In the past five months two UNCG sports stars have been named Division I First-Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA).

Basketball guard Lucy Mason of Stone Mountain, Ga. and soccer forward/midfielder Noah DeAngelo of Burlington, N. C., both earned the honors, joining an elite group of just 25 athletes in UNCG history to garner the recognition. Both Mason and DeAngelo graduated this past December.

Mason maintained a 3.80 grade point average while earning a double major in economics and African American and African diaspora studies. She is currently pursing a third degree at UNCG in political science. She plans to pursue a career in intercollegiate athletics focusing on student athlete development.

DeAngelo maintained a 4.0 grade point average as he majored in biology. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the UNCG Golden Chain Honor Society, while excelling in 72 soccer matches during his UNCG career. He is now taking steps to pursue a degree in medicine.

This season, Mason averaged 22.0 points per game, ranking top-10 in the nation throughout her final campaign in blue and gold. She led UNCG with a program-record 660 points and became the all-time leading scorer, shattering a 26-year old record and finishing her career with 1,907 points.

Mason was named All-Southern Conference First Team in both the coaches and media polls. She earned three Southern Conference Player of the Week honors, was twice named Student-Athlete of the Week and won back-to-back Player of the Month awards, the first Spartan to do so for women’s basketball.

DeAngelo and Mason learned many things during their time at UNCG but perhaps the most important are time management, prioritization and the ability to bounce back quickly from setbacks. That’s the advice they share with any athlete, or student, who aims to achieve their goals, regardless of what those goals might be.

“Teach yourself to mentally segment your goals and focus on the task at hand.” DeAngelo says. “I learned to focus, trying to never let athletics influence academics or let academics influence athletics. There’s a place for each and a time for each.  Keep your head in the moment because whenever you allow the two to mix, your performance can start to fall.”

Mason agrees. “I have learned that whatever you want to achieve won’t come without its share of obstacles. In retrospect,” she says, “those accomplishments are more gratifying because of the effort that was required.”

That’s sound advice from two stars that have achieved First-Team Academic All-America and are now preparing for life’s next stage.

 

 

Story by Joe Gallehugh, University Relations
Photography provided by UNCG Athletics