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St. Francis Brooklyn’s Katie Fox & David Lonnberg Named 2014-15 Northeast Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year

6/23/2015

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Somerset, NJ --
In their pursuit of academic excellence, a pair of St. Francis Brooklyn student-athletes achieved perfection.

Katie Fox (Twinsburg, OH/Twinsburg), a women’s basketball player, and David Lonnberg (Stockholm, Sweden/Kungsholmens Gymnasium), a swimmer and water polo player, both compiled 4.0 grade point averages during their time at St. Francis Brooklyn to earn recognition as the 2014-15 Northeast Conference (NEC) Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

For each of the past nine years, the NEC and its Faculty Athletic Representatives have bestowed the honor upon the male and female student-athletes who have exhausted their athletic eligibility, graduated and compiled the highest grade point average in the Conference at the conclusion of the academic calendar.  Fox was an English and History double major, while Lonnberg double majored in Political Science and Economics/International Economics.

“Congratulations to Katie and David for their incredible academic and athletic accomplishments,” said Noreen Morris, NEC Commissioner.  “To achieve such tremendous success in the classroom while competing on championship caliber teams takes an amazing amount of work, dedication and sacrifice.  On behalf of the NEC Council of Presidents, I thank them both for representing St. Francis Brooklyn and the NEC with such commitment and class, and wish them the best as they take the lessons they learned as a Division I student-athlete with them as they pursue their post graduation endeavors.”

Fox started all 34 games at point guard this past season on the first St. Francis Brooklyn women’s team in any sport to win an NEC championship and qualify for the NCAA Tournament.  The three-time co-captain paced the Terriers and ranked sixth in the NEC with 3.6 assists per game.  In SFBK’s title game win over Robert Morris, she played all 40 minutes and finished with six assists and zero turnovers.  Fox also ranked second on the Terriers in steals (40) and fourth in made three-pointers (25).  As a junior, Fox was named to the NACDA I-AAA Scholar-Athlete team.  She finished her career with 350 assists to rank seventh on the school’s career list.

“I think if you could have a student with a 4.0 at any position you want it to be at the point guard position,” said John Thurston, St. Francis Brooklyn head women’s basketball coach.  “Not only is she very smart in the classroom but she is very heady on the court.  She knows where everyone needs to be and is really an extension of the coaching staff on the court.  Sometimes you get a point guard who has tremendous athletic ability, and other times you get some who are tremendously smart players.  She has the competitiveness you see in the top academic player. This really helped her to be a solid player in the NEC.”

Fox graduated with summa cum laude honors, and received the John C. Gorman Medal for Excellence in History and The Brother Celestine McGarry Memorial Purse for Excellence in English. She was recently named one of thirteen recipients of the prestigious Victory Scholarship, which offers postgraduates around the country the opportunity to play basketball, continue their education and serve as mentors in the community in Ireland.  

Fox, who hails from Twinsburg, OH, volunteered her time at numerous clinics throughout her career and was a volunteer at the NYC Marathon the past two years.

“Katie was a student-athlete who got the most out of her ability by working extremely hard both on and off the court,” said Irma Garcia, St. Francis Brooklyn Director of Athletics.  “Her intelligence is exactly what you want at the point guard position and it was a big part of her game.  She played a huge role in leading us to the NEC Championship this past season and our first NCAA Tournament in the sport of basketball.  In the classroom, Katie won numerous academic awards and graduated at the top of her class.  She has undoubtedly left a giant legacy for our program and college.”

Lonnberg was a two-sport athlete in water polo and swimming for the Terriers.  He was the lone men’s water polo player awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for the 2014-15 season. The award capped an intercollegiate career in which Lonnberg made history by becoming the first player to claim back-to-back Elite 89 awards at the NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championship.  The award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 89 championships.  Lonnberg was honored with Elite 89 awards back in 2012 and 2013 after the Terriers notched back-to-back CWPA Championships.

Lonnberg, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, participated in the 1,000 freestyle, 50 butterfly, and 100 butterfly throughout his career on the Terrier swim team.  

Lonnberg received the Gerard F. Doyle Memorial Medal for Excellence in Economics and graduated with summa cum laude honors.  

Throughout his career in Brooklyn Heights, Lonnberg participated in numerous community service initiatives such as the Wounded Warriors Project and instructing youth groups at water polo and swimming clinics.

“David was an exceptional student-athlete who provided leadership both in and out of the pool,” said Garcia.  “There is no doubt that his outstanding work ethic helped to inspire his teammates throughout his career.  As a result, our men’s water polo made a pair of NCAA Final appearances during David’s tenure, and even more impressive are the two NCAA Elite 89 awards that he earned at those two events.  It goes without saying that David Lonnberg is one of the finest student-athletes that St. Francis College has ever produced and he will be greatly missed.”

NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year History

Year     Men                                       Women
2014-15  David Lonnberg, St. Francis Brooklyn      Katie Fox, St. Francis Brooklyn
2013-14  Travis Denny, Robert Morris               Ellen Huffman, Wagner
2012-13  Mark Quaranta, Mount St. Mary’s           Una Japundza, Robert Morris
                                                   Carly Thibault, Monmouth
2011-12  Michael Foster, Mount St. Mary’s          Evgeniya Tyrtova, Fairleigh Dickinson
2010-11  Sean O’Reilly, Saint Francis U            Ali Kliment, Monmouth
2009-10  Filip Kisdobranski, St. Francis Brooklyn  Maggie O’Connell Dubois, Mount St. Mary’s
2008-09  Benjamin Evenden, Monmouth                Kathleen Henry, Sacred Heart
                                                   Tara Maxwell, Robert Morris
                                                   Erin Reifsteck, Saint Francis U
2007-08  Ian Butcher, Saint Francis U              Katja Bavendam, St. Francis Brooklyn
2006-07  Moran Stern, St. Francis Brooklyn         Lisa Jaszka, Robert Morris
         Andrija Vrdoljak, St. Francis Brooklyn


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Now wrapping up its 34th year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30).  Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 22 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league’s official website (www.northeastconference.org) and digital network (www.necfrontrow.com), or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Google+, all @NECsports.