MEDFORD - Senior co-captain Tyler Olney of the Tufts University men's lacrosse team was selected as a member of the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Men's At-Large Team recently.
The honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at their current institution. Honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third teams will be selected later this month.
The At-Large teams include athletes from the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. Olney is one of 11 named to the team for Division III District 1, which includes Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. He is one of just two NESCAC athletes on the District 1 Men's At-Large team.
From Clifton Park, New York, Olney started all 19 games on defense for the Jumbos this season. He was second on the team with 26 caused turnovers while also collecting 38 groundballs. He contributed offensively with a goal and an assist from his defensive position.
Olney was the Division III NCAA Men's Lacrosse Elite 90 Award recipient in 2016, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 90 championships. Olney started on defense for the Jumbos in the 2016 NCAA Championship Game.
A three-year starter overall, including on Tufts' NCAA Championship team in 2015, Olney was a member of two Jumbo national championship teams including 2014. A co-captain this season, he played on four Tufts teams which had a combined 75-13 record during his career.
A Dean's List student every semester, Olney is a mechanical engineering major with minors in computer science and entrepreneurial leadership studies. He was the Kenneth and Debra Bloom Scholarship recipient within the School of Engineering and is soon to be a three-time Academic All-NESCAC recipient.