Monacelli, Pingitore among six W&J football players named to honor society

IRVING, Texas – Former Cassadaga Valley football players B.J. Monacelli and Andrew Pingitore were among six Washington & Jefferson College players named recently as members of the 2014 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play, who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.

Steven Licht, Zach Marsh, Craig Popp and Brandon Trefelner also earned the prestigious honor from the NFF. A total of 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership in the society’s eighth year, setting a new record for the number of members in the history of the program, which began in 2007.

Washington & Jefferson College was the only football program in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference to have players recognized.

“We continue to raise the bar each year for the number of student-athletes who qualify for membership in the Hampshire Honor Society,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The Hampshire Honor Society plays an important role in highlighting that college football players clearly play a leadership role in the classroom as well as on the playing field. We congratulate each of these young men for their commitment to excellence.”

Monacelli was a NFF Scholar-Athlete Award semifinalist and a COSIDA Academic All-District honoree. He led W&J in interceptions in each of the past three seasons and finished his career as a safety with 11 picks. Monacelli also was second on the team with 63 tackles.

Pingitore was a lead blocker as a guard for an offense which averaged 429.1 yards and 36.6 points per game. Popp took over as the Presidents’ primary place kicker this fall and finished fourth on the team in scoring with 36 points (18-20 XPs, 2-3 FGs). Trefelner developed into a reliable slot receiver for W&J and tied for fourth on the squad with 21 receptions for 206 yards.

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:

Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft) at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university.

Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.