Two Suffolk student-athletes earned recognition for their performance in the classroom as well as the athletic field this spring. Junior baseball player Rory Gentile (Gloucester, MA) and sophomore softball player Monica Cioffi (East Boston, MA) were named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Gentile was a first-team selection for District 1 and currently maintains a 3.75 grade point average as a Business Management major in Suffolk's Sawyer School of Management. The centerfielder was named first team All-Conference in the Great Northeast Athletic confernce and was also named to the 2009 GNAC All-Tournament team as Suffolk claimed the 2009 conference championship.
On the season, Gentile is currently hitting .361 with five home runs and 39 runs batted in. He is ranked fifth among all NCAA Division III players with 41 bases on balls, 11th with seven triples and 34th with 1.39 runs per game average. He leads the GNAC with 53 runs scored. The Rams are currently 30-9 and are playing in the NCAA Division III New England Regional tournament championship.
Cioffi was a third-team selection for District 1 and currently maintains a 3.725 grade point average as a Criminology & Law major in Suffolk's College of Arts and Sciences. Cioffi was named second team GNAC All-Conference. Batting leadoff for the Rams,Chioffi stole 33 bases this spring and ranks eighth nationally in NCAA Division III. She scored 37 runs scored on the season, which ranks fourth in the GNAC. Cioffi started all 40 games for the Rams this season as they finished third in the GNAC with a 22-18 overall record, while going 17-7 in league play.
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSida) selects Academic All America teams in 12 programs: football, women's volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's track & field/cross country, women's track & field/cross country, men's at large and women's at large. A first team, second team and third team are selected in both the University (Division I and I-AA) and College (Division II, III and NAIA) Divisions.