May 23, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, PA and WILLIAMSPORT, PA -- Loyola College men's tennis player John McConnell was named to the 2002-2003 Verizon/CoSida Academic All-District 2 University Division At-Large First Team while Greyhound women's tennis player Colleen Ruane earned District 2 Second Team Honors after both were voted on by the sports information directors from colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
McConnell, a three-time team captain and four-time team-MVP and Most Dedicated player at Loyola, forged his path on to the Academic All-District 2 team by engineering an excellent career on the tennis court while simultaneously accumulating a 3.849 GPA as a business administration major to nab three consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic Team nominations and a place on Loyola's Dean's List.
On the court, the senior put together three successful individual campaigns from his freshman through junior seasons, but saved his best for his final season, going 17-15 at the No. 1 singles position and going 13-12 at the No. 1 doubles position. McConnell eclipsed both Loyola's all-time career record for singles wins with 65 and Loyola's all-time career record for doubles wins with 49 in leading the Greyhounds to a 14-10 record this year and a 3rd place finish in the MAAC, the school's most successful season since 1996. The Wilmington, DE native also won Loyola's Medal of Merit award for combining success in athletics with academic success and won Loyola's award for having the highest GPA of any male student-athlete at Evergreen.
With his selection to the first team, McConnell is now on the ballot for the Verizon/CoSida Academic All-America Men's At-Large Team that is scheduled to be announced on Thursday, June 12th. Should McConnell be selected to the Academic All-America team, it would mark the second consecutive year a Loyola tennis player has been named to the Academic All-America team as former Greyhound women's tennis star Nancy Turnblacer accomplished that feat in 2001-2002 with her selection to the First Team.
In keeping the tradition alive of Loyola women's tennis academic and athletic success, Ruane was named to the Academic All-District 2 Second Team after posting a 3.748 GPA as a math major in Loyola's honors program while playing mostly at the No. 4 singles position, going 20-9 and setting a new school record for single-season wins at the No. 4 slot. Her 20 wins gave her 87 singles victories for her career to set another Loyola record. Colleen also posted a 14-6 doubles mark at the No. 2 doubles position to give her 68 doubles wins for her career and her third Greyhound record. For her efforts, the Rosemont, PA-native was named the team's Most Dedicated Player for 2002-2003 at Loyola's Athletic Awards Banquet.
Ruane is a three-time MAAC All-Academic selection and a member of Loyola's Dean's List.
The District 2 University Division consists of all NCAA Division I colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. To be nominated for the Verizon Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 cumulative GPA and a starter or significant reserve on his/her team.