Hofstra Student-Athletes Honored For Academic Success

Hofstra Athletics honors the academic success of its student-athletes.
Hofstra Athletics 4.0 Night

During halftime of Wednesday’s men’s basketball game between the Pride and Northeastern, Hofstra honored nearly 300 student-athletes for their academic achievements during 2012. The group was recognized for achieving a 3.0 grade point average or better and included 28 student-athletes that earned a 4.0 GPA.

“I am enormously proud of the academic achievements of our student-athletes,” commented Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Herman A. Berliner. “With nearly 300 student-athletes earning a 3.0 or better GPA including 28 student-athletes earning a perfect 4.0 GPA, they have clearly succeeded in the classroom. Given their accomplishments on the field as well as in the classroom, these men and women are terrific ambassadors of Hofstra at its best. And since past and present performance is the best predictor of future performance, they are certainly well positioned for continued success.”
“The academic success of our student-athletes is our primary mission,” said Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. “These young men and women put an incredible amount of work into their academics and it is important that we recognize that commitment. The Hofstra University community is proud of all those that were honored, especially the record 28 students that achieved 4.0 grade point averages.”
Student-athletes from each of Hofstra’s 17 athletic teams were honored including 35 from baseball, 27 from field hockey, six from men’s basketball, seven from men’s cross country, seven from men’s golf, 33 from men’s lacrosse, 25 from men’s soccer, 10 from men’s tennis, 24 from softball, nine from women’s basketball, 15 from women’s cross country, seven from women’s golf, 29 from women’s lacrosse, 23 from women’s soccer, nine from women’s tennis, 14 from volleyball and 11 from wrestling.
The 28 Pride student-athletes who earned a 4.0 grade point average were:
  • Senior baseball player Joseph Burg (Lindenhurst, IL), who is majoring in both mathematics and physics and was the second ever Hofstra University student to be named a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. Burg is enrolled in Hofstra’s Honors College.
  • Senior golfer and public relations major Erica Barnes (Kensington, CT), who is enrolled in Hofstra Honors College.
  • Women’s soccer player Nicki Choffel (Bellerose, NY), a graduate student majoring in teaching of writing.
  • Kerry Cummings (Kansas City, MO), a junior women’s soccer player majoring in health science.
  • Caity DeCoster (Crystal Lake, IL), a junior volleyball player majoring in community health.
  • Junior cross country runner Mike Della Vecchia (Dix Hills, NY), who is majoring in accounting.
  • Field hockey freshman Lauren del Valle (Exton, PA), a journalism major who is enrolled in Hofstra’s Honors College.
  • Jillian Geysen (East Hampton, CT), a senior field hockey player majoring in community health.
  • Meredith Golden (Louisville, KY), a field hockey graduate who majored in public relations.
  • Junior men’s soccer player Chris Griebsch (Dessau-Rosslau, Germany), an international business major.
  • Amanda Heyde (Somers, NY), a field hockey graduate who majored in physical education (played women’s soccer in 2012).
  • Gareth James (Wellington, New Zealand), a men’s soccer graduate who majored in philosophy and economics and was enrolled in Hofstra’s Honors College.
  • Fifth-year senior field hockey player Meg Leusch (Rochester, NY), who is majoring in community health.
  • Katelyn Lewia (Wells, ME), a field hockey graduate who majored in English education.
  • Men’s lacrosse player Brad Loizeaux (Mullica Hill, NJ), a graduate student majoring in business.
  • Kelly Lutz (Catonsville, MD), a cross country graduate who majored in mathematics.
  • Senior Jill Maier (Honeoye Falls, NY), an English and education major, and the 2012 CAA Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
  • Senior Kristin Mathis (Williamstown, NJ), a cross country runner majoring in psychology. Mathis isenrolled in Hofstra’s Honors College.
  • Senior cross country runner Cara Mattson (East Meadow, NY), a speech language hearing science and psychology major who is enrolled in Hofstra’s Honors College.
  • Senior Melissa McCarthy (Havertown, PA), a dual major in psychology and education, and the 2012 CAA Field Hockey Scholar Athlete of the Year.
  • Meghan McCloskey (Brewer, ME), a cross country graduate who majored in print journalism.
  • Jacklyn McKnight (North Massapequa, NY), a senior cross country runner majoring in exercise science.
  • Sophomore wrestler Cody Ruggirello (Walden, NY), a legal studies in business major.
  • Junior men’s soccer player Shady Saleh (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), a criminology major.
  • Sophomore Ellev Sandtroen (Tynset, Norway), a finance major from the men’s soccer team.
  • Kylie Shuster (Austin, TX), a women’s soccer senior majoring in speech communications and rhetorical studies.
  • Junior women’s soccer player Ruby Staplehurst (London, England), who majors in journalism.
  • Lauren Vallee (Dearborn, MI), a field hockey graduate who majored in international business.


In addition to the nearly 300 student-athletes with a 3.0 or better, 11 of Hofstra’s 17 teams compiled a cumulative grade point average over 3.0 as well. The field hockey team, under the direction of Head Coach Kathy De Angelisand Associate Head Coach April Cornell, had the highest grade point average among all Hofstra teams with a GPA of 3.48 anwas recognized at halftime for their academic efforts.

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