MADISON, N.J. - Four Landmark Conference make student-athletes have been honored with selection to the Academic All-Distric At-Large Teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in a program sponsored by Capital One.
The University of Scranton captured a pair of spots on the team with senior swimmer David Hovey and junior men's tennis player Tim McGurrin both earning nods. A pair of lacrosse players were also tabbed as Goucher College senior Matt Lynch and The Catholic University of America senior Marc Saxton were also honored. All four athletes were selected to the first-team in their respective districts.
Hovey, a Counseling & Human Services major, earned all-Landmark Conference honors in each of his four years, being named to the first team in 2009 and 2012, and the second team in 2010 and 2011. He was also Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year in 2009. This past season, was the conference champion in the 200 breastroke, an event he also won in 2009 and finished runner-up in 2010 and 2011. A three-time Landmark Conference Swimmer of the Week, Hovey had 12 top-six individual Landmark Conference championships in his career. He had 30 first-place individual finishes in dual-meet competition and is the Scranton record-holder in the 200 breastroke, swimming 2:09.46 on Feb. 14, 2010. Hovey was also a member of the Landmark Conference All-Academic Team in 2011 and 2012, and a member of the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
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 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, an Accouting major, is a two-time all-Landmark Conference first-team selection in both singles and doubles, earning the honors in 2011 and 2012. This past season, he helped the Royals advance to the conference championship match by going 10-3 at No. 1 singles and 12-3 at No. 2 doubles. He has a career mark of 30-15 in singles play and 34-13 in doubles. McGurrin, a two-time Landmark Conference Player of the Week selection this past season, was named to the Landmark Conference All-Academic Team in 2012 and the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012. He was also chosen as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Scholar-Athlete in 2011.
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.
To be eligible for the Academic All-District squad, nominees must have at least a 3.30 GPA on a 4.00 scale, have played in at least 50 percent of their team's games at the position for which they've been nominated, and must have at least sophomore athletic eligibility. The four honorees were selected from two different districts.
The At-Large team includes student-athletes not represented on
other Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District/All-America teams in
individual sports; sports included in the At-Large category include
field hockey, tennis, golf, ice hockey, water polo, and skiing.
The Academic All-District teams are selected by voting of all CoSIDA members in each district, while a national committee selects the Academic All-America squad.
Story provided by Catholic, Goucher, and Scranton Sports Information