Three Brown student-athletes – all seniors - have been selected to the District I ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large teams. All three of Brown's nominated student-athletes were selected to the men’s team with fencer Adam Pantel (Mendham, NJ) and water polo standout Kent Holland (Orinda, CA) both earning First Team honors. Men’s ice hockey forward Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) earned a spot on the Second Team. By virtue of their selection to the All-District First Team, Pantel and Holland will now advance to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America national ballot. For the At-Large process, schools may nominate up to three student-athletes for the men's team and three student-athletes for the women's team. All three of Brown’s honorees were also recognized as Academic All-Ivy selections this year during the competition season for their respective sport.
A four-year letterwinner on the men’s water polo team and starting goalie, Holland played in 29 games and posted a 15-12 record this year. He finished the season with 231 saves, while earning an 8.93 GAA and a .513 save percentage to go along with nine assists and 20 steals. Holland was instrumental in helping to lead Brown to the 2009 Northern Division Championship, Brown’s first since 1993. An ACWPC All-American in 2009, Holland also earned First Team All-Northern and Second Team All-Eastern this past fall. As the anchor of one of the top defensive units in the nation, Holland ranked 11th in the country with 9.43 saves-per-game in 2009. He also holds two school records; saves in a season (290 in 2008) and saves in a career (946). He has been equally successful out of the pool, earning “Excellent” Academic recognition by the CWPA in 2006, “Superior” recognition in 2007, and “Outstanding” recognition in both 2008 and 2009. Holland will graduate later this month with a degree in Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship and held a 3.83 GPA at the time of nomination.
A team captain and the leading goal scorer (17) for the men’s hockey team, Volpatti also led Brown with six power play goals and three game-winning goals, while finishing third on the team with 32 points and leading the ECAC with nine points (6g, 3a) during the playoffs. The Bears’ MVP in 2010 and a Second Team All-Ivy honoree, Volpatti was also named Third Team All-ECAC and was a Finalist for the ECAC Top Defensive Forward Award and an Alternate for the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge. Volpatti was also a three-time ECAC All-Academic selection and will earn the honor for a fourth time this year. The school record holder for penalty minutes in a season (115), Volpatti signed a two-year contract with the NHL’s Canucks at the conclusion of the season. In addition to his success on the ice, Volpatti was also a volunteer at Fox Point Elementary School, a volunteer at the British Columbia Fireman Burn Fund, and conducted research in an Exercise FMRI Pilot Study, examining brain imaging before and after exercise. Volpatti will graduate later this month with a degree in Human Biology and held a 3.45 GPA at the time of Nomination.