Landmark Announces Spring
Thirty-two students earn recognition
MADISON, N.J. - The Landmark Conference has announced that 32 student-athletes have been honored with selection to the 2008 Spring Landmark All-Academic Team. Two male and two female athletes from each of the eight Landmark institutions were selected for the team which honors athletes who have excelled athletically and academically. Nominees could compete in any of the Landmark spring sports and must be a sophomore or older with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The Landmark Conference sponsors baseball, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's tennis, softball, and men's and women's outdoor track and field during the spring season.
The Spring All-Academic Team features 17 seniors, 12 juniors and a trio of sophomores. In addition all eight spring sports sponsored by the Landmark Conference are represented with at least one student-athlete. The Landmark Conference selected an All-Academic Team for each of the three athletics seasons during the year.
Alys Cheatle from Hickory, N.C. was a track and field standout for Catholic and earns her second All-Academic honor of the year after also being recognized in the fall. She was a first-team All-Conference performer in outdoor track when she won the 10,000 at the Landmark Championship and was third in the 5,000. A biochemistry major, she holds one of the highest GPAs in the Catholic athletics department.
Emily McGlynn of Tallahassee, Fla. helped the Catholic women's tennis team reach the Landmark Championship, and was a first-team All-Conference pick as both a singles and a doubles competitor. She lost only one conference singles match during the year, and was unbeaten in conference doubles play. McGlynn is majoring in philosophy and match and captured several academic honors in her senior year.
Mike Michalski, a native Ellicot City, Md., helped the Catholic baseball team earn the Landmark Championship. He hit .296 for the Cardinals as a designated hitter and had 16 hits in 16 starts. He also scored 15 runs, and he contributed a pair of hits and one run in two of the team's wins en route to the conference title. He was a Landmark Academic Honor Roll selection and is majoring in civil engineering.
Andrew Smith from Arlington, Tenn. was a strong performer for the Catholic track and field team. He was a first-team All-Conference performer at the Landmark Championships by winning the 10,000 while also adding a fourth-place finish in the 5,000. Smith was also an All-Academic selection in the fall, and he is a Landmark Academic Honor Roll honoree as an electrical engineering major.
Kerry Crowley, from Montvale, N.J., ranks as one of the best softball players in Drew history. She is Drew's all-time leader in home runs and doubles and ranks in the Top 5 in hits, RBI and runs. An ECAC All-Star and Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region selection as a junior, Crowley graduates as an economics major. She has been an academic honor roll honoree and was an NJAIAW Woman of the Year.
Mark Monroe, from Houston, Texas, was as solid in the classroom as he was in the heart of the defense for the Landmark Champion Drew lacrosse team. Monroe started 13 games and appeared in 15 while leading Drew to the Landmark and ECAC Titles. He recorded 22 groundballs on the season. An economics major, Monroe is a three-time conference academic honor roll selection and graduated with honors.
Jennifer Schoepflin, from Sewell, N.J., was a two spot All-Landmark Conference selection. A psychology major at Drew, in conjunction with an Elementary and Special Education major, Schoepflin was an All-Landmark honoree in both field hockey and women's lacrosse. A shut-down defender on the lacrosse field, Schoepflin was the recipient of Drew's prestigious Larry Horner Athletic Leadership Award.
Jason Woods, from Irvington, N.Y., was a first team All-Landmark selection in tennis, and a standout in the lab. A neuroscience major, Woods graduated with a GPA above 3.9. He graduates with four conference titles including the inaugural Landmark Conference crown this season. A first team selection in singles, Woods was also All-Landmark Conference second team in doubles.
Emily Blatter, a native of Lexington, Va., was a four-year standout for Goucher's women's lacrosse team. She was a two-time All-Region pick and was a firs-team All-Landmark selection as she scored 68 goals with 33 assists. She scored at least one goal in 43-straight games, second-longest streak in Division III history. She is an English major with a minor in peace studies.
