HANOVER, N.H. – The Ivy League released its annual list of student-athletes selected for Academic All-Ivy honors in fall sports on Wednesday and the Big Green had 10 starters or key reserves on a varsity team that were presented with the honor.
Each fall student-athlete that makes a major contribution to its team and is able to maintain a 3.0 grade point average is eligible for Academic All-Ivy honors. The Dartmouth squad features nine seniors and one sophomore with Abbey D'Agostino of women’s cross country and Emma Brush of women’s soccer earning the distinction for the third year in a row.
D’Agostino, a psychology major who carries a 3.70 GPA, is fresh off winning the 2013 Cross Country National Championship, the first ever by an Ivy League student-athlete. In doing so, she claimed her fifth career national title to become the most decorated individual in league history. She was also a fall Academic All-Ivy selection in 2011 and 2012.
Like D’Agostino, this is the third straight academic honor for Brush. An All-Ivy League First Team player for the second straight year in 2013, Brush was also a decorated student this fall. Named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, Brush is an English major who has a 3.84 cumulative GPA.
Senior John Bleday rounds out the trio of Big Green athletes to earn the academic distinction multiple times as he was also a member of the 2011 group. Bleday helped guide the Dartmouth men’s cross country team back to nationals after an eight-year absence with an eighth-place individual showing at regionals and a spot on the All-Ivy First Team by taking ninth at Heps. Bleday is an economics major with a 3.48 GPA.
Football saw two players earn recognition for their work on the field and in the classroom as seniors Michael Runger and Cole Marcoux were tabbed. Runger, an economics major with a 3.73 GPA, was an All-Ivy First Team and All-New England selection at linebacker in addition to earning a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team. Marcoux, a tight end majoring in sociology carrying a 3.90 GPA, helped lead the Big Green to third in the Ivy League standings. For Marcoux, the 2013 season was his first true campaign at the tight end position, finishing the year with 15 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown.
Olivia Quaglia was a senior co-captain on the field hockey team who has earned a 3.49 GPA while majoring in anthropology during her time at Dartmouth. An All-Ivy honorable mention as a senior this fall, the Los Altos, Calif., native posted career highs in goals, assists and points.
Colin Skelly was a First-Team All-Ivy League player in 2013 for the Big Green’s men’s soccer team. The Dartmouth captain and lone player to start all 17 games this fall, Skelly is an economics major who has a 3.40 cumulative GPA. A stalwart in his team’s own end, Skelly helped anchor a defensive unit that surrendered just 1.11 goals per game.
Dartmouth’s only non-senior to earn a spot on the Academic All-Ivy Team this fall was sophomore Paige Caridi of the volleyball team. Carrying a 3.36 GPA through the most recent term, Caridi was an All-Ivy honorable mention this year as she led the team with 261 kills and 284 digs and was named the conference’s Player of the Week in mid-September.
The women’s tennis team was represented by captain and lone senior Melissa Matsuoka, who is a history major with a 3.24 GPA. Last spring, Matsuoka racked up 18 victories between singles (11) and doubles (7) play for the Big Green.
Men’s tennis senior Brandon DeBot rounds out the 10-member group to be recognized for their work in the classroom as well as in competition. One of just 62 recipients nationwide to receive the prestigious Truman Scholarship, which honors exceptional college juniors who are committed to public service careers in fields such as government, education or nonprofits. On the court last spring, the government major was named an All-Ivy Second team player and carries a 3.90 GPA.