SUNY New Paltz Athletics Announces All-Academic Team

NEW PALTZ, NY — The SUNY New Paltz Athletic Department is proud to announce that 29 student-athletes have earned recognition on the All-Academic Team for the Fall Semester of 2005. The SUNY New Paltz Athletics All-Academic Team is awarded to those students-athletes who receive a 3.5 grade point average or above for the past semester and who have made a significant contribution to his or her team.

The women’s volleyball team had five members receive acknowledgment on the SUNY New Paltz Athletics All-Academic Team. Sophomore Katie Becofsky (Altamont, NY) and Kim Clouston (Baldwinsville, NY) of the women’s volleyball team completed the fall with a grade point average of 4.0 while making a significant contribution to their team. The women’s cross country team and field hockey team each placed four student-athletes on the team.

In recent years the SUNY New Paltz Athletics Department has made academics more of a primary focus for student-athletes. In the fall of 2004, 33 student-athletes earned SUNY New Paltz Athletics All-Academic Honors. At its largest the SUNY New Paltz Athletics All-Academic Team has included 45 members, taking place in the spring of 2004.

SUNY New Paltz had 22 student-athletes qualify for the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Commissioner’s List, while 47 earned recognition on the SUNYAC All-Academic Team. To qualify for the Commissioner’s List one must be a varsity athlete that had competed for an entire season and has maintained at least a 3.3 grade point average for three semesters. Those who earned All-Academic Honors have participated in varsity athletics for their complete respective sport season, while maintaining at least a 3.3 grade point average of the fall semester.

SUNY New Paltz All-Academic Team (Fall 2005)

Jeff Cote’, Jeff Stith, and Eric Velazquez – baseball

John Hauser – men’s basketball

Kerri Kelty – women’s basketball/soccer

Lauren Motzkin – women’s basketball/softball

Sean Brown and Robert Van Wyen – men’s cross country

Kate Choromanski, Winter Eyres, Alida Van Almelo, and Janet Walsh – women’s cross country

Marissa Costello, Nicole Kovac, Kelly Proper, and Shannon Stokes – field hockey Colin Hillman and Matt Soranno – men’s soccer

Kelly O’Hea, Danielle Porcelli and Joelle Von Bischoffshausen – softball

Liz Delia and Ashley Williamson – swimming

Eri Yamakawa – women’s tennis

Katie Becofsky (4.0), Kim Braga, Christina Butcher, Kim Clouston (4.0), and Christina Mazurowski – women’s volleyball