Alex Boucher of North Wales, Pa. was a key piece for the Goucher men's lacrosse team that reached the Landmark Championship match. He was a second-team All-Conference selection as a specialist. He scored 11 goals with two assists, and also contributed 30 ground balls. Boucher was the recipient of Goucher's Scholar Athlete and is studying economics.
Chris Covey from Exeter, N.H. enjoyed a solid career for the Goucher men's tennis program. Playing primarily at second singles he recorded seven overall wins and was 4-3 in Landmark competition on the year. He was also honored with the Josephine E. Fiske Gopher Pride Award for the 2007-08 year and was a Landmark Academic Honor roll selection. Covey is a sociology major.
Sheba Newman-Blount of Lanham, Md. was a strong all-around performer for the Goucher track and field team. She placed in the top-six in three different events at the Landmark Championships, highlighted by a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. Newman-Blount is majoring in psychology with minors in English and Spanish and earned a spot on the Landmark Academic Honor Roll in her junior year.
Tara Carl, a native of Duke Center, Pa., was a Second team All-Landmark Conference selection for the Juniata softball team. She was second on the team, eighth in the Landmark Conference, in hitting with a .359 batting average, and led the Eagles with 33 runs scored. Carl ranked in the top-eight among Landmark leaders in several categories. Carl is majoring in earth and space science at Juniata.
Pam Mansell of Centre Hall, Pa. was also a valuable contributor for the Juniata softball team. She made 17 starts in the circle, finishing the season with a 5-7 record over 76.2 innings pitched and notched 25 strikeouts. Academically, she posted the highest cumulative grade points average among any Juniata female student-athlete competing in a spring sport and is majoring in unified elementary and special education.
Aaron Rhodes of Huntingdon, Pa. had a strong season for the Juniata men's tennis team. He finished the season with a 7-7 overall singles record, 4-3 in Landmark matches and in doubles competition, he teamed with Jonathan Skoner for a 6-1 record in Landmark play. Rhodes is studying business and information technology at Juniata and earned a spot on the Landmark Academic Honor Roll.
Andrew Snyder of Punxsutawney, Pa. was an anchor on the pitching staff for the Juniata baseball team. Second team All-Landmark Conference selection for the Juniata baseball team, after posting a 6-3 record with a 4.65 earned run average over 60.0 innings pitched while ranking fourth in the conference in strikeouts. Snyder graduated with a degree in computer science.
Ian Box, a native of Charlestown, Mass., was a dominating force in men's tennis for Moravian. He was named the Landmark Player of the Year in just his sophomore season as he went unbeaten in conference play at first singles. His record on the year was 13-1 in singles competition. Box is studying biology at Moravian and claimed a spot on the Landmark Academic Honor Roll in his first year of eligibility.
Beth Paly of Whitehall, Pa. was a key component on the Moravian softball team that won the Landmark Championship. She was named the Landmark Conference Player of the Year and a First Team Landmark All-Conference honoree, had a team leading 51 hits, a .418 average and 30 runs while helping the team go 12-0 in Landmark play. Paly graduated with a degree in elementary education, history and mathematics.
Erica Spatz, from Pennsauken, N.J., graduates as one of the most accomplished players in the history of the Moravian women's lacrosse program. In her senior year she set school marks with 62 goals, 15 assists and 77 points while being named to the Landmark All-Conference First Team and helping Moravian to the best record in program history. Off the field she earned a degree in mathematics and elementary education.
Nathaniel Tussey of Perkiomenville, Pa. helped the Moravian men's track and field team win the first Landmark Outdoor Track & Field Championship and place 17th at the NCAA Championships. He earned All-America status by placing fifth in both the 400-hurdles and 110-hurdles at the NCAA Championships. He also won two events at the Landmark Championships. He graduated with a degree in biology.
Justin Champagne of Mt. Bethel, Pa., helped the Scranton baseball team set a new program record with 26 victories in 2008. He excelled as a pitcher with a 5-3 record and as an infielder where he was named second-team All-Conference. An economics major, Champagne was selected as an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, just the third Scranton baseball player to earn that honor.
