Honor Recognizes Positive Contributions to Sport Within Conference
HADLEY, Mass. – A total of 85 student-athletes have been named to the 2014 NESCAC Winter 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.
Of the 85 individuals honored this winter, 15 were also recognized as All-Conference in their respective sports. Men’s and women’s squash accounted for 11 All-Sportsmanship and All-Conference selections. Wesleyan senior John Steele (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned his third straight All-Sportsmanship recognition while being named to the All-NESCAC First Team, along with Williams senior Taylor Foehl (Williamstown, Mass.) and Trinity junior Karan Malik (Bangalore, India). Colby sophomore CJ Smith (Locust Valley, N.Y.) made his second appearance on the All-Sportsmanship Team, and was also an All-NESCAC Second Team selection.
Four members of the All-NESCAC First Team in women’s squash picked up All-Sportsmanship honors, including seniors Mary Foster (Wallingford, Conn.) of Wesleyan and Alyssa Northrop (Brooklyn, N.Y.) of Williams and juniors Myriam Kelly (New York, N.Y.) of Bates and Charlotte Dewey (Greenwich, Conn.) of Middlebury. Foster closes out her career as a four-time All-Sportsmanship Team honoree. Connecticut College junior Leah Puklin (Bala Cynwnd, Pa.) was an All-Sportsmanship selection for the third consecutive year, while also being named Second Team All-NESCAC along with Tufts senior Paget Stanco (Rye, N.Y.) and Colby sophomore Julie Wolpow (Wellesley, Mass.).
Bates first-year swimmer Sara Daher (Marblehead, Mass.) earned All-NESCAC recognition with two individual runner-up finishes at the 2014 NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, as well as helping the 800-yard Freestyle Relay to a second-place finish and the 400-yard Freestyle Relay to a third-place finish. First-year Valerie Urban (Lancaster, Pa.) of Connecticut College was also an All-NESCAC honoree with runner-up showing in the 1,000-yard Freestyle. One swimmer on the men’s side was an All-NESCAC performer this year, as junior Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) of Bates finished second in the 50-yard Butterfly.
Middlebury senior defender Jennifer Krakower (Montreal, Quebec) was a member of the NESCAC Women’s Ice Hockey All-Conference Second Team, and helped lead the Panthers to the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Women’s Ice Hockey Championship.
A trio of women’s basketball players in seniors Caitlin McClure (Arlington, Va.) of Tufts and Moriah Sweeney (Ramsey, N.J.) of Trinity and junior Adrianna Pulford (Groton, Mass.) of Hamilton were named to the All-Sportsmanship Team for the second time in their careers. Men’s squash junior Andrew Ward (Southborough, Mass.) of Bowdoin and Nick Celestin (Woodbridge, Conn.) of the Trinity men’s swimming and diving team were also two-time recipients.
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 welfare. The NESCAC SAAC represents all students who participate in intercollegiate athletics and promotes and celebrates student-athletes achievements.
2014 NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team