NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Four Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) athletic programs received the 2018-19 CACC Team Academic Award. The inaugural award recipients were announced on Thursday by the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
The new award recognizes the school with the highest team grade point average in each of the league's 16 championship sports for the past academic year.
For the Rams, men's cross country (3.38), women's lacrosse (3.38), men's track & field (3.21) and baseball (3.19) garnered the award. Overall, 11 of Jefferson's programs posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in 2018-19.
The four winners tied the Rams for the most in the CACC along with Goldey-Beacom and USciences.
The men's cross country squad placed five student-athletes on the 2018-19 CACC All-Academic Team and earned the All-Academic Team Award from the USTFCCCA. Ethan Fadale and Ben Nardi were individual honorees by the USTFCCCA and Fadale also made the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Majors on the team included industrial design, construction management, accounting, health sciences, engineering, landscape architecture and biology.
The women's lacrosse team was named an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad and had five players selected to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll. Six student-athletes received CACC All-Academic honors and Sarah von Lange grabbed a spot on the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team. The team had majors that included marketing, engineering, health sciences, business, biology, fashion merchandising and management, fashion design, graphic design, interior design and communications.
The men's track & field squad placed six student-athletes on the CACC All-Academic Team and Ethan Fadale was chosen to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. The team's majors were fashion design, industrial design, construction management, accounting, health sciences, engineering, finance, business management, landscape architecture and biology.
The baseball team garnered the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award for the third year in a row. The Rams had ten players named to the CACC All-Academic Team and Daniel Sabath earned the CACC Top XVI Award. The student-athletes had majors of law and society, psychology, health sciences, athletic training, construction management, accounting, business administration, engineering, animation digital media, business management, finance, international business and architecture.