Thomas Kornobis, a native of Merrick, N.Y., was a second-team All-Conference performer for the Scranton men's lacrosse team that earned a program-record 12 victories. He led the Royals with 33 assists in 2008, the second-consecutive season he has led the team in assists, while also scoring 12 goals to rank second in points. He was a Landmark Academic Honor Roll selection and is majoring in finance.
Erin Moreau of Nanuet, N.Y. was a four-year letterwinner for the Scranton softball team. She posted a career high with a .354 batting average in 2008 as the Royals established a new program record for victories with 27. She finished her career with 72 hits and a .282 career batting average. Moreau was a three-time conference Academic Honor Roll selection and earned her degree in exercise science.
Gretchen Sullivan from Kenmore, N.Y. enjoyed a stellar four-year career for the Scranton women's tennis team. She sits in 10th place in school history in career singles wins and is second in career doubles victories. She was a three-time All-Conference selection, including second-team All-Landmark in 2008. Sullivan graduated with a degree in criminal justice and earned a spot on the 2008 Landmark Academic Honor Roll.
Jeffrey Brooks of Cogan Station, Pa., helped Susquehanna to a runner-up finish at the Landmark Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He placed seventh in both the 800 and 1,500 at the championship meet. Brooks is on the All-Academic Team for the third time in his junior year. He's working towards a degree in accounting and was also a Landmark Academic Honor Roll pick for all three seasons in 2007-08.
Patrick Donegan from Lewisburg, Pa. completed a strong all-around junior year by helping Susquehanna place second at the Landmark Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He placed in the top-8 in both hurdles events at the meet to earn points for the Crusaders. He also was a key contributor for the Susquehanna men's soccer and swimming teams during the year. Donegan is majoring in psychology.
Ashley Moormann of Stanhope, N.J. capped a memorable career by being named the Landmark Women's Field Athlete of the Year at the Landmark Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She won two events at the meet and was third in two others. Moorman was named the Landmark Women's Indoor Track Senior Scholar Athlete and earned a degree in early childhood and elementary education.
Shelby Werronen, a native of Concord, Ohio, was a standout on the court and off for the Susquehanna women's tennis team. Playing only in the fall season she recorded a singles record of 5-4 in singles competition to go along with a 2-1 mark in doubles play. The junior accounting major studied abroad during the spring season, but has also earned conference academic honor roll status during her career.
Ryan Merritt, a native of Phoenix, Md., was a significant contributor for the USMMA men's lacrosse team. The team co-captain was a first-team All-Landmark selection as he ranked third on the team with 23 goals. He was first on the team with a pair of game-winning goals, including an overtime goal against Landmark foe Drew. A maritime operations and technology major he was an Academic Honor Roll pick.
Brandon Scott from Las Vegas, N.V. enjoyed a solid career for the USMMA baseball program. He started 29 games in his senior campaign, and pounded out 37 hits while adding 28 RBI and 23 runs. His .378 batting average was the third-highest on the team, and he also knocked out three home runs. Scott is majoring in maritime operations and technology and earned a spot on the Landmark Academic Honor Roll.
Jennifer Swanson of Tucson, Ariz., played a major role in the solid season for the USMMA softball team in her junior year. She ranked in the top-five in the team in batting averaged, hits, home runs, RBI and extra base hits, and led the team with 30 runs scored. She boasts one of the top cumulative GPAs in the athletics department with a challenging marine engineering systems major.
Karen Taylor of Raleigh, N.C. was an effective player in the field and as a pitcher for the USMMA softball team. She made 12 starts in the circle, striking out 41 batters in 69 innings with a solid 4.77 ERA. She also produced 25 hits and 19 runs offensively for USMMA. Taylor claimed a spot on the Landmark Academic Honor Roll and is majoring in logistics and intermodal transportation.