MEDFORD - Tyler Olney, a recent Tufts University graduate, was announced on Tuesday as a member of the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® Division III At-Large Team.
A top defender in New England this spring, Olney is one of 45 players in the nation selected to the three Academic All-America® At-Large teams. 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.
Receiving a third team honor, Olney is one of just three student-athletes from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on the Academic All-America® Men's At-Large Teams. He is one of 10 from New England Division III schools.
Recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, the Academic All-America® Teams are made up of student-athletes who are a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). Last month, Olney received Academic All-District® Team honors to earn a spot on the Academic All-America® Team ballot.
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. He was voted on to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-New England second team this spring.
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 graduated as a mechanical engineering major with minors in computer science and entrepreneurial leadership studies. He was the Doherty Family Scholarship recipient this year, awarded to students of high leadership potential and a desire to give back to Tufts University in the future. Olney was also a three-time Academic All-NESCAC recipient.
Olney joins softball senior Cassie Ruscz, baseball senior Speros Varinos and field hockey senior Annie Artz as Jumbos to receive CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors this spring.