Four baseball Mids named to Honor Roll

Center Valley, Pa. * Graduated senior Trevor Thompson (Kent, Wash.) featured a group of four Midshipmen named to the 2005 Patriot League Baseball Academic Honor Roll announced on Tuesday. A total of 45 student-athletes were recognized by the Patriot League, with four student-athletes earning a 4.0 grade point average.

Fellow graduated senior Thomas Van Dam (Haworth, N.J.), and rising seniors Joseph Koessler (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Jared Munde (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) also were named to the 2005 Patriot League Baseball Academic Honor Roll.

Thompson posted a 4.0 GPA in his final semester with Navy, and graduated in May with a 3.96 cumulative grade point average. Thompson earned Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, including an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America selection. In the fall of 2004, Thompson was one of 32 recipients of a Rhodes Scholarship, which will allow him to study at Oxford University in October of this year. Also, Thompson was selected into the Navy SEALS program.

Athletically, Thompson batted a career-high .322 with six doubles and 14 runs batted in. He finished second in the league with 18 stolen bases, as well as hitting .371 in league games. For his efforts on the field, Thompson received All-Patriot League second-team recognition back in May.

Van Dam, who graduated in May with a degree in American Politics & Law, posted a 3.38 GPA in the spring. On the mound, Van Dam tied for the team-high with two saves, while he struck out 15 in 31.2 innings of work. The southpaw combined on a shutout of Georgetown to record his first collegiate save on March 29.

Munde, an economics major, registered a 3.56 grade point average in the spring to earn league academic honors. In his junior campaign, Munde tied for the team-high with two home runs, while he batted .264 with five doubles and 20 runs batted in. Munde was active on the basepaths, successfully stealing 13 bases in 15 attempts.

Koessler, who is majoring in mechanical engineering, pulled down a 3.52 grade point average in the spring semester. During his third year on The Yard, Koessler pitched 18.1 innings in 14 outing, and struck out 17 batters while walking only three. His 5.67 strikeout-to-walk ratio was the best on the team, in addition to combining on both of Navy's shutouts in 2005.

To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade point average in the spring semester and be awarded a varsity letter in one of the League's six winter or 10 spring championship sports.

A total of 863 student-athletes were named to the League's Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll, including 53 with 4.00 grade point averages. The Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll includes the sports of men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's indoor track & field, baseball, golf, men's and women's lacrosse, rowing, men's and women's outdoor track & field, softball and men's and women's tennis. Top Stories