Towson’s DeNapoli picks up CAA academic honor

June 15, 2014 | WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. – Towson University student-athletes Thomas DeNapoli and Joe Gunerman were honored as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) announced its spring scholar-athletes. DeNapoli was the men’s lacrosse honoree while Gunerman was the men’s golf selection.

The CAA honors one scholar-athlete in each of its 21 championship sports. Nominees for the award must be a starter or important reserve on their team and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. Thewinners were selected by a vote of the sports information directors at each CAA institution.

DeNapoli earned his degree from Towson this past spring after posting a 3.36 GPA as a biology major. He was a USILA Scholar All-American and a member of the CAA All-Academic team in men’s lacrosse. On the field, DeNapoli earned second-team All-CAA honors after leading the Tigers with 36 points on 17 goals and 19 assists. He scored at least one point in 13 of 15 games this season and scored two or more goals in a single contest five times. He corralled 26 ground balls on the season. DeNapoli was a Senior CLASS Award nominee and was a recipient of Towson’s Doc Minnegan Scholarship. DeNapoli was a first-team All-CAA honoree in 2013, made the All-CAA second team in 2012 and was a member of the CAA All-Rookie squad in 2011.

Gunerman also earned his degree in political science from Towson in May. He graduated with a 3.71 grade point average (GPA). He was honored as Towson’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 season. He’s expected to be chosen as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar Nominee for the second year in a row. On the course, Gunerman earned a spot on the All-CAA second team for the second consecutive year in 2014. He ranked second on the squad in scoring average (73.7) and rounds under par (6) and posted individual victories this season at the Navy Fall Classic and the Navy Spring Invitational. Gunerman placed sixth at the CAA Men’s Golf Championship with a three-round score of 220.

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