Four Landmark Athletes Earn Academic All-America Honors

Four Landmark Athletes Earn Academic All-America Honors

MADISON, N.J. - Four Landmark Conference male student-athletes have earned selection to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division III At-Large Team. Three seniors and one junior were selected to the prestigious team.

The University of Scranton earned two honorees for the team with senior swimmer David Hovey and junior tennis player Tim McGurrin claiming the recognition. Senior men's lacrosse standouts Matt Lynch of Goucher College and Marc Saxton of The Catholic University of America were also selected. All four honorees were named to the third team.

In order to qualify, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, be a key starter or reserve, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.3 on a 4.0 grade scale. Student-athletes in the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling are eligible for the men's at-large team.

In the classroom, Hovey maintained a grade point average of 3.9 while earning a degree in counseling and human services and a minor in theology and religious studies. He was a member of four academic honor societies, was selected to the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll three times, and was twice named to the conference's all-Academic team.

Hovey also excelled in the swimming pool, earning all-Landmark Conference honors four times and was selected the conference's rookie of the year in 2009. He is a two-time conference 200-yard breaststroke champion (2009, 2012) and twice finished runner-up (2010, 2011) in the event. In addition to holding the Royal record in the 200 breaststroke, he recorded 30 first-place finishes in dual-meet competition. At the university's annual Senior Student-Athlete Banquet on Saturday, May 12, Hovey was selected the male recipient of the Father Fitzpatrick (community service) and Carlesimo (academic and athletic excellence) awards. He is now the first male swimmer in Scranton history to earn Academic all-America honors.

Lynch is an economics and business management major who compiled a 3.59 cumulative grade point average through his first seven semesters at Goucher. He started all 20 games this season for a team that went 18-2, was crowned champion of the Landmark Conference and advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.

The four-time letterwinner capped his career by earning USILA All-America honors as a third-team selection and was chosen to play in the prestigious USILA Division III North/South game. He supplied the Gophers with 35 goals and 39 assists this season, raising his career totals to 117 goals and 103 assists. He is one of only four players in the history of Goucher's men's lacrosse program to surpass 200 career points and he ranks third all-time in assists. Lynch was selected a first-team All-Landmark Conference midfielder for the third time this season and he was an honorable mention USILA Division III All-American in 2010 and again in 2011.

McGurrin is now the second men's tennis player in Scranton history to be named Academic all-American, joining three-time recipient Clay Yeager (1994 {3rd team}, 1995 {2nd team}, 1996 {1st team}). A member of three academic honor societies, McGurrin has already graduated with a degree in accounting and will enroll in a master's program at the university in the fall.

On the tennis court, McGurrin has been named first-team all-Landmark Conference for his play in both singles and doubles in each of the past two seasons. He holds a career singles record of 30-15 (.667) in singles and 34-13 (.723) in doubles heading into his final season of competition, in 2012-2013. McGurrin is also a two-time Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll recipient and is one of two male spring sport student-athletes from the university to be named to the conference's all-Academic team.

An economics major, Saxton graduated from CUA with a 3.89 grade point average. He is a multi-year member of the Dean's List and Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll and was also a member of Phi Betta Kappa Honor Society and the President's Society. Saxton was selected to study at University College Dublin in Ireland during the 2010-11 academic year and finished his playing career with 66 goals, 78 points, 65 ground balls and 34 caused turnovers.

The Maryland native was a 2010 All-Landmark Conference selection after totaling a career-high 30 goals and 38 points. This past season, Saxton registered 25 goals, 30 points, and 28 ground balls in helping lead the Cardinals to their third consecutive Landmark Conference Tournament berth.

A total of seven male and female Landmark student-athletes earned at-large Academic All-America honors this season, and thus far this academic year a total of 11 competitors have earned Academic All-America honors.

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