Capozzoli, Dobiesz Named First-Team as MSU Places 78 on NJAC All-Academic Team

Montclair, NJ (5/25/10) – Seniors Marco Capozzoli (Bloomfield, NJ / St. Joseph’s (Montvale)) and Rebeca Dobiesz (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) were both named to the First Team as the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) unveiled its 2010 All-Academic Team on Tuesday.

Senior Terry Iavarone (North Arlington, NJ / North Arlington) and sophomore Jaime Ericson (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) were chosen to the Second Team as Montclair State placed a total of 78 student-athletes on this year’s squad.

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A conference-record total of 550 student-athletes were named to the team for the 2009-10 academic year. To be eligible for the squad, a student-athlete must be a sophomore, junior or senior who has competed in a conference-sponsored sport while achieving a minimum grade point average of 3.20. First and second-team selections were made by the individual institutions.

Capozzoli and Dobiesz each earned their second consecutive NJAC All-Academic honor. They were both honored earlier this month as the MSU All-Sports Banquet as they were presented with the Scholar-Athlete Awards.

Capozzoli graduated from MSU in January Magna Cum Laude and was a six-time Dean’s List member, including Fall 2009 when he helped the MSU football team to the NJAC Championship and second round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs. Capozzoli was a member of the Student-Athlete National Honor Society for two years and was selected to the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who maintain a 3.2 GPA or better.

Named the NJAC Special Teams Player of the Year, Capozzoli led the conference in PAT percentage (.972), while ranking third in kick scoring per game (5.7 points). On the 2009 season, he has connected on 10-of-15 field goal attempts, and a league-best 35-of-36 PATs. Included in his 10 e field goals was a three-field goal performance in MSU's 16-13 win over The College of New Jersey on October 24. In that game Capozzoli - one of only three kickers in Montclair history to make 30 career field goals - became the first MSU placekicker to connect on three 40-yard attempts in a game as he hit from 42, 44 and career-best 47 yards in the rain.

Dobiesz helped the Montclair State field hockey team capture the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship for the third time in four years as MSU posted a 15-6 record. The 15 wins by Montclair mark the sixth time in program history that the Red Hawks captured the number of victories in one campaign. Appearing in all 21 games and registering four assists, Dobiesz assisted on what turned out to be the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win at Kean on October 20.

Off the field, Dobiesz was a seven-time Dean’s List Student, including Fall 2009 as well as a member of the National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society. She was named to NFHCA Academic Team for fourth straight year and served as secretary of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

Iavarone helped the Montclair State indoor track and field team to a third-place finish at the NJAC Indoor Championships and 6th-place showing at the CTC Indoor Championships. He won the 600 meters in the season-opening Wesleyan Invitational in December (1:24.16) and placed third in the 800 meters at the Delaware Invitational in January with a time of 2:02.09 competing against a Division I & II field. Iavarone took third in the 500 meters (1:07.47) and 7th in the 800 meters (2:04.76) at the CTC Championships and was fourth in the 800 meters at the NJAC Indoor Championships with a season-best time of 1:57.18.

Ericson helped the Montclair State women’s basketball team to 16-10 overall record, 9-4 and second-place finish in the NJAC North Division as well as a trip to the NJAC Tournament semifinals. Appearing in 25 games, she averaged 9.7 points and 4.2 rebounds and was ranked 22nd in the NJAC in scoring, 30th in rebounding, 12th in FG% (.418), fourth in 3FG% (.396), and 6th in 3pt field goals made per game. She also shot 84.5 percent at the free throw line and added 23 assists and 30 steals. Ericson scored in double digits 12 times and posted a double-double with 28 points (season-high) along with 13 rebounds as MSU defeated Richard Stockton in the opening-round of the NJAC Tournament.