StFX Athletics honors 91 U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians

Photo credit Bryan Kennedy
Photo credit Bryan Kennedy

Antigonish, NS—The StFX Department of Athletics honored its 2018-19 U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians Monday morning at their annual celebratory breakfast. This year there was 91 Academic All-Canadians, those student-athletes who have achieved an 80% average or above while consuming a year of eligibility competing for a varsity team. The number was the second highest ever, last year's 96 is the all-time high.

"This celebration of excellence in the classroom is a major highlight of our year," comments StFX Director of Athletics & Recreation Leo MacPherson. "The opportunity to celebrate the synergies between academics and athletics is important to all of us. The ongoing support provided by our senior administration and our faculty members was also acknowledged and very much appreciated."

Out of the possible 275 eligible student-athletes who consumed U SPORTS eligibility by participating on a varsity team at StFX during the 2018-19 season, 33% achieved  Academic All-Canadian status, including 39 male and 52 female student-athletes. The X-Women soccer team had the highest percentage of any StFX team with 58% of their team members earning the distinction.

There were 34 first-time Academic All-Canadians, 31 student-athletes who received the honor for the second time in their career, and 14 who were three-time Academic All-Canadians. Nine student-athletes earned the distinction of being a U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians for four years, while an impressive three student-athletes were five-time Academic All-Canadians, including Elise Brennan, Chloe Brennan and Liam Elbourne – all soccer athletes. In addition, Elbourne was honoured as one of eight elite national U SPORTS Top 8 Academic All-Canadians, receiving commendation from the General Governor of Canada earlier this year.

The Athletic Director's awards for academic achievement, presented to the top StFX male and female academic student-athletes were Amy Graham from the X-Women hockey team who received the award for the second consecutive year, along with Liam Elbourne, a three-time winner.

The 2018-19 Academic All-Canadians were honored at a celebratory breakfast at the McKenna Centre where they received a certificate from U SPORTS along with a gift from the Department of Athletics. All student-athletes were encouraged to invite a faculty member to accompany them to the breakfast. The breakfast bookended StFX Athletics annual Faculty Appreciation Week.

The complete list of 2018-19 StFX Academic All-Canadians is as follows:

Michael Adetola, Football                  Joanna Alphonso, Rugby
Mackenzie Bell, Rugby                      Dylan Bell, Football  
Melanie Belong, Soccer                      Alison Blanchard, Rugby
Emma Boudreau, Track & Field        Erin Brennan, Track & Field             
Chloe Brennan, Soccer                       Elise Brennan, Soccer  
Sarah Bruce, Soccer                            Carly Burrows, Hockey
Tane Caubo, Soccer                            Santino Centorame, Hockey
Paige Chisholm, Cross Country         Josie Chisholm, Hockey
Benoit Cormier, Football                    Lane Cormier, Hockey
Olivia Crewe, Track & Field              Marcus Cuomo, Hockey
Olivia Czipf, Soccer                           Olivia DeMerchant, Rugby
Aidan Doherty, Cross Country           Liam Elbourne, Soccer
Hannah Ellis, Rugby                           Kelsey Ellis, Soccer
Jeremy Fagnan, Football                     Isaac Fagnan, Football
Allie Flower, Track & Field               Megan Frost, Soccer
Claudia Fulton, Rugby                       Sam Gan, Football
Alley Goodreau, Hockey                    Brianna Gottschall, Basketball
Megan Graham, Track & Field          Amy Graham, Hockey           
Alexandra Hamilton, Rugby               Liam Harrigan, Soccer
Rachel Hawkins, Soccer                     Joshua Henderson, Curling
Jane Hergett, Cross Country               Ben Herringer, Soccer
A.J. Hewish, Soccer                            Sarah Hoerig, Rugby
Aaron Hoyles, Hockey                       Liam Hyland, Football
Matt Jemmett, Football                       Zoe Johnston, Cross Country
Jack Kennedy, Soccer                         Catherine Kennedy, Soccer   
Adrian Kinney, Track & Field            Emma Kuzmyk, Soccer
Justin Laforest, Hockey                      Taylor Leger, Track & Field
Lauren Liem, Cross Country              Emma Logan, Curling
Travis Loov, Football                         Cole MacDonald, Hockey
Lauren MacFadyen, Curling               Katie MacIntosh, Basketball  
Paul MacLellan, Cross Country         Patrick Marlow, Cross Country
Hana Marmura, Cross Country          Jamie McCarron, Basketball  
Therese McCurdy, Curling                 Cassidy McEwan, Hockey
Mac Murray, Soccer                           Matt Needham, Hockey
Alex Neuffer, Cross Country              Brooke Noseworthy, Hockey
Patrick O'Brien, Curling                     Jordan Rao, Soccer
Angus Rawling, Cross Country          Ashley Robson, Cross Country
Amy Rowe, Soccer                             Paytan Ruiz, Soccer
Lydia Schurman, Hockey                   Emily Sinclair, Rugby
Sam Studnicka, Hockey                     Madison Suart, Rugby           
Catherine Thompson, Cross Country     Patti-Anne Tracey, Hockey   
Mark Tremaine, Hockey                     Chloe Walker, Track & Field
Katie Walsh, Soccer                           Carleigh Walters, Rugby       
William Warren, Soccer                     Bailey Wasdal, Football                    
Jamie White, Basketball                     Larissa White, Soccer            
Alex Yakimenko, Football                 


2018-19 StFX Academic All-Canadians join with faculty members following the annual celebratory breakfast