#MountTop20: Mark Quaranta Takes No. 2 Moment by Capturing NEC Scholar Athlete of the Year Honors

#MountTop20:  Mark Quaranta Takes No. 2 Moment by Capturing NEC Scholar Athlete of the Year Honors

The No. 2 moment on the Mount Athletic Department's countdown of the top 20 moments of 2012-13 belongs to baseball player Mark Quaranta, who capped his four-year career by being selected as the 2012-13 Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Since the inception of the award in the 2006-07 academic year, Quaranta is the third Mount student-athlete to win the honor. 

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 as well as the NEC's Scholar Athlete of the Year in baseball. 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 and Second Team All-ECAC 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.

2012-13 Top 20 Moments Release Schedule

20. Alicia Mirando Scores Twice to Beat FDU, Continues Mount's Strong Season 
19. Emmit S. Burg Arrives on Campus
18. Mount Athletics Celebrates Women in Sports 
17. Vanessa Blair Joins NEC Hall of Fame
16. Amanda Reach Ties for Sixth at NEC Championships 
15. Kelly Conroy Earns Academic All-America Status
14. Tommy Gruschow Finishes Second at NEC Cross Country Championships
13. Brett Schmidt Drafted by Rochester Rattlers in Major League Lacrosse Draft
12. Women's Lacrosse Beats Quinnipiac On Kaitlyn Larrimore's Five Goals
11. Women's Basketball Takes Down Seton Hall, 74-64
10. Mike Salomon Breaks Career Singles Wins Record
9.   Jon Fernandez Breaks Own School Record in Javelin to Qualify for NCAA Regional
8.   Elissa Ingram Breaks Conference Record to Win Pole Vault Crown at NEC Championships
7.   Nicole Pagano Sets Career Strikeout Record
6.   Women's Basketball Qualifies for NEC Semifinals
5.   Tom Healy Earns National Recognition For Standout Weekend
4.   Andrew Scalley Named Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Year
3.   Sam Prescott Pours in 44 Points to Lead Mount to Win over Bryant
2.   Mark Quaranta Named Northeast Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year
1.   August 7, 2013