CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Ivy League has announced the names of 80 student-athletes – including 10 from Harvard—who have been named to the fall 2008-09 Academic All-Ivy League team.
The honorees are starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams who have cumulative grade-point averages of at least 3.0. Each of the eight Ivy League schools nominates five men and five women from its eligible student-athletes.
The football team headed the list with three selections, while field hockey boasted two honorees and each soccer program was represented with one student-athlete. Four of the 10 Harvard recipients are natives of Massachusetts.
Senior Megan Watson, a skipper on the sailing team, was named academic all-league for the second straight season after placing fifth at the New England Women’s Singlehanded Championship and 12th at the national championship this fall. Watson was an All-New England selection last season and earned All-America honorable mention as a sophomore.
Junior Lizzy Nichols of the women’s soccer team makes her second appearance on the Academic All-Ivy team after being named first-team all-conference for the second straight season. An ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District choice this fall, Nichols, a defender, scored two goals, including Harvard’s biggest of the year, coming on a penalty kick at 109:51 in double overtime against Columba, lifing the Crimson to the Ivy League title and NCAA tournament.
Junior Lily Durwood led the Harvard women’s volleyball team with 10.77 assists per game and ranks third on the Crimson all-time career assist list with 2,430. Durwood, an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honoree, handed out 30 or more assists on 19 occasions this fall and she had 10 matches with at least 50 assists.
Field hockey seniors Kylie Stone and Abbie Harpstead rounded out the Crimson’s women academic all-league selections. Stone, a two-year starter in goal and a co-captain this fall, ranked second in the league with two shutouts and third with a 1.71 goals-against average and .782 save percentage. She is also a three-time honoree on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad.
Harpstead was a three-year starter at back for the Crimson and also a three-year NFHCA National Academic Squad selection. She started the final 49 games of her Harvard career.
Three of the five slots on the men’s side were key members of the 2008 Ivy League football championship team as seniors Andrew Berry and Chris Pizzotti were selected for the second time, joining Eric Schultz on the academic team. Berry, finalist for the 2008 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award and Draddy Trophy as well as the John Wooden Citizenship Cup, made 43 tackles and had three interceptions and six pass breakups on the year. A three-time first team All-Ivy League and three-time Academic All-District choice, Berry, a defensive back, was also chosen to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America first team and the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Pizzotti finished his career 20-2 as a starter and threw for 2,490 yards and 17 touchdowns this season to lead the Ivy League in passing. A two-time first-team All-Ivy and Academic All-District honoree, Pizzotti was named the Harvard-Yale game MVP after completing 12-of-21 passes for 109 yards and a score. A finalist for the Walter Payton Award, he completed his stellar Harvard career ranked second in completions (427) and second in passing yards (5,675) in school history.
Schultz, an inside linebacker, led the Crimson defense in tackles for the third straight season, finishing 2008 with 79, including 36 solo stops and a team-best 4.5 sacks. A two-time Academic All-District recipient as well as a three-time All-Ivy League pick, Schultz forced key last-minute fumbles this fall that led to wins over Holy Cross and Yale.
Senior forward Michael Fucito of the men’s soccer team earned his second straight selection to the Academic All-Ivy team after finishing the season with 23 points on nine goals and five assists. He was second in the Ancient Eight with 1.47 points per contest was tabbed on first-team All-Ivy for the third consecutive fall. Fucito finishes his Harvard career as the school’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 88 points. He was also named a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and helped the Crimson reach the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Sophomore Daniel Chenoweth finished eighth overall at the Heptagonal Championships, earning second-team All-Ivy honors in the process. He also finished eighth at the NCAA Northeast Regional and qualified for the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA meet, he placed 42nd and was just 1.1 second away from All-America distinction.
The Ivy League will publish two more editions of the Academic All-Ivy League team during the 2008-09 academic year, one following the winter season and one at the end of spring competition.
Fall 2008 Academic All-Ivy League Team
Andrew Berry, Football (Sr., Economics and Computer Science (dual), Bel Air, Md.)
Daniel Chenoweth, Cross Country (So., Undeclared, Geneseo, Ill.)
Michael Fucito, Soccer (Sr., Psychology, Westford, Mass.)
Chris Pizzotti, Football (Sr., Economics, Reading, Mass.)
Eric Schultz, Football (Sr., Psychology, Alpharetta, Ga.)
Lily Durwood, Volleyball (Jr., Psychology, La Jolla, Calif.)
Abbie Harpstead, Field Hockey (Sr., Biochemical Sciences, West Chester, Pa.)
Lizzy Nichols, Soccer (Jr., History & Literature and History of Art & Architecture (dual), Princeton, N.J.)
Kylie Stone, Field Hockey (Sr., Government, South Deerfield, Mass.)
Megan Watson, Sailing (SR., History & Literature, Hingham, Mass.)