AUSTIN, Texas – Castleton University men's ice hockey and men's lacrosse player Wyatt Pickrell has been named to the CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-America At-Large First Team the organization announced Wednesday afternoon.
Pickrell, a member of the men's ice hockey and men's lacrosse programs, becomes the first Castleton student-athlete to earn First Team recognition for the At-Large division, joining Soren Pelz-Walsh (football; 2016) and Courtney Chadburn (women's soccer; 2011) as the only First Team Academic All-Americans in Castleton history. Pickrell was one of 14 men across three Academic All-America teams to carry a 4.0 GPA, and was one of just two members of the First Team to do so.
The 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America At-Large Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances in the athletic realm and in the classroom. To qualify, student-athletes must have a GPA above 3.30, be at least a sophomore academically, be a key contributor to their team on the field, have completed one full year at their current institution and have been named to their respective district's Academic All-District Team. The At-Large division is made up of student-athletes competing in lacrosse, rifle, skiing, fencing, swimming, tennis, golf, volleyball, gymnastics, water polo, ice hockey and wrestling.
The starting goalie for the men's ice hockey program and a midfielder for the men's lacrosse team, Pickrell earned the accolade as one of just two student-athletes from a Vermont institution, joining Middlebury's Lubomir Cuba on the First Team. The biology major was named to the President's List eight times at Castleton, was a three-time New England Hockey Conference All-Academic Team selection, a two-time North Atlantic Conference All-Academic Team selection, Little East Conference All-Academic selection and plans to attend med school in the fall.
He finished the 2018-19 hockey season with 656 saves, a save percentage of .897 and a 3.66 goals-against average. He contributed three goals and three assists on the lacrosse field in addition to 21 ground balls and six caused turnovers.
Pickrell's selection gives Castleton four consecutive years with at least one Academic All-American. It is the second year in a row that a member of the men's ice hockey team has earned the award, as Trevor Hanna was named to the Academic All-America Third Team At-Large a year ago.