CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Ivy League has announced the names of 80 student-athletes – including 10 from Harvard—who have been named to the fall 2011-12 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, men's water polo, women's soccer and women's volleyball teams headed the list with two selections apiece, while the men's soccer and sailing squads had one team member represented. Two of the 10 Harvard recipients are natives of Massachusetts.
Senior co-captain Melanie Baskind of the women's soccer team, who hails from Framingham, Mass., earns her third nod to the Academic All-Ivy team after being named unanimously as the Ancient Eight Player of the Year. Baskind, who was also nomainted for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, was tabbed to the Capital One Academic All-America team and earned All-Ivy first team honors for the second straight season. Baskind tied for the Ivy League lead in points (24), goals (eight) and assists (eight) as a senior and ranks sixth in program history in points (79) and assists (25), and seventh in goals (27).
Women's soccer sophomore Peyton Johnson, who was recently tabbed a co-captain of the Crimson for the 2012 season, was named to the All-Ivy first team after standing third on the team with 11 points and four goals. An All-Ivy honorable mention selection in 2010, Johnson, who hails from Catonsville, Md., scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute against Dartmouth Oct. 29, clinching the Ivy title for the Crimson.
Senior Christine Wu of the women's volleyball squad set the school record for single-season digs in 2011 with 523 and ranks second in single-season digs per set (5.56). A co-captain from Naperville, Ill., Wu also holds the Harvard record for career digs (1,841) and ranks second in Ivy League history. She is only the fourth student-athlete in program history to have been named All-Ivy four straight years and garnered Capital One Academic All-District honors this year.
Junior Taylor Docter, recently named captain for the 2012 season, earned All-Ivy League second team accolades this fall after ranking seventh in the Ancient Eight with 3.05 kills per set. A native of Los Altos, Calif., Docter was also seventh in the conference with 0.27 aces per set and 3.52 points per set. In addition, she recorded three double-doubles and finished the year averaging 1.72 digs per set.
Representing the football team, senior Alex Gedeon, the 138th captain of the Crimson, was selected to the All-Ivy first team, as well as the New England Football Writers Association All-New England team as a linebacker. A product of Hudson, Ohio, Gedeon led the team and ranked second in the Ivy League with 92 tackles, while forcing five turnovers, including three interceptions. Gedeon's final interception of the year came on his final defensive snap against Yale, returning it 35 yards for his first collegiate touchdown.
Senior Matthew Hanson, also of the football team, was an unanimous All-Ancient Eight first team choice at defensive back. A native of Lafayette, Colo., Hanson also garnered New England Football Writers Association All-New England team accolades and led the Ivy League with 10 pass breakups.
Senior co-captain Kevin DiSilvestro of the men's water polo team finished third on the squad with 30 goals, while also contributing 17 assists and 20 steals. DiSilvestro, who hails from Phiadelphia, Pa., named to the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Player of the Week honor roll Oct. 10.
Alexandre Popp, also a senior with the men's water polo team, set a new career-high with 244 saves. A native of Palo Alto, Calif., Popp was tabbed CWPA Northern Division Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 5 and was selected to the CWPA Northern Division honor roll Oct. 17.
Junior co-captain Scott Prozeller of the men's soccer squad was an All-Ivy League first team honoree this fall after garnering All-Ivy second team accolades a year ago. Prozeller tied for the Crimson lead in goals in 2011, tallying two scores off penalty kicks.
The Ivy League will publish two more editions of the Academic All-Ivy League team during the 2011-02 academic year, one following the winter season and one at the end of spring competition.
Fall 2011 Academic All-Ivy League Team
Kevin DiSilvestro, Men's Water Polo (Sr., Economics, Philadelphia, Pa.)
Alex Gedeon, Football (Sr., Human Development & Regenerative Biology, Hudson, Ohio)
Matthew Hanson, Football (Sr., Human Development & Regenerative Biology, Lafayette, Colo.)
Alexandre Popp, Men's Water Polo (Sr., History, Palo Alto, Calif.)
Scott Prozeller, Men's Soccer (Jr., Economics, Sudbury, Mass.)
Melanie Baskind, Women's Soccer (Sr., Neurobiology, Framingham, Mass.)
Taylor Docter, Women's Volleyball (Jr., Human Development & Regenerative Biology, Los Altos, Calif.)
Peyton Johnson, Women's Soccer (So., Undecided, Catonsville, Md.)
Alexandra Jumper, Sailing (Sr., History, Putnam Valley, N.Y.)
Christine Wu, Women's Volleyball (Sr., Human Evolutionary Biology, Naperville, Ill.)