RCC Athletes Earn Academic All-Conference Honors
DATE: March 17, 2017
CONTACT: Paul Mencher
Fifteen RCC Athletes Earn Academic All-Conference Honors in Fall Season
a dozen also named All-Region honorees
RAMAPO - Rockland Community College student athletes are continuing a tradition of achievement away from the playing field. Fifteen Hawks performed well enough in the classroom this past fall to be named Academic All-Conference by the Mid-Hudson Conference.
Twelve of those same RCC student athletes gained additional recognition, earning Academic All-Region honors from NJCAA Region XV.
RCC’s volleyball team enjoyed a fine season last fall, going 12-10 and reaching the Region XV tournament. The Hawks had equally impressive results in the classroom, with seven players—more than two-thirds of the team—gaining academic recognition.
Five volleyball players picked up both All-Region and All-Conference academic honors. Melissa McDonnell, a graduate of Monroe-Woodbury HS, led the way by registering a perfect 4.0 GPA.
McDonnell, who transferred to the State University at Buffalo following the fall semester, said playing at RCC was a great experience. “I really enjoy volleyball and I feel like it kept me positive and in a good mood to do my schoolwork as well. I feel very proud of myself.
“I am so glad I played volleyball on the RCC Hawks team,” McDonnell added.
Shannon Thomas, a North Rockland HS graduate, added All-Region academic recognition to her accolades for her on-court performance. Thomas was MVP of the Mid-Hudson Conference and an All-Region first team selection.
Of her academic honors, Thomas said, “It’s always flattering to receive recognition for anything that hard work was put into. I learned from a young age to put school first.” Thomas, a freshman, will return to RCC next season, with plans to later attend a four-year college and eventually medical school.
Sara Hayward, from Suffern HS, gained Academic All-Region recognition to add to All-Conference first team and All-Region honorable mention honors for her play last fall. International student Sayaka Watanabe of Japan and North Rockland HS alumna Nicole Polanco also exceeded the 3.25 GPA necessary for All-Region academic recognition.
Kayla Roper, from Tappan Zee HS, and Zeanetta Rogers, a Clarkstown North HS graduate, picked up Academic All-Conference honors by posting a GPA of 3.0 or better.
The RCC men’s soccer team, which reached the semifinals of the Region XV tournament and finished 6-6 overall, had eight players claim Academic All-Conference status. Seven of those student athletes met the higher standard to also be named All-Region.
Team co-captain Arhin Asamoah posted the highest GPA among the Hawks, followed closely by Steffen Bonneau, out of Spring Valley HS, and Niko Barbetto, from Clarkstown North HS. All three gained All-Region status.
Also earning All-Region honors: Kevin Maloney, a Clarkstown South HS graduate; Dylan Allum, an alumnus of Clarkstown North HS; Mark Babcock, from North Rockland HS; and Jose Robles Lopez, an international student from Colombia. Justin Gordon of Brooklyn gained All-Conference recognition.
With the spring sports season getting underway, athletes from RCC’s baseball, golf and men’s tennis teams will aim to further the Hawk tradition of success both on and off the field. Last spring, those teams combined to earn 16 Academic All-Conference awards, with 13 athletes also earning All-Region honors.