Mesa well-represented on WILA All-Academic teams

Several Colorado Mesa University men’s and women’s lacrosse players were among a record number of players selected to the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Academic team.

Eleven CMU men’s student-athletes were among 33 on the men’s team. The Mesa women’s had 13 of the 55 on the WILA women’s team.

Stuart Foster led the men’s team with his third selection in as many years as the league has existed. The junior had a 3.62 GPA in landman energy management.

Foster was one of five players in the league to make the All-Academic team three years.

Other Mesa players to make the All-Academic team were Ryan Arnold (3.44 GPA, business administration), Stephen Dunn (3.45, mass communications), Dylan Duresky, (3.44, landman energy management), Eric McCosker (3.93, construction management), John Moore (3.49, biological sciences), Johnny Nitti (3.37, business administration), Shane O’Neill (3.49, landman energy management), Austin Pridham, 3.60, business administration), Kade Robinson (3.51, finance), and Dange Wolf (3.70, radiological technologies).

Three of the 13 Colorado Mesa women’s student-athletes to make the team posted a 4.0 GPA. They were freshman Niki Barban (biology), freshman Coryann Ledford (athletic training) and freshman Megan Lynch (accounting).

Other Mavericks on the team are Paige Amme (3.34, nursing), Lexie Chavez (3.58, criminal justice), Ashley Eickhoff (3.88, nursing), Kady Herzog (3.59, exercise science), Keri Kopchik (3.43, exercise science), Melissa Niedfelt (3.44, criminal justice), Maddie Spor (3.73, health and fitness promotion), Adrianna Stone (3.55, history and accounting), Alison Stone (3.57, accounting), Kendall Tillman (3.87, exercise science).

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must posses a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA and play in at least half of the team’s WILA games during the season.


The Colorado Mesa baseball team is ranked 18th in the final Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II coaches poll released this week.

The Mavericks (45-11) moved up one spot from No. 19 in the previous poll before the NCAA Division II World Series. They were ranked sixth entering the NCAA regional tournaments.

The University of Tampa (Fla.), which won the national title, tops the final poll. The Spartans (47-12) defeated Minnesota State-Mankato in the national championship game Saturday. Mankato (42-9) is second, Grand Valley State (Mich.) University (38-19) is third and South Central Region champion St. Edward’s (Texas) University (44-18) is fourth.


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