CACC Honors Chestnut Hill College With Women’s Team Sportsmanship Award
Holding the highest year-long point total for team sportsmanship votes, Chestnut Hill College was officially announced today, May 20, by league commissioner Dan Mara as the 2019-2020 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women's Sportsmanship Award winner.
The Griffins won the award with a total of 84 points (17.40/sport) during the fall and winter seasons, a sum that includes the 54 that the Scarlet and Gold received en route to the 2019 CACC Women's Soccer Team Sportsmanship Award. The CACC Team Sportsmanship Awards are voted on by the league's head coaches in their respective sport. Head coaches speak with their student-athletes prior to voting to gain feedback on which opposing teams demonstrated outstanding class and character throughout the season. Chestnut Hill College finished second in the 2019-2020 CACC Men's Team Sportsmanship Award Standings with 17.50 (70 Total Points) points per sport.
Chestnut Hill College paced the conference field by 19 points in the CACC's Women's Team Sportsmanship Standings as Caldwell College served as the runner-up with 68 points. This year's point totals were limited to the fall and winter sports seasons as 2020 spring schedules were canceled league-wide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The contributing Scarlet and Gold women's programs included women's tennis, women's cross country, women's soccer, women's volleyball, and women's basketball.
Three Griffins Win CACC Top Academic Award
NCAA Division II is characterized by several hallmark principles, chief among them a focus on academic excellence. Described as "a collection of more than 300 NCAA colleges and universities that provide thousands of student-athletes the opportunity to compete at a high level of scholarship athletics while excelling in the classroom and fully engaging in the broader campus experience," the values of DII align perfectly with those of Chestnut Hill College. Focusing on the student first and the athlete second, our Griffins are encouraged to achieve success in the classroom, the community and the courts/fields. We are so incredibly proud of how CHC student-athletes always manage to maintain the perfect balance between all three, and this year we are thrilled to announce the recognition of three athletes in particular.
Each year, the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, of which CHC is a member, bestows the Top XVI Award. This recognition is ordinarily presented annually to the student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade-point average competing at the site of the finals for each of the CACC Championships. This year, due to the circumstances surrounding the spring sports season and how it was impacted by COVID-19, our spring athletes did not have the opportunity to participate in conference playoffs. As a result of this, league commissioner Dan Mara and the CACC decided to make all spring athletes eligible for the award. Of the member conferences, CHC Griffins took home three of the possible seven awards, the most of any individual school program. All three athletes recorded a spring GPA over 3.75.
Congrats to the winners: Ben Revak (men's lacrosse), Haley Norwillo (women's lacrosse) and Kai Adler (men's tennis)!
Ben Revak (3.75 GPA)
A recent selection to his first CACC Men's Lacrosse All-Academic Team, Revak is a 2018-2019 Division II Athletic Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achiever. The communications major minors in journalism and was inducted to Chi Alpha Sigma in 2019. He is a two-time member of both the Chestnut Hill College Dean's List (Fall 2018, Fall 2019) and the Chestnut Hill College Athletics Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2018, Fall 2019).
Haley Norwillo (3.97 GPA)
Norwillo was recently named to her third CACC Women's Lacrosse All-Academic Team. She was a member of the 2019 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Zag Sports DII Academic Honor Roll and a 2019 Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society inductee. Norwillo is a two-time recipient of the Division II Athletic Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement Award (2017-2018, 2018-2019), while earning seven appearances on both the Chestnut Hill College Dean's List (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019) and the Chestnut Hill College Athletic Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019). The psychology and criminal justice dual major has served as a Chestnut Hill College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) team representative since the 2017-2018 scholastic year.
Kai Adler (3.96 GPA)
Adler was recently named to his first CACC All-Academic Team. The business administration and management major is a three-time member of the Chestnut Hill College Dean's List and Chestnut Hill College Athletics Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019).