HADLEY, Mass. – A total of 973 student-athletes have been named to the 2017 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 3.40. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.
COMPLETE LIST OF HONOREES
Of the 973 student-athletes named to the team, 298 were honored for the second time in their career, while 217 were recognized for the third time. In addition, 55 members of the group garnered both All-Academic and All-NESCAC accolades this winter, led by 14 student-athletes from Williams. A total of 31 individuals were named to both the All-Sportsmanship and All-Academic Teams by the conference.
Five individuals were selected to all three squads. That elite group included senior Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) of Bates (women’s basketball), senior Ben Bristol (Rocky Hill, N.J.) of Bowdoin (men’s squash), junior Will McBrian (Dedham, Mass.) of Colby (men’s squash), senior Wyatt French (Farmington, Conn.) of Middlebury (men’s squash), and junior Omar Allaudin (Lahore, Pakistan) of Trinity (men’s squash).
The 2017 Winter All-Academic Team includes three NESCAC Players of the Year, a NESCAC Swimmer of the Year, a NESCAC Diver of the Year, and a NESCAC Four Year High Point Diver.
Hamilton junior Evan Buitenhuis (Burlington, Ontario) was selected as the NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Player of the Year. Buitenhuis, who is a repeat First Team selection, was second among all conference goaltenders with a 1.68 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. He is the third Continental to earn Player of the Year honors and is the second netminder to ever receive the award. Buitenhuis led Hamilton into the title game of the NESCAC Championship for the first time in program history and to the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Amherst senior Ali Doswell (Richmond, Va.) was named the NESCAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. Doswell led the Purple & White to a perfect 10-0 league record and the team’s second straight conference championship. She is the leading scorer for the Purple & White, averaging 12.8 points per game, while also collecting 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Doswell also earned a spot on the First Team for the second straight year and her fourth All-NESCAC accolade after being a two-time Second Team pick and the 2014 NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Doswell is the third Amherst player to be recognized as the NESCAC Player of the Year. The Purple & White will host sectional rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend.
Williams senior Ariana Ross (New Canaan, Conn.) earned NESCAC Women’s Diver of the Year honors for the third straight year. She is the first women’s diver in NESCAC history to earn the honor three times. She won both the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions for the third consecutive season and set a pool record with 526.30 points on the 3-meter board. Ross was also recognized as the Four Year High Point Diver. She will compete in the NCAA Championship March 15-18 in Shenandoah, Texas.
Middlebury senior Matt St. Amour (Swanton, Vt.) was selected as the NESCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. The guard helped the Panthers win their second straight NESCAC title. St. Amour is the third Middlebury player to be recognized as the NESCAC Player of the Year. He is on the First Team for the second straight year and leads the NESCAC in scoring at 22.1 points per game. Additionally, he is averaging 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and ranks second in the conference in steals (1.9 pg). The Panthers will host a sectional this weekend in the NCAA Tournament.
Williams junior Emma Waddell (Bangor, Maine) was named the NESCAC Women’s Swimmer of the Year. Waddell won conference titles in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly for the third straight year. She was also part of four relay teams that took home first place. Waddell swam the anchor leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay and was also part of the 200 and 400-yard medley relay squads that all set meet and pool records. She closed out the meet swimming the anchor leg in the 400-yard freestyle relay and helped the Ephs set a pool record in the event. She will compete in the NCAA Championship March 15-18 in Shenandoah, Texas.