Eckerstrom and Megaludis named McCoy Award winners

April 05, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Seniors Britt Eckerstrom and Nico Megaludis have been selected the 2015-16 Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award winners. They were recognized at the Penn State Student Awards ceremony April 2 at Eisenhower Auditorium. The tandem helped lead Penn State to NCAA championships in women's soccer and wrestling, respectively, in 2015-16.

The McCoy Award has been presented annually since 1971 to one senior female and one senior male student-athlete who have combined successful athletic participation with academic excellence. The award is named for Ernie McCoy, the long-time dean of Penn State's College of Physical Education, who also served as the University's athletic director.

Eckerstrom capped off her Nittany Lion career in net for the 2015 NCAA Champion Penn State women's soccer team, led by Coach Erica Dambach. During the 2015 season, she started all 27 matches, tallying a record of 22-3-2, which included 15 shutouts. Eckerstrom and the Nittany Lion defense ended the 2015 season with eight consecutive shutouts. The Nittany Lions did not allow a goal over the final 733:32 of the season and during that span, Eckerstrom played all but 19:23 in net. Eckerstrom set the fourth-best solo shutout performance in school history with 12 shutouts and she tied Erin McLeod for wins in a season with 22 (2005).

In her career, Eckerstrom finished with a record of 61-14-3 and her 61 wins rank second all-time at Penn State. She finished her career with 255 saves, 77 starts, 24 solo shutouts, 6,966 minutes played and a goals against average of .80. Her 255 saves rank fourth all-time, her 77 starts and GAA of .80 rank third, her 24 solo shutouts are fourth-best and she ranks eighth in minutes played (6,966).

Eckerstrom's 2015 honors included: Academic All-Big Ten, NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team, All-Big Ten Tournament Team, Defensive Player of the Big Ten Tournament and CoSIDA Academic All-District. A geography major, Eckerstrom earned a 3.64 grade-point average.

Megaludis became Penn State wrestling's ninth four-time All-American and won the 125-pound national championship on March 19 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Megaludis' first individual title helped spark the Nittany Lion wrestlers to their fifth NCAA team title in the last six years, under the direction of Coach Cael Sanderson.

A finance major, Megaludis recently earned his third Academic All-Big Ten honor and is a two-time first team NWCA National All-Academic selection (with this year's honors to be announced). Megaludis won his NCAA title with a dominant 6-3 victory over Iowa's Thomas Gilman. His unbeaten run through nationals capped off a 32-3 season and he closed out his career 11th on Penn State's all-time wins list with a 119-19 career record. 

A four-time All-American, Megaludis placed second, second, third and first nationally during his outstanding career. He is Penn State's 31st NCAA champion (24th individual to do so), and Sanderson's tenth NCAA champion at Penn State. Megaludis is tied for second on Penn State's all-time NCAA championship wins list with 18.

Penn State student-athletes have won five Big Ten championships, two NCAA titles, seven Big Ten individual crowns and four NCAA individual championships thus far in 2015-16.

Nittany Lion student-athletes have an NCAA graduation success rate of 88 percent and have earned 191 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America selections, the fourth-highest total among Division I programs. The Nittany Lions have won 76 team national championships and 97 Big Ten Conference crowns all-time and their 29 NCAA championships since 1992-93 are the most of any Big Ten institution.

Last Updated April 08, 2016