Landmark Announces Fall Senior Scholar Athletes
MADISON, N.J. – The Landmark Conference has selected six athletes as Landmark Senior Scholar Athletes for their respective fall sports. A committee of Landmark Conference officers, athletics directors and sports information directors selected the recipients, choosing one senior from each of the fall sports sponsored by the conference. The honorees must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and are selected based on their accomplishments in all areas of college life including athletics, academics and other extracurricular activities. The award is the most exclusive awarded by the Conference with just 20 honorees for each academic year.
The 2010 Landmark fall sport Senior Scholar Athletes are: Men's Cross Country: Adam Scipione (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), Goucher College; Women's Cross Country: Tara Chiarella (Hallstead, Pa./Montrose Area), Moravian College; Field Hockey: Eliza Grumbein (Allentown, Pa./William Allen), The Catholic University of America; Men's Soccer: Lane Gould (Greenville, Texas/Greenville), United States Merchant Marine Academy; Women's Soccer: Chelsea Paskman (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South), The University of Scranton; Women's Volleyball: Steph Strauss (Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills), Juniata College.
Scipione capped a strong career for the Goucher men's cross country program with his highest-ever finish at the Landmark Championship. He placed 16th at the meet, helping the Gophers to a fifth-place team finish at the meet, matching its best ever finish. He was the Gophers' second runner throughout his senior campaign and ran his fastest time of the season at the Landmark Championships. In the classroom Scipione boasts a stellar cumulative GPA while majoring in philosophy and business management. He has twice been selected Landmark All-Academic, has represented Goucher at Landmark SAAC meetings and has volunteered for a panel to help high school students make healthy choices about athletics and competition.
Chiarella was a top runner for Moravian throughout her career earning All-Conference honors once in her career. She got off to a strong start by being named Rookie of the Year at the Landmark Championships in 2007 when she placed fourth at the meet and helped Moravian earn a second-place team finish. She had one She has two top-50 finishes at NCAA Regionals in her career highlighted by a 39th-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Regional. Chiarella has been on the Dean's List four semesters at Moravian while majoring in psychology with a minor in Spanish. She also earned Academic Honor Roll recognition three times during her career while producing an excellent cumulative GPA.
Grumbein has claimed nearly every imaginable honor in her senior year while helping Catholic to one of the best seasons in program history. She earned All-America honors as a defender after also being chosen as the Landmark Player of the Year, an All-Region performer and the ECAC Tournament Most Valuable Player as Catholic earned the tournament title. She earned All-Region and All-Conference honors twice in her career and the Cardinals were 54-28 during her four seasons. Off the field Grumbein is majoring in biology, and was named to the Landmark All-Academic Team. She has also been named to the NFHCA All-Academic squad three times in her career and is a three-time Landmark Academic Honor Roll choice.
Gould was a standout for the USMMA men's soccer team that earned back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament. He was a co-captain of the team his senior season when he scored three goals and had five assists and helped the Mariners reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. He was a two-time All-Conference pick for USMMA and finished his career with 10 goals and 11 assists, including two game-winning goals in the 2009 season. Gould is working towards a degree as a ships officer and has maintained an outstanding GPA in a rigorous 20-plus credit schedule. He was a Landmark All-Academic honoree is 2009, is a three-time Academic Honor Roll choice and place guitar in the USMMA chapel praise band
Paskman closed a decorated career by earning All-America honors for the second time in her career and she helped Scranton claim its second Landmark Women's Soccer Championship and reach the NCAA Championship. She is a four-team first-team All-Conference selection and was voted the Landmark Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and a senior and also earned All-America and All-Region honors in both those seasons. She was also the Landmark Rookie of the Year in 2007. She has produced an excellent cumulative GPA as a psychology student over three years, and Paskman has twice been chosen as a Landmark All-Academic performer while also earning Academic Honor Roll status three times.
Strauss has been a standout on and off the floor for the Juniata volleyball program over four seasons. She was named an All-America for the second time following her senior season, and has also been an All-Region and All-Conference pick in each of her junior and senior years. She helped Juniata reach the NCAA semifinals three times and the NCAA Championship match once. Strauss is the President of the Juniata SAAC, is an executive board member of the Student Alumni Association and has been named an ESPN Academic All-American. A sports marketing and management major, she is a six-time Dean's List honoree.
The Landmark Conference will select a Senior Scholar Athlete in each of the 20 varsity sports sponsored by the conference over the course of the 2010-11 academic year.