The United States Collegiate Athletic Association announced the members of the All-American and All-Academic teams Thursday night at the men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball championship banquets. Pennsylvania College of Technology teams represented well, with 20 student-athletes getting an honor.
The All-American is voted on by members of the USCAA and is based on athletic performance throughout the season. This year, Penn College had six student-athletes make the cut. In men’s soccer, senior Ben Shade (Fleetwood) and junior Chris Brennan (New Hope) were second-team All-American. Shade totaled eight goals this season, ranking 28th in the USCAA, while Brennan notched 15 to lead the team and rank fifth. In addition, junior Phil Bair (Harrisburg) was named an honorable mention. In defense, he helped the team to an impressive .98 goals against average while tallying four goals.
In women’s soccer, sophomore Valeria Passalacqua (McAlisterville) and freshman Reda Vermilya (Turbotville) were named to the second team. Passlacqua had 11 goals this season, ranking ninth in conference. As keeper, Vermilya had a standout year; her .885 save percentage ranked second among all keepers in the USCAA.
In women’s volleyball, senior Tara Powell (Burgettstown) was named an honorable mention. She was ranked 16th in kills (204) in the USCAA and second in aces.
The All-Academic teams comprise student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. The award winners are:
Christian Dressler (freshman/Mifflintown)
David Munn (junior/Athens)
Benjamin Shade (senior/Fleetwood)
Elizabeth Greis (sophomore/Pottsville)
Sara Larson (sophomore/South Williamsport)
Cassandra Mohr (sophomore/Lewistown)
Haley Richter (sophomore/Selkirk, N.Y.)
Shelby Straub (sophomore/South Williamsport)
Tiffany Turgeon (sophomore/Hooversville)
Kerry Weber (sophomore/Saylorsburg)
Catherine Wise (sophomore/Mechanicsburg)
Courtney Gernert (sophomore/Palmyra)
Kelly Hebert (sophomore/Wellsboro)
Rachel Heller (junior/Allison Park)