Softball Team Is Second In Nation In GPA

Softball Team Is Second In Nation In GPA

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College softball team ranked second nationally in NCAA Division II in team grade-point average for the 2012-13 academic year, according to data released last week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

The 14 members of the 2013 Golden Falcons combined to produce a GPA for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters of 3.611, easily placing them in the NFCA Top 10 All-Academic Team Rankings for the first time in program history. That total trailed only the 3.623 of Ohio Dominican University among Division II institutions.

"This achievement is a testament to the hard work that all of these young women have put forth," said Felician director of athletics Ben DiNallo Jr. "Their excellence in the classroom is a model for all of our student-athletes."

The 2013 Golden Falcons were coached by Lori Kwiatkowski of Westwood. Earlier this month, nine team members were named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes.

Felician was the only Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference member in the Division II Top 10, and one of just two East Region schools. Adelphi University was fifth with a 3.588. Division-III Emerson College led all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA universities with a 3.700.

The 2013 Felician roster can be viewed at The Top 10 Division II schools are listed below. The entire set of honorees for every high-school and college division is available at

The Golden Falcons open the 2014 campaign with a non-league doubleheader at Elizabeth City State University on February 7.

2013 NFCA Division II Top 10 All-Academic Teams
Rank School Location GPA
1. Ohio Dominican University Columbus, Ohio 3.632
2. Felician College Lodi, N.J. 3.611
3. Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Ariz. 3.610
4. Lewis University Romeoville, Ill. 3.590
5. Adelphi University Garden City, N.Y. 3.588
6. Lincoln University Lincoln University, Pa. 3.541
7. Shorter University Rome, Ga. 3.529
8. Texas Woman's University Denton, Texas 3.526
9. California University of Pennsylvania California, Pa. 3.512
10. Valdosta State University Valdosta, Ga. 3.510