WHITINGHAM, Vt. --- Fifteen Thomas College student-athletes are among the total of 186 who have been named to the 2015-16 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Winter/Spring All-Academic Team after the spring 2016 semester.
The NAC All-Academic Team recognizes student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Student-athletes must also have reached sophomore academic standing and competed in a minimum of two years of varsity competition at their institution.
Four of the 15 student-athletes honored come from Thomas' NAC runner-up softball team. Three others participated in women's basketball while there were two players each from the baseball, men's lacrosse and men's tennis squads. Men's basketball and women's lacrosse had one honoree each.
|Justin Murray||MBB||Sr.||Finance||Winslow, Maine|
|Ashleigh Gagne||WBB||Sr.||MBA||Waterville, Maine|
|Kelly Macomber||WBB||Jr.||Elementary Education||West Gardiner, Maine|
|Tess McClenahan (SP)||WBB||Jr.||Forensic Psychology||Salmon, Idaho|
|Joseph Quinlan||BASE||Sr.||Sports Management||Westbrook, Maine|
|Joshua Woodard||BASE||Jr.||Management||Oakland, Maine|
|Bryan Ferris||MLAX||Sr.||Criminal Justice||Whitman, Mass.|
|Sheldon Jones (2)||MLAX||Sr.||MBA||Lewiston, Maine|
|Erin Nelligan||WLAX||Sr.||Criminal Justice||Walpole, Mass.|
|Lindsy Hoopingarner||SOFT||Sr.||Management||Richmond, Maine|
|Taylor Jordan||SOFT||Jr.||Marketing Management||Kingfield, Maine|
|Sonja Morse (AOY; 1)||SOFT||Jr.||Forensic Psychology||South China, Maine|
|Mary Ortiz||SOFT||Jr.||Communications||Fillmore, Calif.|
|Joseph Greco (2; SP)||MTEN||Sr.||Political Science||Greene, Maine|
|Douglas Heanssler||MTEN||Soph.||Criminal Justice||Deer Isle, Maine|
To view the complete 2015-16 Winter/Spring All-Academic Team, please click HERE.
Of note, eight of the nine seniors who were recognized as the Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year in their respective sport were also honored on the All-Academic Team. Those selections include baseball student-athlete Reece Tanguay (Lyndon), women's basketball student-athlete Elizabeth Ferry (UMaine-Farmington), men's lacrosse student-athlete Zach Devoid (Castleton), women's lacrosse student-athlete Rachel Bombardier (Castleton), softball student-athlete Lyndsay Merrill(Husson), men's tennis student-athlete Dominick Agresta (Lyndon), men's outdoor track and field student-athlete Steven Lamonde (Johnson State), and women's outdoor track and field student-athlete Becca Hashem (Colby-Sawyer).
New to the conference this year was the selection of a Sportsmanship Team which was reserved for those who positively affected the culture and environment of their sport and whose behavior clearly demonstrated sportsmanship and integrity that went beyond the playing rules and etiquette. Impressively, 25 of the Sportsmanship Team honorees were named as a member of the All-Academic Team. This number included Thomas' Tess McClenahan (women's basketball) and Joseph Greco (men's tennis).
Additionally, a number of this year’s All-Academic honorees also excelled athletically. The team consisted of 45 student-athletes who were voted as All-NAC selections in their respective sports, including 36 First Team and 9 Second Team selections. Also listed are the Athlete of the Year honorees in four of the nine NAC winter and spring sports, which include baseball Player of the Year Nick Swim (Castleton), women's basketball Defensive Player of the Year Chandler Guerrette (Husson), softball Pitcher of the Year Sonja Morse (Thomas), and women's outdoor track and field Field Athlete of the Year Rachel Quaye (Colby-Sawyer).
Morse also received first-team all-NAC honors, while Greco and men's lacrosse player Sheldon Jones were second-team selections.
*Please note, each institution is responsible for submitting eligible student-athletes for the All-Academic Team.