Landmark Announces Spring All-Academic Team; Mahon, McGurrin, Della Polla, Zaccheo Honored

Kaela Mahon was one of four Royal spring sport student-athletes named to the Landmark Conference all-Academic team today.
Kaela Mahon was one of four Royal spring sport student-athletes named to the Landmark Conference all-Academic team today.
Kaela Mahon Tim McGurrin

Robert Della Polla

Kelly Zaccheo

Four University of Scranton spring sport student-athletes earned spots on the Landmark Conference all-Academic team, Joel Cookson, associate commissioner, announced today.

Representing the Royals were Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ/Saint Rose) of the women’s lacrosse team, Tim McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) of the men’s tennis team, Robert Della Polla (Havertown, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory) of the baseball team, and Kelly Zaccheo (Scranton, Pa./West Scranton) of the softball team.

Mahon, an occupational therapy major, earned accolades both on and off the lacrosse field over the past four years.    She was named to the conference’s Academic Honor Roll in each of the last three seasons and capped off her playing career this past spring by earning second-team all-conference honors.  In 82 career games, Mahon scored 83 goals and had 28 assists to finish with 111 points to help the Royals to three conference tournament berths (2009, 2011, 2012) under then head coach Becky Davis.  Mahon finished her career 13th in goals scored, 14th in total points, and 15th in assists in Scranton history.  She also lettered in field hockey all four years.

Della Polla, an accounting major, has been an integral key of the Royal pitching staff over the past three seasons.  He has made 31 appearances in his career, holds a win-loss record of 9-8, and has 122 strikeouts in 124 innings.    This past year, he struck out 53 batters in 48.1 innings and recorded a 4-4 record, with an earned run average of 4.47, as the Royals finished with a 20-16 record under veteran head coach Mike Bartoletti.  He is also a two-time member of the conference Academic Honor Roll.

McGurrin has already graduated with a degree in accounting and will enroll in a master’s program at the university in the fall.  On the tennis court, he has been named first-team all-conference for his play in both singles and doubles in each of the past two seasons.  His play has also been instrumental in leading the Royals of head coach Keith Hetsko to three consecutive Landmark Conference championship match appearances.  

On June 5, McGurrin became the second men’s tennis player in Scranton history to be named Academic all-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), joining three-time recipient Clay Yeager (1994 {3rd team}, 1995 {2nd team}, 1996 {1st team}).  A member of three academic honor societies, McGurrin is also a two-time Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll recipient.

Zaccheo joined McGurrin as a third-team CoSIDA Academic all-American.  She was a four-year starter on the softball team, finishing her career with a .277 batting average, including 105 hits, 21 doubles, three home runs, and 37 RBI.  She also posted a career slugging percentage of .356 and an on-base percentage of .354. In addition, she is fourth in at-bats (379) and tied for eighth in doubles (21) in Royals’ history.  

This past season was Zaccheo’s most productive, earning second-team all-conference honors as the Royals finished with a 26-10 record and advanced to the Landmark Conference tournament under first-year head coach Mia Collarini.  She started 34 games and batted a career-high .395, with 14 doubles, three home runs, and 20 RBI.  

In the classroom, Zaccheo earned degrees in biomathematics and philosophy.  A member of the university’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program, she has been inducted into the following academic honor societies:  Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Honor Society), Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics), and Phi Sigma Tau (philosophy).

The following student-athletes were named to the 2012 Landmark Conference all-Academic team for spring sports:

Name        School        Cl.    Sport        Major        
Nina Curto    Catholic    Jr.    Softball    Media Studies
Joe Quigley    Catholic    Jr.    M. Outdoor Track & Field        Mechanical Engineering
Mary Robinson    Catholic    Sr.    W. Lacrosse    Psychology
Cassian Utrie    Catholic    So.    M. Tennis    Philosophy
Jeramie Barletta    Drew    Jr.    Softball    Sociology
Erica Frederickson    Drew    Sr.    W. Tennis    Math
Drew Obergfel    Drew    Sr.    Baseball    Political Science
Scott Humphreys    Drew    Jr.    M. Lacrosse    Psychology
Mara Bergman    Goucher    Sr.    W. Tennis    Education
Caitlin Biggers    Goucher    Sr.    W. Outdoor Track & Field    History
Matt Lynch    Goucher    Sr.    M. Lacrosse    Business Management & Economics
David Spivey    Goucher    Sr.    M. Tennis    Biology & Biochemistry
Jennifer Ashcraft    Juniata    Jr.    Softball    Education
Alyssa Grube    Juniata    So.    W. Outdoor Track & Field    Biology
Brice Morey    Juniata    Jr.    M. Tennis    Biology
Vincent Smith    Juniata    Jr.    M. Outdoor Track & Field    Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Timothy Layng    Moravian    Sr.    M. Outdoor Track & Field    Biology
Eavan Matz    Moravian    So.    Softball    Business Management
Austin Rock    Moravian    Sr.    Baseball    Financial Economics & Philosophy
Abigail Schaffer    Moravian    Sr.    W. Outdoor Track & Field    Marketing
Tim McGurrin    Scranton    Jr.    M. Tennis    Accounting
Robert Della Polla    Scranton    Jr.    Baseball    Accounting
Kaela Mahon    Scranton    Sr.    W. Lacrosse    Occupational Therapy
Kelly Zaccheo    Scranton    Sr.    Softball    Biomathematics & Philosophy
Lisa Finizio    Susquehanna    Sr.    Softball    Economics
Trae Humphreys    Susquehanna    Sr.    M. Lacrosse    Economics
Kristin Stam    Susquehanna    Sr.    W. Outdoor Track & Field    Liberal Studies & Elementary Ed.
Joe Zamadics    Susquehanna    Sr.    M. Outdoor Track & Field    Economics
Kevin Dwyer    USMMA    Sr.    M. Lacrosse    Logistics & Intermodal Transportation
Hunter Karass    USMMA    Sr.    M. Outdoor Track & Field    Marine Transportation
Laurellee Kopras    USMMA    Sr.    Softball    Marine Engineering Systems