Seven Loyola University Chicago student athletes have been named to the Horizon League All-Academic Team.
Here are the details from a Loyola Athletics news release:
Seven Loyola University Chicago fall sport student-athletes have been named to their respective sport’s Horizon League All-Academic Team, it was announced today. Loyola’s seven total student-athletes selected to fall all-academic teams ranks tied for the third most among Horizon League schools, behind only Valparaiso (12) and Butler (8). Cleveland State also had seven student-athletes chosen to all-academic teams.
Three members of Loyola’s NCAA tournament squad were selected to the Horizon League Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team – seniors Eric Marofske (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Conant), Peter McKeown (Woodbury, Minn./Hill-Murray) and Tanner Nebbia (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley West) gave the Ramblers, along with Butler, the second-highest total of honorees. Only Valparaiso had more, with four. Marofske, an accounting major, scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Ramblers a 1-0 victory over Wright State in the Horizon League Championship match, while McKeown, who majors in communications, was a stone wall between the pipes, earning Horizon League Championship MVP accolades after recording three consecutive shutouts in the postseason. An accounting major Nebbia, who also collected Capital One First Team Academic All-District V recognition, totaled a goal on seven shots in 2011.
A pair of Rambler seniors, Katie Groesch (Decatur, Ill./MacArthur) and Lauren Ostarello (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North), was tabbed Horizon League Women’s Soccer All-Academic. Groesch, a biology major who notched a pair of shutouts and owned a 1.52 goals-against average in 2011, wrapped up her Loyola career ranked second in school history in shutouts (19), third in GAA (1.42), and fifth in saves (253). Ostarello, who is pursuing a degree in psychology/social sciences, started 19 matches on defense this fall and helped the Ramblers secure seven shutouts.
Senior communications major Cat Languido (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) led the Loyola women’s volleyball team in digs this season, racking up 379, while also ranking second on the club with 54 assists. The libero was the Ramblers’ lone representative on the 2011 Horizon League Women’s Volleyball All-Academic Team.
Lastly, senior biology major Josh Stein (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) was named to the Horizon League Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Team for the third straight season. A three-time First Team All-Horizon League runner, Stein finished fifth at the 2011 Horizon League Cross Country Championships with a time of 26:20. He was named to the Capital One Academic All-District V Team during the 2010-11 season.
The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal academic all-league teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, earning 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.