Todd Nichols Named Academic All-America

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY), a junior quad-captain of the Amherst College men's lacrosse team, was named to the GTE/CoSIDA National Men's Spring At-Large Academic All-America Third Team, College Division. Nichols is one of 45 scholar-athletes recognized in the sports of golf, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, indoor and outdoor track. He is one of 18 non-seniors to receive this national honor.

Named a Premier Midfielder by Face-Off Magazine, Nichols finished his junior season as one of the top face-off men in New England, and he was recognized by the USILA as an Honorable Mention All-American. The All-Snively player registered 21 goals and four assists in 1998, including a pair of last-minute goals against Springfield that handed Amherst an 11-10 victory over the Pride and won him NESCAC Player of the Week recognition. Nichols has helped Amherst to three straight ECAC Tournament appearances, and the team finished its 1998 campaign ranked No. 23 in the nation with a 9-7 record.

The Political Science major has compiled a 3.69 GPA over three years at Amherst. Nichols's athletic and academic accomplishments have also been recognized on the football field, where he is a two-time All-NESCAC free safety and elected a quad-captain for the 1998 season. Last fall as the defensive back pushed his career interception total to 10, Nichols was selected to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District I football team.

Nichols is the second scholar-athlete from Amherst to earn Academic All-America honors this year. He follows Ellie Hickerson (Davenport, IA), a tri-captain of the women's soccer team, also earned Third Team honors on the Women's Fall/Winter At-Large Team. Teammate Stephen Carr '97 (Concord, MA) also claimed Academic All-America Third Team honors for his achievements in both lacrosse and academics in Spring 1997.

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