Four Patriot Leaguers Named to Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Teams

Loyola's Joe Fletcher

June 5, 2014

Capital One Academic All-America Division I At-Large Teams

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Four Patriot League student-athletes were named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Team announced Thursday afternoon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse defenseman Joe Fletcher earned another major honor with a second-team selection on the men's side, while MIT women's rowing senior Erin Meyer made the second team on the women's list and a pair of swimmers, Navy sophomore Ellen Bradford and Army junior Kristen Barta, were named to the third team.

The Capital One Academic All-America at-large program includes the sports of fencing, bowling, rowing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling.

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. The four honorees from the Patriot League made the Academic All-America At-Large ballot after they were among six League student-athletes named to the Academic All-District At-Large Team last month.

Fletcher helped the Greyhounds win the Patriot League regular season and tournament titles this spring and was recognized as the League's Defensive Player of the Year as well as the Scholar-Athlete for Men's Lacrosse. The Syracuse, N.Y. native was also named the William C. Schmeisser Outstanding Defensive Player Award by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and was also on USILA's All-America first team and Scholar All-America team.

Fletcher graduated with a 3.81 grade point average to earn a bachelor's of business administration in accounting and is currently playing for the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse and working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

A three-time Academic All-Patriot League selection, Meyer helped MIT to a third-place finish in the Varsity 8 race at the 2014 Patriot League Women's Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass on May 16. She has a 4.0 grade point average majoring in Mechanical Engineering and was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Women's Rowing.

Bradford was named to the first-team All-Patriot League squad for the second consecutive year in 2014 after winning the 200 breaststroke (2:17.03) and placing second in the 100 breaststroke in the Patriot League Championships. The Knoxville, Tenn. native carries a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average at the U.S. Naval Academy majoring in systems engineering. She was named Patriot League Women's Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year in February.

Barta heads into her senior year as Army's school record-holder in the 200-yard breaststroke. A Life Sciences major, the Oconomowoc, Wis., native carries a 3.96 cumulative grade point average.

Navy junior Joshua Steves was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America Men's At-Large second team in a non-Patriot League sponsored sport (gymnastics). Steves has a 3.98 grade point average in honors mathematics.

For a full listing of honorees, view the Capital One Academic All-America Division I At-Large Teams