PRINCETON, N.J.—Ten Columbia University student-athletes were named to the 2017 Fall Academic All-Ivy League Team, league officials announced on Tuesday afternoon.


Earning Fall Academic All-Ivy League honors for Columbia were Alex Bangerl (Men’s Soccer), Dylan Castanheira (Men’s Soccer), Anders Hill (Football), Chris Schroer (Football), Ryan Thomas (Men’s Cross Country), Natalie Ambrose (Women’s Soccer), Nell Crosby (Women’s Cross Country), Katie Dempsey (Field Hockey), Anja Malesevic (Volleyball) and Natalie Neshat (Women’s Soccer). Five of the student-athletes earned the honor for the second time in their careers including Bangerl, Hill, Thomas, Malesevic and Neshat.


Three Columbia teams—football, women’s soccer and men’s soccer—had two honorees apiece, while four other teams including men’s cross country, field hockey, women’s cross country and volleyball 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) for each school after each of its three athletic seasons: fall, winter and spring.


Following is a breakdown of each of Columbia's Fall Academic All-Ivy League selections:




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ALEX BANGERL | Soccer | Senior | Pforzheim, Germany | Major: Mathematics

Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection … Three-time All-Ivy League honoree (First Team in 2016 and 2017) as a defender … Named to the NSCAA All-Region Third Team in 2016 … Started 61 of his 63 career games and started every match for the third straight season … In career, scored six goals and added two assists … Posted three goals and an assist in 18 games a senior in 2017 … Helped Columbia allow the second lowest goals against average in the nation as CU surrendered just six goals on the year … Guided the Lions to an NCAA Division I at-large bid.


DYLAN CASTANHEIRA | Soccer | Senior | Men’s Soccer | Landing, N.J. | Major: Economics

Two-time All-Ivy League selection (First Team in 2017, Second Team in 2016) as a goalkeeper … Allowed just eight goals in 18 matches, the No. 3 ranked goals against average in the nation … Finished his senior year with a 12-3-3 overall record, 11 shutouts, 44 saves in 18 games and allowed just eight goals for a 0.43 GAA … Only surrendered three goals in the final 14 matches, all to ranked opponents (No. 20 Dartmouth and No. 1 Wake Forest … Allowed only one penalty kick goal to Wake Forest, who had the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense … In 32 career games played, made 77 saves, allowed just 12 goals for a 0.37 GAA and accumulated 20 shutouts and an amazing 23-5-3 overall record.


ANDERS HILL | Football | Senior | Boulder, Colo. | Major: Political Science

Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection … Second Team All-Ivy League selection in 2017 … One of 37 national semifinalists for the Bill Campbell Trophy … Set school record for season completion percentage (63.4 percent) … Concluded career by starting 18 consecutive games and guiding Columbia to an 11-7 overall record, the best record for a Lions starting quarterback in over 70 years … Led Lions to an 8-2 overall, 5-2 Ivy League record and second place finish in the Ivy League, the program’s best season in 21 years (since 1996) … Completed 206 of 325 passes (63.4 percent) for 2,407 yards and 16 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions … Led Lions in total offense with 2,550 yards and rushed for 143 yards on 118 carries and three touchdowns … Responsible for 19 of Columbia’s 31 touchdowns (61.3 percent) on year … Ranked among FCS statistical leaders in a variety of categories: No. 17 in completion percentage (63.4), No. 17 in completions per game (20.6), No. 23 in passing yards per game (240.7), No. 26 in total offense (255.0) and ranked among Ivy League leaders in: passing yardage per game (No. 2, 240.7) and passing efficiency (No. 5, 135.7) … Registered two 300-plus yard passing games, five 200-yard games, seven contests of 20 or more completions and four multi-touchdown passing games … Team co-captain … In four-year career, completed 399 of 645 passes for 4,612 yards, 27 touchdowns, 22 interceptions and rushed for 565 yards on 299 carries and six touchdowns.


