In the fall 2015 edition of Sports Shorts, we take a look at numerous academic achievements by our athletic teams, including NFCA Scholar-Athlete awards in softball and NSCAA Team accolades in women’s soccer. Other highlights include a distinguished alumni award for Wes Mallicone, director of sports medicine, and the signing of a men’s basketball alumnus to a professional contract in Canada. Get the complete rundown of fall Sports Shorts.
Eight members of the SU softball team were designated as National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athletes by achieving a minimum GPA of 3.5 during the 2014-15 academic year. The honorees were (pictured below, clockwise from left) seniors Liz Parkins, Mad-die Justice, and Makenzie Lynn; juniors Taylor Llewellyn, Bri Giovenco, and Quincy Lewis; and freshmen Anna Warfield and Tara Bicko. SU has had 13 NFCA Scholar Athletes over the last two years.
SU men’s basketball standout Dylan Edgar ’15 signed a contract with the Niagara River Lions of the National Basketball League of Canada. Training camp begins Dec. 1. Edgar played for SU from 2010-11 through 2014-15. He finished his collegiate career with 1,199 career points and 722 career rebounds while shooting 57 percent from the floor. He played in 105 career games, red-shirting the 2013-14 season. As a senior, Edgar was named to the National Asso-ciation of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II Atlantic All-District Second Team and the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division First Team.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
The 1990 SU men’s cross country team held a reunion in Chambersburg in late August. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the team that produced the best national finish by any men’s sport in school history, placing second in Division II. SU’s best finish at the NCAA National Championships came in a marvelous 1990 season under coach Bob Walker that saw the Raiders take second at the national meet after second-place turns at the conference and regional championships in the previous weeks. The photo is courtesy of Marcus Hudock.
The SU women’s soccer team recently was honored with a 2014-15 College Women’s Team Academic Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Shippensburg was credited with a 3.42 team GPA.Shippensburg has been honored by the NSCAA in four of the last five years under Head Coach Rob Fulton. SU has received six NSCAA team academic awards during his tenure, including in 2006 and 2008. At least one individual has earned Capital One Academic All-District honors in three of the last five years.
SU lacrosse alumna Garrie Grenfell ’15 was named to the 2015 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA)/Zag Sports Division II Academic Honor Roll. Grenfell graduated in May with a degree in communication/journalism, concentrating in public relations, and a minor in business. It is the second straight year that Grenfell has been selected to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll. This summer, Grenfell also was able to compete overseas in Europe, participating in “ReLAX’in Around the Alps.”
NATIONAL 24-HR RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
SU cross country alum Laurie (Paretti) Dymond ’89 placed second among women and fifth overall in the US National 24-hour Running Championships. Dymond ran 135.5 miles in 24 hours, running a 22.5 mile PR. She also qualified for the US National 24-Hours Running Team. The day after securing second place—despite running the equivalent distance from Shippensburg to King of Prussia in one day—she maintained her nearly six-year streak of running at least one mile a day.
After a 1-0 victory at Seton Hill on Oct. 7, SU women’s soccer head coach Rob Fulton became the all-time coaching wins leader for the Raiders with his 79th career victory. Fulton has been the head coach of the Raiders since 2006. He passed Guy Furfaro, who had 78 wins from 1997-05.
SU Director of Sports Medicine Wes Mallicone ’00M was recognized in October as the inaugural winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Athletic Training at Duquesne University. Mallicone earned a bachelor of science in athletic training from Duquesne in 1999 before arriving at SU as the graduate assistant under the mentorship of Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Famer Steve Heckler, who served Shippensburg for 27 years. Mallicone is in his 14th year as SU’s sports medicine director. He leads a sports medicine department that has grown under his watch and provides services to 20 athletic teams. Mallicone supervises the comprehensive health care needs of approximately 600 Shippensburg student-athletes. The John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Each department in the school was asked to select one outstanding alum. Athletic Training selected Mallicone as being “most emblematic of the qualities and values of the Rangos School,” and for demonstrating “the qualities of professional excellence and achievement, service to others, and being a leader in their industry.” Mallicone, a Uniontown native, also serves on the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) Executive Board, and in 2014, he was elected by his peers as the PATS Southcentral Representative.
A total of 70 student-athletes from Shippensburg University were recognized by the Division II Athletic Directors Association (D2ADA) with 2014-15 Academic Achievement Awards. This is 13 more than Ship had last year. To be a D2ADA honoree, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have completed a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college-level work at a two-year and/or four-year institution, and been an active member of an intercollegiate team during the last academic year.