Nov. 2, 2011
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - American senior Jenna Stasiewicz was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's soccer and earned a spot on the second annual Academic All-League, it was announced Wednesday by the League office. The awards were voted on by the League's eight women's soccer sports information directors who could not cast a ballot for their own student-athletes.
Now in its second year, the Academic All-Patriot League Team was added for all sports beginning in the 2010-11 season to honor additional student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. The Women's Soccer Academic All-Patriot League Team has 11 student-athletes to equal the size of the sport's All-Patriot League first team.
American placed a League-high three student-athletes on the All-Academic Team, followed by two apiece from Army and Bucknell. Colgate, Holy Cross, Lehigh and Navy are each represented by one student-athlete. The team is made up of seven seniors, two juniors and a pair of sophomores. Four of the 11 will be participating in the Patriot League Tournament starting Friday at Colgate.
Stasiewicz is the second straight defensive player named Scholar-Athlete of the Year, following Colgate's Kiki Koroshetz a year ago. Stasiewicz started all 19 of American's matches this season and was a major cog in the Eagles defense during the season. She logged her first career point on an assist, while recording 10 shots and one on goal. Stasiewicz was named a team captain this season after making 14 appearances last year with 10 starts.
Stasiewicz has shined in the classroom as well, posting a 3.918 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in public communication with a minor in graphic design at American. She's appeared on the Dean's List in all six of her semesters and has recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA in four semesters. A three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, Stasiewicz made one career appearance in the League title match, which came in 2009.
Stasiewicz is the fourth consecutive senior named Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's soccer and is the first from American since Krystn Hodge in 2007. Stasiewicz is the second Eagle to claim the League's most prestigious academic award since American joined the League in 2001.
Four student-athletes who were honored Tuesday as All-League performers were recognized again Wednesday with spots on the Academic All-League team. Army sophomore Molly McGuigan and Bucknell senior Tara Cort were named to the first team Tuesday, while American's Jasmine Mohandesi and Army's Julia Stallard were second-team accolades. In addition, McGuigan was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
Cort, a senior, owns a 3.95 GPA majoring in economics at Bucknell, while Mohandesi majors in biology at American with a 3.57 GPA. McGuigan owns a 3.565 GPA at the United States Military Academy studying economics, while her teammate Stallard also majors in economics with a 3.453.
The seven remaining members of the Academic All-League squad were all contributors to their teams on the field and have excelled in the classroom. Senior Mikaila Weaver boasts a 3.949 GPA at American majoring in foreign language and communication media with a specialization in Spanish and visual media. Megan DeGennaro, a senior at Bucknell, has a 3.70 GPA majoring in economics and international relations with a minor in Spanish. Colgate's Klara Jenkins, a sophomore, has a 3.67 cumulative GPA and is undeclared. Holy Cross senior Micaela Collins owns a 3.74 GPA majoring in economics and accounting. Jana Basubas, a senior at Lehigh, majors in sociology and social psychology with minors in political science and business with a 3.40 GPA. Navy junior Brittany Fruin has a 3.46 GPA as an honors oceanography major.
Stallard and Weaver are the only student-athletes this season to have appeared on last year's inaugural Academic All-League team.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.
Patriot League Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year Jenna Stasiewicz, American, Sr.
Women's Soccer Academic All-Patriot League Team
Jenna Stasiewicz, American, Sr.
Mikaila Weaver, American, Sr.
Jasmine Mohandesi, American, Jr.
Julia Stallard, Army, Sr.
Molly McGuigan, Army, So.
Tara Cort, Bucknell, Sr.
Megan DeGennaro, Bucknell, Sr.
Klara Jenkins, Colgate, So.
Micaela Collins, Holy Cross, Sr.
Jana Basubas, Lehigh, Sr.
Brittany Fruin, Navy, Jr.