Honor Recognizes Positive Contributions to Sport Within Conference
HADLEY, Mass. - A total of 102 student-athletes have been named to the 2014 NESCAC Spring All-Sportsmanship Team. The team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport that 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.
A total of 11 individuals on the All-Sportsmanship Team also earned All-Conference accolades this spring, with five representatives from men’s tennis and three from men’s track and field. Three student-athletes received All-Sportsmanship recognition for the second straight year, including senior Blake Reilly (Lebanon, N.J.) of Connecticut College men’s track and field, who was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team for the fourth straight year. Softball players, Bowdoin senior Tracy Shirey (Waterloo, Iowa) and Tufts sophomore Christina Raso (Burlington, Mass.), were repeat honorees from last season. Raso was also named the Defensive Player of the Year in softball this season.
Women’s lacrosse players, senior Erin Benotti (Exeter, N.H.) of Middlebury and senior Abby D’Angelo (Weston, Mass.) of Wesleyan, were among the selections to make their second All-Sportsmanship Team appearances, having been named to the 2012 team. Joining them were senior Rebecca Kimmel (Longmeadow, Mass.) of Tufts women’s tennis and senior Timmy Berg (Bradenton, Fla.) of Bates men’s tennis. Berg also took home the Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award along with All-NESCAC First Team recognition in singles and doubles this season.
Among the selections on the Spring All-Sportsmanship Team is a quartet of all-conference honorees. Senior Kevin Clarke (Carlisle, Mass.) of Colby was a member of the third-place 4x800-meter relay, while Tufts senior David Sutherland (Queenstown, Md.) and Williams senior Chris Lee (Longmeadow, Mass.) were third in the pole vault and the 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively. Junior Melissa Luning (East Northport, N.Y.) of Wesleyan also collected All-Sportsmanship and All-Conference honors, helping lead the Cardinals’ 4x400-meter relay to a runner-up finish and the 4x100-meter relay to a third-place showing at the NESCAC Championships.
Other 2014 Spring All-Sportsmanship honorees that also earned All-NESCAC First Team recognition include Amherst seniors Aaron Mathias (Ridgefield, Conn.) in men’s lacrosse and Justin Reindel (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) of men’s tennis. Williams senior men’s tennis player Matt Micheli (San Francisco, Calif.) garnered First Team accolades in singles and Second Team honors in doubles. Additional members of the team who were named to All-NESCAC Second Team include senior Sam King (Rye Brook, N.Y.) of Bowdoin men’s tennis, junior Daniel Carpenter (Wayzata, Minn.) of Trinity men’s tennis and sophomore Sue Ghosh (Gaithersburg, Md.) of Amherst women’s tennis. All three student-athletes received all-conference plaudits in singles play.
The All-Sportsmanship Team was created by the NESCAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (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 well-being. The NESCAC SAAC represents all students who participate in intercollegiate athletics and promotes and celebrates student-athletes achievements.
2014 NESCAC Spring All-Sportsmanship Team