HADLEY, Mass. – The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its 2011-12 Winter All-Academic selections on Wednesday afternoon, with 851 student-athletes that participated in a winter sport earning All-Academic recognition. To be honored, a student-athlete 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.
A remarkable 362 students received All-Academic recognition for the second consecutive year. Fifty-four individuals had All-Conference and All-Academic honors bestowed upon them this past season, while 39 came away with both All-Sportsmanship and All-Academic accolades. Three individuals took home all three awards - the Wesleyan tandem of sophomore squash players Mary Foster (Wallingford, Conn.) and John Steele (Merion Station, Pa.) along with Williams senior Alex Long (Atlanta, Ga.), a member of the Ephs' swimming and diving team.
Notable members selected to the Winter All-Academic team were a trio from Amherst, seniors Jonathan La Rose (Edmonton, Alberta) and Caroline Stedman (Walpole, Mass.) and junior Geneva Lloyd (Calgary, Alberta), along with Hamilton sophomore Maggie Rosenbaum (Alford, Mass.).
La Rose, a member of the conference-champion Lord Jeff men's ice hockey team, led the NESCAC in every major goaltending category en route to being named the NESCAC and national Player of the Year, boasting a 1.55 goals against average, a .943 save percentage that finished as the best in the nation, a 19-2-1 overall record, and five shutouts. He made a season-high 42 stops in a 3-1 victory at Williams on Feb. 18, then came back the following day and turned aside 30 shots in a 2-1, come-from-behind win at Middlebury. Already the NCAA record holder for the best save percentage in a single season after posting a .956 mark during the 2008-09 campaign, La Rose added the career save percentage record to his resume this season (.943). In addition to being named Player of the Year, La Rose earned a spot on the All-NESCAC First Team and was selected as All-America First Team.
In what was the finest season of her tenure with the Lord Jeff women's basketball team, Stedman, the two-time NESCAC Player of the Year (2010, 2012), averaged a career-best 14.1 points per game and finished third among all NESCAC players in scoring. Stedman connected on .404 percent of her shots from the floor, .335 percent from long range, and .725 percent from the foul line. On 16 separate occasions Stedman was the leading scorer for her team. In addition to being named NESCAC Player of the Year, Stedman was honored as All-NESCAC for the third consecutive year, as she earned First Team recognition for the second time (2010). She was also named as one of 10 finalists for the Jostens Trophy, awarded annually to an outstanding player who excels on the floor, in the classroom, and in the community. Stedman added WBCA All-America for the second time in her career, and has been named as one of two finalists for the WBCA Division III Player of the Year award. Amherst won three NESCAC titles and reached the NCAA semifinals all four years during her time, winning the national title in 2011.
Lloyd, the NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Player of the Year, led all league blue-liners in scoring and ranked second among her teammates overall with 24 points on nine goals and 15 assists over 27 games. In addition to earning the conference's top honor, Lloyd was appointed to the All-NESCAC First Team for the third consecutive year, a rare accomplishment across all conference sports. Of her nine tallies, seven occurred on the power play. As talented as Lloyd was in the offensive zone with the puck, the junior defender helped the Jeffs frustrate opponents in their own end, as Amherst held teams to a league-low 1.29 goals per game. Lloyd was also honored as All-America by the AHCA, earning First Team plaudits after being selected to the Second Team a year ago.
Rosenbaum was named as the Swimmer of the Meet for the first time in her career at the 2012 NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 17-19 at Wesleyan. Rosenbaum, the first Continental to earn top honors, swept all three backstroke events, winning the 50- and 100-yard races in record fashion. Rosenbaum will compete in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events along with the 200-yard medley relay at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships March 21-24 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Also among the All-Academic selections were six students that won a national title in the distance medley relay at the NCAA indoor track and field championship. On the men's side, Bowdoin's Colin Fong (Indianapolis, Ind.), Matthew Gamache (Barrington, R.I.), and Matthew Hillard (Shorewood, Wis.) helped give the Polar Bears their first NCAA indoor title. Middlebury's Margo Cramer (Seattle, Wash.), Juliet Ryan-Davis (Newton, Mass.), and Addie Tousley (Kensington, Md.) assisted the Panthers in successfully defending the women's distance medley crown. Cramer, a member of the Panthers' cross country team, was also recently honored with a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for fall student-athletes.
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. For more information on the
NESCAC, visit www.nescac.com.