Seventeen Hockey Players Collect Academic Honor

From left, Mac Lalor, Brian Schultz and Josh Richards

From left, Mac Lalor, Brian Schultz and Josh Richards

July 2, 2013

HAVERHILL, Mass.  – Recently commissioned second lieutenant Cheyne Rocha was named a Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a total of 17 Army hockey players were recognized when the Atlantic Hockey Association released its academic honors.

Rocha was one of 11 league players to garner a 4.0 or better grade-point average to be named Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Rocha is a repeat selection after graduating with a 4.20 grade-point average as an Engineering Management major.

A native of Rye, N.H., this the latest accolade for Rocha. He won the Senior CLASS Award and collected first-team Academic All-America honors as well.

“We talk a lot about our successful cadet-athletes and this is just another example,” said Army Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. “To graduate with over a 4.0 GPA shows how well the U.S. Military Academy prepares its cadets in areas of time management and academic priorities. Congratulations to Second Lieutenant Cheyne and the rest of the team members, coach Riley and the dedicated team of Officer Representatives.”

Seventeen players were named to the 2012-13 Atlantic Hockey Academic Team as well after earning at least a 3.2 grade-point average in each semester.

Joining Rocha on the team are Jon Bobb, Willie Faust, Thane Heller, Cody Ikkala, Luke Jenkins, Joe Kozlak, Mac Lalor, Ryan Leets, Andrew O’Leary, Josh Richards, Mike Santee, Brian Schultz, Michael St. Denis, Rob Tadazak, Matt Walsh and Zak Zaremba.

Ikkala, Leets and Rocha were named to the team in each of their four seasons. Bobb and Schultz are three-time honorees and Richards, Santee and Walsh were chosen for the second time. It is the first academic honor for Faust, Heller, Jenkins, Kozlak, Lalor, O’Leary, St. Denis, Tadazak and Zaremba.

A total of 184 student-athletes from the league were named to the All-Academic Team, marking a new standard.

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