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Six Rugby Student-Athletes Named to National Academic Honor Roll

8/14/2017
Michael Scarcella '18Michael Scarcella '18 enters his final season for Iona after a 2016-17 campaign that saw him named D1A Most Valuable Player, a Collegiate All-American and to the USA Rugby Collegiate Academic Honor Roll
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Six members of Iona College's rugby club program were recognized for academic excellence with their inclusion on the 2016-17 USA Rugby National Collegiate Academic Honor Roll. Seniors Elliot Collins, Colby Marshall and Michael Scarcella were joined by juniors Gregory Amaty, Matthew Crowe and Nandipha Dube on the list.
 
A diverse group of 230 college students represented both men's and women's rugby across Divisions I, II and the National Small College Rugby Organization. Thirteen D1A Rugby programs, including Iona College, were among the schools represented on the USA Rugby National Collegiate Academic Honor Roll. Iona's six honorees were matched by Texas A&M University for most among D1A programs. There were 33 total D1A student-athletes among the 230 honored.
 
Scarcella, a two-time Academic Honor Roll honoree, was named collegiate All-American honorable mention earlier this summer. He was one of three D1A student-athletes to be honored for a second year and one of four DIA All-Americans on the list.
 
Nomination and naming to this prestigious honor requires the players to be at least a sophomore in class standing, possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 and a regular member of his or her program's 'A-side' as either a starter or reserve.