Women's Soccer: Cantella Named PAC SAAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month

Saturday, October 6, 2012

GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) announced today that Westminster College's Jenn Cantella (Freedom, Pa./Freedom) has been named the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for September 2012.

Thiel College's Tim Taylor (Girard, Pa./Cathedral Prep.) was named the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month.

Cantella, a senior goalkeeper and team captain with the Titans' women's soccer program, currently ranks third in the conference in saves (61) and is among the league leaders in goals against average (1.37), save percentage (.782) and saves per game (5.08). She is also tied for fourth in the conference this fall with a pair of shutouts.

Cantella ranks second all-time on Westminster's career saves list, eclipsing the 300-save mark earlier this season, and has earned varsity letters as a member of the women's soccer team and women's basketball team during her three-plus years in New Wilmington.

Off the field Cantella is a Sociology / Criminal Justice major and holds a 3.476 grade-point average. She was a volunteer co-teacher last summer at the Women's State Correctional Institute in Cambridge Springs, Pa. and also volunteers as a youth soccer coach in Lawrence County and youth basketball coach for the Freedom Area School District. Cantella is also actively involved with the Lawrence County Special Olympics and serves as a volunteer at the Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care Center.

Each month, SAAC members at PAC schools nominate student-athletes to highlight based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Honorees must be a varsity member in their respective sport(s) and in their junior or senior year. Scholar-Athletes of the Month must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved on his or her campus community.

The Titans are back on the field Saturday as they host Geneva at 6 p.m.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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