PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League has announced its Academic All-Ivy selections for the 2015 fall season. Each season, 10 student-athletes from each Ancient Eight school -- five men, five women -- are selected Academic All-Ivy. In order to be eligible for Academic All-Ivy, a student-athlete must be in his/her second year at Penn and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better.
Penn is represented this fall by the following athletes:
Thomas Awad (Sr., East Norwich, N.Y.) won his second-consecutive Heptagonal Games title in men’s cross country in late October, and then became Penn’s second two-time All-America with a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Louisville. A first-team All-Ivy and All-Region performer, Tom led the Quakers to their first-ever ranking in the USTFCCCA national poll, and program's first appearance as a team in the NCAA Championships since 1975. Tom is a Health & Societies major.
Alexis Genske (Sr., Altadena, Calif.) was a second-team All-Ivy selection in volleyball after leading the Quakers in both total kills (288) and kills per set (3.03). She was the only Quaker to start all 26 matches, and also ranked second on the team in digs per set (3.06). Alexis finished with 12 double-doubles, ranked fourth among Ivy League players in total kills and sixth in kills per set. Alexis is a Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Elizabeth Hitti (Sr., Ashland, Mass.) was a second-team All-Ivy and first-team NFHCA All-Region in field hockey. The senior co-captain led the nation in assists per game, setting program records for assists in a season (18) and career (34). Following the regular season, Elizabeth played in the NFHCA Senior Game at the NCAA championship weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. Elizabeth is a Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics major in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Alexa Hoover (So., Collegeville, Pa.) was Penn’s first field hockey All-America since 2003, as well as first-team All-Ivy, first-team NFHCA All-Region, and All-ECAC first team. Only a sophomore, Alexa shattered the program records for goals (27) and points (63) in a season, leading the Ivy League in both categories. She finished the season second nationally in goals per game, and fourth in points per game. Alexa is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and has not declared a major.
Paige Lombard (Sr., Belleair Bluffs, Fla.) was first-team All-Ivy and third-team NSCAA All-Region in women’s soccer. The senior co-captain anchored a defensive unit that allowed just 11 goals (third fewest in a season in program history) and posted a 0.63 goals-against average. At the other end, she finished second on the team with three goals. Though listed as a senior, the Miami (Fla.) transfer has one more year of eligibility. Paige is an Anthropology major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Mike McCurdy (Jr., Bethesda, Md.) was the 2015 Collegiate Sprint Football League Co-MVP after he led the CSFL in passing yards per game, total offense, and passing touchdowns. He threw for a career-high 1,513 yards, the third most in a single season in school history, and already ranks second all-time in passing yards for a career. Mike is a Biological Basis of Behavior major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Ashley Montgomery (Jr., Mt. Pleasant, Mich.) earned an individual berth into the 2015 NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championships due to a fifth-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Regional, after earning first-team All-Ivy at Heps. She registered five top-five finishes, and recorded the program’s best individual finish at NCAAs since 1991 (73rd). Ashley is enrolled in the Wharton School of Business with a Management concentration.
Alec Neumann (Sr., New Hope, Pa.) was second-team All-Ivy in men’s soccer, and has been named All-Ivy in each of his three collegiate seasons. He tied for the team lead in goals. Alec is a Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Tanner Thexton (Sr., Somerville, N.J.) was a first-team All-Ivy pick for Penn’s Ivy League champion football team. He started all 10 games on the offensive line, and was a member of an O-Line which allowed just 12 sacks and blocked for Ivy’s second-best rushing attack. Tanner is enrolled in the Wharton School of Business with a Statistics concentration.
Justin Watson (So., Bridgeville, Pa.) was a finalist for the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League’s Offensive Player of the Year in football. Only a sophomore, he was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection as well as a STATS FCS third-team All-American. Justin led the Ivy League in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns, and ranked seventh nationally in FCS in receiving yards. He is just the third player in program history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Justin is enrolled in the Wharton School of Business, and has not declared a concentration.