Shelby Colyer Named Capital One Academic All-American
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College senior field hockey goalie Shelby Colyer (Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) was named to the Capital One CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America At-Large Team on Tuesday.
Colyer earned a second-team selection and became Washington & Jefferson’s 28th Academic All-American. A total of 39 Presidents throughout history have earned Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America status, including 11 two-time selections. David Damico ’81 earned the school’s first national award in 1978.
Colyer is W&J’s first Academic All-American since water polo standout Jessica Barby ’10 earned the distinction two years ago. She is also the first field hockey player in school history to be selected to the Academic All-America team.
The CoSIDA women’s at-large program features all NCAA Division III student-athletes in the following sports: bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.
A total of 46 student-athletes were honored, 15 on the first and second teams and 16 on the third team. Ten of the honorees were field hockey players; however, Colyer was the only one representing the Empire 8 Conference.
Colyer helped Washington & Jefferson claim its first-ever conference field hockey championship after winning the Empire 8 Tournament. Colyer notched six saves in the 2-1 championship game victory over Nazareth which sent the Presidents to their first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. Colyer amassed 10 saves in the Presidents’ NCAA first round loss at William Smith.
A two-time Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, Colyer graduated with a degree in accounting and a 3.99 grade-point average. After missing the first half of the season due to an injury, Colyer posted a 6-3 record and a 1.68 goals-against average in the cage. She collected a career-high 60 saves and a pair of shutouts. As a team, the Presidents finished 31st in NCAA Division III in goals-against average (1.48) and save percentage (.797). Colyer also helped W&J own the nation’s 24th-best win percentage (14-5, .737).
Colyer was a four-time Gladiator by SGI/NFCHA Scholar-Athlete and was recently announced as the winner of the W&J athletic department’s E. Ronald Salvitti, M.D. Senior Female Scholar-Athlete Award.
Colyer finished her career with 25 victories and 219 saves (2nd in school history). She spent 2,798 career minutes in goal and boasted a 1.39 goals-against average. With Colyer as a member of the program, W&J notched a 49-25 overall record, including a 16-9 mark in Empire 8 conference play.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.