Annville, Pa. – Seven Alvernia University student-athletes were named Spring Academic All-MAC, the Middle Atlantic Office announced on June 20.
A total of 107 student-athletes from 10 spring sports, including baseball, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, softball, men’s outdoor track, women’s outdoor track, men’s tennis and women’s tennis were recognized.
For Alvernia, Cameron Coons (baseball), Emily Gilbert (golf), Cayla McCarty (golf), Jeremiah Clinchoc (track and field), Luke Hangen (tennis), Cassandra Noray (tennis) and Amanda Phillips (tennis) received the honor.
“These recipients represent the true meaning of a student-athlete,” said Executive Director Ken Andrews. “This is one of the top conference awards we give out each season. It honors our student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and on the playing field.”
The Spring Academic All-MAC teams recognize the top student-athletes both in the classroom and on the field during the 2017 spring semester. The MAC sports information directors nominate and vote on the Academic All-MAC teams, giving 50 percent weight on both academic success and athletic success.
Coons, a Sports Management major, completed his final campaign leading the Crusaders in RBI (50) and slugging percentage (.639). He ranked second on the team in doubles (11), triples (4), and homeruns (5), and was third in batting average (.383) and hits (51). Coons currently sits ranked 25th nationally in RBI per game, and 30th overall in total RBI. He compiled four post-season honors on the year, including ABCA and D3Baseball All-Region.
Gilbert, a Healthcare Science major, was the 2017 MAC Player of the Year. A 5x MAC Player of the Week this year, Gilbert shot a championship record-low 77 in the MAC Championships. A 2016 Academic All-MAC honoree, Gilbert has appeared on the Dean’s List in all 4 of her semesters.
McCarty, an Athletic Training Major, was named MAC 2nd Team All-Conference this season. She finished 9th at the MAC Individual Championships. McCarty joins Gilbert in receiving Academic All-MAC honors for the second consecutive year.
Clinchoc, a Healthcare Science major, earns his third academic honor of the year, being named the 2016/17 Indoor Track and Field MAC Scholar Athlete and Winter Academic All-MAC. Clinchoc finished 2nd in the decathlon at the MAC Championships, earning First Team All-Conference in the event.
Hangen, a Healthcare Administration major, is also collecting his second consecutive Academic All-MAC honor. In his two seasons at Alvernia, Hangen has claimed First Team All-MAC Commonwealth twice, compiling a career record of 16-5.
Noray, a junior, is a three time All-MAC Commonwealth honoree, being selected All-MAC Commonwealth First Team for the past two years and All-MAC Commonwealth Second Team in 2015. Noray tied for first in the conference in MAC wins this season with six and won the MAC Individual Singles in the 5th flight in 2014/15.
Phillips, a Finance major, rounds out the selections claiming her second Academic All-MAC award. She was also named Academic All-MAC in 2016, when she claimed All-MAC Commonwealth First Team accolades.