Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell-Egan) of the University of Scranton softball team added another award to her long list of career accolades on Friday, as she was named the 2017 Landmark Conference Senior Scholar Athlete for Softball.
The Landmark Conference Senior Scholar Athlete Award recognizes the top senior student-athlete in each sport. Honorees must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20 and are selected by a committee of Landmark Conference officers, athletics directors, faculty athletic representatives, senior woman administrators, and sports information directors.
Stricker becomes the second player in Scranton softball program history to earn the Landmark's Senior Scholar Athlete Award (Stephanie Romano won it in 2014), doing so off the heels of one of the more decorated careers all-time.
A health administration major (with minors in both business and coaching) who boasts a GPA of 3.88, Stricker ends her career at or near the top in several all-time statistical categories. She finishes on top all-time in defensive assists (318), second in career hits (183), doubles (41), and runs scored (107), third in RBI (115) and fourth in batting average (.400).
A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection ('16 and '17), Stricker was an All-Landmark Conference Selection four times (first team in 2015 and 2016, second team in 2014 and 2017). She also earned Landmark Conference Player of the Year accolades in 2016, and was recently named to the Landmark's All-Decade Team for softball, as well. Meanwhile, she is also a three-time selection to the Landmark's Academic Honor Roll ('15, '16, '17).
Off the playing field, Stricker has earned a spot on the University of Scranton Dean's List in each semester she's been on campus.
A member of the Scranton's Honors Program, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, and Omega Beta Sigma (Women's Business Honors Society), Stricker has also been the President of the Health Administration Society, was softball's team representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), and also volunteered at the Leahy Community Health Center Food Pantry, as well.
Stricker is the sixth University of Scranton student-athlete to earn the Landmark Conference's Senior Scholar-Athlete award for their respective sport in the 2016-17 academic year, as the Royals produced more Senior Scholar-Athletes in the academic season than any other team in the Landmark Conference.
Taking the award throughout the year for Scranton was Jimmy Buckley (men's cross country), Erin Casey (women's soccer) and Matthew Busch (men's soccer) in the fall, while John Vitkus (Men's Basketball) and Sarah Payonk (Women's Basketball) earned the honor in the winter.
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