by Doug DeBiase, CACC Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Communications
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (November 12, 2014) – Felician College women's soccer standout Macki Groves (Millville, N.J.) has been named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Student-Athlete of the Month for October 2014, as announced on Wednesday by Commissioner Dan Mara.
Groves, a junior forward, earned the monthly honor from the CACC by distinguishing herself with outstanding achievements on the field, in the classroom, and throughout the local community.
On the soccer field, Groves earned First-Team All-CACC honors in 2014 after she totaled 13 goals and one assist for 27 points. Her goals and assists each rank as the second highest total in the CACC.
Groves scored multiple goals in four matches this season, including a season-high four in a 5-0 triumph over Bloomfield on Oct. 21. If that wasn't enough, she followed that up with a pair of strikes in a 5-1 win over Lincoln (Pa.) two days later.
Groves helped guide Felician to a No. 5 seed in this year's CACC Women's Soccer Championship, and the Golden Falcons made the most of their post-season run by knocking off fourth-seeded Caldwell, 2-0, on the road in the quarterfinals to advance to the semis.
Groves' performance in 2014 would usually spark excitement for her upcoming senior season in 2015, but the junior has decided to forgo her final campaign at Felician to pursue her academic goals, which are quite impressive.
Groves will be bypassing soccer to focus on her coursework, as she was one of 50 students who were recently accepted into the Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program for the 2015-16 school year. What makes the accomplishment even more impressive was that she was selected to one of the 50 spots out of a pool of approximately 1,500 applicants.
Her academic success has also rubbed off on her teammates, as the 2013 Felician squad won the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award, and was the NJAIAW Fall Academic Team of the Year.
Groves has also lent a helping hand in the community through various outreach initiatives. For the past three years (2012-14), she has volunteered her time helping at the Cape May County Special Services Park Day, while also volunteering with New Jersey Special Olympics activities. In addition, Groves has served as a camp counselor at various youth camps throughout the region.
The Student-Athlete of the Month Award is an initiative of the CACC to recognize the top student and scholar-athletes throughout the conference. The CACC hands out the award to one worthy student-athlete each month from the months of September through May, which comprise the traditional academic calendar.
Groves joins Nyack College's Sara-Caitrin Mandelburg as this year's award winners to date, as the Warrior cross country standout received the honor for the month of September.
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 University, 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 of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.