December 1, 2009

Ten Bulldogs Earn Fall Academic All-Ivy Honors

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Ten Yale student-athletes were honored today, as the Ivy League released its list of those selected for Academic All-Ivy recognition in fall sports. Eligible student-athletes include all starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams that have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Senior linebacker Tim Handlon (Valparaiso, Ind.), the second-leading tackler of the Yale football team with 68, makes the list as a Political Science major. Handlon also hauled in two interceptions and forced three fumbles for the Bulldogs in 2009.

One of the leaders of the Bulldogs’ cross country program, junior Jeff Perrella, was Yale’s second finisher at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship and top finisher at the NCAA Regional Championship this fall. The Westfield, N.J., native is an Economics major at Yale.

Jordan Raybould, the senior captain of the men’s soccer team from Kansas City, Mo., started 16 of 17 games for the Bulldogs on the pitch this season. Raybould, who had one assist in 2009, is a History major.

Another football player earns Academic All-Ivy laurels in senior Rich Scudellari, an Engineering major from Saratoga, Calif. Scudellari has earned varsity letters as the holder for place kicks while also lining up at wide receiver and in the backfield for the Bulldogs.

Rounding out the male recipients is senior golfer Ben Wescoe (La Jolla, Calif.), the Bulldogs’ captain and an All-Ivy honoree last spring. Wescoe, a History of Art major who also earned Academic All-Ivy honors as a junior, had an impressive fall. He placed second at the Macdonald Cup and seventh at the Big Five Invitational in addition to winning both of his matches in Ivy League Match Play.

All-Ivy Honorable Mention Caitlin Collins (Raytown, Mo.), a senior from the women’s soccer team, claims academic laurels in addition to her on-field honor. Collins, a key defender in a Bulldogs’ defense that posted seven shutouts in 2009, is a Biomedical Engineering major.

Senior Cat Dailey (Newport Beach, Calif.) from the Bulldogs’ volleyball program adds an Academic All-Ivy nod to her ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First Team honor. A History major, Dailey was the unanimous choice for 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year and earned First Team All-Ivy laurels in each of the last two seasons. She led the Ivy League in kills and service aces this past season.

Women’s tennis captain Sarah Lederhandler, a senior from Miami, Fla., grabs Academic All-Ivy laurels after winning her first round singles match and advancing to the round of 16 in doubles at the ITA Northeast Regional in October. Lederhandler is a Biomedical Engineering major.

A pair of accomplished field hockey players cap off the Yale honorees, starting with senior Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.). A First Team All-Ivy and NFHCA All-Region selection, McCauley, an American Studies major, owns the career points record at Yale with 100 and ranks second in career goals with 43. Academically, McCauley was a 2008-09 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District selection and is a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree.

Team captain Julia Weiser joins her teammate after posting a Second Team All-Ivy senior campaign. The Biology major from Houston, Texas led a Yale defense that had three shutouts and six other games where the Bulldogs' opponent only scored one goal. She also contributed offensively, scoring three goals and adding five assists.

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