Extraordinary fall season for Fords in classroom

LANCASTER, Pa. - Haverford College athletic teams grabbed headlines throughout the fall season as all six competed for the Centennial Conference championship for the second consecutive year. The conference added an exclamation point for Haverford to a season of accomplishment across the department as it named 61 student-athletes to the fall academic honor roll.

Haverford had the most honorees among the 364 student-athletes recognized from the 11 Centennial schools while Swarthmore College was the next closest institution with 42. The Fords claimed the top spot despite having one less sport to figure in the total as seven of the conference schools have a football team. 

The academic honor roll recognizes sophomores, juniors and seniors who are key performers and have a 3.40 cumulative grade point average or higher. The 61 honorees include 24 student-athletes who have merited honor roll recognition for the first time.

The men's cross country team swept the conference and region meets on the way to a runner-up finish at the national meet. Yet, its stellar season extended into the classroom as 17 members of the team earned inclusion to the academic honor roll.

Women's cross country, which finished second in the conference and region on its way to a 13th-place finish at the national meet, warranted the most selections (14) from within its sport.

Also laying claim to the Centennial Conference championship, the women's and men's soccer teams had 12 and eight honorees, respectively.

Field hockey (six) and volleyball (four) rounded out the Fords' list of honorees.

Eleven of the athletes honored additionally warranted All-Centennial recognition this fall. Field hockey team members Mary Hobbs and Bridget Gibbons -- members of the academic honor roll for the third consecutive season -- were selected to participate in the Division III Senior Game and earned first-team All-South region honors. Furthermore, Hobbs was named a Longstreth/NFHCA 2012 Division III Second-Team All-American.

Christopher Stadler of the men's cross country team had a standout season on all levels as the junior -- a member of the academic honor roll for the fourth time in his career (indoor/outdoor track) -- was named the conference runner of the year and along with teammate Peter Kissin earned 2012 All-American status.