Five Gothic Knights Honored As NFCA Scholar-Athletes

JERSEY CITY — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has honored five members of the 2012 New Jersey City University softball program as scholar-athletes for the 2011-12 academic year, including students from Elizabeth and Carteret.

The award is presented to any player who achieved a combined 3.50 grade point average or better during the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters.

Then freshman Jessica Chandler (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) led the Gothic Knights on the academic side with a perfect 4.000 grade point average in both semesters last year while two-year starting pitcher and outfielder Jess Mucerino (Whippany/Whippany Park), a 2011-12 Second-Team Academic All-New Jersey Athletic Conference honoree, posted a two-semester 3.844 GPA.

Also honored by the NTCA was then junior right-handed pitcher Ashley O’beirne (Wood-Ridge/Immaculate Conception) (3.748 GPA), then freshman outfielder Taylor Setar (Carteret) (3.866 GPA) and then sophomore second baseman Janissa Cardona (Elizabeth) (3.631 GPA).

O’Beirne will be a senior on the 2013 team while both Chandler and Setar return for their sophomore campaigns this spring.

In all, 40 student-athletes from the NJAC were honored by the NFCA. Kean University (9), Montclair State University (4), Richard Stockton College (7), Rowan University (9), and William Paterson University (6) also had players honored by the organization.

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