July 25, 2011
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Air Force lacrosse players Tristan Newkirk and Pat Harrison have been named to the 2011 Academic All-ECAC Team, as announced by ECAC Commissioner Rudy Keeling on Monday afternoon. Thirty-six athletes from the league's seven teams earned a spot on this year's academic all-conference team.
In order to be selected to the team, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA through at least four semesters of work at his current institution, be a significant contributor to his team and have participated in at least 50 percent of the games (33 percent of the minutes for goalies).
Newkirk, a native of Albany, N.Y., graduated from the Academy in May with a degree in systems engineering management. The Falcons' team captain and recipient of the team's Unsung Hero Award, Newkirk carried a 3.23 GPA. In 2011, Newkirk made the switch to defense after spending his first three seasons as a midfielder. In his first year with a long pole, Newkirk had a strong season, finishing the year with 14 ground balls and ranked third on the team with 12 caused turnovers.
Meanwhile, Harrison, a native of Annapolis, Md., completed his sophomore year with a 3.34 GPA while majoring in systems engineering - aeronautical systems. In his first season competing for the Falcons, Harrison saw action in eight games and recorded four points (2g, 2a) on the year.
Ohio State led the way with 10 selections to the Academic All-ECAC team, followed by Bellarmine and Fairfield with nine and five selections, respectively. Loyola garnered four academic all-conference selections, while Denver and Hobart each had three players named to the 2011 Academic All-ECAC team.