Honor Recognizes Positive Contributions to Sport Within Conference
HADLEY, Mass. - A total of 102 student-athletes have been named to the 2016 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 13 individuals on the All-Sportsmanship Team also earned All-Conference accolades this spring, with four representatives from women’s track & field and four from men’s tennis. Wesleyan junior Molly Schassberger (Smithfield, Maine), who was a repeat honoree on the All-Sportsmanship team, received All-NESCAC recognition along with Middlebury senior Halle Gustafson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Trinity junior Katie Tonyai (Jaffrey, N.H.) and Tufts senior Mary Ellen Carsuo (Belmont, Mass.). Schassberger and Tonyai placed third in the 10,000-meter run and the 100-meter dash, respectively, at the NESCAC Championships, while Caruso was a member of the winning 4x100-meter relay and Gustafson was a member of the third-place 4x800-meter relay.
Three of the four men’s tennis players to garner accolades on the All-Sportsmanship and All-Conference teams were repeat All-Sportsmanship selections. Wesleyan junior Michael Liu (Basking Ridge, N.J.), who landed on the All-NESCAC Second Team in singles and received the Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award earlier this spring, was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team for the third consecutive year. He was joined by Williams senior Jose Raventos (San Jose, Costa Rica) and Amherst senior Michael Solimano (Montvale, N.J.), who were All-Sportsmanship picks last season. Raventos was a First Team selection in singles, while Solimano received All-NESCAC First Team recognition in doubles this season. Sophomore Noah Farrell (Wilton, Conn.) of Middlebury was selected as the NESCAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year after landing on the First Team in singles and Second Team in doubles.
Williams senior Erica Li (Salt Lake City, Utah) was chosen as the NESCAC Softball Co-Player of the Year earlier this month, while Amherst senior baseball player Conner Gunn (Kingsport, Tenn.), was a Second Team All-NESCAC selection along with Williams senior Logan Jester (Tallahassee, Fla.) in men’s rowing and Bowdoin women’s tennis player Tess Trinka (Oak Park, Ill.) in doubles. Rounding out the list of all-conference selections to be named to the All-Sportsmanship Team are Bowdoin senior James Sullivan (Acton, Mass.) and Middlebury senior Brandon Cushman (Gorham, Maine) in men’s track & field. Sullivan was a member of the first-place 4x800-meter relay, while Cushman was a member of the winning 4x400-meter relay.
Senior women’s tennis player Sue Ghosh (Gaithersburg, Md.) of Amherst joined Liu as the only other three-time All-Sportsmanship pick, having been named to the team in 2014 and 2015. Other 2016 Spring All-Sportsmanship honorees that received the award last year include Middlebury senior Max Araya (Redding, Conn.) in baseball, Hamilton senior Alec Melone (Farmington, Conn.) in men’s rowing, Hamilton senior Gaela Dennison-Leonard (Portland, Ore.) and Middlebury senior Madeleine Kinker (Rye, N.Y.) in women’s lacrosse, Tufts senior Nick Cary (Brookline, Mass.) in men’s tennis, Connecticut College junior Jillian Brigandi (Harrington Park, N.J.) in women’s tennis, Trinity senior Geoffrey Bocobo (Villanova, Pa.) in men’s track & field and Connecticut College senior Emily Winter (Easton, Conn.) in women’s track & field. Colby senior men’s lacrosse player Sam Wasserman (Milton, Mass.) and Williams senior women’s tennis player Alex Stone (Short Hills, N.J.) returned to the squad after being selected for the All-Sportsmanship Team in 2014.
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.
2016 NESCAC Spring All-Sportsmanship Team