Fall All-Academic Selections Announced

Fall All-Academic Selections Announced

HADLEY, Mass. – A total of 768 student-athletes have been named to the 2017 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team by the conference office today. To be honored, an individual must have reached sophomore academic standing, and be in good standing in their sport with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40 or equivalent on a 4.0 scale. Transfers must have completed one year of study at the institution.


Of the 768 student-athletes named to the team, 251 were honored for the second time in their career, while 133 were recognized for the third time. In addition, 78 members of the group garnered both All-Academic and All-NESCAC accolades this fall, led by 15 student-athletes from Middlebury. A total of 43 individuals were named to both the All-Sportsmanship and All-Academic Teams.

Four individuals were selected to all three squads. That elite group included Amherst senior Zoe Wong (women’s golf), Connecticut College junior Ben Manoogian (men’s soccer), Middlebury senior Becca Raffel (volleyball), and Williams senior Tobias Muellers (men’s soccer).

The 2017 Fall All-Academic Team includes four NESCAC Players of the Year, a NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, and a NESCAC Most Outstanding Performer.

Amherst junior defensive end Andrew Yamin (Cheshire, Conn.) earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year recognition in football after leading the NESCAC in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (21.5 - 109 yards). Yamin earns NESCAC All-Academic honors for the second time in his career.

Amherst senior runner Nicky Roberts (North Reading, Mass.) was named the NESCAC Most Outstanding Performer after winning the 2017 NESCAC Women’s Cross Country Championship. Roberts was runner-up at the NCAA New England Regional and placed fifth overall at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship. Roberts has earned NESCAC All-Academic recognition each year she has been eligible.

Tufts senior Conor Coleman (Phoenix, Ariz.) (pictured) was the first Jumbo to garner NESCAC Player of the Year honors in men’s soccer and the fourth defender to earn the award. He helped the Jumbos capture their first NESCAC Men’s Soccer Championship and reach the NCAA Quarterfinals. This is Coleman’s third straight All-Academic honor.

Wesleyan sophomore Nicole Hilton (Wantagh, N.Y.) was named the 2017 NESCAC Volleyball Player of the Year after leading her squad to the NESCAC title. Hilton was part of a Wesleyan team that made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2001, where it advanced to the second round.

Williams junior Cordelia Chan (Windsor, Ontario) was runner-up at the 2017 NESCAC Women’s Golf Championship and finished in the top two in each of the Ephs’ tournaments this fall to earn 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year honors. She was part of an Eph squad that captured tits third straight NESCAC title. Chan earned her second NESCAC All-Academic honor.

Williams senior Danielle Sim (Bel Air, Md.) was named the 2017 NESCAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Year after helping the Ephs win their eighth NESCAC Championship. Sim was the first defender and sixth Eph to earn the honor. She has helped Williams advance to the NCAA Semifinals, which take place on December 1. This is the third time Sim has been recognized as a NESCAC All-Academic honoree.

Founded in 1971, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) consists of 11 liberal arts colleges and has consistently reflected its commitment to the values of athletics and academic achievement. The member colleges of the conference are Amherst College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Tufts University, Wesleyan University, and Williams College.