NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) recently announced its 2009-10 Academic All-State team. The team features 137 student-athletes across all NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and Independent schools in the Commonwealth.
Among the Washington and Lee honorees were 2010 graduates Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) and Jenna Worsham (Cumming, Ga./Wesleyan School), rising seniors Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster) and Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr), and rising juniors Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central) and Tamara Morse (Bristow, Va./Brentsville).
A basketball player and track & field athlete, Goetsch was tabbed as the 2010 ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in his sport. A Second Team All-ODAC selection as a senior, Goetsch averaged 16.4 points and 8.4 rebounds on the hardwood en route to being named the W&L Male Athlete of the Year. A two-time All-ODAC honoree in track & Field, Goestch received a Fulbright Scholarship upon graduating from W&L. He was a German and economics double-major.
Worsham was named the ODAC Swimming Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a First Team All-ODAC selection in 2010. The English and theater graduate served as a team captain during her final season and was a four-time First Team All-ODAC honoree. She was a member of the record-setting 400 (3:37.68) and 800 (7:55.31) free relay teams last winter and also holds school records as a member of the 200 (1:38.17) free and 400 (4:00.28 ) medley relay teams.
A biochemistry major, Kurkis also garnered the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award as a member of the football team. A three-time Second Team All-ODAC selection as an offensive lineman, he helped the Generals’ offense rank among the best in the ODAC last season in rushing yards per game. Kurkis was a Second Team Academic All-America honoree by ESPN The Magazine and CoSIDA.
Mathews was named the ODAC Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a First Team All-ODAC honoree in lacrosse and a Second Team All-ODAC honoree as a member of the field hockey team. A philosophy and business administration double-major, Mathews helped the field hockey team allow an average of just 1.71 goals per game and totaled three assists. In lacrosse, she tallied 41 points (31 G, 10 A) en route to posting ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-District honors.
Bolton garnered First Team All-ODAC honors as a member of the women’s basketball team in 2010. A biology and environmental science double-major, she helped lead the Generals to their first-ever ODAC title last winter by averaging 15.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Bolton received Honorable Mention All-America honors from the WBCA in 2010.
An accounting major, Morse earned First Team All-ODAC honors last year as a member of the riding team. The 2010 ODAC Riding Scholar-Athlete of the Year, she was a member of W&L’s third-place finishing Collegiate Cup team and finished third in the open flat at the IHSA Zone Championships last spring.
To be eligible for the academic all-state team, student-athletes were required to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better. The student must have achieved sophomore status, and he or she could not have been in the first season of competition at their current school. All athletes are either starters or key reserves for their team.
VaSID was formed in 1983, and is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of Virginia. The purpose of the organization is to promote college athletics at all four-year institutions.
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