Courtesy of Moravian and Scranton Sports Information
AUSTIN, Texas --- Moravian junior Janae Matos and Scranton senior Shannon Stricker have been selected to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America NCAA Division III Softball Third Team selected by the College Sports Information Director of America.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® accolades, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.30 grade-point average, be a sophomore, junior or senior and be a starter or significant reserve. Beginning in 2011-12, the program is made up of four levels – NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division (NAIA, Canadian colleges and junior colleges).
Matos adds to a growing list of honors for the 2017 season that has seen her named as the 2017 Landmark Conference Player of the Year, the 2017 ECAC Division III Metro Player of the Year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region First Team, the Landmark All-Conference First Team for a second straight spring and the ECAC Division III Metro All-Star First Team. She also helped the No. 14 Greyhounds to a 36-6 record this spring and the team's 23rd consecutive postseason berth as Moravian clinched the top seed in the 2017 Landmark Conference Tournament.
Matos led the Greyhounds at the plate with a .523 average that included 56 hits, 23 runs, a school-record 22 doubles, three home runs, 45 RBIs, 24 walks including four intentional base on balls, a .621 on-base percentage and an .813 slugging percentage. Matos recorded a team-high 203 putouts behind the plate to go with 13 assists. Matos became the 44th member of Moravian's 100-hit club in April.
Off of the field, Matos is majoring in Psychology and Sociology, and she has a 3.34 GPA. She is a three-year member of Moravian's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has been president for two years. Matos is also a member of the Psychology Club, the Sociology Club and the Spanish Club at Moravian, and she has been named to the Landmark Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll the last two years.
With today's selection, Stricker becomes just the fourth student-athlete in Scranton softball program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, joining Kelly Guiton (1987, Second Team), Cheryl Zekas (1990, Third Team) and Kelly Zaccheo (2012, Third Team) as the only student-athletes all-time to earn the award.
For Stricker, a selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Team is a fitting bookend to a stellar career both on and off the field at the University of Scranton.
On the field, Stricker ends her career at or near the top in several all-time statistical categories. She finishes on top all-time in defensive assists (318), second in career hits (183), doubles (41), and runs scored (107), third in RBI (115) and fourth in batting average (.400).
Awards wise, Stricker earned All-Landmark Conference honors all four years she was in the program, nabbing First Team accolades twice ('15 and '16) and Second Team honors twice ('14, '17). A selection to the Landmark's All-Decade Team, Stricker was named the conference's Player of the Year after the 2016 season, as well.
Off the field, Stricker earned CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors twice ('16, '17), and boasts a 3.88 grade point average as a Health Administration major at the University of Scranton (with minors in business and coaching). The Landmark Conference's Senior Scholar Athlete for softball in 2017, Stricker also earned a spot on the conference's Academic Honor Roll three times ('15, '16, '17).
A selection to the University of Scranton dean's list in each semester she has been on campus, Stricker is a member of the Scranton's Honors Program, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, and Omega Beta Sigma (Women's Business Honors Society).
A participant at the 2015 NCAA Career in Sports Forum, she has also been the President of the Health Administration Society, was softball's team representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), and volunteered at the Leahy Community Health Center Food Pantry, and at softball clinics and camps, as well.