By Matt Gajtka
PITTSBURGH — In what’s become a springtime routine, the Robert Morris University men’s hockey team once again excelled among its Atlantic Hockey peers in the classroom, with a league-high five Colonials earning 2018-19 Student-Athlete of the Year honors and 23 total players making the league’s annual All-Academic Team.
It was announced by the AHA on Wednesday, June 19, and means RMU has had at least 20 players recognized for their grades for nine consecutive seasons — that’s every season the Colonials have competed in the league. Student-athletes must post a 3.0 grade-point average in both semesters in order to be eligible for the All-Academic Team; RMU’s 23 honorees tied RIT, Canisius and Niagara for the most in the AHA.
This is the third consecutive season Robert Morris has boasted at least four Co-Student-Athletes of the Year, each of whom notched perfect 4.0 GPAs during the academic year. This year’s honorees were juniors Sean Giles and Francis Marotte, sophomores Nick Prkusic, and Dyllan Lubbesmeyer, and freshman Brendan Michaelian. For Giles, this is the second consecutive year he’s nabbed a 4.0.
All 11 freshmen made the All-Academic Team — Aidan Girduckis, Aidan Spellacy, Geoff Lawson, Nolan Schaeffer, Nick Lalonde, Grant Hebert, Kip Hoffman, Justin Addamo, Aiden Beck, Reid Cooper, and Michaelian — to go with sophomores Nick Jenny, Prkusic and Lubbesmeyer, juniors Jacob Coleman, Michael Coyne, Daniel Mantenuto, Alex Robert, Giles and Marotte, plus seniors Alex Tonge, Eric Israel, and Kyle Horsman.
RMU men’s hockey completed its 15th NCAA season in March, reaching the Atlantic Hockey semifinal round for a league-record-tying sixth consecutive year. Under head coach Derek Schooley, the Colonials have collected three conference championships, an NCAA bid, and four other tournament trophies.
They are returning to Seven Oaks Country Club in Beaver for the second consecutive year. It will feature skill prizes, delicious food and in what’s become a signature of the golf outing, a plentiful sports memorabilia auction. Each golfer will receive RMU men’s hockey apparel and two tickets to a home game at the RMU Island Sports Center during the 2019-20 season.
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Matt Gajtka is the Media Relations Specialist for Men’s Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse at Robert Morris University.
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