Chatham News

Presidents’ Athletic Conference names 13 Chatham student-athletes to Academic Honor Roll

By: Lindsey Hyre, Athletic Department 
January 22, 2010

(January 22, 2010) . . . Thirteen Chatham University student-athletes were named to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Academic Honor Roll for the fall 2009 semester. The PAC Academic Honor Roll honors student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition. A total of 314 student-athletes have been honored for the 2009 fall semester – an increases of 10 from last year’s 304 honorees.

The 13 nominees include six from the women’s soccer team, four from the women’s volleyball team, two from the women’s tennis team, and one from the women’s cross country team.

From the women’s soccer team, a trio of seniors – Chrissy Fiori (Carnegie, PA/Carlynton), Courtney Korzeniowski (Oak Grove, MN/Totino Grace), and Kristin Podboy (Washington, PA/Trinity) – first year duo Maddy Kelly (Sewickley, PA/Quaker Valley) and Lexi Ribar (Waynesburg, PA/Waynesburg), and junior goalkeeper Lauren Strang (Pittsburgh, PA/Seton-LaSalle) were honored.

On the field, Korzeniowski led her team in the assists column, finishing the season with five assists in 16 games played. The Cougars finished their 2009 season with an overall record of 6-10 and went 1-6 in PAC play.

The four athletes from the women’s volleyball team included junior Dana Fitzpatrick (Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic), sophomore Allison Bodine (Frederick, MD/Urbana), and first year duo Allison Ratliff (Johnstown, PA/Ferndale) and Missy Schumacher (Scenery Hill, PA/Bentworth).

This season, the team snapped a 50-match losing streak that dated back to September 8, 2007 when they defeated LaRoche College on September 15, 2009 in four sets. The Cougars finished 1-25 overall and 0-14 in conference standings.

Junior Barb Petty (Amelia, OH/Glen Este) and first year Jenny Murphy (Hanover, MD/Seoul American) represented the honorees from the women’s tennis team for the Fall 2009 semester. Petty and Murphy both earned third place victories at the PAC Championships at first and sixth singles, respectively.

As a team, Chatham finished 5-9 overall and 3-3 in PAC play, and also placed third at the PAC Championships in October with a total of 20 points. Head Coach Aaron Wilf was also named PAC Coach of the Year.

From the women’s cross country team, junior Samantha Greenwood (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) was the only athlete to be named to the Academic Honor Roll for the fall. Greenwood is completing a major in English and working towards her secondary education certification. She was also named the PAC Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athlete of the Month in October for her athletic and academic accomplishments.

Greenwood and the Cougars finished sixth out of eight competitors at the 6K PAC Championship meet held at St. Vincent College in October.

“We are extremely proud of all of our athletes for their outstanding performance inside and out of the classroom,” Athletic Director Amy Buxbaum says.

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