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Caldwell University’s Alyssa Calderon Selected CACC Student-Athlete of the Month

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CALDWELL, NJ – Caldwell University senior softball player Alyssa Calderon (Fontana, CA/Etiwanda) was chosen the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Student-Athlete of the Month for May, CACC Commissioner Dan Mara announced Friday. Calderon receives the final Student-Athlete of the Month for the 2014-15 academic year, joining women’s basketball standout Emily Caswell (Wakefield, RI/Prout School) as Cougars who received the honor this year.

The CACC Student-Athlete of the Month program is designed for the conference to recognize a standout individual each month during the school year. The program runs from September through May, and student-athletes are chosen based on their accomplishments in their respective sport, academic success, and time devoted to helping surrounding communities.

An excellent student, Calderon was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team on May 28. She was also included on the Academic All-America third team in 2014, making her Caldwell’s first two-time Academic All-American. Also a three-time member of the CACC Spring All-Academic Team, Calderon received the Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award three times. She graduated in May with a degree in psychology and will attend California Baptist University to pursue a master’s degree.

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On the field, Calderon closed out her career with a stellar month of May. At the CACC Tournament, she belted a pair of three-run home runs to lead the Cougars to the tournament championship and earn tournament MVP honors. At the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament, Calderon went 9-for-18 at the plate in five games, as Caldwell fell in the final game to host Adelphi University. For the season, she batted .405 with 14 doubles, seven homers and 38 runs batted in, earning Daktronics All-American honorable mention. Calderon is one of three Cougar softball players to receive All-America honors twice.

On campus, Calderon was a member of Caldwell’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She also volunteered with the softball team at the team’s free clinic for local youth softball players and participated in a Midnight Run to bring food and supplies to the homeless in New York City.

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