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Stevens Athletics Places a Conference-Leading 33 Student-Athletes on Academic All-MAC Teams

ANNVILLE, Pa. (June 29, 2021) – The Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) announced its Academic All-MAC Teams Tuesday and 33 student-athletes from the Stevens Institute of Technology Department of Athletics were lauded for their performance in the classroom and on the field of competition. 

A total of 185 student-athletes spread across 18 sports were recognized by the conference office, with equal weight given to both academic and athletic success during the Spring 2021 semester. Sports that traditionally have their NCAA Championship during the fall semester, along with Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field, which was not sponsored by the MAC this year, were not eligible for the award this year. Stevens’ 33 selections were tops among the conference’s 18 institutions. 

For the Ducks, a total of eight student-athletes representing Wrestling, Men’s Swimming and Women’s Swimming were recognized on the Winter Academic All-MAC teams, while a total of 25 student-athletes spread among Baseball, Golf, Men’s Lacrosse, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field, Men’s Tennis, Men’s Volleyball, Softball, Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field and Women’s Tennis, were named to the spring teams. The Ducks’ 33 selections represented nearly 20 percent of the total number of student-athletes honored by the conference. Additionally, nearly half (16) of the 33 Stevens student-athletes honored by the conference posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in the Spring 2021 semester. 

Across the conference’s seven winter sports that saw competition (men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s swimming), 65 student-athletes were recognized. A total of 10 student-athletes from each sport were recognized other than men’s and women’s ice hockey, who saw eight and seven student-athletes selected, respectively. Among spring sports, a total of 120 student-athletes received the recognition, with men’s golf, men’s tennis and women’s outdoor track and field each having 10 selections, while men’s and women’s lacrosse each had 12. Baseball (11), softball (12), women’s tennis (11), men’s outdoor track & field (12) and men’s volleyball (11) each received additional selections due to ties in the voting process, which was conducted among the member institutions’ respective athletic communication offices. 

Stevenson University finished with the second-most (21) honorees among conference members while Messiah University and York College of Pennsylvania each placed 18 student-athletes to rank thir. Alvernia University rounded out the top five with 16 honorees.

This list of student-athletes who earned the honor is as follows:

Winter Academic All-MAC Selections

Spring Academic All-MAC Selections

Sport Student-Athlete Class Hometown
Baseball Ryan Wall Jr. Levittown, N.Y.
Softball Meg Halloran Jr. Oakland, N.J.
Softball Jessie Masur Sr. Montclair, N.J.
Softball Samantha Schattin Gr. Princeton Junction, N.J.
Men’s Golf Vincent Cortese Sr. Flagstaff, Ariz.
Men’s Golf Luke Labenski Sr. Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Men’s Golf Eegan McDermott So. East Brunswick, N.J.
Men’s Golf Eddie Sot Jr. Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Men’s Lacrosse Bubba Brennan Gr. Mountain Lakes, N.J.
Men’s Lacrosse Shawn Coulter Sr. Schwenksville, Pa.
Men’s Lacrosse Daniel Crotty Gr. Charlotte, N.C.
Men’s Lacrosse Ryan Gebhardt Sr. Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Women’s Lacrosse Kyra Bednarski 5th Syracuse, N.Y..
Women’s Lacrosse Camryn Rogers Jr. Branchburg, N.J.
Men’s Tennis Marc Feliu Jr. Barcelona, Spain
Men’s Tennis Aashi Kulakarni Fy. Coimbatore, India
Men’s Tennis Keegan Morris Sr. Franklin Square, N.Y.
Men’s Tennis Gabriel Sifuentes Sr. Queens, N.Y.
Women’s Tennis Audrey Heaberlin So. Lexington, S.C.
Women’s Tennis Agatha Malinowski Jr. Kinnelon, N.J.
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Nicholas DiMaria Gr. Spotswood, N.J.
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Gina Dello Russo Gr. Morris Plains, N.J.
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Laura Mathews So. Denville, N.J.
Men’s Volleyball Jack Fyda Jr. Park Ridge, Ill.
Men’s Volleyball Nathan Lancia So. Galloway, Ohio

The winter placements begin with men’s swimming, where senior Kurt von Autenried, sophomore Ali Kolenovic and first-year Phong Tran earned the honors, representing nearly one-third of the placements. The honor was the second for both von Autenried and Kolenovic, while Tran made the list for the first time. The trio combined for 16 All-Conference honors, with von Autenried taking home the MAC’s Swimmer of the Year honor, along with the Senior Scholar-Athlete award. Senior Alexis Colasurdo was Stevens’ lone placement on the women’s squad after earning two All-MAC honors.

Wrestling was one of four programs to have four student-athletes earn Academic All-MAC recognition, alongside Men’s Lacrosse, Golf and Men’s Tennis. Senior Brett Kaliner led the charge, earning his second straight placement after earning the sport’s Senior Scholar-Athlete award following another All-American season. He was joined by first-year Nick Boggiano, junior Michael Dooley and sophomore Kyle Slendorn. Slendorn joined Kaliner in receiving his second straight Academic All-MAC selection after earning his first All-America accolade. The quartet accounted for 35 wins in the abbreviated 2021 season.

Baseball and softball combined for four nominations, with American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region selection Ryan Wall representing baseball and National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Samantha Schattin joining All-Region selections Meg Halloran and Jessie Masur in getting the nod for softball. The three softball placements matched Alvernia University for tops among conference institutions. 

After winning the program’s first conference championship to earn their way into the NCAA Tournament, Men’s Golf had four selections to their respective Academic All-MAC Team with senior Vincent Cortese leading the charge, alongside junior Eddie Sot, sophomore Eegan McDermott and senior Luke Labenski

Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse combined for one-fourth of the 24 selections. Graduate students Daniel Crotty and Bubba Brennan joined seniors Ryan Gebhardt and Shawn Coulter in representing men’s lacrosse, while fifth-year Kyra Bednarski and junior Camryn Rogers represented the women’s program. All-Americans on the field, Gebhardt and Coulter were recently recognized for their academic success by the United States Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Association with Scholar All-America distinction. Also an All-American for her play on the field, Bednarski joined Rogers, an IWLCA All-Region selection, in earning their first Academic All-MAC selections.

After winning the program’s 11th straight conference title, men’s tennis secured four spots on the 10-person Academic All-MAC Team. Junior Marc Feliu, first-year Aashi Kulakarni, senior Keegan Morris and classmate Gabriel Sifuentes, each undefeated in regular season play, all earned the distinction, for the first career honor for each student-athlete. Junior Agatha Malinowski and sophomore Audrey Heaberlin landed on the women’s team after the Ducks reached the MAC Freedom final.

Graduate student Gina Dello Russo, fresh off her first national championship, joined sophomore All-Region selection Laura Mathews in landing on the Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-MAC Team. NCAA qualifier Nicholas DiMaria represented the men’s program to collect his first Academic All-MAC selection.

All-Conference selections Jack Fyda and Nathan Lancia earned their way onto the Men’s Volleyball Academic All-MAC Team to round out the Ducks’ selections.

Click here for the conference’s official announcement.

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