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Richmond, Virginia – Six University of Richmond student-athletes have been named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) 2022-23 Academic All-State Team. To qualify, student-athletes must be sophomores and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. The VaSID All-State Team recognizes the best and brightest students in the classroom and on the field across the state of Virginia.

Richmond award winners include male lacrosse players Jake Kapp And Dalton YoungWomen’s basketball Addie Budnikswimming and diving Megan CarsonWomen’s cross country and athletics Elisabeth Stockmann and football Aaron Trusler.

Budnik earns academic All-State honors for the third consecutive year. The business student led the Spiders to their first-ever Atlantic 10 title and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. She was also named the A-10’s best defensive player and Second Team All-Conference. She led the A-10 in three-point percentage (42.4%), which ranks 14th nationally, blocks (87), which ranks 10th nationally, and blocks per game (2.49), which ranks 13th nationally.

Kapp, a master’s degree student in liberal arts, earned Academic All-State honors following his senior year, where he was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 and Academic All-Atlantic 10 as he helped the Spiders to their 10th consecutive conference championship game. Kapp played in all 16 games, scoring three goals and three assists, along with a career-high 29 ground balls and a career-high 10 caused turnovers.

Carson earns her first Academic All-State nomination after helping lead the Spiders to a second-place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships. There, the biology major won bronze in the 1,650 freestyle, 200 freestyle and as a member of Richmond’s 400 relay team and finished fourth as a member of the 800 freestyle relay team. Of the four events in which she finished in the top five, four were good enough for the top four in program history, including the new program record of 3:20.71 in the 400 freestyle. Carson was named the Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week on Jan. 16 and was named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team.

Trusler was named Academic All-State after the business administration student was named Third Team AP All-American, Second Team All-American by Phil Steele and Second Team All-American by Stats Perform. He punted the ball 63 times for 2,168 yards, including a long punt of 76 yards that was the longest in the CAA. He batted 26 punts inside the 20-yard line, which was a CAA high, and was responsible for seven kicks of 50 yards. He returned a 76-yard punt, the longest punt of his career, which was the sixth-longest in program history against William & Mary in the Capital Cup win, and was named a semifinalist for FCS Punter of the Year.

Stockman is majoring in health sciences and earning her first Academic All-State honors after a record-setting senior season. She qualified for the NCAA East Regional for the fourth time in her collegiate career by running the 1500m and 3000m steeplechase events. Stockman qualified for the 1500m with a time of 4:15.80 at the Penn Relays, when she broke the program record in that event and placed sixth at the historic meet. She later won the gold medal in that event at the Atlantic 10 Championships. Her qualifying mark in the 3000m steeplechase came at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, when she placed second with a time of 10:25.02. In the 2023-24 season, Stockman earned seven Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week awards across the cross country, indoor and outdoor seasons (x1 cross country, x2 indoor, x4 outdoor). In cross country, she placed fourth in the 6,000m at the Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championships and was named to the First Team All-Conference. Indoors, she helped the Spiders to a second-place finish in the distance relay at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships and earned All-East honors at the IC4A/ECAC Indoor Championships in the 4x800m (1st place – 8:52.62) and 1000m (4th place – 2:50.81).

Young, a master’s student in liberal arts, takes home his second Academic All-State award after leading Richmond to its tenth consecutive conference title game. Young was named Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year and received honorable mention All-American from USA Lacrosse, Inside Lacrosse and USILA. He was one of 25 players in the nation and the only one in the Atlantic 10 to be named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award and finished his career as the second-leading player all-time for the Spiders with 261 points (146 goals, 115 assists). Young finished his career with a 57-game point streak and was ninth among all active players with 261 career points and 10th among all active players with 115 career assists before signing professionally with the Denver Outlaws of the Premier Lacrosse League.