Salem, Va.- On July 23, the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) released their annual Academic All-State Team.
To qualify, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore and also have a GPA of 3.25 or higher. The six Maroons that were selected were women's soccer Laura Sullivan (Psychology, 3.85), field hockey's Kaylin Stenson (Criminal Justice, 3.82), men's lacrosse Joey Russell (Business, 3.82) and Jason Sarro (Business, 3.92), women's tennis Carolyn Kitsock (Communications, 3.93), and men's soccer Nick Tadros (Chemistry, 3.71).
VaSID Academic All-State Team is just one of the many honors awarded to Sullivan this year. The senior defender also earned a spot on the All-ODAC First-Team as well as the VaSID All-State Second-Team, along with All-Region recognition from the United Soccer Coaches. Sullivan was also named the Roanoke College Female Athlete of the Year. Being named to the Academic All-State Team seems to be the cherry on top of an outstanding career for Sullivan who earned All-ODAC recognition four consecutive years. Sullilvan played a critical role in a Roanoke College defense that led the ODAC with 11 shutouts.
Academic All-State is also the latest of a slew of awards earned by junior defender Kaylin Stenson. First-Team All-ODAC, First-Team All-State, and Second-Team All-Region by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association were all awarded to Stenson who helped the Maroons lead the ODAC with the fewest goals allowed per game in 1.49.
Russell played in all 20 games for the Maroons and forced 23 turnovers in his senior season. For his efforts, he was named Third Team All-ODAC.
Sarro was named First-Team All-ODAC, as well as his second Honorable-Mention All-American, as he led the ODAC with 43 assists and ranked second in the league with 83 total points.
Kitsock was named First-Team All-ODAC in both singles at No. 5, where she went 14-1, and doubles along with her teammate Janny Alvarado at No. 3, where the pair went 10-0.
Tadros was named to the All-ODAC Second-Team after a season where he ranked third in the conference with a 0.78 goals-against-average.