WATERVILLE, Maine – Castleton University placed 33 student-athletes from the sports of men's and women's basketball, men's and women's lacrosse, baseball, softball, men's tennis, and men's and women's track and field on the 2017-18 North Atlantic Conference Winter/Spring All-Academic Team, announced late Thursday afternoon by the league office.
Among the Spartan honorees is Pavin Parrish, the 2017-18 NAC Men's Basketball Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a Google Cloud Third Team Academic All-American. Parrish also represented Castleton on the NAC Sportsmanship Team for his sport, as did fellow NAC All-Academic honorees Christiana Carmichael (women's track and field), Nadine Downing (women's lacrosse), Trevor Hanna (men's tennis), Taylor Raiche (women's basketball), and Tori Swaine (softball).
Carmichael adds the academic award to her First Team All-NAC recognition, while Hanna and Swaine were Second Team All-NAC selections, as were Hanna's teammate Brody Wagner, Swaine's teammate Sara Baker, and Downing's teammate Erin McKenna. Other Spartans who combined academic success with First Team All-NAC accolades include Amanda Beatty and Makayla Farrara from women's basketball, Dillon Benham of the baseball team, Katie Feeney and Erin Shuttle from women's lacrosse, and Brianna Hake of the women's track and field team.
Castleton is one of five NAC men's basketball teams with two honorees each, with Julian Santos joining Parrish. The Spartans also placed four women's basketball players on the All-Academic Team, tied for second most in the league, with Katlyn Toomey earning her first career academic honor.
Besides Benham, Cameron Goulet and Deagan Poland represented the Spartan baseball team that won its fifth straight conference title. Castleton tied for the most men's lacrosse honorees with three thanks to Nathan Bushweller, Wyatt Pickrell, and Cameron Russell.
In addition to winning its seventh straight women's lacrosse league title, Castleton also placed the most players on the NAC All-Academic Team, with Bria Willis and Megan Wood joining those mentioned above for six total players. The Spartan softball team was second in its sport with four honorees as Hunter Buxton and Abby Ferrara joined Baker and Swaine on the academic squad.
The Castleton men's tennis team also tied for the most honorees in its sport with three, as Ryan Mulder joined fellow two-sport athletes Hanna and Wagner. Eight members of the Spartan women's track and field team were recognized, the most of any sport from any NAC school, as Carmichael and Hake were joined by Kaylyn Crompton, Cara Cummings, Alex Derosia, Alix Hurley, Carley Patch, and Ally Stearns.
In total, 165 student-athletes from NAC institutions were named to the All-Academic Team, with Castleton boasting the most overall honorees with 33, followed by Husson with 28 and Maine-Farmington with 20. The NAC All-Academic Team recognizes student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Student-athletes must also have reached sophomore academic standing and competed in a minimum of two years of varsity competition at their institution.
To view the complete 2017-18 Winter/Spring All-Academic Team, please click HERE.