westford, Mass.), a women’s outdoor track & field student-athlete, and Bennett Doherty (Bedford, N.H.), a men’s golf student-athlete, were also selected to all three squads. They are joined by four Williams student-athletes, including softball senior Margo Beck (Plano, Texas), women’s tennis senior Mia Gancayo (Potomac, Md.), women’s outdoor track & field senior Kayley McGonagle (Natick, Mass.), and men’s golf sophomore Sam Goldenring (Florham Park, N.J.).
The 2018 Spring All-Academic Team includes one NESCAC Player of the Year, two Pitchers of the Year, and two Defensive Players of the Year.
Middlebury junior Colby Morris (Del Mar, Calif.), a two-time All-Academic selection, was voted as the NESCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year. He earned five wins and tossed four complete games in 12 appearances while averaging 7.41 strikeouts per nine innings this season. Panther teammate Brooks Carroll (Davidson, N.C.) was named the NESCAC Baseball Defensive Player of the Year. The sophomore posted a .963 fielding percentage as an infielder. He handled 136 chances, making 44 putouts and 87 assists, while turning 11 double plays. Carroll tied for the team lead in doubles (7) and stole 17 bases on the year.
Williams senior Lexi Curt (Moorpark, Calif.) repeated as the NESCAC Softball Player of the Year after earning the honor in 2017. The three-time All-Academic selection leads the league in home runs (14), RBIs (47) and slugging percentage (.907), while owning the second-best batting average (.426). Curt earns her fourth All-NESCAC honor, repeating as a First Team selection, after being named to the Second Team in 2015 and 2016. She has helped the Ephs advance to the NCAA Super Regional round. Teammate Rebecca Duncan (Simi Valley, Calif), a sophomore, was named the 2018 NESCAC Pitcher of the Year and is a second-time First Team selection after previously earning Rookie of the Year accolades last season. Duncan has tossed 124 innings while earning 135 strikeouts to go with a 1.58 ERA. At the plate, she is batting .360 with 27 RBIs and 31 runs scored.
Amherst’s Sabrina Solow (Madison, N.J.) was selected as the NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year. The junior is tied for second among the league-leaders in caused turnovers (36) and leads the league in ground balls with 48 on the year. Solow, who has helped Amherst advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, earned First Team honors after being selected to the second team a year ago. This is her second NESCAC All-Academic honor after earning the recognition in 2017.