NEW HAVEN, Conn. (May 17, 2017) -- Georgian Court University women's lacrosse standout Xena Valenzuela on Wednesday was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Student-Athlete of the Month for April, after she earned all-conference honors and helped lead the Lions to the 2017 CACC Championship. The announcement of Valenzuela's honor was made by CACC Commissioner Dan Mara.
On the lacrosse field, Valenzuela earned First-Team All-CACC honors as a midfielder, as she helped the Lions go undefeated in conference regular season play, earn the No. 1 seed in the CACC Championship, and ultimately helping to lead GCU to a victory over Philadelphia University in the conference championship final on April 30. Valenzuela was named a First-Team All-CACC performer for the second year in a row.
The Student-Athlete-of-the-Month award is given to a student-athlete, who not only achieves athletic success, but also attains academic honors, while giving back to their surrounding community. Valenzuela meets the other two criteria as well.
The junior mathematics/education major sports a cumulative grade point average of 3.44, and is a member of several honor societies including Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society (sophomore honor society), Sigma Zeta Honor Society (science & mathematics), Omnicron Delta Kappa Honor Society (leadership), Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society (student-athlete) and Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society.
Valenzuela has also completed extensive community service hours. She has served as an overnight counselor at Camp PALS for young adults with down syndrome. During each of the last two springs, she has coached for Special Olympics Basketball Unified Sports Partner. Valenzuela has served as a student-athlete mentor for GCU freshmen athletes, while also serving on the school's student-athlete advisory committee. She has also volunteered at local elementary schools in a variety of roles, including reading to young children.
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.