RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College graduate student and baseball outfielder Joe Petosa (Spotswood, N.J./Spotswood) has been chosen as the 2014 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, CACC commissioner Dan Mara announced last Thursday.
Petosa is the third student-athlete in Felician history to earn the honor, joining Devon Young (men's basketball, 2011) and Rob Albano (men's cross-country, 2013). As the CACC's winner, Petosa becomes eligible for the national 2014 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
A two-time Capital One Academic All-American, Petosa was named Felician's Senior Male Student-Athlete of the Year in May. He is the Golden Falcons' all-time leader in hits (225), walks (91) and triples (19), and joins Mike Rooth as the only four-time all-CACC baseball players from Felician.
In the 2014 baseball season, Petsoa finished in the top five in the CACC in batting average (.370), hits (67), doubles (12), triples (4), runs (29), runs batted in (34) and on-base percentage (.430). He helped the Golden Falcons to their first CACC championship, earning Most Valuable Player honors in the conference tournament. He was a consensus all-region selection and also earned first-team honors from the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association.
A 2009 product of Spotswood High, Petosa completed a BS in accounting from Felician in 2013, graduating with a 3.79 grade-point average. He received a medical waiver for the 2013 season, and enrolled in the College's MBA program for 2013-14 with a current GPA of 3.42. In May 2014, he was chosen as the CACC's Student-Athlete of the Month.
Philadelphia University senior lacrosse midfielder Libby Nichols was selected as the 2014 CACC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. More information is available at http://www.caccathletics.org/news/2013-2014/20140703-scholarathletesoftheyear.
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania that compete in NCAA Division II.