Mountain Hawks Garner Team, Individual Academic Honors From NFCA

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh softball program was well-represented as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its academic awards for the 2021-22 school year. Eleven members of the Patriot League champion Mountain Hawks earned Division I Scholar-Athlete honors. Lehigh also earned NFCA All-Academic Team status for the 11th time in 17 seasons for his team GPA during the last academic year.

The NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete award is given to a player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2021-22 academic year. Lehigh’s honorees included all six members of the class of 2022: Carley Barjaktarovich, Jaelynn Chesson, Melissa Fedorka, Addie Kittel, Gabriella Nori and Karsen O’Rourke, plus rising seniors Josie Charles and Emily Cimino, rising juniors Brooke Cannon and Amanda Greaney, and rising sophomore Maria Urban.

Barjaktarovich, Cannon, Cimino and O’Rourke all garnered Academic All-Patriot League honors in 2022 while Barjaktarovich and Cimino were also CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees. All 11 of Lehigh’s NFCA honorees also made the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll with GPAs greater than 3.20 during the spring semester.

NCAA Division I had 2,155 honorees from its member institutions, who posted a GPA of 3.50 or higher.

A total of 150 Division I programs received the NFCA All-Academic Team Award, given to programs that boasted a team grade point average of 3.0 or better during the 2021-22 academic year. Lehigh, under the direction of head coach Fran Troyan, posted a 3.39 team GPA last year. Harvard topped Division I with a 3.76 GPA, followed by Illinois State, Green Bay, Hartford and IUPUI.

Lehigh won its league-leading 15th Patriot League championship in 2022, capping a 31-20-1 campaign with a 1-2 showing at the NCAA Seattle Regional.

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