Four NESCAC Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-America At-Large Honors

Four NESCAC Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-America At-Large Honors

Courtesy of Connecticut College, Hamilton, Tufts and Wesleyan Sports Information

HADLEY, Mass. – Seniors Evan Buitenhuis of Hamilton and Frank Hattler of the Tufts, along with sophomore Connor Rodericks of Connecticut College and junior Victoria Yu of Wesleyan have been selected to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III At-Large Teams.

2017-18 ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA DIVISION III AT-LARGE TEAMS

Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve on his team with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at their current institution.

The At-Large teams include athletes from the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.

Buitenhuis, a goaltender for the Hamilton men’s ice hockey team, is a third team honoree for the second year in a row, and is the second Hamilton athlete to earn Academic All-America honors twice. 

Buitenhuis, a native of Burlington, Ontario, picked up his second All-America award from the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) in March. He was a third team selection in the East Region after leading Division III and setting program single-season records with a 1.28 goals against average and .954 save percentage in more than 796 minutes in net. He tied for second nationally with four shutouts despite making just 14 starts due to an injury that kept him out of the lineup for most of January. Buitenhuis was named to the All-NESCAC Team this season.

Buitenhuis was 8-3-3 in goal and helped lead Hamilton to a 15-7-3 record. The Continentals tied for third place in the conference standings with a 9-6-3 mark and hosted a NESCAC Quarterfinal for the third straight year.

Buitenhuis ended his collegiate career as the Continentals' all-time leader in goals against average (1.67) and save percentage (.944) in 67 starts and more than 4,000 minutes. His 1,901 career saves are good for fourth on the program's all-time list, and he posted a 39-16-12 record with 10 shutouts. Buitenhuis graduated from Hamilton in May with a degree in environmental studies and a geosciences minor.

Hattler, a native of Palo Alto, California and a Third Team selection, played in all 20 games for the NESCAC Champions. He led the Jumbos to an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals and finished fifth among the team’s leading scorers with 31 goals and 14 assists for 50 points. In a key 16-15 early-season win over Cortland, he tallied seven goals with one assist including the game-winning goal in the second overtime period.

A computer science and economics major, Hattler was the recipient of Tufts' Lewis F. Manly Memorial Prize for academic and athletic excellence this year. He achieved Dean's List honors in all eight semesters and was a three-time Academic All-NESCAC honoree.

Hattler was a member of the 2015 NCAA Championship team at Tufts, as well as three conference championship winning teams (2015, 2016, 2018).

Rodericks, a goaltender, is the first men's ice hockey player in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition with a spot on the Third Team.

The Camels' primary netminder, Rodericks became the first student-athlete in program history to be named an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) All-American, as well as the NESCAC Player of the Year. He helped Connecticut College record a program-best second place finish in the NESCAC standings and he tied for fourth nationally in save percentage (.937), tied for ninth in shutouts (3), and posted a 2.16 goals against average this season.

Off the ice, Rodericks, who hails from Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, is Green Dot certified and serves as a floor governor through residence life for first-year students. He is also a Love Your Melon Campus Crew member and has been elected to serve as the organization's Vice President for his junior year. Additionally, Rodericks has been involved with the Peggotty Investment Club as an analyst in the industrial sector.

Yu, a native of New Braunfels, Texas, was named a First Team for the first time in her career after earning All-District At-Large First Team selection in District 2 the past two seasons. Additionally, she was named a Scholar-Athlete by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) a year ago and is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection.

Yu, a chemistry, molecular biology and neuroscience/behavior major, is a three-time ITA All-American and finished the year as the national runner-up in both singles and doubles. She posted  an overall singles record of 20-6 and a 36-3 mark in doubles action this season. In the fall, Yu, alongside teammate Eudice Chong, qualified for the Division I ITA Fall National Championships. As the only Division III doubles team, the duo upset nationally-ranked opponents from the University of North Carolina and the University of Kentucky to reach the quarterfinals.