PRINCETON, N.J.—Ten Columbia University student-athletes were named to the 2016 Fall Academic All-Ivy League Team, league officials announced on Thursday afternoon.
Earning Fall Academic All-Ivy League honors for Columbia were Alex Bangerl (Men’s Soccer), Anders Hill (Football), Gianmarco Rea (Football), Amit Shumowitz (Men’s Soccer) and Brian Zabilski (Men’s Cross Country), Anja Malesevic (Volleyball), Natalie Neshat (Women’s Soccer), Katie Ruesterholz (Field Hockey), Henna Rustami (Women’s Cross Country) and Cassie Wes (Volleyball). Wes earned the honor for the second consecutive year.
Three Columbia teams—football, volleyball and men’s soccer—had two honorees apiece, while four other teams including men’s cross country, field hockey, women’s cross country and women’s soccer had one representative each.
In order to be eligible for the Academic All-Ivy League squad, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key reserve on his or her team. The conference announces 10 Academic All-Ivy League selections (five men and five women) after each of its three athletic seasons: fall, winter and spring.
Following is a breakdown of each Columbia Fall Academic All-Ivy League selections:
COLUMBIA’S FALL ACADEMIC ALL-IVY LEAGUE SELECTIONS (10)
ALEX BANGERL, Men’s Soccer, Pforzheim, Germany, Major: Mathematics
First Team All-Ivy League selection as a defender…Named to the NSCAA All-Region Third Team…Totaled three goals on year…Helped lead Columbia to an Ivy League Championship with a 13-3-1 overall and 5-1-1 Ivy League record…Part of a Columbia defense that allowed a league-best 0.71 goals against average and nine shutouts…Started every game at centerback for the second consecutive season…Scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute of a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart.
ANDERS HILL, Football, Junior, Boulder, Colo., Major: Political Science
Started eight of 10 games at quarterback for Columbia…Completed 144 of 268 passes for 1,651 yards and 10 touchdowns and also rushed for 258 yards on 132 carries and two touchdowns…Averaged 165.1 yards passing per game and completed 53.7 percent of his passes…Ranked among Ivy League leaders in several categories including passing average (No. 6, 165.1), passing efficiency (No. 7, 111.8) and total offense (No. 5, 190.9).
GIANMARCO REA, Football, Senior, Birmingham, Mich., Major: Psychology
First Team All-Ivy League selection as a middle linebacker…Ranked No. 12 nationally in both tackles per game (10.8) and solo tackles (5.8)…Led Ivy League in total tackles (108) and ranked No. 2 in tackles for loss (1.45 per game) and No. 8 in sacks (5.0)…Led Lions in tackles, solo tackles, tackles for loss (15-46) and sacks (5.0-26)…Reached double figure tackles in nine of 10 games…Totaled a career-high 15 tackles at Harvard on Nov. 5…CoSIDa Academic All-District honoree and FCA Academic nominee…Was candidate for Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year award…Concluded four-year, 35-game career with 218 tackles (110 solo), 20 tackles for loss for 63 yards and 6.0 sacks.
AMIT SHUMOWITZ, Men’s Soccer, Senior, Tel Aviv, Israel, Major: Economics
Started all 15 games for Columbia as a defender…Helped lead Columbia to an Ivy League Championship with a 13-3-1 overall and 5-1-1 Ivy League record…Part of a Columbia defense that allowed a league-best 0.71 goals against average.
BRIAN ZABILSKI, Men’s Cross Country, Sophomore, Saugus, Calif., Columbia College
Advanced to the NCAA Cross Country Championships after taking 11th place at the NCAA Northeast Regional…Second Team All-Ivy League selection…Finished in 13th place at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships…Led team to a third place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.
ANJA MALESEVIC, Volleyball, Junior, Belgrade, Serbia, Major: Psychology
Second Team All-Ivy League selection…Finished 2016 season with 208 kills (2.7 kills per set), 23 aces, 15 digs (1.95 digs per set), 39 total blocks (0.51 blocks per set)…Named Ivy League Player of the Week (Nov. 7)…Concluded season ranked among top-10 Ivy League statistical leaders in kills per set, points per set…Also ranked among Ivy League leaders in several other statistics: No. 11 in kills, No. 12 in aces and No. 12 in points, No. 12 in aces per set…Helped guide Columbia to a third place finish in the Ivy League.
NATALIE NESHAT, Women’s Soccer, Junior, San Diego, Calif., Major: Psychology
Put together a breakout junior season…Second Team All-Ivy League selection…Tallied a career-high four goals and two assists on year…Knocked in the game winning header in overtime at Penn (Oct. 8)... Earned TDS National Team of the Week Honors... Posted both a goal and an assist at Wagner (Sept. 25)...Found the back of the net en route to a 2-0 win over Cornell (9/23)...Knocked in Lions sole goal in a 1-1 draw at Seton Hall (Sept. 18)...Helped guide Columbia to a 7-6-4 overall record and third-place finish in the Ivy League (4-2-1 record).
KATIE RUESTERHOLZ, Field Hockey, Senior, New York, N.Y., Major: Economics
Four-time All-Ivy League selection, the second player in school history to achieve that honor…Second Team All-NFHCA Mideast Region selection…First Team All-Ivy League selection…Finished tied for second in the Ivy League in points (37) and goals (15), which are both the highest season totals in program history…Broke Columbia’s all-time goal (44) and points (107) records…Recorded two hat tricks and earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors (Oct. 21).
HENNA RUSTAMI, Women’s Cross Country, Senior Syosset, N.Y., Major: Political Science
Advanced to the NCAA Cross Country Championships as an individual runner…Placed eighth in the NCAA Northeast Regional…Finished 15th at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.
CASSIE WES, Volleyball, Senior, Atherton, Calif., Major: Computer Science
Earns Academic All-Ivy League honors for the second time...Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year…Named Ivy League Player of the Week (Oct. 3)…Ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division I and led the Ivy League in digs per set (5.51 dps)…Her 468 digs on the season and 1,315 career digs rank No. 2 in program history…Set program record for digs in a 3-match set with 33 digs at Brown…Registered two 30-plus dig matches in 2016, each ranking among the top-5 Columbia performances for a single match...Helped guide Columbia to a third place team finish in the Ivy League.