Pierson & Masucci Finalists for NE-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Honors



Recent Skyhawk graduates among top three candidates for top male and female scholar-athlete honors to be announced Monday night

Northeast-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Finalists Announcement

EASTON, Mass. (June 3, 2016) – Recent Stonehill College graduates Trisha Pierson (East Hanover, New Jersey/Hanover Park) and Anthony Masucci (East Haven, Connecticut/Notre Dame-West Haven) have been named finalist for the Northeast-10 Conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards to be presented at its annual awards banquet held in conjunction with the Conference’s end of the year meetings in Providence, Rhode Island, on Monday night.

Pierson is one of three finalists, along with Le Moyne College women’s lacrosse student-athlete Maggie Monnat and Adelphi University women’s soccer student-athlete Taylor Groth, for the NE-10’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Masucci is one of three finalists for the NE-10’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year along with Bentley University men’s basketball student-athlete Keegan Hyland and Southern New Hampshire University men’s soccer student-athlete Jonathan Lupinelli.

Pierson, who received Stonehill’s Edward E. Martin Female Scholar-Athlete Award this spring, recently graduated with as a dual major in accounting and economics, having earned a 3.97 cumulative grade point average. Enrolled in the College's Moreau Honors Program, she earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in five of her eight semesters at the College and received CoSIDA Academic All-America third team honors as a junior and is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree. Pierson has been voted to the NE-10 Academic All-Conference teams for indoor and outdoor track & field five times, collecting NE-10 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Honors for the indoor season her junior year, and has received Dean's List, NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Athletic Director's Honor Roll status every semester.

Pierson was a seven-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) All-East Region thrower at Stonehill, and a three-time NE-10 Champion for the discus throw, having also earned All-New England status twice. She holds school records for both the indoor and outdoor shot put as well as the discus and has been a regular point earner for three-straight Northeast-10 Indoor Championships as well as the 2014 and 2016 NE-10 Outdoor Championship winning teams.

Pierson is a three-time NE-10 Champion in the discus and recently graduated with a 3.97 GPA.

Pierson is a three-time recipient of the St. Thomas Aquinas Medal for having the highest cumulative grade point average on the women's track & field team, while also collecting the Fred C. Petti Academic Award for having the highest yearly GPA among all Stonehill women's student-athletes each of her first three years. She was awarded the Economics Departmental Award for being the top ranking senior in the major and the Edmond N. Moriarty, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient for being the top ranking business major at the College and is also a member of Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Epsilon and Lambda Epsilon Sigma national honor societies.

Masucci, who received Stonehill’s Edward E. Martin Male Scholar-Athlete Award this spring, graduated with a 3.59 cumulative grade point average as a finance major at the College. He finished his career as one of 17 student-athletes in the history of the football program to finish with over 200 career tackles and was voted as the football program's second CoSIDA Academic All-American in program history with second team honors last fall and is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District first team honoree. Masucci received the Nils. V. "Swede" Nelson Scholar-Athlete Award from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and is a two-time Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference selection, earning the NE-10 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award for football as well this fall. He was a National Football Foundation Campbell Trophy and National Scholar-Athlete semifinalist and has been named to the NFF's Hampshire Honor Society this spring.

Masucci is one of 17 in program history with over 200 career tackles and graduated with a 3.59 GPA in finance. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Masucci appeared in all 42 games of his four year football career at Stonehill, starting each of the final 22 games of his career. He helped lead the Skyhawks to a share of the 2013 NE-10 regular season championship and finished his career with 203 tackles (101 solo), including ten for a loss of 54 yards, five interceptions and ten pass breakups.

Masucci has been named to the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Athletic Director's Honor Roll every semester, is a Dean's List student and is a member of the Financial Management Association National Honor Society. 

With 20 intercollegiate sports, Stonehill boasts one of the top athletic and academic programs in the country. In addition to winning its fifth Northeast-10 Presidents' Cup following the 2014-15 academic year, the Skyhawks have received the NCAA Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Achievement each of the first five years of the program's existence of honoring institutions with an Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90-percent or better. Stonehill has earned a 96% Academic Success Ranking (ASR) by the NCAA two straight years, which considers the academic success rate of the institution based on the graduation rate of student-athletes, good for fifth among all NCAA Division II institutions, with 12 Skyhawk teams receiving a perfect rating of 100%. In addition, the Skyhawks are ranked third in the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Power Rankings for Division II used to assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA and NAIA athletic programs. Stonehill has also been selected as the host of the 2016 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championships at W.B. Mason Stadium.

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