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ESPN The Magazine honors three for academics

Three Hobart and William Smith student-athletes were recently named to the ESPN The Magazine At-Large Academic All-District teams. All three are members of the Classes of 2007 and graduated on Sunday, May 13.

• Hobart tennis player Matt Silver was named to the All-District first team, following second team honors in 2005 and 2006.

Earlier this month, he earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude with honors in biology. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Liberty League All-Academic pick.

On the court, Silver compiled a 45-31 career singles record, earning All-Liberty League Singles honors in 2004 and 2007. He also garnered a spot on the all-conference doubles teams in 2005 and 2007.

• William Smith rower Michelle Dodge was also named to the All-District first team. She received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in environmental studies and in English.

Dodge is a three-time Liberty League All-Academic selection and was named a 2007 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

She has been a part of six Liberty League Boats of the Week this spring season, including the gold medal-winning varsity eights at the Liberty League and New York State championships. During the fall season, Dodge was a member of the second varsity eight that won the Head of the Fish.

• William Smith field hockey standout Sophie Dennis was named to the All-District second team for the second consecutive year.

Dennis graduated with a bachelor’s degree cum laude in sports in society. She is a three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic Squad selection as well as a three-time Liberty League All-Academic pick.

The most dominant offensive player in William Smith history, Dennis holds the Heron career records for goals (89), assists (39) and points (217). In NCAA Division III history, she is ninth in career goals and 10th in career points.

A three-time NFHCA All-American, Dennis led the Liberty League in goals each of her four seasons, and played an integral role in leading the Herons to a 67-17 overall record and a 27-1 conference mark over the past four years. William Smith captured three straight Liberty League Championships and earned three consecutive NCAA Tournament bids, advancing to the semifinals in 2004 and the quarterfinals in 2005 and 2006.

As a senior, Dennis recorded a school record 70 points on 28 goals and 14 assists, ranking third in the nation in points per game (3.18).