Somerset, N.J. (June 17, 2013) – Recently graduated Mount St. Mary's baseball player Mark Quaranta (Virginia Beach, Va./Loyola Blakefield) capped his four-year career by being selected as the 2012-13 Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced Monday by the league office. Since the inception of the award in the 2006-07 academic year, Quaranta is the third Mount student-athlete to win the honor and the second in two years joining 2011-12 winner Michael Foster.
The Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which is given out by the NEC and its Faculty Athletic Representatives, is awarded to the male and female student-athletes who have exhausted their athletic eligibility, graduated and compiled the highest grade point average in the Conference at the conclusion of the academic calendar.
Quaranta excelled in the classroom with a 3.98 GPA while majoring in Economics and Business. For his efforts, he was named a First Team CoSIDA Academic-All District 2 honoree. Quaranta also qualified for the NEC Academic and Commissioner's Honor Roll during all four years of his Mount career.
At the annual Blue and White Banquet on April 30, Quaranta was honored as one of the four recipients of this year's Sheridan Award, annually presented to the Mount St. Mary's student-athletes, who, through athletic and academic achievement, has exemplified the spirit and dedication demanded by intercollegiate athletics, and who, through such activity has fostered the ideals of Monsignor John L. Sheridan and Mount St. Mary's University.
On the field, Quaranta was named First Team All-NEC at the utility spot as a senior following a Second Team pick as a catcher in 2012. His senior numbers included a .280 batting average with 10 doubles, three home runs and 29 RBIs. The Virginia Beach native led the Mountaineers with 26 walks and a .369 on-base percentage. He finished his career ranked first all-time in program history in walks (76), fourth in games played (185), fifth in at bats (605), sixth in hits (188) and doubles (37), and eighth in total bases (255).
In 2009-10, Mount swimmer Maggie O'Connell Dubois was the first athlete from the school to win the award. Former baseball player Michael Foster became the Mount's first male athlete to take home the award in 2011-12.