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Scholar-Athletes Shine Once Again

In what has become a regular occurrence for Hofstra University student-athletes, the Pride excelled in the classroom in the spring semester as they have done on a regular basis over the past few years. 

The more than 300 Hofstra student-athletes compiled an impressive 3.23 grade point average this past spring. Incredibly, it is the 10th consecutive semester that Pride student-athletes have compiled at least a 3.00 GPA as a group.

“We are very proud to share the academic achievements of our student-athletes from the Spring 2017 semester,” commented Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. “It has been another great semester for our student-athletes, having collectively averaged over a 3.0 GPA including a record-high 3.3 during the fall semester. Special thanks to our coaches, staff and the Center for University Advising for supporting the academic efforts of our student-athletes. Congratulations to our scholar-athletes and thank you for your commitment to academic success while being outstanding representatives of Hofstra University.”

Impressively, 118 student-athletes were named to either the Provost’s List (perfect 4.0 GPA) or the Dean’s List (3.5 GPA or above) during the spring semester. The field hockey program led the way with 16 student-athletes named to either the Provost’s or Dean’s List. Field hockey and women’s soccer each had 13 Dean’s List honorees to lead the way, while women’s cross country and volleyball had four student-athletes each named to the Provost’s List to lead in that category.

In terms of GPA, 13 of the 17 Pride teams had at least a 3.00 GPA in the spring. The tennis programs, led by Head Coach Jason Pasion, had the top team GPAs on both sides as women’s tennis led the women’s sports with a 3.68 GPA, while men’s tennis notched a 3.52 GPA to take the top spot on the men’s side.

The following Hofstra student-athletes achieved a 4.0 GPA during the spring semester: Sophia Black (volleyball), Rhian Cleverly (women’s soccer), Alexandra Ciranni (women’s cross country), Henry Crayton (men’s soccer), Luisa Domingues (volleyball), Emily Gallagher (field hockey), Haakon Wik Heltne (men’s soccer), Jamie Kanner (women’s cross country), Hannah Klemm (volleyball), Veronika Kostova (volleyball), Laura Masciullo (volleyball), Fatimah Mozawalla (women’s cross country), Jill Mulholland (women’s soccer), Rory Murphy (men’s soccer), Maria Pettet (women’s soccer), Sabrina Salama (women’s cross country), Stella Schoen (field hockey), Semen Sen (volleyball), Nicole Swanson (women’s cross country) and Carissa Witmer (field hockey).

Hofstra student-athletes have very diverse majors and are students in a multitude of schools within the University. Of the 316 Pride student-athletes, 121 are in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 118 are in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business and the remaining student-athletes are matriculating in the School of Health Professions & Human Services (40), the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering & Applied Science (15), the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication (15), the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies (2) and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law (1).

The Hofstra Department of Athletics would like to specially recognize a pair of student-athletes – Klemm and Schoen – as both were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in 2016-17. For Schoen it was her second time receiving this prestigious honor as she was also an Academic All-American in 2015-16, while Klemm earned her accolade following the 2016 volleyball campaign. Schoen was the 24th Academic All-American in school history and Klemm became the 25th.

In addition, Schoen finished her incredible academic career with a perfect 4.0 GPA, becoming the first Hofstra student-athlete to achieve that distinction since Joe Burg (baseball), who was the second Rhodes Scholar finalist in school history, in 2013.

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