Five Student Athletes Recognized by NSCAA

Release Date:
January 26, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Hamburg, N.Y. — Five Hilbert College student-athletes, and members of the women’s soccer program, have been named to the Scholar East Honorable Mention Team, by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Juniors Courtney DeVille (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West), Maggie Fage (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem) and Carrie Sisson (Elma, NY/Mt. Mercy Academy) along with seniors Kelly Goodwin (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) and Jennifer Wade (Buffalo, NY/Mt. Mercy Academy) were recognized for their solid work in the classroom and on the field.

DeVille, who plays midfield for the Hawks is a forensics major at Hilbert and is carrying a 3.71 GPA. She scored two goals for Hilbert this past season. Maggie Fage is studying human services at Hilbert and has a 3.86 GPA. Fage also plays midfield for Hilbert and was third on the team in scoring with 4 goals and 1 assist for 9 points. Carrie Sisson carries a GPA of 3.4 and is a criminal justice major. Sisson helped to anchor the Hawk defense this past season. Kelly Goodwin is majoring in psychology and has a 3.3 GPA. Goodwin, who spent most of her career as a goalkeeper, played some minutes in the field this year and scored her first career goal. Wade scored three goals this season, the fourth most on the team. Jennifer is also studying criminal justice and has a GPA of 3.76.

This recognition also marks a first in Hilbert College history as Jennifer Wade’s selection to this year’s team marks the first time a Hilbert College student-athlete has ever been recognized twice in their career. Wade was also named to the Honorable Mention team in 2007.

“Congratulations to Jennifer Wade in becoming the first ever Hilbert College women’s soccer player selected to the NCSAA Scholar Women College All-East Region team for two seasons, remarked head coach Jamie Ruggiero. “Jenny has been a terrific leader for our program, serving as our academic team captain.” “She certainly leads by example.”

In addition to the individual recognition, the women’s soccer program will receive its seventh consecutive Ethics and Sportsmanship Award from the NSCAA. The team will be presented with a “silver” award this year for playing the entire season while receiving only one yellow caution card. This is the third year the program has been awarded the “silver” award (2003, ’06 and ’08).

“It is very rewarding for our program to have five student-athletes recognized by the prestigious NSCAA Scholar Athlete Committee, said Ruggiero. “I am certain that these ladies have set a very high standard for all of the upcoming student-athletes.”

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.