June 24, 2013

Six-peat! St. Mary's Boasts Highest Percentage of CAC Scholar-Athletes

To view the complete release, including the names of all 826 honored student-athletes, click here

York, Pa. – Capital Athletic Conference Commissioner Tom Byrnes announced Monday afternoon that 826 student-athletes were named to the conference’s 2012-13 All-Academic Team, marking an average of 118 student-athletes per member institution.

For the sixth straight year, St. Mary’s College of Maryland topped the conference in percentage of scholar-athletes listed on the All-Academic Team. The Seahawks placed 49.2-percent (145 of 295) of its student-athletes on this year’s All-Academic Team. Southern Virginia University, one of three institutions that will join the CAC as a full member on July 1, 2013, competed in the 2012 cross country championship. The Knights had nine runners qualify for the All-Academic Team, joining SMCM as the only institutions above the 49% mark.

The total number of student-athletes dropped below 900 for the first time in seven years because full membership in the CAC included only seven institutions during the 2012-13 academic year after several years with nine full members. The league will grow to 10 full members for the 2013-14 academic year.

Student-athletes in one or more CAC championship sports that attain a 3.20 grade point average (GPA) for the academic year earn a spot on the All-Academic Team. More than 37% of CAC student-athletes posted a 3.20 GPA this year (826 out of 2,193 student-athletes, 37.7%).

Five schools totaled at least 100 student-athletes on the CAC All-Academic Team, including a CAC-best 157 honorees on Salisbury University teams. York College of Pennsylvania, the only CAC school to sponsor all 21 championship sports, was close behind with 153 honorees while St. Mary’s was third on the list with 145 student-athletes.

The success in the classroom was also rewarded with a CAC-record nine student-athletes being named to the Capital One Academic All-America® teams this year. St. Mary’s had one of those Academic All-Americans in men’s tennis player, Andrew Gear ’14 (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill), who was named to the 2012-13 Division III Academic All-America Men’s At-Large First Team.

The men’s lacrosse team, coached by Chris Hasbrouck, led the St. Mary’s athletic department with 20 selections while women’s soccer, under the guidance Rich Möller, was second with 17. The field hockey, women’s lacrosse, and women’s swimming all tied for third with 15 honorees each. In all, eight Seahawk squads finished with at least 10 student-athletes on the All-Academic Team.

Seventeen Seahawk student-athletes ended their careers as four-year members of the CAC All-Academic Team, including women’s soccer player Liza Sitz ’13 (Silver Spring, Md./Blake), a 2012-13 Capital One Division III Academic All-District II Women’s Soccer First Team selection. In addition, five Seahawks posted a 4.0 GPA for the 2012-13 academic year, including Gear, Sitz, and baseball player Stefano Muscatelli ’13 (Warwick, R.I./Toll Gate), this year’s St. Mary’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Ranking by Percentage of Student-Athletes with at least a 3.2 GPA
Southern Virginia (9 of 17)........................................................ 52.9%
St. Mary’s (Md.) (145 of 295)............................................... 49.2%
York (Pa.) (153 of 356)............................................................ 42.9%
Salisbury (157 of 404)............................................................. 38.9%
Marymount (Va.) (78 of 205).................................................... 38.0%
Frostburg State (114 of 304)..................................................... 37.5%
Mary Washington (108 of 360)................................................... 30.0%
Wesley (62 of 252).................................................................. 24.6%
Total (826 of 2,193)............................................................. 37.7% 

Ranking by Total Number of Student-Athletes with at least a 3.2 GPA
Salisbury........................................ 157
York (Pa.)...................................... 153
St. Mary’s (Md.)............................ 145
Frostburg State............................... 114
Mary Washington............................. 108
Marymount (Va.)............................... 78
Wesley............................................ 62
Total......................................... 2,193