CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Ivy League has announced the names of 80 student-athletes – including 10 from Harvard—who have been named to the fall 2013-14 Academic All-Ivy League team.
The recipients are key contributors on officially recognized varsity teams who have cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.0. Each of the eight Ivy League universities nominates five men and five women from its eligible student-athletes.
The football and men’s and women’s soccer teams headed the list with two selections apiece, while men’s water polo, women’s cross country, women’s volleyball and field hockey had one team member represented.
Men’s soccer’s Ross Friedman was an All-Ivy League second team honoree this fall after finishing the season with the team lead in points (12) and assists (10). Friedman's 10 assists are tied for the fifth-highest single season total in program history. He also ranked fifth in the nation in 2013 with 0.59 assists per game, and sixth in country with 10 total helpers.
Sophomore Evan Mendez, also of the men’s soccer team, was Harvard’s only first team All-Ivy League selection. The Ballston Spa, N.Y., local boasted a 6-1-1 overall record in goal for the Crimson. He led all Ivy goalies with five Ancient Eight victories and an overall save percentage of .851. He also ranked second in the league with a goals-against average of 0.85.
Sophomore Paul Stanton Jr. of the football team earned an All-Ivy League second team accolade. The Kenner, La., native finished second in the Ivy League with 17 scores and was fourth with 1,098 all-purpose yards. His 15 rushing touchdowns rank third most for a single-season in Harvard history and he was third in the Ancient Eight with 936 yards on the ground.
Senior Ricky Zorn, also a member of the football team, was named to the All-Ivy League second team after leading Harvard with 50 receptions for 700 receiving yards. His 50 catches tied for 11th-most for a single-season in program history. The Dallas, Texas local ranks 11th in the Harvard record book with 1,264 career receiving yards and 13th with 86 career receptions.
Sophomore Noah Harrison of the men’s water polo team earned his first Academic All-Ivy recognition. He was named to the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division second-team and led the squad with 70 goals and 69 steals. Harrison helped the Crimson claim its first conference title with an impressive 11-1 mark and place second at the CWPA Northern Division championships.
On the women’s side, sophomore Kathleen Wallace of the women’s volleyball team earned her first All-Ivy Academic honor. Wallace was a first team All-Ivy League selection after leading the Crimson with 2.58 kills per set and hitting .249. The outside hitter from San Francisco, Calif., averaged 2.80 kps during conference play, and turned in 13 double-digit kill efforts in 2013.
Senior captain Peyton Johnson of the women’s soccer team is a two-time recipient of the award. Johnson was a unanimous All-Ivy first team selection at defense in 2013. One of three players to start all 18 matches, Johnson dished out a team-high six assists this season to rank third in the Ivy, while leading a defense that ranked second in the league with just 0.82 goals allowed per game.
Cheta Emba, also of the women’s soccer squad, is a first time recipient of the honor and was an All-Ivy League second team honoree after seeing 13 games of action between the pipes to post a 5-1-2 season record. The junior boasted an outstanding 0.14 goals against average, allowing just one goal through 626 minutes. Emba also registered 12 appearances without allowing a score.
Viviana Hanley of the women’s cross country team was named to the All-Ivy second team and recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as an all-region honoree. The junior placed eighth at the Heptagonal Championships with a time of 20:47.3 and paced the Crimson with a time of 20:46.1 in the 6K to rank 18th overall at NCAA Regionals.
Jenn Hatfield of the field hockey team is a first time recipient of the award. The senior goalie was named All-Ivy honorable mention after earning eight wins this season. The St. Louis, Mo., native collected a career-high 90 saves, allowing just 32 goals for an impressive .738 save percentage, which ranks fourth in the Ivy League. Her 1.95 goals-allowed average ranked second in the Ancient Eight this season.
The Ivy League will publish two more editions of the Academic All-Ivy League team during the 2013-14 academic year, one following the winter season and one at the end of spring competition.
Fall 2013 Academic All-Ivy League Team
Evan Mendez (So., Ballston Spa, N.Y., Undecided)
Ross Friedman (Sr., Bexley, Ohio, Government)
Paul Stanton Jr. (So., Kenner, La., Undecided)
Ricky Zorn (Sr., Dallas Texas, Economics)
Noah Harrison (So., Huntington Beach, Calif., Molecular & Cellular Biology)
Kathleen Wallace (So., San Francisco, Calif., Undecided)
Peyton Johnson (Sr., Catonsville, Md., East Asian Studies)
Cheta Emba (Jr., Glen Allen, Va., History & Science)
Viviana Hanley (Jr., Attleboro, Mass., Sociology)
Jenn Hatfield (Sr., St. Louis, Mo., Psychology)