2017 Bears Scholar-Athlete Team Honored; 13 Teams Boast 3.0+ Fall GPAs

2017 Bears Scholar-Athlete Team Honored; 13 Teams Boast 3.0+ Fall GPAs

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The second annual Bears Scholar-Athlete Team was honored on Wednesday at halftime of the men's basketball game, recognizing student-athletes who achieved over a 3.5 or better grade point average during either fall or spring semester of the 2017 calendar year.

In total, 82 student-athletes earned the distinction with many in attendance for the special ceremony and were congratulated by Director of Athletics and Recreation James Lally, Department of Criminal Justice Chairman and Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Joseph Pascarella, Associate Dean for Student Success Matt Kubacki, and Director of the Academic Center Kris Percival.

"On behalf of the Department of Athletics and St. Joseph's College, I want to congratulate this group of outstanding student-athletes," commented Lally. "Our Bears continue to work hard on the fields and courts and in the classroom, and are a testament to what being a student-athlete is all about."

Of those honored, 30 earned over the 3.5 threshold in both spring and fall semesters. Collectively, SJC Brooklyn student-athletes achieved 21 perfect 4.0 semesters with SAAC vice president and men's basketball junior Sean Salomons (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peter's) holding a perfect grade point average for the second straight year. 

Additionally, in the fall semester, 13 Bears teams compiled cumulative grade point averages above a 3.0 led by the women's tennis team's 3.497.

The athletic department would like to thank all the faculty and staff for supporting the student-athletes in their academic endeavors and congratulates the members of the 2017 Scholar-Athlete Team.


Women's Basketball (8)

Alyssa Alioto
Kristen Candelaria
Kristin Ferrigno
Cailee Greco
Victoria Porcasi
Lauren Quesada
Samantha Simon *
Samantha Wilber

Women's Cross Country (5)

Kristen Candelaria
Shannon Doherty
Victoria Mahoney
Rebeca Ramirez
Katie Wenzler

Softball (12)

Theresa Armano
Paige Csikortos
Madison Erhardt
Kristin Ferrigno
Gabriella Fielding
Megan Finnerty *
Maria Gentile
Sarah Kampuries
Victoria Mahoney
Nicole Quintana
Samantha Rossi
Samantha Simon *

Women's Soccer (10)

Rebecca Bollmann
Kristen Candelaria
Joselyn Guaman
Merima Kokale
Jamilynn McGowan *
Anisah Molic
Lauren Quesada
Rebeca Ramirez
Rachel Rocha
Deserae Sequeira

Women's Swimming (11)

Victoria Benalcazar *
Isabella Benitez
Rebecca Bollmann
Julia Dineen
Shannon Doherty
Jessica Gnad
Jennifer Kravitz
Chelsea Medina
Brianna Minogue
Grace Penaloza
Valerie Rodriguez

Women's Tennis (7)

Daniella Alva
Isabella Benitez
Kathryn Brucas *
Mary Edward *
Denise Trerotola
Valentina Velez Valencia *
Katie Wenzler

Women's Volleyball (3)

Paige Csikortos
Samantha Rossi
Valentina Urgo

Dance Team (6)

Cassidy Andrews
Amalfi Collado *
Ashley Dietz
Jenna Matheis *
Joana Salvatore
Michele Vicidomini

Baseball (13)

Mitch Brigando *
Christopher Bunnicello
Anthony DeFillipo
Kevin Linitz
Nick LoPrinzi *
Connor Passetti
Paul Pellegrino *
Francis Rapp
Matthew Rienzi
Adam Schwartz *
Kevin White

Men's Basketball (6)

Rich DiPuma
Timothy Driscoll *
Anthony Iglesias
Kavan Meiner
Sean Salomons %
Alec Willis

Men's Cross Country (1)

Justin Russell

Men's Soccer (9)

Luay Alyass
Mateusz Georges
Brandon Georges
Beka Goduadze
Daniel Goncalves
Santiago Marin Araque
Michael Ortiz
Juan Sandoval
Matthias Spiegel

Men's Swimming (4)

Marek Mlynarski
Matthew Ramirez *
Juan Sandoval
Matthew Smith *

Men's Tennis (2)

Shivam Ghai
Matthew Smith *

Men's Volleyball (3)

Marek Mlynarski
McNeilsen Saint-Jean
Keyshawn Wright *


* denotes 4.0 GPA in either semester
% denotes 4.0 GPA over both semesters