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Alumni Update: Former Patriots Recognized for Spring 2023 Seasons

FORT WASHINGTON -- Finding success on the field and in the classroom is not out of the ordinary for Germantown Academy student-athletes. However, that focus does not end once they leave the Fort Washington campus. Many former Patriots recently garnered accolades for the work that they put in during the spring season. 


  • Dakota Barbet '19 (New York University) received Spring University Athletic Association All-Academic Honors. All-Academic distinction is awarded to UAA student-athletes who have completed at least one full year of college study and carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.300. Barbet has started 29 of the 30 games that he has appeared in for NYU. 
  • Dante Messina '20 (Rhodes College) became the second player in Rhodes College history to become the Southern Athletic Association Player of the Year. Messina was also named First Team All-SAA. The SAA's official release stated: "Messina was a second team All-SAA member a year ago and came back with a breakout junior campaign. He hit .388 in league play, the eighth-best average in the conference, while leading the SAA with 24 runs scored and 25 RBI. Messina's 33 hits, including two triples, are both the second-best marks in the conference. He had a hit in all but two conference games, including four SAA outings with three hits." 

Lacrosse - Boys

  • Jack McHugh '19 (Amherst College) and his team have gained an at-large berth into the Div. III NCAA Tournament. The 11-5 Mammoths will travel to Salisbury, MD to take on SUNY-Geneseo in a second round tournament game Saturday at 3 p.m. on the campus of host Salisbury University. McHugh has started every game for Amherst this season.
  • Noah Spratt '20 (Salisbury University) and the second-ranked Salisbury men's lacrosse team qualified for its 34th consecutive and 40th overall NCAA Division III National Tournament. The Sea Gulls will host the second and third rounds of the tournament and will face Colorado College in the second round of the tournament.

Lacrosse - Girls

  • Olivia Doody '19 (Fairfield University) took second team Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Northeast Region Second Team honors. Doody, the 2023 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year tallied two or more points in every MAAC contest this season. For the year, Doody leads the Stags in both total points (68) and assists (39) setting career highs in both categories while also reaching the back of the net 29 times. 
  • Grayson Gross '19 (Mercer University) and her team are facing off against University of Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament on May 12 after winning the Big South Tournament championship. It will be the first all-time meeting between Mercer and Notre Dame in women's lacrosse. 
  • Charlotte Rapp '19 (University of Chicago) and the Maroons coasted to a 19-3 win over second-seeded Carroll University in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Tournament Championship. The Maroons added a 2023 postseason championship to their trophy case after notching the 2023 regular season title as well, a feat UChicago has now achieved in three-straight seasons.
  • Maddie Burns '20 (University of Michigan) claimed IWLCA Second Team West/Midwest All-Region honors. Burns has anchored the backline in all 18 games this season and leads U-M with 22 caused turnovers and 32 ground balls and has won 44 draw controls to rank second for the team. She also was named first team All-Big Ten and was a midseason All-America honorable mention selection as well as a USA Lacrosse Magazine All-America honorable mention honoree.
  • Elise Smigiel '21 (Penn State University) and the Nittany Lions earned a bid to the 2023 NCAA Tournament for the 26th time in program history. The Nittany Lions will take on Stony Brook on Friday, May 12 in Baltimore, Md. at 3 p.m.
  • Mackenzie Smith '21 (Middlebury College) and the team earned the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament following their NESCAC Championship win on Sunday. Middlebury won the national title in each of its last two full seasons competing, bringing home the hardware in 2019 and 2022.

Track & Field

  • Robert DiDonato '21 (Stanford University) was named to the Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll, as announced on May 3. Any student-athlete on their respective team roster with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3-or above, and who has served at least one year in residence at the institution, is eligible for the distinction.
  • Fore Abinusawa '22 (University of Pennsylvania) was named First Team All-Ivy selections in the Women's 100m and 4x100m relay.