DANBURY, Conn.- Caldwell University softball junior Marisa Monasseri (Monroe, N.J.) was named the ECAC Division II Female Scholar Athlete of the Year after excelling on and off the field during her sophomore season. It is the fourth year in a row that a Caldwell student athlete has been honored with the ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year (Paul Nyitray, baseball, 2013, 2014 and Robert Humes, baseball, 2015).
In order to be considered for the ECAC Scholar Athlete Award, a candidate must have earned a cumulative minimum overall GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale and must have reached sophomore athletics and academic status (true freshmen, redshirt freshmen and ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible) and be a starter or significant reserve in a particular sport and must compete in a least 50 percent of the contests in that sport.
Monasseri will be honored with the rest of the award recipients at the 2016 ECAC Honors Dinner on September 22 at the Matrix Conference & Banquet Center in Danbury, Connecticut. The event will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and awards at 7 p.m. For the full ECAC release and complete list of award winners, click here.
This latest award for Monasseri caps an incredible sophomore year for the All-American catcher and reigning Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Year. She was a First Team CACC pick as well as an NFCA and D2CCA First Team All-East Region selection. Monasseri also earned NFCA and D2CCA Second Team All-American honors and was an ECAC First Team All-Star. She was a three-time CACC Player of the Week as well as the ECAC Division II Player of the Week and NFCA Division II National Player of the Week one time. On the academic side, Monasseri was a CACC All-Academic Team selection and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
On the field, Monasseri posted a career-year for the Cougars as she set the single season mark for homeruns with 17. She started 51 games in 2016 and posted team-highs with 57 RBI, 113 total bases and a .423 batting average. Monasseri scored 32 runs with 52 hits, eight doubles, one triple, while slugging .919 and an on base percentage of .564.
In the CACC, she led the conference in average, RBI, homeruns, slugging and on base percentage, while ranking seventh in runs and ninth in hits.