MEDFORD - Senior tri-captain Frank Hattler of the Tufts University men's lacrosse team was announced as a member of the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III At-Large Teams on Tuesday.
Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve on his team with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at their current institution.
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. Hattler, who is on the third team, is one of just nine New England student-athlete among the three teams which include 45 total honorees. He is one of just two from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), and is one of just five Division III lacrosse players to receive the recognition (the only one from a New England school).
From Palo Alto, California, Hattler played in all 20 games for head coach Casey D'Annolfo's team which won the NESCAC championship and played into the NCAA Elite Eight. He was the fifth leading scorer on the team with 31 goals and 14 assists for 50 points. In a key 16-15 early-season win over Cortland, he tallied seven goals with one assist including the game-winning goal in the second overtime period.
A Computer Science and Economics major, Hattler was the recipient of Tufts' Lewis F. Manly Memorial Prize for academic and athletic excellence this year. He achieved Dean's List in all eight semesters and is an Academic All-NESCAC honoree three straight years from 2016-18.
Hattler was a member of the 2015 NCAA Championship team at Tufts as well as three conference championship winning teams (2015-2016, 2018). His former teammate Tyler Olney was an Academic All-America® pick for 2017. Cole Bailey, a senior on the 2015 NCAA champion Jumbos, was also on the selective Academic All-America® teams.