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For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 30th

Seven All-MAAC Selections Highlight 34-Member Squad

Edison, NJ - Ten seniors, 11 juniors and 12 sophomores comprise the 1998 Softball Academic All-MAAC Team, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced today. To be eligible for the academic honor, student-athletes must have completed two semesters (not a freshman), must be a starter or significant reserve and must hold a 3.2 overall GPA.

Regular-season runner-up St. Peter's College led the way with 10 members followed by league newcomer Rider University with six and Niagara University with five. Manhattan College and Iona College had four athletes selected, while Fairfield University and Marist College had two players apiece. MAAC regular-season champion Canisius College rounded out the team with one student-athlete.

Among the 34 players chosen to this year's team, seven were also part of the 1998 All-Conference team, including seniors Joni Sontrop of Niagara University and Iona's Courtney Davis and Tasie Haluska. Joining the trio from the All-MAAC team are Manhattan’s Jen Fisher (3.45 - Physical Education) and St. Peter's Susie Johnson (3.77 - Mathematics), Christina Porter (3.33 - Elementary Education) and Liz Stivers (3.29 - Mathematics).

Rider sophomore Heather Sonnenberg recorded the highest GPA’s of all the members at 3.94 on a 4.0 scale. Sonnenberg, a Liberal Arts major, Also reaching the 3.90 mark was pitcher Erica Hanrahan of St. Peter's. Sonnenberg is a Andrew J. Rider Scholar, the highest academic award presented at Rider University.


Name School Cl. Pos. Major GPA Hometown
Sarah Skroupa Canisius So. P Psychology 3.387 Kenmore, NY
Jennifer Derouin Fairfield Sr. OF Management 3.71 Waterbury, CT
Nicole Fagnant Fairfield Jr. P Communication 3.28 Chicopee, MA
Jennifer Goerge Iona So. P Education 3.7 Somerset, NJ
Tasie Haluska Iona Gr. C/1B Psychology 3.33 Kelowna, Brit. Columbia
Courtney Davis Iona Sr. OF Mass Communications 3.41 Medford, NJ
Terri Chera Iona Sr. IF International Business 3.40 Clifton Park, NY
Carrieann Ciccone Manhattan Sr. P Health Education 3.311 Edison, NJ
Jen Fisher Manhattan Jr. C Physical Education 3.458 LaGrangeville, NY
Michelle Komorowski Manhattan Sr. 2B Physical Education 3.671 Bogota, NJ
Colleen Talt Manhattan Jr. C/IF Physical Therapy 3.786 Levittown, NY
Rachel Ammons Marist Jr. OF Biology 3.640 Herndon, VA
Kathryn Cheski Marist Jr. C Psychology 3.451 Elmwood Park, NJ
Stacey Bogumil Niagara Jr. 1B Accounting 3.62 Lancaster, NY
Danielle Kashuba Niagara Jr. OF Education 3.53 Cheektowaga, NY
Barb Hill Niagara Sr. OF Commerce 3.77 Hershey, PA
Joni Sontrop Niagara Sr. P Math Education 3.52 Belleville, ONT
Kelly Cruttenden Niagara Sr. 2B Communications 3.89 Farmington, NY
Aubrey Becker Rider Sr. OF Accounting 3.780 Hamilton, NJ
Allison Black Rider So. IF Communications 3.229 Horsham, PA
Beth Feegley Rider So. P Management/Human Res. 3.392 Cheltenham, PA
Danielle Lake Rider So. P Elementary Ed/Liberal St. 3.562 Mount Holly, NJ
Heather Sonnenberg Rider So. 2B General Liberal Arts 3.940 Wilkes Barre, PA
Lynn Van Camp Rider So. OF Biology 3.613 Yardville, NJ
Renee Casillas St. Peter's Jr SS Psychology 3.49 Chandler, AZ
Danielle DeVino St. Peter's Jr OF Sociology 3.46 Staten Island, NY
Hope Grieser St. Peter's Sr C Sociology/Elementary Ed. 3.33 Archbold, OH
Tisha Hennen St. Peter's So 3B Elementary Ed. 3.63 Buford, GA
Erica Hanrahan St. Peter's So P English 3.90 Oak Park, IL
Susie Johnson St. Peter's So 1B/C Mathematics 3.77 Scottsdale, AZ
Christina Porter St. Peter's So OF Elementary Ed. 3.33 Tempe, AZ
Liz Stivers St. Peter's Jr 2B Mathematics 3.29 Ottisville,NY
Tara Tumminello St. Peter's So OF Biology 3.58 Clark, NJ
Kathy Venable St. Peter's Jr OF Mathematics 3.80 Walden, NY

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