Fischer, Ericson Highlight MSU Selections to NJAC All-Academic Team

Montclair, NJ (5/26/11) – Juniors Tom Fischer (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) and Jaime Ericson (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) were both named to the First Team as the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) unveiled its 2011 All-Academic Team on Tuesday. 

Senior Jon Tancer (Montville, NJ / Montville) and junior Shannon Mozek (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) were chosen to the Second Team as Montclair State placed a total of 67 student-athletes on this year’s squad.

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A total of 522 student-athletes were named to the team for the 2010-11 academic year. To be eligible for the squad, a student-athlete must be a sophomore, junior or senior who has competed in a conference-sponsored sport while achieving a minimum grade point average of 3.20. First and second-team selections were made by the individual institutions.

Ericson earned her second consecutive NJAC All-Academic honor as she was named Second Team in 2010. Fischer was named the Scholar-Athlete Award recipient earlier this month at the MSU All-Sports Banquet. He was an Honorable Mention pick last year. Both Tancer and Mozek each collect their second.

Fischer was named the NJAC Football Co-Offensive Player of the Year as he led Montclair State to its second straight 10-2 campaign, NJAC championship and NCAA Division III Playoff berth. He enjoyed his best season to date as he completed 164 passes for 2,431 yards and 22 touchdown passes. Fischer finished second in the NJAC in passing average, pass efficiency and touchdown passes and was third in total offense. A career record of 29-4 in his three years, he moved into fourth place on the all-time MSU list for completions (429), yards (4,984) and total offense (5,746) as well as TD passes (44).

Off the field, his resume was just as impressive. A History Education major with a 3.66 cumulative GPA, he has been on the Dean's List five times including each of the past two Fall seasons. In November he was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team, a first for an MSU football player since the early 1980s. Fischer is also a member of the National Student-Athlete Honor Society.

Ericson was a Second-Team All-NJAC selection this past season and became the single-season and career leader at Montclair State for three-point field goals. She helped MSU to the NJAC Tournament semifinals as she finished second on the team in both scoring (12.0 ppg) and rebounds (6.7 rpg) while posting 41 assists and 41 steals. She ranked 15th in the NJAC in both scoring and rebounding and was fifth in three-point field goal percentage. Ericson recorded five double-doubles and had three contests of 20 or more points. She was also named the NJAC Player of the Week in December.

Ericson is a six-time Dean’s List Student member.

Tancer earned All-NJAC honors during the indoor season as finished third in the shot put during the conference’s championship meet in February. He finished first in the event at the indoor season-opener at Wesleyan University and also was victorious at the DeSchriver Invitational. Tancer placed fourth in the shot put at the CTC Indoor Championships and was fifth in the NJAC Outdoor Championship meet in May. A four-time Dean’s List member, Tancer was also an inductee into the National Collegiate Honor Society in May.

Mozek helped the Red Hawk softball team to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 2008. Despite missing 12 games due to injury, Mozek returned and batted .324 with four doubles, six RBI and 11 runs scored as MSU finished tied for first in the NJAC during the regular season and the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. A Physical Education major, Mozek is a three-time Dean’s List member.