Spring All-Sportsmanship Selections Announced

Spring All-Sportsmanship Selections Announced

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

Name Institution Yr. Hometown
Conner Gunn Amherst Sr. Kingsport, Tenn.
Norberto Diaz Bates Sr. Carson, Calif.
Harry Ridge Bowdoin Sr. Yarmouth, Maine
Ben Crocker Colby Sr. Hallowell, Maine
Brian Ferrell Hamilton Sr. Wilmington, N.C.
Max Araya Middlebury Sr. Redding, Conn.
Mackenze Genauer Trinity Sr. Montclair, N.J.
Kevin Godin Tufts Sr. Canton, Mass.
Ellis Schaefer Wesleyan Jr. Newtown Square, Pa.
David Rosas Williams Sr. San Jose, Calif.
Men's Lacrosse
Name Institution Year Hometown
Thomas Gilligan Amherst Sr.  Edina, Minn.
Matt Proto Bates Sr. Chatham, N.J.
Adam FitzGerald Bowdoin Sr.  Duxbury, Mass.
Sam Wasserman Colby Sr. Milton, Mass.
Evan Gaudio Connecticut College Sr. Cheshire, Conn. 
Casey Kopp Hamilton Jr. Rochester, N.Y.
Sean Carroll Middlebury Sr. Wilton, Conn.
Seth Bird Trinity Sr. Concord, Mass.
Curtis Townshend Tufts Sr. New Canaan, Conn.
Niall Devaney Wesleyan Sr. North Falmouth, Mass.
Brendan Bossidy Williams Sr. Ridgefield, Conn. 
Women's Lacrosse
Name Institution Year Hometown
Emy Kelty Amherst Sr. Palo Alto, Calif.
Kara Le Bates Sr. Richboro, Pa.
Megan O'Connor Bowdoin Sr. Concord, Mass.
Brittany Chin Colby Sr. Shrewsbury, Mass.
Lauren Munhall Connecticut College Sr. Ridgewood, N.J.
Gaela Dennison-Leonard Hamilton Sr. Portland, Ore.
Madeleine Kinker Middlebury Sr. Rye, N.Y.
Abby McQuillan Trinity Sr. Medfield, Mass.
Jaymi Cohen Tufts Sr. Andover, Mass.
Dana Mitchell Wesleyan So. Weston, Conn.
Micaela Dussel Williams Sr. Glen Head, N.Y.
Men's Rowing
Name Institution Year Hometown
Ian Ramsay Bates Sr. South Berwick, Maine
Roger Stone Colby Jr. Greenville, S.C.
Greg Montenegro Connecticut College So. Alexandria, Va.
Alec Melone Hamilton Sr. Farmington, Conn.
Christopher White Trinity Sr. Winchester, Mass.
Jonathan Lapadula Tufts Sr. Pelham, N.Y.
Matthew DiGiovanni Wesleyan So. Port Washington, N.Y.
Logan Jester Williams Sr. Tallahassee, Fla.
Women's Rowing
Name Institution Year Hometown
Sarah Brooks Bates Sr. Charlottesville, Va.
Maddie Andrews Colby Jr. Wells, Maine
Charlotte Hecht Connecticut College Sr. St. Paul, Minn.
Alexandra Brantl Hamilton So. Irvington, N.Y.
Claudia Jensen Trinity Sr. Bronxville, N.Y.
Abigail Perelman Tufts Sr. South Carlsbad, Calif.
Sarah Newman Wesleyan Sr. Coral Springs, Fla.
Beatriz Lopez Williams Sr. Ashland, Ore.
Name Institution Yr. Hometown
Gina Pagan Amherst So. Orinda, Calif.
Marina Barsoum Bates Sr. Newark, N.J.
Katie Gately Bowdoin Sr. Rehoboth, Mass.
Skylar Labbe Colby So. Danville, N.H.
Phoebe Collins Hamilton So. New Castle, N.H.
Taylor Gardner Middlebury So. Carlsbad, Calif.
Victoria Baez Trinity Jr. Tuckahoe, N.Y.
Sara Willner-Giwerc Tufts So. Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Angelina Massoia Wesleyan Sr. Feeding Hills, Mass.
Erica Li Williams Sr. Salt Lake City, Utah
Men's Tennis
Name Institution Year Hometown
Michael Solimano Amherst Sr. Montvale, N.J.
Pat Ordway Bates Jr. Falmouth, Maine
Chase Savage Bowdoin  Sr. Bernardsville, N.J.
Sam Hoenig Colby Fy. Lincoln, Mass.
Ben Sachs Connecticut College So. Mount Kisco, N.Y.
Max McKee-Proctor Hamilton Jr. Newton, Mass.
Noah Farrell Middlebury So. Wilton, Conn.
Aaron Segel Trinity Sr. Needham, Mass.
Nick Cary Tufts Sr. Brookline, Mass.
Michael Liu  Wesleyan Jr. Basking Ridge, N.J.
Jose Raventos Williams Sr. San Jose, Costa Rica
Women's Tennis
Name Institution Year Hometown
Sue Ghosh Amherst Sr. Gaithersburg, Md.
Emma Mattson Bates Sr. Dana Point, Calif.
Tess Trinka Bowdoin So. Oak Park, Ill.
Katie Ryan Colby So. Falmouth, Maine
Jillian Brigandi Connecticut College Jr. Harrington Park, N.J.
Emily Chan Hamilton Sr. Newton, Mass.
Sadie Shackelford Middlebury Sr. Sewanee, Tenn.
Melita Ferjanic Trinity Sr. Samobor, Croatia
Julia Keller Tufts Fy. Stockholm, Sweden
Helen Klass-Warch Wesleyan So. St. Paul, Minn.
Alex Stone Williams Sr. Short Hills, N.J.
Men's Track & Field
Name Institution Year Hometown
Elijah Langston Amherst So. Bridgeport, Conn.
Jack Aherne Bates Sr. Bronxville, N.Y.
James Sullivan Bowdoin Sr. Acton, Mass.
Jamaal Grant Colby Sr. Milton, Mass.
Sam McKeown Connecticut College Sr. South Windsor, Conn.
Dylan Berardelli Hamilton Sr. Dalton, Pa.
Brandon Cushman Middlebury Sr. Gorham, Maine
Geoffrey Bocobo Trinity Sr. Villanova, Pa.
Hee Jae An Tufts Sr. Oakland, N.J.
Kevin Hutchinson Wesleyan Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
Matthew Tarduno Williams Sr. Rochester, N.Y.
Women's Track & Field
Name Institution Year Hometown
Keelin Moehl Amherst Sr. Bend, Ore.
Sara Buscher Bates Fy. Falmouth, Mass.
Meredith Ott Bowdoin Sr. Darien, Conn.
Emily Tolman Colby Sr. Scarborough, Maine
Emily Winter Connecticut College Sr. Easton, Conn.
Alex Reading Hamilton Sr. Sudbury, Mass.
Halle Gustafson Middlebury Sr. Minneapolis, Minn.
Katie Tonyai Trinity Jr. Jaffrey, N.H.
Mary Ellen Caruso Tufts Sr. Belmont, Mass.
Molly Schassberger Wesleyan Jr. Smithfield, Maine
Elise Pitmon Williams Sr. Underhill, Vt.