HADLEY, Mass. – A total of 1,028 student-athletes have been named to the 2017 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 3.40. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.
COMPLETE LIST OF HONOREES
Of the 1,028 student-athletes named to the team, 342 were honored for the second time in their career, while 204 were recognized for the third time. In addition, 132 members of the group garnered both All-Academic and All-NESCAC accolades this spring, led by 22 student-athletes from Williams. A total of 54 individuals were named to both the All-Sportsmanship and All-Academic Teams by the conference.
Six individuals were selected to all three squads. That elite group included seniors Samantha Stalder (Costa Mesa, Calif.) of Bowdoin (women’s tennis), Michaela Garrett of Colby (women’s outdoor track & field), Jason Lock (Foster City, Calif.) of Middlebury (baseball), Katie Tonyai (Jaffery, N.H.) of Trinity (women’s outdoor track & field), Jake Roberts of Wesleyan (men’s tennis) and Ian Outhwaite (Brooklyn, N.Y.) of Williams (men’s outdoor track & field).
The 2017 Spring All-Academic Team includes two NESCAC Players of the Year, two Pitchers of the Year, a Most Outstanding Track & Field Performer and a Defensive Player of the Year.
Middlebury sophomore Lubomir Cuba (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) was named the NESCAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year. He owns a 24-2 singles record, including a 14-0 mark in dual matches, while going 18-6 in doubles. Cuba, who also earned All-NESCAC First Team honors, went unbeaten in NESCAC play and won the ITA Division III New England Regional Championship in the fall. He has helped the Panthers advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Williams junior Lexi Curt (Moorpark, Calif.) was the 2017 NESCAC Softball Player of the Year. Curt ranks second in the conference in hits (57) and home runs (10), while hitting .404 and slugging .745 for the 2017 NESCAC Champions. Curt, who earned her third All-NESCAC honor of her career, moved to the First Team after two seasons as a Second Team selection. She has helped the Ephs advance to the NCAA Super Regional round.
Amherst’s Gina Pagan (Orinda, Calif.) was selected as the NESCAC Softball Pitcher of the Year. The junior has worked the most innings of any pitcher in the NESCAC (144.1) and ranks second in the league with a 1.31 ERA. She has struck out a league-best 150 hitters and is averaging 7.27 strikeouts per seven innings. She owns a 20-4 record in the circle. Fellow Mammoth Sammy Salustri (Pleasanton, Calif.) was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year in for the second straight year and is the only player in league history to receive the honor in consecutive seasons. The sophomore has recorded 55 assists and 84 putouts while committing just three errors for a .978 fielding percentage. Salustri, a First Team All-NESCAC last season, was named to the Second Team this year. The duo helped the Mammoths finish as NESCAC Runners-Up and advance to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament.
Speros Varinos of Tufts, a three-time All-Academic selection, was voted as the NESCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season. The senior leads the league with 78 strikeouts in 70.1 innings on the mound, while posting the second-lowest ERA (1.92) in the conference. He carries an 8-1 record into the NCAA Tournament for the Jumbos.
Bates senior Allison Hill (Brunswick, Maine) was the recipient of the Sabasteanski Award as the Most Outstanding Female Performer following the NESCAC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship after winning the 200-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles. In addition, she ran the second leg of Bates’ victorious 4x100-meter relay and was a member of the Bobcats’ second-place 4x400 relay squad. Bates earned runner-up honors, marking the program’s highest finish at the NESCAC Championship.
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.