RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College student-athletes Alysia Arcona (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown), a senior, and junior Christie Calandrillo (Lincoln Park, N.J./Morris Catholic) have been voted to the Capital One Academic All-District Women's Soccer First Team for District 1 in NCAA Division II, as coordinated and selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
As First Team selections, Arcona and Calandrillo will move on to represent Felician on the Division II Capital One Academic All-America® ballot.
Both players are repeat winners of the award. Arcona becomes the second student-athlete in Felician history, and first female, to earn it three times in the same sport. Calandrillo is an Academic All-District selection for the second time.
A list of all Felician student-athletes to ever win CoSIDA Academic-All-District accolades can be viewed at http://www.felicianathletics.com/information/Ac-A-A.
In 2013, Arcona, a 5-foot-9 forward, started all 18 games for the Golden Falcons (4-9-5, 3-4-5 CACC). She led Felician in scoring with 12 points on five goals and two assists, and currently tops the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in shots (69). A four-year starter, she posted 25 goals and 19 assists in her career, both among Felician's all-time top 10.
Arcona was elected to the Capital One Academic All-America® Second Team in 2012, and was recently named the CACC Student-Athlete of the Month. She has twice been an All-CACC honoree, and is on the 2013 ballot. She is a double-major in elementary education and English with a GPA of 3.96.
Calandrillo is a third-year starter at center back for Felician head coach Thomas Notte. She started all but two games in 2013, helping the Golden Falcons post a 1.24 goals-against average (0.83 in CACC contests) and four shutouts. She owns a perfect 4.00 GPA as a psychology major.
CoSIDA's District I for NCAA Division II is comprised of all members of the CACC, East Coast Conference, and Northeast-10 Conference. The entire set of 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Women's Soccer Teams can be viewed at http://cosida.com/media/documents/2013/10/2013_WSoccer_Academic_AllDistrict.pdf.
CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
NCAA Division II, District 1
GK - Julia Hansson, SR, Bridgeport
M - Sydney Bond, SR, Saint Rose
M - Marykate McShane, SR, Chestnut Hill
M - Laura Taylor, SR, Saint Rose
D - Kyra Meli, JR, Saint Rose
D - Alison Fitzsimmons, SR, American International
D - Christie Calandrillo, JR, Felician
D - Taylor Groth, SO, Adelphi
D - Jourdan Thompson, JR, Saint Rose
F - Monica Yanez, SR, New Haven
F - Danielle Puddefoot, JR, Bridgeport
F - Alysia Arcona, SR, Felician