Ivy League Announces 2017 Spring Academic All-Ivy Team

Ivy League Announces 2017 Spring Academic All-Ivy Team

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League has announced the names of 80 student-athletes – including 10 from Harvard – who have been selected to the 2017 Spring Academic All-Ivy League team.

The goal of Academic All-Ivy is to properly honor top student-athletes in the three sports seasons (fall, winter and spring). For each sports season, each Ivy institution nominates 10 student-athletes – five men and five women – with grade point averages of 3.00 or higher. These student-athletes must be a starter or key reserve on an officially sponsored varsity sport.

Below are the student-athletes representing Harvard.

Marina Burke
Women's Lacrosse
Senior, Psychology, Westwood, Mass.
Named to IWLCA Northeast Region second team … Named to All-ECAC second team … All-Ivy first team ... Started all 16 games… Led Harvard with 28 caused turnovers … Recorded 31 ground balls along with 16 draw controls … Scored five goals on 12 shots … Recorded season-high nine ground balls and five caused turnovers vs. Columbia (March 25) … Picked up three ground balls and tied season-high three draw controls against Cornell (May 5).

Josh Ellis
Senior, Neurobiology, Milton, Mass.
All-Ivy League honorable mention for second-straight season … CoSIDA Academic All-District … Senior CLASS Award candidate … Team captain … Posted a slash of .274/.306/.368 with three home runs and 10 RBI … Stole six bases, scored 20 runs … Led the Ivy League with 17 runners caught stealing, pacing the conference with a 47.2% RCS … Joined Patrick Robinson as the second pair of teammates in program history to each have two home runs in the same game (vs. Yale, April 15).

Brett Henderson
Men's Outdoor Track and Field
Senior, Engineering Sciences, Valley Center, Calif.
A CoSIDA Academic All-District selection…Starred this spring for Harvard competing in the javelin…2017 Ivy Outdoor Heps champion, winning the javelin with a 223'6" throw, his personal best and the second best in Harvard history…First Team All-Ivy honoree…Placed 15th at NCAA East Preliminary meet, with a throw of 206'4". Finished fourth in the javelin (199'2") competing against top field at the Stanford Cardinal Classic earlier this season. 

Julia Lord
Senior, Neurobiology, Cambridge, Mass.
One of seven student-athletes at Harvard to earn Phi Beta Kappa distinction in 2016-17…ICSA All-Academic selection…Competed in both the A and B Divisions throughout the season.

Michelle Martinelli
Women's Water Polo
Senior, Human Development and Regenerative Biology, San Diego, Calif.
ACWPC All-America honorable mention … Recorded 46 goals, 23 assists and 23 steals in senior season … CWPA All-Conference second team selection … Earned CWPA Championship All-Tournament second team honors … Ranked second on team in scoring … Scored multiple goals in 12 games … Dished out a season-high three assists and tied a season-best with three steals against Santa Clara (March 18) … Scored in final 11 games of season (March 26 – April 30) … Notched a career-high five goals against both Gannon (March 26) and George Washington (April 8).

Jade Miller
Women's Outdoor Track and Field
Senior, Sociology, Temecula, Calif.
First Team All-American, placing sixth at NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (400m hurdles)…Recorded second-fastest time of NCAA East Preliminary meet in 400m hurdles (56.17)…An Ivy League Outdoor Heps champion (and First Team All-Ivy selection) in three events (400m hurdles, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay)…Placed second at Ivy Heps in 100m hurdles…Helped Harvard women's team to its fourth straight Outdoor Heps title.

Nikki Okwelogu
Women's Outdoor Track and Field
Senior, Human Evolutionary Biology, Fresno, Calif.
All-America Honorable Mention, placing 23rd at NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (discus)…USTFCCCA Northeast Field Athlete of the Year…CoSIDA Academic All-District selection…An All-Ivy First Team and Outdoor Heps champion in the shot put, completing a career sweep (8-for-8) in Heps indoor and outdoor shot put titles, the first Ivy Leaguer ever to accomplish that feat…Placed second in the discus throw at Ivy Outdoor Heps, and earned 18 points overall for Harvard, helping the Crimson to a fourth straight Ivy Outdoor Heps title…Qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the discus throw with the second best mark at the NCAA East Preliminary meet (55.56m/182-3).

Patrick Robinson
Sophomore, Statistics, Melbourne, Fla.
All-Ivy League first team … All-NEIBA region first team …  CoSIDA Academic All-District … Ivy League Player of the Week (March 27) … Led the Ivy League and ranked fifth nationally in slugging percentage (.738), ranked among top hitters in the league in batting and on-base percentage (.377/.436) ... Enjoying a breakout campaign with 25 extra-base hits, which led the league, including nine home runs ... Had 34 RBI and 93 total bases over 126 at bats … Joined Josh Ellis as the second pair of teammates in program history to each have two home runs in the same game (vs. Yale, April 15).

Greg Royston
Men's Golf
Junior, Economics, Tampa, Fla.
Named Ivy League Player of the Year … Earned All-Ivy League first team honors after shooting 73-75-70-218 at the Ivy League Championship to place fourth overall … Helped Harvard win the Ivy title and advance to the NCAA Tournament … Ranked third at Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge, shooting 72-71-143.

Robert Shaw
Men's Lacrosse
Junior, Computer Science, Canton, Mass.
Tallied 154 saves on the season with a 52.6 save percentage … Tallied a career-best 21 saves in a 11-7 win over Massachusetts … Totaled five-straight games with at least 10 saves from Feb. 25-March 21 … Made 19 saves in a 9-8 victory over 11th-ranked Yale to close the season.