Four Student-Athletes Named to All-Academic Team

TOWSON, Md. – Four Susquehanna student-athletes were named to the Landmark Conference Spring All-Academic Team. Softball player Alyssa Cantalini (Kitchener, Ontario/St. David Catholic Secondary), women’s lacrosse goalie Emily Stankaitis (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), men’s track athlete Sal D’Angelo (Glenside, Pa./Glenside Twp.) and men’s lacrosse player Brian Sowyrda (Grafton, Mass./Grafton) were all recognized on Tuesday.

To be named to the team, a student-athlete must compete in any of the Landmark springs sports, be of sophomore standing or higher and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Two male and two female student-athletes from each Landmark school received recognition.

Cantalini, a sophomore third baseman, was named a First-Team All-Landmark Conference player as well as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region player earlier this month. She finished the season leading the team in batting average (.362), home runs (6), hits (50), RBI (34), slugging percentage (.659) and doubles (15). Cantalini and the Crusaders finished the 2013 season with a program-record 40 wins to go along with a Landmark Conference championship and three wins in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

A biology major, Cantalini was also named to the Landmark Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll and has been a member of the Susquehanna Dean’s List.

Stankaitis, a psychology major, recently capped off her senior season with the Crusaders by earning her second-straight All-America honors. She was also named a First-Team All-Conference player, thus becoming a three-time All-Conference selection. This spring, Stankaitis and the Crusaders won a program-best 17 games, won their first-ever Landmark Conference title and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Stankaitis, a three-time member of the Landmark Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll as a well as a member of the Susquehanna Dean’s List, finished her senior season with 149 saves, 18 wins, a .516 save percentage and an 8.76 goals-against average.

D’Angelo, a junior history major, was also member of the 2012-13 Landmark Conference Winter All-Academic Team. During the outdoor track & field season, D’Angelo was named Second-Team All-Landmark Conference for his part in the second-place 4 x 400 relay team’s performance at the championship meet. He also set personal bests in the 800 and 1500 meter runs earlier in the spring.

D’Angelo is a member of the Fall, Winter and Spring Academic Honor Rolls as well as Susquehanna’s Dean’s List.

Finally, Sowyrda was a senior defender on the men’s lacrosse team, which capped off its most successful season in program history with 12 wins, a Landmark Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Sowyrda, a political science major, finished his senior campaign with 27 ground balls, 22 caused turnovers and two assists. He was named to the All-Landmark Conference Second Team.

Sowrda is a two-time member of the Landmark Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.