St. Mary's Finishes Third in Percentage of Student-Athletes on CAC All-Academic Team

St. Mary's Finishes Third in Percentage of Student-Athletes on CAC All-Academic Team

York, Pa. – Capital Athletic Conference Assistant Commissioner Tim Mowrer announced Tuesday afternoon a record 1,394 student-athletes were named to the conference's 2015-16 All-Academic Team for an average of 139 student-athletes per full-member institution.

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St. Mary's College of Maryland saw its eight-year streak with the highest percentage of student-athletes on the list snapped, finishing third with 53.7% (151 of 281). York College of Pennsylvania claimed top honors this year with an impressive 61.5% (224 of 364) of its student-athletes making the cut.

William Paterson University, an associate conference member in golf, was the only other institution to place over half of its student-athletes on the team with 57.1% (4 of 7) for second. Seven CAC full-member institutions placed more than 40% of their student-athletes on the All-Academic team.

Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance and Operations Jim Cranmer stated, "We are extremely proud of the effort our student-athletes put in, both academically and physically. The CAC is one of the top athletic conferences in Division III."

"By placing third in percentage of student-athletes with a 3.2 or higher in the conference and with over half of our student-athletes accomplishing this feat demonstrates the commitment of not only our student-athletes, but of our coaches and administrators in recruiting top student-athletes to St. Mary's College of Maryland."

The 1,394 honorees mark the fifth time in CAC history that over 1,000 student-athletes have earned All-Academic recognition. The 2015-16 school year marked the third full year of membership for Christopher Newport University, Penn State Harrisburg, and Southern Virginia University. Additionally, New Jersey City University and William Paterson University concluded their third year as 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. A record-tying 44.7% of CAC student-athletes posted a 3.20 GPA this year (1,394 of 3,120), matching last year's percentage.

Eight (8) schools had at least 100 student-athletes on the CAC All-Academic Team, including a CAC-leading 224 honorees from York. Salisbury finished in second with 183 honorees followed by the University of Mary Washington (155), Christopher Newport (154), St. Mary's (151), Frostburg State University (140), Southern Virginia (108), and Marymount University (100).

Men's (10) and women's (12) swimming combined for a department-high 22 selections while the men's lacrosse team, led by first-year head coach Jason Childs, followed suit with 18 names on the All-Academic Team. Women's soccer and women's lacrosse tied for third place with 17 apiece. Under the leadership of first-year head coach Tyler Robinson, the men's (6) and women's (9) tennis teams combined for 15 picks.

Field hockey and volleyball each tallied 13 names on the list while men's (7) and women's (5) cross country added 12.

Nineteen Seahawk student-athletes ended their careers as four-year members of the All-Academic Team, including women's soccer player Gillian Sawyer '16 (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake), the 2015 CAC Player of the Year; volleyball player Mandy Goodspeed '16 (Columbia, Md./Atholton), a 2015 AVCA All-North Region Honorable Mention; women's basketball and women's lacrosse player Tori Poffenberger '16 (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro), a 2016 IWLCA All-America Second Team pick; and men's lacrosse player Conor Jordan (Rockville, Md./Rockville), a 2016 USILA Scholar All-America honoree.

In addition, 15 St. Mary's student-athletes collected 4.0 GPAs in 2015-16, including men's cross country runner Matt Flyr '16 (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake), a 2016 CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Third Team selection; field hockey player Courtney Mellon '19 (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana), a 2015 NFHCA Division III Scholar of Distinction; and women's swimmer Cara Machlin '16 (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson), a 2016 CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America Women's At-Large Third Team selection.

Ranking by Percentage of Student-Athletes with at least a 3.2 GPA
York (Pa.) (224 of 364)........................................................... 61.5%
William Paterson (4 of 7, 1 sport).............................................. 57.1%
St. Mary's (Md.) (151 of 281)............................................... 53.7%
Southern Virginia (108 of 220).................................................. 49.1%
Salisbury (183 of 397)............................................................ 46.1%
Mary Washington (155 of 361).................................................. 42.9%
Frostburg State (140 of 341).................................................... 41.1%
Marymount (Va.) (100 of 249).................................................. 40.2%
Penn State Harrisburg (89 of 232)............................................. 38.4%
Christopher Newport (154 of 416)............................................. 37.0%
Wesley (85 of 270)................................................................. 31.5%
New Jersey City (1 of 7, 1 sport).............................................. 14.3%
Total (1,394 of 3,120)......................................................... 44.7% 

Ranking by Total Number of Student-Athletes with at least a 3.2 GPA
York (Pa.)...................................... 224
Salisbury........................................ 183
Mary Washington............................. 155
Christopher Newport........................ 154
St. Mary's (Md.)............................ 151
Frostburg State............................... 140
Southern Virginia............................. 108
Marymount (Va.)............................. 100
Penn State Harrisburg........................ 89
Wesley............................................ 85
William Paterson (1 sport).................... 4
New Jersey City (1 sport)..................... 1
Total......................................... 1,394

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