Honor Recognizes Positive Contributions to Sport Within Conference
HADLEY, Mass. – A total of 93 student-athletes have been named to the 2016 NESCAC Fall All-Sportsmanship Team. The team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport the conference sponsors. Honorees are selected by the players and coaches from their respective teams.
The NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team recognizes student-athletes from each varsity sport who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship. These student-athletes exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents and spectators. They display sportsmanship, not only as a participant in their sport, but also as a spectator and in their everyday lives. Through their positive actions and example, these student-athletes inspire others to adhere to the quality of sportsmanship that the NESCAC and the NCAA endorse.
Of the 93 individuals honored this fall, nine hold multiple All-Sportsmanship Team awards while 11 were also named to All-NESCAC teams in their respective sports.
Headlining the list of repeat All-Sportsmanship honorees is senior Ryley van der Velde (Louisville, Ky.), a goalkeeper for the Connecticut College field hockey team. She has been named to the All-Sportsmanship Team for the third time in her career.
All-NESCAC runners senior Will Dudek (Montclair, N.J.) of Wesleyan and junior Ben Decker (Yarmouth, Maine) of Williams earned a spot on the men’s cross country squad. Dudek is a repeat All-Sportsmanship selection, also garnering the honor in 2014.
Joining van der Velde among the field hockey All-Sportsmanship honorees is All-NESCAC performer Kit Rosen (Longmeadow, Mass.), a senior from Williams.
Seniors Martin Bernard (Sherborn, Mass.) of Bowdoin and Zach Lambros (Redondo Beach, Calif.) of Wesleyan are repeat All-Sportsmanship selections in men’s golf. Additionally, three All-NESCAC players were named to the All-Sportsmanship Team this season. Sophomores Reid Buzby (San Francisco, Calif.) of Middlebury and Jack Junge (Lincolnshire, Ill.) of Trinity, as well as senior Grant Raffel (Palo Alto, Calif.) of Williams, make their first appearance on the All-Sportsmanship squad.
In women’s golf, Bowdoin senior Meredith Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) earns her second straight All-Sportsmanship accolade.
Middlebury senior Greg Conrad (Peabody, Mass.) was named to the All-Sportsmanship team for the second straight year and was an All-NESCAC selection in men’s soccer this fall. Tufts’ senior Zach Halliday (Princeton, N.J.), also an All-NESCAC performer, earns his first All-Sportsmanship award.
Senior Kelci Keeno (Honolulu, Hawaii) of Amherst is a repeat All-Sportsmanship selection in volleyball. She also garnered the honor in 2013, and is joined on the squad by All-NESCAC honoree, Bowdoin senior Quincy Leech (Durham, N.C.).
Senior Amanda Proulx (Smithfield, R.I.) of Connecticut College is a two-time All-Sportsmanship honoree in women’s soccer after earning the accolade a year ago. All-NESCAC senior performers Taylor Haist (Montgomery Village, Md.) of Bowdoin and Robin Estus (Houston, Texas) of Tufts were named to the team for the first time in their careers.
The All-Sportsmanship Team was created by the NESCAC Student Advisory Committee on Athletics' (SAAC). The NESCAC SAAC serves as the liaison between the student-athletes of NESCAC member institutions and conference administrators. The committee provides a voice to represent the concerns of all student-athletes and to discuss issues impacting student-athlete welfare. The NESCAC SAAC represents all students who participate in intercollegiate athletics and promotes and celebrates student-athletes’ achievements.
2016 NESCAC Fall All-Sportsmanship Team