Tuesday, January 30, 2007
By Bob Heller
Philadelphia, PA Ten University of the Sciences in Philadelphia student-athletes were named to the 2006 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Fall All-Academic Team announced earlier today.
To qualify for the honor, recipients must have maintained at least a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average, participated in a fall CACC championship sport, and been at least a sophomore academically and athletically. The ten Devils were among 131 honorees in six sports from all 12 conference schools. Seven of the ten are repeat selections from last year’s team.
Four of the ten USP student-athletes selected have the distinction of being three-time selections. Seniors Shelby Rance (Central Columbia High School/ Bloomsburg, PA) and Amanda Reed (Haverford High School/Haverford, PA) from the women’s cross country team; senior George Strock (Blue Mountain High School/ Pottsville, PA) from the men’s cross country team and senior Tara Torrone (Red Bank Catholic High School/Lincroft, N.J.) from the women’s tennis team. All four of these three-time honorees are in the university’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Rance has a 3.54 g.p.a., while Reed sports a 3.50 g.p.a. Strock, the only three-time selection in men’s cross country has a 3.81 g.p.a. Torrone has a 3.52 g.p.a. These four were amongst 15 total athletes selected to the CACC Fall Academic Team three times (2004, 2005, 2006).
Women’s tennis player Amanda Bedway (Blue Mountain High School/Orwigsburg, Pa.); women’s cross country runner Dana Lulias (Bishop Shanahan High School/West Chester, Pa.); and women’s volleyball player Danielle Grimaldi (Staten Island Technical High School/Staten Island, NY) are repeat selections from last year’s team. Bedway, a junior, has a 3.85 g.p.a. in the university’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Lulias, a senior, has a 3.62 g.p.a. as a Physical Therapy major while Grimaldi has a 3.91 g.p.a. and is in the university’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.
Three additional athletes were named to the CACC Fall Academic Team for the first time. Qualifying from the women’s volleyball team was Megan Wolfe (Newman Catholic/Rothschild, WI). Nicole Glasser (Archbishop Molloy High School/Forest Hills, N.Y.) represented the women’s cross country team, while Mark Cifelli (Watchung Hills High School/Gillette, N.J.) represented the men’s cross country team. Wolfe, a sophomore, sports a 3.57 g.p.a. as an Occupational Therapy major. Glasser has a 3.66 g.p.a. while Cifelli has a 3.77 g.p.a. Both Glasser and Cifelli are in the university’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.
Since the CACC All-Academic Program was instituted in 2004, a total of 30 different student-athletes from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia have earned CACC All-Academic honors on either the fall winter or spring teams. Fifteen have been honored at least twice including the four who became three-time recipients this year.