Canisius College junior Josh Marshall (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and senior Perry Silverman (Montreal, Quebec) were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I First Team while senior Ian Choy (Mississauga, Ontario) was named to the Second Team on Thursday. The honor is voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) whose schools are in the region. By being named to the first team, Marshall and Silverman advance to the national Academic All-America ballot.
Canisius is the only school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with three selections, as Marist has two members and Fairfield has one member on the all-District team. Marshall's 3.94 grade point average is the highest on the District I team.
In order to be nominated for this honor, a student-athlete must be a starter or significant reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and at least a 3.30 grade point average in both undergraduate and graduate work. The student-athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution and completed at least one full academic year at the same school.
Marshall, a physical education major, leads the Canisius bullpen with a 5-0 record, picking up his fifth win of the season by throwing three innings of one-run relief in Wednesday's 18-17 win over Niagara. The lefty has a 3.50 earned run average to go along with a save and an opponents' batting average of .287. Marshall has allowed one earned run or fewer in 13 of his 18 appearances.
Silverman, a communications major with a 3.56 GPA, leads the Golden Griffins with 64 runs scored to go along with a .364 batting average, 18 doubles, six home runs, 41 RBI, a .588 slugging percentage and 12 stolen bases. The senior ranks in the top 20 nationally in runs scored and has scored a run in a program-record 20 consecutive games. Silverman has reached base in 45 of 46 games, not officially reaching base against Delaware on April 4, when Silverman reached on an error.
Choy, an economics major with a 3.52 GPA, earned All-District Second-Team honors for the second consecutive season. At the start of the week, Choy ranked 33rd nationally in on-base percentage and is currently first in program history for on-base percentage at .512. The senior leads Canisius with a .388 batting average, to go along with 45 RBI, 25 walks and 20 hit by pitch, which ranks in the top 10 nationally.
Canisius is 31-16 overall and 13-2 in the MAAC, sitting in first place by three games. The Golden Griffins host second-place Manhattan for a three-game series this weekend, with first pitch for Saturday's doubleheader scheduled for 12 p.m.