NEW YORK - Ten Columbia student-athletes have been named Academic All-Ivy League for the fall season, league officials announced today. The women's soccer team led the way with three honorees, while men's cross country and football each had two. Women's cross country, field hockey and men's soccer rounded out the group with one selection apiece.
In order to be eligible for the Academic All-Ivy League squad, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or key reserve on his or her team.
On the women's side, women's soccer players Sophie Reiser, Lauren Cooke and Meggie Ford each earned a spot on the Academic All-Ivy team. Reiser, a first team All-Ivy League honoree, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America third team, becoming the first player to do so in program history.
Joining her was her classmate Ford, who is a double major in economics and political science and was named honorable mention All-Ivy League as a defender. A starter on defense in all 17 games for the Lions, Cooke was the third women's soccer player to earn a spot on the Academic team, majoring in mechanical engineering.
Two other juniors also earned the recognition. Hannah Smith was the backbone of the field hockey team, earning all-region honors after helping her team rank second in the conference in goals allowed. Jacqueline Drouin was the Lions' top runner on the women's cross country team, and earned second team All-Ivy League and all-region honors.
The Ivy League champion men's cross country team landed two members on the Academic All-Ivy squad. Junior Brendan Martin was a first team All-Ivy League and all-region selection, while Kyle Merber was named second team all-conference and all-region.
Football also had two representatives in seniors Lou Miller and Andy Shalbrack. Miller was a unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection after leading the conference in sacks and Shalbrack, a political science major, was a four-year starter for Columbia and was named honorable mention All-Ivy League as a senior.
Rounding out Columbia's honorees was junior men's soccer forward Bayo Adafin. The economic major led the team in scoring for the second consecutive season, and was rewarded with honorable mention All-Ivy League accolades.
Columbia's Fall Academic All-Ivy League Selections
Bayo Adafin, soccer (Rochester, Minn., Jr., economics)
Brendan Martin, cross country (Smithtown, N.Y., Jr., economics)
Kyle Merber, cross country (Dix Hills, N.Y., So., undecided)
Lou Miller, football (Cincinnati, Ohio, Sr., history)
Andy Shalbrack, football (Doylestown, Pa., Sr., political science)
Lauren Cooke, soccer (San Rafael, Calif., Jr., mechanical engineering)
Jacqueline Drouin, cross country (Lawrenceville, Ga., Jr., political science)
Meggie Ford, soccer (St. Petersburg, Fla., Sr., economics/political science)
Sophie Reiser, soccer (Seattle, Wash., Sr., political science)
Hannah Smith, field hockey (North Vancouver, B.C., Jr., history)