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June 5, 2012

PSU Men’s Ice Hockey player named Academic All-America

Greco represents Panthers with prestigious honor

   
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            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – One of the stars of Plymouth State University's championship men's ice hockey team has been recognized nationally for his successful achievements in the classroom as well as on the ice and in the community, earning one of the highest academic awards in college athletics.

            Junior Kyle Greco (Hillside, Ill./Fenwick) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Men's At-Large Third Team (as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America/ CoSIDA).  Greco was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 1 At-Large First Team (as selected by CoSIDA) last month.

            Greco is a two-year veteran for the Panther ice hockey team who was named Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) First Team All-Star in 2012.  He topped the team in scoring (14 goals, 22 assists, and 36 points in 26 games), led the MASCAC in assists and ranked third in goals and points.  The Panther assistant captain was also a finalist for the Concannon Award from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, given to the top American-born Division II/III player in New England. Greco led PSU to the first conference championship (MASCAC) in the program's 40-year history, and first NCAA Division III Championship Tournament berth.

  
   

            A two-time selection to the MASCAC All-Academic Team, Greco is a Business Administration major and has been named to the PSU President's List every semester at PSU (after transferring from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 2010).  He assists with the local youth hockey program, and he was part of a student group that placed 2nd out of 15 teams in an Apprenticeship Business program.

            Greco becomes the sixth student-athlete from Plymouth State to received Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA.  Football player Chris Simon was the first in 1985, followed by Men's Soccer player Paul Andrew in 1995 and 1996; Women's Swimmer Kerry Fritz in 1996; Skier Tim Mitchell in 2001 and 2002; and Men's Hockey player Chris Chambers in 2010.

            Capital One Academic All-America At-Large selections come from the NCAA sports of Bowling, Crew, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming, Tennis, Men's Volleyball, Water Polo and Wrestling.  CoSIDA also selects Capital One Academic All-America Teams in Football, Women's Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, and Cross Country/Track & Field.

            To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America program, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).  He/she must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution.

              The complete Capital One Academic All-America Teams are available on the CoSIDA Website at CoSIDA.com.

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