(courtesy Jonathan Harper, CACC Assistant Commissioner)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Felician College senior women's soccer forward Alysia Arcona has been named Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Student-Athlete of the Month for September 2013, as announced today by CACC Commissioner Dan Mara.
Arcona is the seventh Golden Falcon to capture the honor in its four-year history, and the second women's soccer player. Former teammate Allie Couzo was named in Septmber 2012.
Arcona, a native of Hackettstown, N.J., is currently donning a 3.96 grade point average in elementary education/English. This season, Arcona has found the back in a 2-1 loss on September 23 against New York Institute of Technology, and assisted on another goal in the 1-1 tie with league rival Chestnut Hill College on September 21. She ranks third in shots on goal in conference play (21) and is second for all games (27).
Arcona is a two-time All-CACC honoree, once as a midfielder and once as a forward. She is one of only two players in Felician history to post a 10+ goal season and a 10+ assist season. Her career goal tally currently stands at 21 to go along with 18 assists, putting her among the program's all-time top-10 in both categories. In addition, she is one of only two Golden Falcons in Felician history to score a goal in five-consecutive games, and to have four or more goals in a single contest. Arcona is the only player in FC history with two three-assist games.
In the classroom, Arcona excels as she has been recognized as a 2012 Capital One Academic Second Team All-American, two-time Capital One Academic All-District representative, two-time CACC All-Academic team member and is the treasurer of the Kappa Delta Pi educational honor society.
In December of 2012, Arcona traveled to Assisi, Italy, as a "Franciscan pilgrim" to experience the life of St. Francis and deepen her understanding of Felician's mission. In addition, she volunteers at Camp Snowflake, a camp for cognitively impaired children in Ridgewood, N.J., and at Our Lady of Lourdes Infirmary on Felician's Lodi Campus. She also is a member of Felician's American Sign Language Club.
The CACC Student-Athlete of the Month is awarded from September through May to select student-athletes who excel in athletics, the classroom and the community.
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell College, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician College, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University, University of the Sciences and Wilmington University.