Crusaders Place Nine On Patriot League Academic Honor Roll

June 23, 2004

Center Valley, Pa. - The Holy Cross softball team placed nine members on the 2004 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Leading Holy Cross was sophomore Nicole Dessingue with a 3.69 grade-point average (GPA) and junior Mary Beth Ryan with a 3.68 GPA. Also making the list was seniors Melissa Beshire (3.54), Alison Marschner (3.40) and Jean Connolly (3.25), junior Michelle Greene (3.25), sophomores Heather Johnson (3.58) and Elizabeth Dennis (3.25) and freshman Sheena Stangler (3.21).

Lehigh senior outfielder Shana Treon, the 2004 Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, notched a 3.67 grade-point average (GPA) during the spring semester, while Lafayette freshman Jill Masterton and Lehigh rookie Stephanie Palmieri had perfect 4.00 GPAs in the second term. The trio is among the 50 student-athletes named to the 2004 Patriot League Softball Academic Honor Roll, announced today by Carolyn Schlie Femovich, Patriot League Executive Director.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and be awarded a varsity letter in one of the League's six winter or nine spring championship sports.

A total of 829 student-athletes were named to the League's Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll, including 38 with perfect 4.00 GPAs. The Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll includes the sports of men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's indoor track & field, baseball, golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's outdoor track & field, softball and men's and women's tennis.

Bucknell led the way with 196 candidates on the League's Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll. The Bison also gained top billing on the Softball Academic Honor Roll with 10 honorees, while Army, Holy Cross and Lafayette tied for second on the softball list with nine recipients each.

The Patriot League, an NCAA Division I athletics conference founded on the principle of admitting athletes who are academically representative of their class, is in its second decade of academic and athletic excellence. Participation in intercollegiate athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of the undergraduate experience. A successful Division IAA football conference since 1986 and an all-sport conference since 1990, membership includes American, Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy, while six additional institutions hold associate membership. Patriot League member institutions are among the oldest and most prestigious in the nation, graduating alumni who are well prepared for life with the ability to make meaningful contributions to their community and society in general. In the most recent NCAA Graduation Rate Report of student-athletes, the Patriot League ranked FIRST among NCAA Division I conferences.