HADLEY, Mass. – A total of 102 student-athletes have been named to the 2017 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 14 individuals on the All-Sportsmanship Team also earned All-Conference accolades this spring. Five track & field athletes were recognized on both the All-Sportsmanship and All-NESCAC teams. In men’s track & field, Colby senior Marcques Houston (Monmouth, Maine) and Williams senior Ian Outhwaite (Brooklyn, N.Y.) garnered all-conference honors. Houston placed second in the 200-meter dash and was a member of the Colby 4x100 relay team that won the event, while Outhwaite was second in the high jump. In women’s track & field, seniors Michaela Garrett (Spruce Head, Maine) of Colby, Lauren Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) of Connecticut College, and Katie Tonyai (Jaffrey, N.H.) of Trinity earned double honors. Garrett won the hammer throw and was second in the discus. Kennedy finished third in the javelin and shot put, and Tonyai, who was named to the All-Sportsmanship team for a second time, ran the lead-off leg for Trinity’s 4x100 relay team that finished second overall at the NESCAC Championships.
In baseball, Amherst senior Anthony Spina (Brooklyn, N.Y.) received All-NESCAC recognition along with Colby senior Ryder Arsenault (New Hampton, N.H.), and Middlebury senior Jason Lock (Foster City, Calif.).
A trio of women’s tennis players earned the double honor of being selected to the All-NESCAC and All-Sportsmanship Teams. Bowdoin senior Samantha Stalder (Costa Mesa, Calif.) was a First Team All-NESCAC selection in doubles, while Middlebury first-year Catherine Blayze (London, England) and Amherst sophomore Kelsey Chen (San Diego, Calif.) earned Second Team All-Conference honors in doubles.
Other athletes earning All-NESCAC and All-Sportsmanship honors included: Bowdoin senior Christine Anderson (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Connecticut College senior Lauren Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.) in track & field, and Wesleyan senior Jake Roberts (La Jolla, Calif.) in men’s tennis.
A total of seven athletes were repeat selections to the All-Sportsmanship team, led by Connecticut College senior Jillian Brigandi (Harrington Park, N.J.), a women’s tennis player, who earned an All-Sportsmanship nod for the third time in her career. Other athletes recognized for a second time include: Roger Stone (Greenville, S.C.) of Colby in men’s rowing, Bates senior Pat Ordway (Falmouth, Maine) and senior Kevin Kelly (Ashburn, Va.) of Tufts in men’s tennis, Trinity senior Victoria Baez (Tuckahoe, N.Y.) in softball, and Wesleyan senior Ellis Schaefer (Newtown Square, Pa.) in baseball.
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.
2017 NESCAC Spring All-Sportsmanship Team