Six EMU student-athletes have been named to the Academic-All State Team by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). A total of 223 student-athletes representing 38 colleges and universities across the state were recognized.
Those honored from Eastern Mennonite University were:
Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite), Sr., Field Hockey, History, 3.66 GPA. Augsburger was a four-year starter for the Royals, starting all 68 of her games for EMU’s field hockey team. Playing as both a defender and midfielder, she earned a spot on the All-ODAC First Team each of her final three seasons and was All-State twice. She finished with 17 goals and 12 assists in her career. Augsburger was selected to play in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association D-III Senior Game.
Damon Frazier (Waynesboro, Va./Wilson Memorial), G-Sr., Baseball, MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Organizational Leadership), 3.54 GPA. In a two-year career at Eastern Mennonite, Frazier was a two-time VaSID All-State and All-ODAC First Team honoree. He was also voted the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete for baseball this past spring. Frazier was a .330 career hitter at EMU, racking up 11 home runs and 60 RBIs in just 72 games. He was also the Royals’ No. 1 pitcher, earning a career win-loss record of 7-8, with a 5.02 ERA.
Dan Lutz (Greencastle, Pa./ Greencastle-Antrim), Sr., Men’s Volleyball, Biochemistry, 3.75 GPA. Lutz was a commanding presence as a four-year starter at middle blocker on the men’s volleyball team. Also the EMU Male Freshman of the Year in 2014-15, Lutz capped his career with a spot on the All-Continental Volleyball Conference Second Team this spring. He leaves with the No. 3 spot on the EMU Career Blocks list, racking up 379 blocks.
Michaela Mast (Broadway, Va./Eastern Mennonite), Sr., Women’s Cross Country and Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field, Psychology, 4.00 GPA. Joining EMU’s running program for the first time as a senior, Mast made an immediate splash. She finished as the runner-up at the ODAC Cross Country Championships in the fall, earning All-ODAC First Team status, as well as Rookie of the Meet and Rookie of the Year honors. Mast then claimed All-Region after crossing 16th at the regional meet. In track & field, she had the No. 5 time in the ODAC in the indoor 3000m.
Hannah Walker (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield), Sr., Women’s Soccer, Biology and Environmental Sustainability, 3.91 GPA. An All-ODAC honoree as a freshman, Walker wrapped up her playing career with her second straight VaSID Academic All-State selection. She has played as both a defender and midfielder as a rare four-year starter for the soccer women, totaling five goals and two assists in 71 career games.
Maria Yoder (Manheim, Pa./Hempfield), Jr., Women’s Volleyball, Biology, 3.98 GPA. Yoder started all 28 matches at middle blocker for EMU's volleyball women last fall, leading the team with 168 kills, a .222 attack percentage and 62 blocks. Those numbers put her ninth in the ODAC in blocks and 13th in attack percentage. Also a great server, Yoder landed 33 aces, the third-best total on the ODAC's best-serving team. She landed double digit kills six times, including 15 in a four-set win over Ferrum. Yoder also made a career-high seven blocks in a key 3-1 win at Emory & Henry late in September.
To be eligible for Academic All-State, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, and be a sophomore or higher.
VaSID is comprised of sports information or athletics communications professionals from intercollegiate institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership is open to any individual affiliated with one of the state’s institutions at the NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, USCAA, NJCAA, community college and independent levels.