College Roundup: Navy players named to Patriot League lacrosse academic honor roll


Six Navy men's lacrosse players were named to the 2014 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll released by the conference office Monday, including four-time selection and 2014 Men's Lacrosse Academic All-Patriot League Team member Erik Hoffstadt.


Hoffstadt, who is one of just two players in Navy men's lacrosse history to be named to the league's academic honor roll in all four years, graduated in May with a 3.98 grade-point average in Systems Engineering.

Joining Hoffstadt on the list were five first-time honorees for the Mids - senior Pat Durkin (3.38 GPA), sophomores Jules Godino (3.59), Jack Morgenthaler (3.56) and Aaron Zimmerman (3.26) and freshman Connor Prevost (3.61).



Navy women's lacrosse recorded 12 student-athletes to the 2014 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

To be eligible for the Spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average during the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports.

Jill Coughlin (St. Mary's), a recent Naval Academy graduate, headlined the group with an overall 3.87 grade-point average, while majoring in honors oceanography. She earned All-Patriot League Academic and second team all-league honors in the same season for the first time in her career. Coughlin was one of 11 student-athletes to make the academic honor roll for a fourth season

Coughlin was one of three student-athletes, who made the All-Patriot League squad, to record a 4.00 GPA in the spring semester.

Recent graduates Molly Hamilton (3.41) and S.A. Fogleman (3.73) were named to the honor roll for a third time. Recent graduate Aimee Gennaro (3.47), rising senior Jess Fellows (4.00) and rising junior Molly McNamara (3.76) all earned honor roll accolades for a second time. Other earning honors were: Cassidy Chaney (3.24), Loren Generi (3.67), Sarah George (3.63), Molly McNamara (3.76), Meghan Moloney (3.35), Lindsay Rheiner (3.38) and Alex Rizzo 3.47.


Jim Nestor, who for the past 13 seasons has piloted the Sea Gulls to become one of the best in the nation, was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year.

Nestor finished off back-to-back national championships and claimed the third title in program history (all coming in the last five years) as Salisbury posted a 23-1 record, culminating in a 9-6 win against Trinity (Conn.) College in the title game in Gettysburg, Pa.

It was Nestor's fourth national award, along with 2005 and the national championship campaigns of 2010, 2013, and 2014. Nestor, who was also named the Division III Chesapeake Region Coach of the Year on Monday, has earned that moniker 10 times. He's been named the regional coach of the year in each of the past eight seasons (2004-05, 2007-14).


After guiding the Terrapins to their second national title in five years, Cathy Reese was named IWLCA National Coach of the Year Monday morning.


Reese, who also garnered top coaching honors after capturing the national championship in 2010, led Maryland to a 23-1 record in 2014 en route to a sixth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title. She was also named ACC Coach of the Year for a league-high seventh time.

Under Reese's direction, the Terps outscored opponents 350-191 and recorded wins against 14 squads ranked in the top 20. Maryland boasted six IWLCA All-Americans, including IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year Taylor Cummings and IWLCA National Defender of the Year Megan Douty. Cummings later became the only sophomore in history to win the Tewaaraton Award on the women's side.

A mainstay in the storied Maryland women's lacrosse program, Reese has played a role in nine national championships for the Terps, including four as a player, three as an assistant coach and two as a head coach.


Bowie State University President Mickey L. Burnim announced the appointment of Donna Polk, associate athletics director and senior woman administrator, as the interim director of intercollegiate athletics following the departure of Anton Goff. She will assume that role effective July 12. Polk has served as associate athletics director and senior woman administrator since 2011, assisting with the department's day-to-day business operations. In that role, she has provided oversight for compliance, student services, sports medicine, sports information, women's volleyball, softball and the men's and women's track and field programs.

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