CHRIS SCHROER | Football | Senior | Cincinnati, Ohio | Major: Sociology

Became just the 11th football player and 34th all-time student-athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as he was named to the second team in 2017 … Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree (2016 and 2017) … Ranked No. 7 in the Ivy League and led Columbia in rushing yardage with 638 yards on 137 carries and one touchdown (long of 40 yards) … Ranked fifth on Lions in receiving with 18 catches for 162 yards and a TD (9.0 yards per catch) … Ranked No. 2 on the squad in all-purpose yardage … Tallied two 100-yard rushing games, the only Columbia player to rush for over 100 yards in a game on the year … Emerged at the tail end of the 2017 season as he rushed for 398 yards on 74 carries (5.3 average) and totaled back-to-back 100-yard rushing games (183 at Cornell and 125 vs. Harvard) over season’s last three games … Over four-year career, rushed for 920 yards on 217 carries with two touchdowns and caught 33 passes for 295 yards and a touchdown.


RYAN THOMAS | Cross Country | Senior | Charlottesville, Va. | Major: Political Science

Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection … Won the 2017 individual men’s Ivy League Heptagonal title while leading the Lions to a second place team finish … First Team All-Ivy League selection … Captured first place at the Iona Meet of Champions … Was Columbia’s top finisher in three of the four races he ran in during the season … Also won the 2017 Ivy League championship in the outdoor 5,000-meters with a time of 14:13.41 and qualified for the NCAA East Prelims in the event … Helped lead Columbia to the 2015 Ivy League team cross country title as a sophomore.




NATALIE AMBROSE | Soccer | Senior | Sisters, Ore. | Major: Political Science

Named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, the first player in school history to earn the honor … Four-time All-Ivy League honoree as a defender, including a First Team selection as a senior in 2017 … Named to All-East Region Second Team … Anchored a back line that produced nine shutouts and a 0.8 goals against average on the season … Added a team-best three assists … In 62 career games and 57 starts, scored one goal and five assists for nine points.


NELL CROSBY | Cross Country | Senior | Colorado Springs, Colo. | Environmental Biology

Two-time All-Ivy League honoree … Led Columbia to the 2017 Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country team championship … Earned First Team All-Ivy League honors in cross country after leading Columbia with a fourth place finish individually (21:15) … Led Columbia to first NCAA Championship appearance since 2005 … Led Columbia with a 141st place finish at the NCAA Championships en route to a 28th place team finish … Ranked as the team’s top finisher in five of six races in 2017 … Claimed first place at the Columbia Invitational and fourth place at both the Ivy League Heps and Sam Bell Invitational … Earned Second Team All-America honors, All-Ivy League and set the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2017 … Started off her collegiate athletic career at Columbia as a lacrosse player but switched to cross country and track field after her sophomore year.


KATIE DEMPSEY | Field Hockey | Junior | Chadds Ford, Pa. | Economics

Second Team All-Ivy League selection as a junior in 2017 … Started all 17 games in net for the Lions … Her nine victories rank as the third most in a single season for Columbia … Boasted a 2.75 goals against average with a .701 save percentage with three shutouts in 2017 … Led team to its most clean-sheets since the 2008 campaign … Her 6.76 saves per game ranked No. 17 in NCAA Division I field hockey … Has played in 19 career games … Earned NFHCA National Academic Squad status as a first-year.


ANJA MALESEVIC | Volleyball | Senior | Belgrade, Serbia | Major: Psychology

Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection … Two-time All-Ivy League selection including unanimous First Team honors in 2017 … Led the Ivy League in kills (4.22) and points per set (4.77) … Averaged an Ivy League-best 4.57 kills and 5.18 points per set in league play only … Ranked among the nation’s top-50 in kills, points and attacks per set and owned five of the six highest kill totals in the Ivy League on the year … Two-time Ivy League Player of the Week … Registered five double-doubles with 15 matches with 10-plus kills, seven matches with 20-plus kills and five matches with 25 or more kills … Also finished with 146 digs, 52 blocks and 15 aces … Had at least 20 kills in six of her last seven matches … In career, totaled three Ivy League Player of the Week honors … Second Team All-Ivy League selection as a junior and finished the 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).


NATALIE NESHAT | Soccer | Senior | San Diego, Calif. | Major: Psychology

Two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection … Two-time All-Ivy League selection (First Team in 2017, Second Team in 2016) … Led Columbia in scoring with nine goals and an assist for 19 points as a senior in 2017 … Ranked second in the Ivy League in goals per game … Scored four goals with two assists and 10 points as a junior … In her 66-game and 57-start career, scored 14 goals and three assists for 31 career points.