NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) announced its PAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year on Tuesday. Senior Emily Marcus (South Park, PA / South Park), of the women's golf and lacrosse teams, represented Westminster as the PAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and senior Dylan O'Hara (Girard, OH / Girard), of the men's basketball team, represented Westminster as the PAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Emily was a four-time All-PAC selection, including First Team honors as a junior and Second Team honors as a senior in golf. She was also a three-year letterwinner and starter with the lacrosse program. Emily was a member of back-to-back PAC championship (2019, 2020) teams in golf and the starting defender for the Westminster lacrosse team that won the inaugural PAC Championship Tournament title in 2019. She was a key part of Westminster's defensive unit that ranked second in the PAC in goals-against average during their PAC title-winning season. In golf this year, Emily fired the third-lowest round in school history with a career-best 79 at the Westminster Invitational on Sept. 21, 2019. Emily was named the women's golf team's senior representative for the Marjorie A. Walker award. In the classroom, Emily has been named to the Dean's List in each of her four years and has been a PAC Academic Honor Roll selection. Emily was the president of the Alpha Phi Sigma criminal justice honorary and was awarded the College's Criminal Justice Capstone Research Award. Emily was also part of the Pi Sigma Pi and Alpha Gamma Delta honoraries and was Westminster's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president. She has volunteered with 1-to-1 Youth Mentoring, Life Bread Basket and Meals on Wheels and has worked on fundraising initiatives for Cystic Fibrosis.
Last season's PAC Player of the Year, Dylan is just the second Westminster player to win the award. He was named to the All-PAC First Team, the D3Hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region Second Team, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Second Team and All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Second Team after his senior campaign. Dylan was the second player in program history to earn D3Hoops.com All-Region and NABC All-District recognition in the same season. As a senior he led the PAC in scoring, averaging 18.2 points per game. His career-high 36 points in a win over Geneva on Feb. 12, 2020 was the highest single-game scoring effort by a Westminster player in seven years. Dylan was named the Team MVP and the team's senior representative for the David B. Fawcett award. Named a member of the 2019-20 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 4 First Team, he has volunteered with the Lawrence County Mentoring Program, Westminster's chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley (serving Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania) and the Buddy Walk, a one-mile advocacy walk created by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. He has been a PAC Spring Academic Honor Roll selection twice and was a five-time member of Westminster's Dean's List. Additionally, Dylan was a two-time NABC Honors Court selection.
"The 2019-20 athletic season has been unlike any experienced in the 65-year history of our storied athletic conference. The COVID-19 pandemic not only took the entire spring 2020 sports season. With it, the public health crisis also stole the plans and dreams of so many of our student-athletes, especially those entering their final seasons of eligibility this past spring. There is little we can do to make up for the losses endured, other than to do what we have always done: to recognize and honor the "best of the best" that our conference has to offer," said PAC Commissioner Joe Onderko. "That is the purpose of the PAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year program. In a conference that has pursued academic and athletic excellence since 1955, the student-athletes honored here have distinguished themselves above and beyond their competition, both in the classroom as well as the athletic arena. We are humbled by their ability to excel in both worlds, and grateful for the many contributions they have made not only to their institutions, but to our league as well."
The Seventh Annual PAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Banquet, originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 at The Chadwick in Wexford, Pa., was canceled on April 3 when the PAC's Presidents' Council officially cancelled the 2020 spring varsity sports season due to the rapidly-evolving situation related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
*The PAC contributed to this release.