876 Winter Student-Athletes Receive Honors
HADLEY, Mass. – A total of 876 student-athletes have been named to the 2013 NESCAC Winter 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 876 student-athletes named to the team, 315 were honored for the second time in their career, while 163 were recognized for the third time. In addition, 58 members of the group garnered both All-Academic and All-Conference accolades this winter, led by 19 student-athletes from Amherst and 13 from Williams. A total of 34 individuals were named to both the All-Sportsmanship and All-Academic Teams by the conference.
Seven individuals were selected to all three squads. That elite group included senior Marcia Voigt of Amherst (basketball), senior Daniel Weiniger of Bowdoin (ice hockey), junior Ian MacKay of Middlebury (swimming and diving), senior Johan Detter of Trinity (squash), junior Mary Foster of Wesleyan (squash), junior John Steele of Wesleyan (squash), and senior Chris Corbett of Williams (swimming and diving).
The 2013 Winter All-Academic Team includes two NESCAC Players of the Year, two NESCAC Defensive Players of the Year, and eight All-Americans, including a three-time All-American.
Amherst senior Geneva Lloyd was named the NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, while earning All-Academic Team honors for the second time in her career. Leading the Jeffs to their seventh straight NESCAC semifinal appearance, Lloyd was appointed to the All-NESCAC First Team for the fourth consecutive year. Through 25 games, Lloyd led all league blue-liners in scoring and powered the Amherst offense with 28 points on 14 goals and 14 assists. Of her 14 tallies, four came on the power play, while she also had three game-winners to her credit. Lloyd reached the 100 point milestone during a two goal, four assist performance at Colby on January 4.
Senior Claire Baecher of Williams was named the NESCAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year. Baecher ended her career at Williams as the single season (95) and career (260) leader in blocks, while ranking first in the conference with 2.88 blocks per game. Baecher averaged 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, and led the Ephs in rebounds (241), blocks, and steals (50), as the team earned a Third Place finish in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship with the most wins (27) in school history and the program's best finish. A First Team All-NESCAC pick, Baecher makes her second appearance on the All-Academic Team.
Senior Bre Dufault of Tufts was named the NESCAC Women's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year. Starting all 28 games for the Jumbos, Dufault averaged 26.5 minutes, 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Behind Dufault's leadership on defense, Tufts led the NESCAC allowing just 42.9 points per game. Dufault, who was sixth among NESCAC players with 1.75 steals per game, was the fifth consecutive Jumbo to earn Defensive Player of the Year.
Middlebury's Nolan Thompson was named NESCAC Men's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year, while making his third straight All-Academic Team appearance. Averaging 12.6 points per game, good for 17th among league scorers, Thompson is also fourth in the NESCAC with a .439 three-point field goal percentage. Leading the Panthers to the upcoming NCAA Division III Quarterfinals, he ranks second among his teammates with 5.2 rebounds per game. Thompson has scored 20 or more points three times this season, and scored the 1,000th point of his career earlier this year.
Junior Jana Hieber of Tufts collected her third All-American honor with an eighth-place finish in the pentathlon at the 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. Hieber, a two-time All-Academic selection, totaled 3,353 points with her top performances coming in the running events. Amherst's Keri Lambert also had an impressive showing at the Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, after a highly successful senior cross country campaign. Lambert earned her sixth All-American honor between cross country and track and field, with a sixth place finish in the 5,000-meter run and an eighth place finish in the distance medley relay. Senior Addie Tousley became a two-time All-American with a third place finish in the 5,000 meter run and as a part of Middlebury's second place distance medley relay team. Lambert is a two-time All-Academic selection, while Tousley collects her third honor.
Junior Matt Melton of Amherst, junior Mike LeDuc of Connecticut College, and the Tufts trio of junior Graham Buetler, senior Jeff Marvel, and junior Jamie Norton also had All-American finishes at the Indoor Track and Field Championships. Melton finished sixth in the 800-meter run, while LeDuc finished third in the 5,000-meter run. Buetler, Marvel, and Norton were a part of the second place distance medley relay team. Melton, LeDuc, and Buetler make their second All-Academic Team appearance, while Marvel earns his third recognition and Norton earns his first honor.
2013 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team