Matt Garman ’06, a forward on the Hobart Statesmen hockey team, was recently named to the ESPN-The Magazine Men’s At-Large Academic All-America first team. A biology and chemistry major, he graduated summa cum laude with high honors in chemistry in May.
Garman, originally from Wexford, Pa., is the second Statesman ever to earn first-team accolades, joining baseball player Shawn Fazio ’81, Hobart’s first Academic All-American, honored in 1979. Garman is the ninth Statesman overall to earn a place on the Academic All-America teams.
After an early season injury, Garman returned to play in 14 games during the 2006 season for the Statesmen (20-8-0), who advanced to the NCAA Division III Semifinal for the first time in the program’s history. He scored seven goals and assisted on four more. Garman recorded a season-high three points at Lebanon Valley on Feb. 3, notching the game-winning goals and a pair of assists. He completed his career with 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points.
Garman and his classmates are the most successful class in terms of wins (63-32-11) and winning percentage (.646) to graduate from the Hobart hockey program. In the 24 seasons prior to their arrival on campus, the Statesmen had just four winning seasons, but Garman and his ’06 teammates produced four consecutive winning slates.
In the classroom, Garman was an all-star as well. A three-time ECAC West All-Academic selection, he received the 2005 Richardson Prize in Pre-Med, the 2005 Eaton-Cross Prize in Biology and Chemistry, and the 2003 Chemical Rubber Co. First-Year Chemistry Achievement Award.
A Hale Scholar, Hobart Scholar, Faculty Scholar, and Dean’s Scholar, Garman was a member of the Eta Sigma Phi Honor Society in Classics and the Orange Key Society, Hobart’s sophomore class honor society. He earned a spot on the Dean’s List during all four of his years on campus.
His honors project, “Novel Approach to Natural Product Synthesis: Aristolactam Alkaloids Preparation by Organopalladium Chemistry,” dealt with the use of organic chemistry to develop treatments for cancer. Erin T. Pelkey of the chemistry faculty was his adviser.
Academic All-America teams honor more than 800 student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. They are chosen by votes from members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
To be eligible for an academic All-America team, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings.