More than 100 Mammoths Earn NESCAC Academic All-Conference

More than 100 Mammoths Earn NESCAC Academic All-Conference

HADLEY, Mass. –  A total of 1,033 student-athletes, including 104 from Amherst College, have been named to the 2018 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team by the conference office today. To be honored, an individual must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.


Of the 1,033 student-athletes named to the team, 341 were honored for the second time in their career, while 195 were recognized for the third time. In addition, 62 members of the group garnered both All-Academic and All-NESCAC accolades this winter, led by 15 student-athletes from Williams. A total of 35 individuals were named to both the All-Sportsmanship and All-Academic Teams by the conference.

Twelve of Amherst's All-Academic selections were also named All-Conference in their respective sports, while five student-athletes were both All-Sportsmanship and Academic selections.

Four individuals in the NESCAC were selected to all three squads. That elite group included seniors Linnea Patterson (Gloucester Point, Va.) of Bowdoin (women's swimming & diving), Will McBrian (Dedham, Mass.) of Colby (men's squash), Lucy Bostwick (New Canaan, Conn.) of Middlebury (women's squash), and David Italiano (Toronto, Ontario) of Williams (men's ice hockey).

The 2018 Winter All-Academic Team includes three NESCAC Players of the Year, a NESCAC Swimmer of the Year, and a NESCAC Four-Year High Point Diver.

Bowdoin senior Kate Kerrigan (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) was named the NESCAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Kerrigan averaged 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists for the Polar Bears while leading the league in steals (2.5). She was among the league leaders in field goal percentage, shooting 52.6 from the floor. Kerrigan is the second player in NESCAC history to earn Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. The Defensive Player of the Year nod is the third of her career and she was named to the All-NESCAC First Team for the second consecutive season. 

Connecticut College sophomore Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) was named the NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Player of the Year after leading the Camels to nine conference wins. The goaltender's .937 save percentage ranked second among NESCAC netminders and he had a 2.16 goals against average with three shutouts. Rodericks is the first Camel to be named NESCAC Player of the Year in men's ice hockey.

Hamilton senior Sam Walther (Gambrills, Md.) was selected as the NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Player of the Year. Walther led the NESCAC with a .966 save percentage and had a 0.99 goals against average, good for second in the league. She led the Continentals to nine conference wins while making 450 saves and earning seven shutouts.

Williams senior Emma Waddell (Bangor, Maine) was named the NESCAC Women's Swimmer of the Year for the second time in as many years. Waddell won conference titles in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly for the fourth straight year in addition to winning the 50-yard freestyle. She was also part of four relay teams that took home first place. Waddell swam the anchor leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay that set a meet and pool record, and was also part of the 200 and 400-yard medley relay squads that set pool records. She closed out the meet swimming the anchor leg in the 400-yard freestyle relay and helped the Ephs set a pool record in the event. She will compete in the NCAA Championships, March 21-24 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Middlebury senior Elissa DeNunzio (Darien, Conn.) earned the NESCAC Four-Year High Point Diver Award. She finished fifth in one-meter diving and sixth in three-meter diving at this year's NESCAC Championships. She competed in NCAA Regionals where she finished in 17th place in one-meter diving and 19th place in three-meter diving,