LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Penn State Brandywine posted the ninth-highest cumulative team grade-point average among all four-year college softball programs during the 2017-18 academic year as the Lions earned the Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic Team Award for the third consecutive season on Tuesday. In addition, nine members of the 2017-18 squad were selected as NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes.
The 12 members of the 2018 Brandywine softball team combined to amass at GPA of 3.68 last year. That cumulative GPA ranked Brandywine No. 1 in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association and was second-highest among schools from the state of Pennsylvania. Brandywine was also the only campus in the Penn State University system to be honored.
Following the completition of the 2018 spring semester, all 12 members of the team earned Penn State University Athletic Conference All-Academic Team recognition, while three members of the squad (Alexa Anderson, Julie Foeldes, Maddie Malfara) landed United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Academic Team accolades.
The nine individuals earning NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete honors were Alexa Anderson, Rachel Cherubini, Kayla Corrente, Katie DeStefano, Ashley Dotey, Julie Foeldes, Haley Grossi, Maddie Malfara and Gina Mazurkiewicz. Foeldes and Malfara both collected their third NFCA award, while the honor marked the second of Anderson's career.
To land the award, student-athletes must amass a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or higher during the entire academic year. A total of 4,393 softball players from four-year colleges were honored with Brandywine's being the lone representatives from the USCAA and PSUAC.
On the field last season, Brandywine captured its fourth-straight PSUAC championship and finished fifth at the USCAA World Series, its third consecutive top-five showing. Under the direction of Head Coach Mark Caserta, Brandywine won a program record 27 games.
Five members of the 2018 championship team return to the squad when the 2019 team takes the field for the first time this March.
May 16, 2019 Softball Trio Claims All-American Honors From USCAA
May 14, 2019 Offense Stays Hot As Brandywine Moves On
May 13, 2019 Brandywine Drops World Series Opener
April 26, 2019 Brandywine Holds Off Schuylkill In PSUAC First Round
April 24, 2019 Hazleton Rallies Past Brandywine In PSUAC Tiebreaker Game
April 22, 2019 Malfara, Segich Hit Milestones On Senior Day
April 17, 2019 Brandywine Eases Past Scranton
April 16, 2019 Cedar Crest Edges Brandywine In Road Twin Bill
April 10, 2019 Sullivan Collects USCAA Hitter Of The Week Honor
April 9, 2019 Brandywine Downs Stratford; Remains Undefeated At Home
April 6, 2019 Brandywine’s Winning Streak Ends At Hazleton
April 4, 2019 Brandywine Bests Hazleton Twice In Final At-Bat
April 2, 2019 Szpindor Earns Weekly Honors From PSUAC, USCAA
April 2, 2019 Brandywine Extends Winning Streak To Eight Games
March 30, 2019 Lions Finish Off Season Sweep Of Schuylkill
March 29, 2019 Big Inning Leads Brandywine To Sweep
March 28, 2019 Brandywine Bounces Back To Sweep F&M
March 26, 2019 Lions Drop Two At King's
March 22, 2019 Brandywine Opens Conference Slate With Sweep
March 16, 2019 Lions Topped In Road Doubleheader By Swarthmore
March 6, 2019 Brandywine Falls In Florida Finale
March 3, 2019 Brandywine Suffers Setbacks To Muhlenberg And DeSales
March 2, 2019 Lions Edge New England 8-7; Split First Day In Florida
January 4, 2019 Brandywine Softball Announces 2019 Schedule
December 6, 2018 Brandywine Ranked Fifth In USCAA Directors’ Cup Standings
August 17, 2018 Brandywine Softball Welcomes 12 Newcomers