WORCESTER – Graduate student Anthony Capuano (Stoneham, MA) and sophomore Ryan Tropeano (Pembroke, MA) were recently named to the Academic All-District I Team, as voted upon by College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) members in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. It is Tropeano's first year of eligibility while Capuano, who also earned accolades as a sophomore, takes home his second. They are now under consideration for Academic All-America laurels.
Capuano, a mechanical engineering major currently pursuing a fire protection engineering master's degree, performed his IQP titled "Micro-Wind Turbine Feasibility Study for Dismas House of Massachusetts" at the Worcester Community Project Center and his MQP involved a thermal performance test chamber. The Charles O. Thompson Scholar earned NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honors in the same years as his All-District selections.
On the field, he sits second overall with five sacrifice flies and fourth in NEWMAC games with three. His 28 hits in conference action ranked fourth while his nine home runs is fourth overall and fifth in NEWMAC contests (5). Capuano was also fifth in league play with 49 total bases. Overall, he batted .333 on the season with 46 hits – 19 for extra bases – in 138 at-bats to produce 37 RBI and 33 runs to go with 17 walks and six stolen bases. Defensively, Capuano was .969 on 65 chances including a grand slam saving catch versus MIT.
Tropeano, a management engineering major, is fourth in runs (56), fifth in runs per game (1.51), fifth in hits (68), sixth in stolen bases (30) and ninth in stolen bases per game (0.81) in Division III. He also leads the conference overall with a .430 batting average to go with 16 extra base hits, 20 RBI, a .492 on-base percentage and a .595 slugging percentage for an OPS of 1.087 . Off the field, he is the 2016-17 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee secretary and a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution, must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable) and he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility. Additionally, nominees in graduate school must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better both as an undergrad and in grad school.
CoSIDA Release (PDF)