16 Thomas Student-Athletes Named to NAC Fall All-Academic Team

16 Thomas Student-Athletes Named to NAC Fall All-Academic Team

WATERVILLE, ME – Sixteen Thomas College student-athletes are among the total of 207 who have been named to the 2016 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Fall All-Academic Team after the fall 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.

Men's cross country and women's soccer represented half of the 16 selections, having four members each.  Field hockey and men's soccer each had three honorees while women's tennis had two.

Josh Devou MXC Sr. Communications Levant, Maine
Forrest Labbe MXC Sr. MBA Waterville, Maine
Aron MacLean  MXC Sr. MBA Fairfield, Maine
Tito Naranja MXC So.  Marketing Management Fort Kent, Maine
Lindsay Morong FH So. Forensic Psychology  Montville, Maine
Katie Taylor(1;SP) FH So. Political Science/Pre-Law Lebanon, Maine
Emily Wilcox FH Jr. Management Lowell, Mass.
Jonathan Dutka MSOC So. Management Durham, N.H.
Baramee Janla MSOC So.  Marketing Management Winter Harbor, Maine
Jeffrey Nagy MSOC Sr. Forensic Accounting Old Saybrook, Conn.
Alexandra Cotter WSOC Sr. Elementary Education Meredith, N.H.
Paige Leary WSOC Sr. Psychology/Pre-Law Palermo, Maine
Joanna Murch WSOC Sr. Criminal Justice Auburn, Maine
Julia Smith WSOC So. Accounting Durham, Maine
Lindsey Allen(SSA) WTEN Sr. Management Jay, Maine
Amelia Guimond(SP) WTEN Sr. Management Fort Kent, Maine

To view the complete 2016 Fall All-Academic Team, please click HERE.

Of note, all eight seniors that 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 women's tennis student-athlete Lindsey Allen (Thomas), men's cross country student-athlete Sully Jackson (UMaine-Presque Isle), women's cross country student-athlete Sam Martin (Husson), men's golf student-athlete Luke Olson (Maine Maritime), women's volleyball student-athlete Gillian O'Neal (Maine Maritime), men's soccer student-athlete Nic Pare (Husson), field hockey student-athlete Patty Smith (UMaine-Farmington), and women's soccer student-athlete Nicole Wershoven (Castleton).

Impressively, 31 of the Sportsmanship Team honorees were named as a member of the All-Academic Team. The NAC Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the sport culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette.  This number included Thomas' Katie Taylor (field hockey) and Amelia Guimond (women's tennis).  Taylor also received first-team NAC honors along with making the NAC All-Tournament Team.

Additionally, a number of this year's All-Academic honorees also excelled athletically. The academic team consisted of 41 student-athletes who were voted as All-NAC selections in their respective sports, including 25 First Team and 16 Second Team selections. Also listed are Athlete of the Year honorees in three of the eight NAC fall sports, which included men's soccer Defensive Player of the Year Thomas Kirk (Castleton), women's volleyball Player of the Year O'Neal, and men's cross country Runner of the Year Grandon Smith (Castleton).

*Please note, each institution is responsible for submitting eligible student-athletes for the All-Academic Team.