Ten Lions Named Fall Academic All-Ivy League

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

NEW YORK - Ten Columbia student-athletes have been named Academic All-Ivy League for the Fall 2010. The honorees include three members of the cross country teams, a pair of student-athletes from the football and men's soccer squads, as well as one student-athlete from the field hockey, women's soccer, and volleyball teams.

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 men's side, football's Alex Gross and Adam Mehrer both received the honor. After missing most of last season to an injury, Gross came back on a mission in 2010.  The linebacker led the league in tackles with 87, and was a first team All-Ivy League selection. He was one of 16 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athletes.  His classmate, Mehrer, finished second on the team in tackles and was an honorable mention All-Ivy League pick, and recently was named to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America® Football second team.

A pair of men's soccer players, Mike Mazzullo and Jesse Vella, were also named to the team. A co-captain for the second straight season, Mazzullo started all 17 games this season and was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection in the midfield. Vella started all 17 games on defense and helped the Lions to three consecutive Ivy League shutouts to close the year.

The final men's selection was Dustin Martin of the men's cross country team. Martin was a top-five runner for the Lions all fall and helped his team to a third-place finish at the 2010 Ivy League Cross Country Championships.

Two members of the women's cross country team also were named Academic All-Ivy League. Jacqueline Drouin, who was an Academic All-Ivy recipient last fall, placed third at the Ivy League Cross Country Championships in 2010 and earned first team all-conference accolades. Noelle Van Rysselberghe was a top-five runner all season for the Lions, placing 17th overall at the Ivy League Cross Country Championships to help the Lions to a second-place finish.

Senior defender Lauren Cooke of the women's soccer team earned the honor for the second consecutive year. Cooke was a second team All-Ivy League selection and was recently named second team All-Mid-Atlantic Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Julia Garrison from the field hockey squad picked up academic honors for the first time in her distinguished career that saw her named to the All-Ivy League second team four consecutive seasons. The senior started all 17 games in the midfield for the Lions in 2010, racking up 11 goals and four assists for 26 points.

The final selection was volleyball standout Megan Gaughn.  The sophomore became the first player in program history to be a unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection.  Gaughn ended the year as the Lions' leader in kills per set, total kills (352) and service aces (25), and second on the team in digs per set and total digs (310).

Alex Gross, Sr., Football, Sociology (Kettering, Ohio)
Adam Mehrer, Sr., Football, Economics (Midlothian, Va.)
Dustin Martin, Sr., Men's Cross Country, Anthropology (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Mike Mazzullo, Jr., Men's Soccer, History (Yonkers, N.Y.)
Jesse Vella, Jr., Men's Soccer, Earth and Environmental Engineering (New York, N.Y.)

Lauren Cooke, Sr., Women's Soccer, Mechanical Engineering (San Rafael, Calif.)
Jacqueline Drouin, Sr., Women's Cross Country, Political Science (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Megan Gaughn, So., Women's Volleyball, Undecided (Winter Park, Fla.)
Julia Garrison, Sr., Field Hockey, English (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Noelle Van Rysselberghe, So., Women's Cross Country, Undecided (Portland, Ore.)

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