Excelling All Around: Three athletes receive academic honors


Three student athletes have earned academic honors from Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Women’s soccer standout Sarah Sypek ’15 was named to the Capital One Academic All-America® second team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Football players Troy Cutter ’15 and Greg Sheridan ’16 were named to the Capital One Academic All-District® first team.

Sypek had a record-breaking season for the Owls while helping lead the team to 13 wins and the semifinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference New England playoffs. She finished the season with 21 goals and eight assists for 50 points, setting school records for goals and points in a season. She was a first-team All-Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (All-MASCAC) pick as a midfielder.

In the classroom, the Westhampton native has maintained a 3.77 grade point average in business administration while playing soccer and working nearly full-time hours between two jobs.

Sypek was selected to the national squad alongside student athletes from Johns Hopkins, Trinity College and Rose-Hulman Institute.

Cutter and Sheridan each earned Academic All-District® honors for the second straight year. A team captain, Cutter led the Owls with 94 tackles from his middle linebacker spot, including 10 tackles for losses. He was a second team All-MASCAC pick.

A native of Lunenburg, Cutter maintains a 3.55 grade point average as a criminal justice major at Westfield State.

Sheridan, a junior free safety from Burlington, Mass., led the Owls with four interceptions and twice was named the MASCAC’s defensive player of the week. He finished the year with 47 tackles and three passes broken up. He was also a second-team All-MASCAC selection.

Sheridan has a 3.93 grade point average as a history major. The Owls football team completed the 2014 campaign with a 5-5 record and a 4-4 mark in the MASCAC.

Sheridan and Cutter joined student athletes from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Middlebury, Tufts and Worcester Polytechnic Institute on the highly selective squad.

The 2014 Capital One Academic All-District® Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation’s top student athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

First-team Academic All-District® selections advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees are selected.
The Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the U.S. and Canada.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student athletes in Divisions I, II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, covering all NCAA championship sports.


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