Three Named Academic All-District Todd Nichols Eligible for National Honors

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Three student-athletes representing Amherst College lacrosse were named to the GTE/CoSIDA Spring At-Large College Division Academic All-District I Teams. Members were chosen from 76 nominees from the sports of crew, golf, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, indoor and outdoor track and field at non-Division I institutions in New England and Eastern Canada.

Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY), a junior midfielder for Amherst men's lacrosse, earned First Team honors to make him eligible for national recognition. The All-Snively selection began the season as a team quad-captain and a Premier Midfielder, as chosen by Face-Off Magazine. Nichols led Amherst in a pair of late-game comebacks, notching his only two goals against Springfield in the final 41 seconds toward an 11-10 victory before forcing overtime against Connecticut College with a shot just 50 seconds before the regulation buzzer. In addition to compiling 62 goals and 16 assists at the Jeffs' top face-off man over the last three years, Nichols boasts a 3.69 cumulative GPA as a Political Science major.

Nichols also earned Academic All-District honors in Fall 1997 as an All-New England free safety, and he has been named a quad-captain of the 1998 football team.

Heidi Cline (Andover, MA) and Irene Permut (Wilmington, DE) earned Second Team honors as members of the two-time ECAC Champion women's lacrosse team. Cline closed out her career as Amherst's Career Goals-Scored leader, tallying 129 over four years as part of her 171 points, second on the all-time scoring list. The tri-captain led the team on attack to four-straight post-season appearances, including an NCAA bid in 1996. Cline has served as the President of the Outing Club and as a two-year Resident Counselor while maintaining a 3.38 GPA as an Economics major.

Permut claims her second Academic All-District honors after earning Second Team recognition on the Fall/Winter At-Large team as a field hockey tri-captain. The junior tallied six goals and eight assists, and the midfielder claimed IWLCA/Brine All-America Second Team honors for lacrosse. Permut has compiled a 3.69 GPA over three years as a Psychology major, and she will resume her captaining duties as a two-time All-American field hockey midfielder.

Amherst lacrosse continued to rank among the finest teams in New England as both teams concluded their seasons in the ECAC Tournament in their fourth-straight post-season appearances. The men finished with a 9-7 record while the women claimed the ECAC Championship with a 9-8 overtime victory over Bowdoin for a 12-3 mark.

GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America Spring At-Large Teams

College Division Men's District I

Name            Yr.     Sport           School          Hometown        GPA/Major
Mike Pochoski   Jr.     Track           WPI             Dayville, CT    3.98/Civil Engineering
Mike Butville   Sr.     Lacrosse        MIT             Levittown, PA   4.9/Mechanical Engineering
Eric Larson     Sr.     Track           New Haven       Middletown, CA  4.01/Criminal Justice
Bret Stothart   Sr.     Volleyball      Springfield     Emmaus, PA      3.83/Sport Management
Mike Willock    Sr.     Golf            WPI             Rockland, MA    3.9/Mathematics
Jason Hobbs     Jr.     Track           Bentley         Fryeburg, ME    3.98/Finance
Andrew Evans    Sr.     Track           Rochester       Massena, NY     3.49/Bio-Chemistry
Otto Krcal      Sr.     Tennis          Stony Brook     Patchogue, NY   3.96/Biochemistry
Ben Wright      So.     Track           Albany          Averill Pk, NY  3.85/Business Administration
Todd Nichols    Jr.     Lacrosse        Amherst         Skaneateles, NY 3.69/Political Science

College Division Women's District I First Team

Name                    Yr.     Sport           School          Hometown                GPA/Major
Beth Bowler             Sr.     Track           Springfield     Arlington, MA           3.59/Physical Therapy
Kim-Laura Boyle         Sr.     Lacrosse        Colby-Sawyer    Plainfield, VT          3.72/Biology
Belvin Gong             Jr.     Tennis          Stony Brook     South Setauket, NY      3.93/Biochemistry
Rebecca Grant           Sr.     Tennis          Rochester       Vestal, NY              3.72/Psychology
Tonya Krueger           Sr.     Track           SUNY-Brockport  Brockport, NY           3.89/Mathematics
Laurie Kurtelawicz      Jr.     Track           Rochester       Rochester, NY           3.80/Biochemistry
Heidi Nichols           Sr.     Track           Ithaca          Newfield, NY            3.544/Sociology
Kinga Slowinski         Jr.     Track           Worcester State Winchendon, MA          3.989/Occupational Therapy
Rebecca Tucker          Sr.     Lacrosse        SUNY-Brockport  Scottville, NY          3.96/Psychology & Physical Education
Leah Walbourn           Sr.     Tennis          St. Lawrence    Oswego, NY              3.9/Psychology

College Division Women's District I Second Team

Name                    Yr.     Sport           School          Hometown                GPA/Major
Heidi Cline             Sr.     Lacrosse        Amherst         Andover, MA             3.38/Economics
Michelle Dijer          Sr.     Track           Bentley         East Hampton, CT        3.74/Accounting
Robin Evans             Jr.     Track           MIT             Granville, OH           4.7/Mechanical Engineering
Beth Gottung            So.     Lacrosse        AIC             Gloversvile, NY         3.915/History & Education
Jenna Gruben            Jr.     Lacrosse        Ithaca          Littleton, CA           3.75/Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
Janna Johnston          Jr.     Track           Albany          Clifton Pk, NY          3.59/Mathematics
Meredith Lukas          Jr.     Lacrosse        Springfield     Princeton Junction, NJ  3.87/Physical Therapy
Anni McDonough          Sr.     Lacrosse        Rochester       Dorchester, MA          3.28/Art History
Irene Permut            Jr.     Lacrosse        Amherst         Wilmington, DE          3.69/Psychology
Jess Ucello             So.     Tennis          Quinnipiac      Rocky Hill, CT          3.80/Physical Therapy

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