St. Mary’s Once Again Tops CAC All-Academic Team

York, Pa. – Capital Athletic Conference Commissioner Tom Byrnes announced Friday afternoon that a record 1,198 student-athletes were named to the conference’s 2013-14 All-Academic Team for an average of 119 student-athletes per full member institution.

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For the seventh year in a row, St. Mary’s College of Maryland topped the league in percentage of student-athletes named to the All-Academic Team. The Seahawks placed 48.7-percent (145 of 298) of their students on this year’s team. However, Southern Virginia University equaled St. Mary’s accomplishment as the Knights also had 48.7% (92 of 189) of their athletes make the cut this year.

The 1,198 honorees mark the third time in CAC history that over 1,000 student-athletes have earned All-Academic recognition. With the additions of Christopher Newport University, Penn State Harrisburg, and Southern Virginia, the 2013-14 school year was the first year that the CAC had 10 full members while New Jersey City University and William Paterson University were associate members in golf.

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. Over 40% of CAC student-athletes posted a 3.20 GPA this year (1,198 out of 2,985 student-athletes, 40.1%).

Six schools tallied at least 100 student-athletes on the CAC All-Academic Team, including a CAC-leading 188 honorees on Salisbury University teams. York College of Pennsylvania, the only CAC school to sponsor all 21 championship sports, was close behind with 170 honorees while St. Mary’s was third on the list with 145 student-athletes.

CAC student-athletes were also honored for their work in the classroom with a CAC-record 11 athletes being named to the Capital One Academic All-America® teams this year. York led the way with five Academic All-America selections while Frostburg State University had two. Christopher Newport, Marymount University, St. Mary’s (Andrew Gear ’14 in men’s tennis), and Salisbury each had one.

The men’s lacrosse team, coached by Chris Hasbrouck, led St. Mary’s with 20 selections while the men’s and women’s cross country teams, under the guidance of Tom Fisher, combined for 22 honorees. The swimming program produced 18 selections between the men’s and women’s sides while women’s soccer was fourth with 17. In all, eight squads finished with at least 10 athletes on the All-Academic Team.

Fourteen Seahawk student-athletes ended their careers as four-year members of the CAC All-Academic Team, including baseball player Alex Lenovitz ’14 (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall), a 2014 Capital One Division III Academic All-District II Baseball First Team selection, and field hockey player Claire Kortyna ’14 (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pine-Richland), the 2013-14 SMCM Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. 

In addition, seven Seahawks posted a 4.0 GPA for the 2013-14 academic year, including Gear, the 2013-14 CAC and SMCM Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and men’s swimmer Thor Petersen ’14 (Germantown, Md./Northwest), a 2013-14 Capital One Division III Academic All-District II At-Large First Team selection.

Ranking by Percentage of Student-Athletes with at least a 3.2 GPA
St. Mary’s (Md.) (145 of 298)............................................... 48.7%
Southern Virginia (92 of 189)................................................... 48.7%
Salisbury (188 of 390)............................................................ 48.2%
York (Pa.) (170 of 391)........................................................... 43.5%
Penn State Harrisburg (65 of 155)............................................. 41.9%
William Paterson (2 of 5, 1 sport).............................................. 40.0%
Christopher Newport (132 of 354)............................................. 37.3%
Marymount (Va.) (77 of 219)................................................... 35.1%
Frostburg State (117 of 338).................................................... 34.6%
Mary Washington (132 of 388).................................................. 34.0%
Wesley (76 of 250)................................................................. 30.4%
New Jersey City (2 of 8, 1 sport).............................................. 25.0%
Total (1,198 of 2,985)......................................................... 40.1%

Ranking by Total Number of Student-Athletes with at least a 3.2 GPA
Salisbury........................................ 188
York (Pa.)...................................... 170
St. Mary’s (Md.)............................ 145
Christopher Newport........................ 132
Mary Washington............................. 132
Frostburg State............................... 117
Southern Virginia............................... 92
Marymount (Va.)............................... 77
Wesley............................................ 76
Penn State Harrisburg........................ 65
New Jersey City (1 sport)..................... 2
William Paterson (1 sport).................... 2
Total......................................... 2,985