The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) placed a record-high 95 student-athletes on the 2021-22 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Academic All-Conference Team, as announced by the league’s front office on Tuesday afternoon.
In order to be eligible for the conference’s academic all-conference squad, a student-athlete must obtain a 3.25 cumulative GPA and have reached/completed second-year academic status. Across the entire GNAC, a new league-record total of 1,274 student-athletes were named to the 2021-22 GNAC Academic All-Conference Team, an increase of seven from the 2020-21 Academic All-Conference Team. It marks the fifth consecutive year that more than 1,000 GNAC student-athletes have received the selection, and (at least) the 14th straight year that the GNAC has recorded a new conference-record total.
Regis College led the way with 127 selections from the Pride’s GNAC-leading 20 varsity programs, while Saint Joseph’s College of Maine had the second-most number of honorees with 118 across the Monks’ 18 sponsored sports. Norwich University took the third spot with 114 selections via the Cadets’ 14 GNAC sports.
Emmanuel College and Lasell University both had 110 selections apiece, followed by USJ in sixth, which fell just short of the triple-digit mark with a new school-record 95 selections across its 14 varsity programs in the 2021-22 campaign.
Factoring in multi-sport student-athletes, the USJ men’s and women’s soccer programs led the way for the Blue Jays on the GNAC Academic All-Conference Team. Men’s soccer had the most student-athletes on the list with 14 and women’s soccer was just behind with 12. Volleyball was third with 10. For a complete list of USJ student-athletes who made the GNAC Academic All-Conference Team, please see below.
2021-22 GNAC ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Men’s Basketball (4)
Neill Dickey, So., Atlanta Ga.
Sam Majek, Sr., Brooklyn Conn.
Ryan O’Neill, Sr., Litchfield, Conn.
Jake Sullivan, Sr., Branford, Conn.
Men’s Cross Country (2)
Mario Manon-Porcella, Sr., Torrington, Conn.
Alfred Valero, So., Thomaston. Conn.
Men’s Lacrosse (8)
Evan Baden, Jr., Burlington, Conn.
Joseph Boland, Gr., Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Matt Guerin, Sr., East Longmeadow, Mass.
Raymond Heim, So., Harwinton, Conn.
Ryan Paltauf, So., Southbury, Conn.
Andrew Parisi, So., Ellington, Conn.
Nicholas Romano, So., Harwinton, Conn.
Joseph Varagnolo, Gr., Centereach, N.Y.
Men’s Soccer (14)
Abedin Abedini, So., Hartford, Conn.
Ryan Asch, Sr., Marlboro, N.Y.
Anthony Caracoglia, So., Cromwell, Conn.
Joseph Colaccino, Jr., Southington, Conn.
Anthony Delacruz, Jr., East Hartford, Conn.
Noah Fitzgerald, Sr., Waterbury, Conn.
Jose Miguel Garcia Martin, So., Madrid, Spain
Matthew Goebel, Jr., Norton, Mass.
Matt Lombardo, Sr., West Hartford, Conn.
Moctar Mohammat, So., Hartford, Conn.
Elijah Rowland, Jr., Hartford, Conn.
Brian Silva, So., Naugatuck, Conn.
Domeniko Skrelja, Sr., Ulcinj, Montenegro
Michael Torres, Jr., Hartford, Conn.
Men’s Swimming & Diving (4)
Aaron Gauvin, Jr., Berlin, Conn.
Tim Magill, Jr., Staten Island, N.Y.
Brandon Scacca, So., Rocky Hill, Conn.
Jacob Wyse, Sr., Broad Brook, Conn.
Field Hockey (4)
Wendy Bowden, So., Old Saybrook, Conn.
McKenna Gibson, So., Old Saybrook, Conn.
Emma Kociszewski, Jr., Thomaston, Conn.
Taya Valdez, Gr., East Lyme, Conn.
Natalie Amato, Sr., Cheshire, Conn.
McCayla Burns, So., East Greenbush, N.Y.
Abigail Dillon, Sr., Portland, Conn.
Jenna Masiello, Jr., Cromwell, Conn.
Mikaila Masterson, Jr., New Britain, Conn.
Riley Mulligan, Sr., Lincoln, R.I.
Kacy O’Connor, Sr., Milford, Conn.
Liliana Stoddard, Jr., Waterford, Conn.
Women’s Basketball (6)
Tiana Asberry, Jr., East Hartford, Conn.
Shannon Burns, Jr., Naugatuck, Conn.
Deanna De La Cruz, Sr., Winsted, Conn.
Olivia Heslin, So., Plainville, Conn.
Jordan Ouellette, So., Bristol, Conn.
Katelyn Vazquez, Jr., Manchester, Conn.
Women’s Cross Country (4)
Morgan Hall, Jr., Norfolk, Conn.
Julie Robinson, So., Newington, Conn.
Jaelynn Solorzano, So., Wallingford, Conn.
Emily Wassick, Jr., Granby, Conn.
Women’s Lacrosse (3)
Makayla Bunker, So., Bristol, Conn.
Andrea Pezzullo, Sr., Ashaway, R.I.
Christine Vittner-Ouellette, So., Wethersfield, Conn.
Women’s Soccer (10)
Tatiana Bilbraut, Jr., Hartford, Conn.
Marisa Brough, So., Cheshire, Conn.
Marissa Fortuna, Jr., Burlington, Conn.
Elizabeth Garlock, Jr., Meriden, Conn.
Ariana Gazaferi, Sr., Southington, Conn.
Riley Jackson, So., Newington, Conn.
Paola Jimenez, Sr., East Hartford, Conn.
Maxine Muscatello, Jr., Berlin, Conn.
Ali O’Neill, Sr., Litchfield, Conn.
Victoria Schaffner, So., Waterbury, Conn.
Women’s Swimming & Diving (4)
Brielle Bergeron, Sr., Easthampton, Mass.
Shelby Cios, Sr., Rocky Hill, Conn.
Adelina Marcille, So., Waterford, Conn.
Mia Villamizar, So., Glastonbury, Conn.
Women’s Tennis (6)
Carolyn Callahan, Sr., Southington, Conn.
Hannah Fitzgerald, So., New Milford, Conn.
Elaina Griffiths, Jr., Guilford, Conn.
Emily Kerr, Jr., Portland, Conn.
Julia Michaud, Jr., Bristol, Conn.
Ananya Srivatsav, So., South Windsor, Conn.
Victoria Adler, So., Berlin, Conn.
Nicole Albert, Jr., Meriden, Conn.
Isabella Anzalone, So., Long Island City, N.Y.
Fernanda Ayala Rodriguez, So., San Juan, Puerto Rico
Hannah Benson, Sr., Terryville, Conn.
Shannon Carey, Jr., Bayport, N.Y.
Sarah Haire, Jr., Vernon, Conn.
Victoria Isokpehi, So., Lagos, Nigeria
Julia MacKenzie, Jr., Wallingford, Conn.
Natalia Rabassa, Jr., Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico
Jenna Banta, Sr., Montville, Conn.
Cayleen Defaranos, Jr., Northford, Conn.
Maeve Foley, Sr., Wethersfield, Conn.
Madison Hall, Sr., Norfolk, Conn.
David Kavanaugh, Jr., West Hartford, Conn.
Nina Lestrud, Sr., Torrington, Conn.
Lindsey Montminy, Sr., Vernon, Conn.
Maria Porth, Sr., West Hartford, Conn.
About The GNAC
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 14 member institutions and over 3,500 student-athletes across the New England region. Founded in 1995, the GNAC annually sponsors and administers 22 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunity and community involvement in an effort to enhance the student-athlete experience.