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 http://www.felicianathletics.com/sports/sball/2012-13/roster. The Top 10 Division II schools are listed below. The entire set of honorees for every high-school and college division is available at https://nfca.org/index.php/front-page-news/5456-nfca-announces-2013-top-10-all-academic-team-rankings.
The Golden Falcons open the 2014 campaign with a non-league doubleheader at Elizabeth City State University on February 7.
|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|