May 15, 2014
NEW YORK – The 2014 Capital One Academic All-District® At-Large Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. A pair of BIG EAST student-athletes were among those recognized with Villanova’s John LoCascio and Creighton’s Jennie Hartjes earning the honors.
LoCascio is a senior member of the Wildcat men’s lacrosse team who carries a 3.65 grade point average in finance. Regarded as one of the best long-stick midfielders in the country, LoCascio put together another strong season to collect his second straight BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year award. After entering the year as a Preseason All-America pick and the BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, LoCascio led Villanova with 36 caused turnovers and ranked second on the team with 77 ground balls. He is one of 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.
Hartjes is a junior on the Bluejays’ women’s tennis squad who shows a 4.00 GPA as a biochemistry major. She claimed BIG EAST Women’s Tennis Player of the Week honors twice this year, playing at No. 1 singles and doubles all season. She posted a 14-6 dual match record at No. 1 singles and an 8-5 dual match record at No. 1 doubles. She had a perfect month of March going 6-0 in both singles and doubles at the No. 1 position. Earlier this year, Hartjes earned a notable honor off the court as a 2014 Goldwater Scholar in recognition of her academic achievements in the natural sciences. She claimed Academic Excellence Awards in each of her first five semesters at Creighton.
Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced the first week of June.
The Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes listed on the attached pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.
This is the third year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2013-14 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.
For the full list of honorees, click HERE.