Scranton, PA - The Lackawanna College softball team, the Region XIX Division II Softball Champions, proved that their success was not limited solely to the playing field. They also excelled in the classroom. During the 2016-2017 academic year it placed nine players on the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference All-Academic team and five student athletes on the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic Team. In addition the team was nominated for a NJCAA team award after compiling a team average of 3.43.
The EPAC All-Academic team recognizes student athletes who have achieved at least a 3.25 GPA during the semester in which they were enrolled full-time and participated in a sport. Those being named to the EPAC All-Academic team were Brenda Reninga (McCungie, PA), Lauren Leppo (Dunmore, PA), Paige Durkin (Archbald, PA), Ashley Rzeszewski (Eynon, PA), Marina Pegula (Dunmore, PA), Taylor Maloney (Scranton, PA), Moriah Lynn (Berwick, PA), Barbara Verrastro (Scott Twp, PA) and Kelly Snyder (Dallas, PA).
The NJCAA All-Academic team is divided into three levels. The First Team selection is awarded to full time student-athletes who achieved a perfect GPA 4.0 during the 2016-2017 year. Those named to the Second Team compiled a GPA between 3.80 and 3.99. Members of the Third Team attained a GPA between 3.60 and 3.79. Selected from Lackawanna College for the Second Team were Barbara Verrastro, Kelly Snyder and Taylor Mahoney; those named to the Third Team were Marina Pegula and Moriah Lynn.
Although the team award have not been announced by the NJCAA. Lackawanna's team GPA of 3.43 should guarantee them an honorable mention. The NJCAA team award is presented to the squad with the highest GPA in each sport. The minimum grade point average for consideration is a 3.00.