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RMU places 25 players on AHA All-Academic Team

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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For the third year in a row, Robert Morris University has set the classroom standard in the Atlantic Hockey Association, as the Colonials had a conference-leading 25 players named to the 2013-14 AHA All-Academic Team on Monday.

RMU, which had 25 players on last year’s All-Academic Team and a conference-record 26 in 2011-12, tied with American International for the most student-athletes honored this year by Atlantic Hockey. Andrew Blazek, Jimmy Geerin, Evan Renwick and former captain Colin South earned their fourth consecutive All-Academic selections, pacing the Colonials’ 2013-14 contingent.

In order to qualify, individuals must have posted at least a 3.0 grade-point average in all academic semesters during which their team was competing. The AHA released a list of 202 honorees among its 12 member schools, setting a new record in the 11-year history of the conference.

Head coach Derek Schooley’s squad featured 17 repeat honorees in all, again tying American International for the highest total in the AHA. Scott Jacklin, Jeff Jones, David Rigatti, John Walton, Tyson Wilson and 2014-15 captain Cody Wydo each made the All-Academic Team for the third time in their RMU careers.

Sophomore Zac Lynch, who was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-America District 2 At-Large Team, headed a group of seven Colonials making the AHA All-Academic Team for the second time. Brandon Denham, David Friedmann, Greg Gibson, Chase Golightly, Jay Llewelyn and Evan Moore made up the rest of that group.

Eight RMU players worked their way onto the AHA list for the first time: Matt Cope, Dalton Izyk, Brandon Lane, Daniel Leavens, Rob Mann, John Rey, Ben Robillard and Terry Shafer.

In addition to its academic success, Robert Morris had a banner season on the ice in 2013-14, winning the AHA postseason tournament and earning its first bid to the NCAA tournament in program history. The Colonials posted an overall record of 19-18-5 (.512), including a mark of 13-9-5 (.574) in AHA play.

RMU will begin its 11th season of NCAA Division I hockey when it welcomes Lake Superior State to 84 Lumber Arena on Friday, Oct. 10. The Colonials, who have 39 wins over the past two seasons, will play 17 home games at the Island Sports Center in 2014-15, in addition to hosting the third-annual Three Rivers Classic at Consol Energy Center.

For more information on Pittsburgh’s College Hockey Team, including a full season schedule, visit rmucolonials.com.