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The Mount's Gigi Gibilisco Won His Third NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award
The Mount's Gigi Gibilisco Won His Third NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award

NEC Announces 2012 Spring Scholar-Athlete Award Winners, Academic Honor Roll & Commissioner’s Honor Roll


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Somerset, NJ --
Mount St. Mary’s emerged as the big winner when the 2012 Northeast Conference (NEC) Spring Scholar-Athlete award winners were announced this morning.  Mount student-athletes claimed four of the ten awards.  Robert Morris had two student-athletes honored, along with one each from Fairleigh Dickinson, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis (PA) and Wagner.

The impressive group of award recipients included eight winners who have compiled 3.82 or better cumulative grade point averages.  Fairleigh Dickinson women’s tennis player Elmine Botes (Heidelberg Gauteng, Republic of South Africa/Hoer Volkskool & British International Distance College), Mount St. Mary’s runner Gigi Gibilisco (Newtown, PA/Notre Dame (NJ)) and Robert Morris men’s lacrosse player Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek, Ontario/Saltfleet) were all repeat honorees.

Along with the scholar-athletes, the NEC also announced its spring Academic Honor Roll, consisting of 883 student-athletes.  There were also 207 student-athletes named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll with a 3.75 or better grade point average.  All scholar-athlete award winners must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours, maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team.

Over the course of the 2011-12 academic year, a total of 2,265 student-athletes landed a spot on the Academic Honor Roll. That figure represents more than half the NEC’s competitors. On the year, 561 student-athletes were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, an all-time high for the Conference.

