Five Patriots Honored on VaSID All-Academic Team

Posted: June 4, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Five George Mason student-athletes were honored recently with inclusion on the All-Virginia Academic Team. Senior men’s volleyball player Art Kulans was selected to the All-Virginia Academic first team, while sophomore women’s volleyball player Jesica Umansky was a second-team choice. Senior men’s basketball player Jon Larranaga and senior women’s basketball player Shelbylynn McBride each were chosen for the third team, and junior women’s lacrosse player Lisa Hagan was an honorable mention pick.

Each intercollegiate institution in Virginia was allowed to nominate six students for the honor. Voting was conducted by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID).

Kulans was an All-Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) first-team and EIVA All-Academic team selection in his final season. He recorded his 1,000th career kill during the EIVA Tournament and finished his career first in kills (814), second in digs (390) and blocks (189), and fourth in assists (76) in George Mason rally-scoring era records. A Verizon Academic All-America second-team honoree in 2002 and a District III choice in 2003, Kulans has earned a perfect 4.000 GPA in the last six consecutive semesters and owns a 3.990 cumulative GPA with a double major in finance and accounting.

Umansky was the 2002 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Setter of the Year and an All-East Region first-team honoree after helping the Patriots to a 22-8 final record, the CAA championship, and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Umansky led the league in assists with 12.27 per game and was fourth among conference players in service aces with 0.52 per game. She recorded 1,350 assists during the year, the second-best season total in Mason history, and also logged 269 digs and 94 kills. Against East Carolina, she recorded a triple-double with 57 assists, 14 digs, and 10 service aces. A systems engineering major, Umansky carries a 3.727 GPA and has been a CAA Scholar-Athlete.

A graduate student in public administration, Larranaga was a two-time CAA All-Defensive and All-Academic team selection who started all 28 games last season as he played every position from point guard to power forward. He concluded the year by being named to the VaSID men’s basketball All-Virginia second team after ranking second on the Patriots’ squad in scoring at 13.1 points per game, third in rebounding (4.6 per game), first in assists (3.8 per game), third in steals (1.3 per game), and first in free throw percentage (.797), finishing in the top 20 in the CAA in each category. Larranaga’s other academic honors include being named to this year’s Verizon University Division Academic District III men’s basketball team, the Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association Scholar-Athlete team, and to the CAA Scholar-Athlete team three times.

McBride played both basketball and volleyball for the Patriots this past year. She played in every game of every match, at either libero or opposite hitter, as the volleyball team went 22-8, won the CAA Championship and made the NCAA Tournament. McBride was third on the team with 268 digs and also recorded 38 blocks and 112 kills. On the basketball court, McBride played in 24 games, starting 12, as the basketball team went 14-12 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. She was third on the team in rebounds (4.0 per game), fifth in scoring (7.0 per game), and shot a league-best 86.7 percent from the free throw line during conference games. A three-time CAA Scholar-Athlete and two-time nominee for the CAA’s prestigious Dean Ehler’s Leadership Award, McBride has a 3.596 GPA in sociology.

Hagan, a biology major, is a three-time second-team All-CAA selection who completed the 2003 season ranked third on the squad in points (33), fourth in goals scored (18), and second in assists (15). She was named to the 2001-02 Verizon University Division Academic District III Women’s At-Large second team and has made the Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester since her freshman campaign. Hagan is currently the Patriots’ all-time leader in assists with 61, and she ranks fifth all-time at Mason with 115 career points.

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