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
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
Following is a breakdown of each of Columbia's Fall Academic All-Ivy League selections:
COLUMBIA’S FALL ACADEMIC ALL-IVY LEAGUE SELECTIONS (10)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.