Mount St. Mary’s junior catcher Mark Quaranta (Virginia Beach, VA/Loyola Blakefield) is the recipient of the baseball Scholar-Athlete award.  Quaranta was tabbed to the All-NEC second team following a strong 2012 campaign in which he led the Mount and ranked fifth in the league in batting average (.333) and ninth in on-base percentage (.401).  He also paced the Mountaineers with 64 hits and finished second on the club in runs (30), doubles (12), homers (four) and RBIs (34).  Quaranta recorded 18 multi-hit games on the year and enters his senior season 11th on the program’s all-time list with a .323 career average.  The Virginia Beach, VA product is a two-time NEC Academic and Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection who carries a 3.97 grade point average.  This year he earned the William McGowan Endowed Scholarship from the Mount St. Mary’s Richard J. Bolte School of Business.
Sacred Heart junior Josh Salah (Gloucester, MA/Gloucester) is this year’s men’s golf Scholar-Athlete honoree.  Salah was named the 2011-12 NEC Men’s Golfer of the Year following a standout campaign in which he posted five top-10 finishes, including the individual title at the Rhody Invitational in April.  It marked his third All-Conference selection and second first team nod.  Salah kicked off the year by earning NEC Golfer of the Month honors in September after posting second place finishes at the CCSU Fall Invitational and Hartford Hawk Invitational.  This past spring, he placed fourth at the Lonnie Barton Invitational and ninth at the New England Championships.  In addition, his 25th place showing at the NEC Championships helped lead the Pioneers to a runner-up finish in the event.  Salah, who hails from Gloucester, MA, is a Business Economics major.  He maintains a 3.82 grade point average.
Saint Francis (PA) sophomore Ann Colligan (Kittanning, PA/Kittanning) has been tabbed the Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women’s golf.  Colligan finished sixth in a field of 54 to lead all Red Flash competitors at the NEC Women’s Golf Championships in April.  She was named NEC Player of the Month last September after she placed third at the season-opening Bucknell Invitational, then captured her first individual title at the Cleveland State Invitational.  The second team All-NEC honoree posted three top-10 finishes on the year.  Colligan hails from Kittanning, PA and majors in Middle Childhood Education.  She has registered a 3.86 grade point average over her first two years at Saint Francis.
Robert Morris senior midfielder Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek, Ontario/Saltfleet) repeats as the men’s lacrosse Scholar-Athlete honoree.  There were no shortage of honors for Matisz this past season as the Stoney Creek, Ontario native was named the NEC Player of the Year, NEC Offensive Player of the Year and most recently, a third team USILA All-American.  He was also a semifinalist for the Tewaaraton Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s Player of the Year.  Matisz established a new school record with 64 points (40 goals, 24 assists) as a senior and ranked sixth nationally in points per game (4.27) for the nation’s most prolific offense.  He finished in the top-three in the NEC in point production (first), goals per game (second, 2.67) and assists per game (third, 1.60).  A three-time first team All-NEC selection, Matisz closed out his career second all-time at RMU in points (166) and assists (72), and fourth in goals (94).  He was a Capital One Academic All-District honoree and one of 10 national finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, marking the farthest an RMU student-athlete has advanced in the selection process.  Matisz compiled a 3.75 grade point average majoring in Economics/Marketing.
Wagner senior attacker Carolyn Clark (Syracuse, NY/Westhill) collects Scholar-Athlete accolades in women’s lacrosse.  Following a prolific offensive season, Clark was voted to the All-NEC second team for the second time in her career.  She led the league in both goals (52) and goals per game (3.06), and ranked fifth on the circuit in points per game (3.53).  The two-time NEC Player of the Week enjoyed a seven-goal game – one shy of the school record – against Monmouth on April 13 and also posted three five-goal outings.  On the national scene, Clark ranked 19th in scoring and 23rd in total goals.  She wrapped her career on Grymes Hill third all-time in goals (148) and points (173), and this past year her goal (52) and point (60) totals left her second on Wagner’s single-season list.  At Wagner’s Senior Awards Dinner, Clark received “The Business Person of the Year” award, given annually to the top male or female student-athlete with the highest GPA in the business field.  The Syracuse, NY product and Business Administration major held a 3.91 grade point average upon graduating. 
Robert Morris senior outfielder Jaci Timko (Houston, PA/Chartiers Houston) is the softball Scholar-Athlete honoree.  Timko was voted All-Conference for the third time in her career after leading the Colonials to a second straight NEC regular season crown.  She was named to the All-NEC second team as well as the NEC All-Tournament team.  Timko, a two-time NEC Player of the Week, led Robert Morris in on-base percentage (.431), slugging percentage (.553), runs (35) and homers (seven), and ranked second on the club with a .355 average.  She scored 20 runs in 20 NEC games to lead the league and her six round-trippers in conference action tied for most on the circuit.  Likewise, the Houston, PA product ranked in the NEC top-10 in on-base (seventh) and slugging (ninth) percentage, as well as batting average (ninth).  Timko completed her RMU career as the program’s all-time leading hitter with a .359 average and also broke an 18-year old school record with 130 runs scored during  her time in Moon Township.  She is the second Colonial to crack 200 career hits, and ranks second all-time with 27 homers and fourth with 92 RBIs.  Timko is an Applied Psychology major who graduated with a 3.69 grade point average.
Mount St. Mary’s junior Mike Salomon (Haymarket, VA/Seton School) is this year’s men’s tennis Scholar-Athlete award winner.  Salomon helped spark the Mountaineers to their first NEC Tournament semifinal appearance since 2006 and was named second team All-Conference.  He led all NEC competitors with 24 singles wins and his .828 win percentage was tops among those with 10 or more decisions.  Salomon,  a native of Haymarket, VA, was a perfect 5-0 against league rivals and 14-3 in #4 flight dual match competition.  The 24 singles victories rank fourth on the Mount’s single-season list and Salomon’s 55 wins heading into his senior year are the second most in program history.  He is a two-time NEC Academic Honor Roll and Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection.  Salomon majors in Economics and carries a 3.88 grade point average.
Fairleigh Dickinson senior Elmine Botes (Heidelberg Gauteng, Republic of South Africa/Hoer Volkskool & British International Distance College) claims her second consecutive women’s tennis Scholar-Athlete honor.  It was a storybook year for the South African native as she helped lead the Knights to their first NEC championship since 1988 and an NCAA Tournament appearance with a 4-2 win over Quinnipiac in the title match this past April.  With a pair of second team selections already to her credit, Botes was voted to the All-NEC first team this past season, and also earned first team doubles recognition along with Manuela Leme.  She finished her senior campaign with a 16-11 record, including a 10-2 mark in #2 singles play.  Just recently, Botes earned a prestigious honor when she was tabbed to the Capital One Academic All-America third team.  An Electrical Engineering major, Botes finished her senior year with a near-perfect 3.98 grade point average.
Mount St. Mary’s senior Gigi Gibilisco (Newtown, PA/Notre Dame (NJ)) takes home his third Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.  It marks his second straight men’s outdoor track and field accolade, and comes on the heels of his indoor track and field Scholar-Athlete honor this past winter.  Gibilisco extended his reign as NEC 800-meter champion this past May, shattering the meet record with a time of 1:49.86.  He also ran the third leg of the Mount’s winning 4x400 meter relay team.  Gibilisco qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary round in the 800 meters where he crossed the tape in 1:49.88 to finish in 18th place.  He also qualified for the IC4A Championships in his premier event.  The Newtown, PA native was voted to the Capital One Academic All-District first team to earn a spot on the national All-American ballot.  Named to the NEC Academic Honor Roll each of his four years at the Mount, Gibilisco graduated with a 3.92 grade point average.  He majored in Music Education.
Recognized in women’s outdoor track and field, Mount St. Mary’s junior Megan Kinsella (Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic) rounds out the spring Scholar-Athlete award winners.  Kinsella finished second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NEC Outdoor Track & Field meet to earn second team All-NEC recognition.  The three-sport student-athlete established a new school mark in the steeplechase this spring and also competed in the 5,000 meters at the NEC meet.  A former NEC Cross Country Rookie of the Year and two-time All-NEC cross country selection, Kinsella majors in Communications.  The Allentown, PA product enters her senior year with a stellar 3.98 grade point average.

2012 Northeast Conference Spring Scholar-Athletes

Sport             Name             School Cl  GPA   Major
Baseball          Mark Quaranta    MSM    Jr  3.97  Economics/Business
Men’s Golf        Josh Salah       SHU    Jr  3.82  Business Economics
Women’s Golf      Ann Colligan     SFPA   So  3.86  Middle Childhood Education
Men’s Lacrosse    Kiel Matisz      RMU    Sr  3.75  Economics/Marketing   
Women’s Lacrosse  Carolyn Clark    WC     Sr  3.91  Business Administration
Softball          Jaci Timko       RMU    Sr  3.69  Applied Psychology
Men’s Tennis      Mike Salomon     MSM    Jr  3.88  Economics
Women’s Tennis    Elmine Botes     FDU    Sr  3.98  Electrical Engineering
M. Outdoor Track  Gigi Gibilisco   MSM    Sr  3.92  Music Education
W. Outdoor Track  Megan Kinsella   MSM    Jr  3.98  Communications

About The Northeast Conference

Now in its 31st year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 12 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 23 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic or play-in access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary’s, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (NY), Saint Francis (PA) and Wagner. Bryant will become the NEC’s 12th member upon completion of the NCAA Division I reclassification process in 2012. For more information on the NEC, visit