Ivy League Announces Fall 2014 Academic All-Ivy Team

Historic and picturesque Dillon Field House stands proudly on the Harvard athletic campus as a center hub for student-athletes.
Historic and picturesque Dillon Field House stands proudly on the Harvard athletic campus as a center hub for student-athletes.

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Ivy League has announced the names of 80 student-athletes – including 10 from Harvard – who have been named to the fall 2014 Academic All-Ivy League team.

The honorees are starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams who have cumulative grade-point averages of at least 3.0. Each of the eight Ivy League schools nominates five men and five women from its eligible student-athletes.

The resurgence of the Harvard women’s volleyball team that earned a share of the Ivy League title, and also set program records for win percentage (.792) and conference wins (12), can be attributed to its three members that were selected to the Academic All-Ivy League team. Sophomore Corinne Bain (undeclared) was a unanimous All-Ivy League selection after leading the nation with 10 triples-doubles and recording 20 double-doubles in 24 matches played. A four-time Ivy League Player of the Week selection, Bain led the Crimson in kills (2.63), assists (6.47), aces (0.44) and points (3.4). Her aces per set mark ranked 14th in the NCAA and first in the Ancient Eight.

Senior Caroline Walters (sociology) also garnered a spot on the All-Ivy League first team, as well as being receiving AVCA All-East Region honorable mention accolades. For the week of September 23, Walters was named conference and AVCA National Player of the Week. Over the course of the season, she registered a .401 hitting percentage to set a new program standard, as well as ranking 19th in the nation. Walters paced the Ivy League with 22 solo blocks and ranked seventh with a 0.95 blocks per set mark. She notched double-digit kills in 11 matches and at least five blocks in five contests.

Junior Caroline Holte (government) was the third Crimson volleyball player to earn academic honors from the Ivy League. An All-Ivy League second team selection, Holte led the conference in total blocks with 105 and block assists at 88, while also ranking second in blocks per set at 1.13. That mark, as well as her 1.59 kills per set and .334 hitting percentage were all career-bests. Holte tallied double-digit kills in six matches and blocked at least five attacks in 10 matches.

Women’s soccer put together an astounding season, reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament, with the standout play of Meg Casscells-Hamby (government) proving integral to the team’s success. The senior co-captain was named to the All-Ivy League first team and the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic second team. Casscells-Hamby was a key component in Harvard’s midfield and finished third on the team with 10 points, leading the way with four assists. Of her three goals, two counted as game-winners.

Field hockey’s Noel Painter (environmental science and public policy) was the fifth female student-athlete honored. Painter was a second team All-Ivy League selection after leading the Crimson with 23 points on eight goals and seven helpers.  A starter in all 17 games this fall, Painter’s stellar play helped Harvard record the most wins (10) since 2004. She concludes her great career ranking in the program’s top-10 in points (sixth, 71), goals (fifth, 27) and assists (eighth, 17).

On the men’s side, Harvard’s undefeated, Ivy League championship football team placed two offensive linemen on the Academic All-Ivy League team in seniors Nick Easton (economics) and Michael Mancinelli (electrical engineering). Before the season began, Easton made his way onto The Sports Network Preseason All-America second team, as well as the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-Ivy League first team. He lived up to that billing, honored as a member of the FCS North All-America first team, in addition to his All-Ivy League selections by the conference office and The Beyond Sports Network.

Mancinelli, a starter in eight contests, was tabbed All-Ivy League honorable mention. He also earned two other recognitions for his combined excellence on the field and in the classroom, being named a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy from the National Football Foundation and being selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team.

On the pitch, men’s soccer’s Mark Ashby (mechanical engineering) was named the Ivy League’s Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Ivy League first team. The junior led all Crimson defensemen with three goals, including the game-winning strike in a 1-0 triumph against Yale.

In the pool, Joey Colton (undeclared) from men’s water polo captured CWPA Player of the Year accolades after racking up 121 assists in 32 games. The CWPA All-Northern first team selection was also the CWPA Player of the Week for October 6.

Harvard’s final selection came from the cross country ranks in individual NCAA qualifier Thomas Purnell (economics). Purnell, the team’s Jaako Mikkola Award winner, which recognizes "the team member who, through continued and conscientious effort for team success, has shown noteworthy improvement in physical performance," was an all-region honoree and an All-Ivy League second team selection. He was the top Harvard finisher at the Battle of Beantown, taking 13th, at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet where he claimed 17th.

Fall 2014 Academic All-Ivy League Team
Corinne Bain, Women’s Volleyball (So., Undeclared, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Meg Casscells-Hamby, Women’s Soccer (Sr., Government, Winter Park, Fla.)
Caroline Holte, Women’s Volleyball (Jr., Government, Laguna Beach, Calif.)
Noel Painter, Field Hockey (Sr., Environmental science and public policy, Los Gatos, Calif.)
Caroline Walters, Women’s Volleyball (Sr., Sociology, San Mateo, Calif.)
Mark Ashby, Men’s Soccer (Jr., Mechanical engineering, Denton, Texas)
Joey Colton, Men’s Water Polo (So., Undeclared, Garden Grove, Calif.)
Nick Easton, Football (Sr., Economics, Lenoir, N.C.)
Michael Mancinelli, Football (Sr., Electrical engineering, Denver, Colo.)
Thomas Purnell, Men’s Cross Country (Jr., Economics, Gloucestershire, U.K.)