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Abbonizio and Gregorits Named to Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team; Abbonizio Voted Performer of the Year

Abbonizio and Gregorits Named to Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team; Abbonizio Voted Performer of the Year

PHILADELPHIA – Sarah Abbonizio and Will Gregorits of the University of the Sciences basketball program have both been voted to the 2017-18 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team. 

The team is voted on by the sports information offices of 31 institutions from the Philadelphia metropolitan area. 

Abbonizio, a 2016-17 selection, was also voted the 2017-18 Performer of the Year. She becomes the fourth Devil to earn the honor, joining Leah Shumoski (2005-06), Shelby Rance (2005-06) and Melissa Rotz (2010-11). 

This is the third academic honor Abbonizio has received this year, as she was also named CoSIDA Academic All-District and earned a spot on her third consecutive Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) All-Academic Team.   

Currently in the first professional year of University of the Sciences' Doctor of Physical Therapy program, she boasts a 3.838 GPA and has earned Dean's List Honors in all seven of her semesters.  

On the court, the senior guard became the program's third-ever CACC Player of the Year and helped lead USciences to its second consecutive CACC South title and Tournament Championship. The Devils would go on to reach their first-ever Sweet 16 and East Region final, with Abbonizio collecting All-East Regional honors. 

She would cap her spectacular season, which also included CACC Student-Athlete of the Month honors in December, with First Team All-East Region honors.   

Abbonizio ranked fifth in the CACC at 15.9 points per game. Her 540 points this season ranked fifth in the program's single-season annals. 

She ends her career eight all-time with 1,299 career points, as well as third with 167 3-pointers and fourth with an 82.6 free throw percentage. She was on the court for a program-record 88 wins during her four years as a Devil.

Currently sporting a 3.399 GPA, Gregorits will graduate this spring with a degree in Pharmaceutical Healthcare and Business. He is a five-time Dean's List Honoree and earned a spot on the CACC All-Academic Team in 2016-17. 

Gregorits became just the sixth Devil in program history to earn All-CACC accolades multiple times in a career after begin voted to the Third Team in 2017-18. He led the team as he averaged a near double-double of 15.1 points and 9.6 rebounds, numbers that ranked 15th and second in the conference, respectively.

He also ranked ninth in the league in both field goal percentage (49.2) and free throw percentage (78.5), as well as 13th in blocks per game (0.7).

Gregorits led a rebounding attack that recorded a +8.1 rebounding margin, ninth in the NCAA and second all-time in CACC history. 

He ends his career sixth in program history with 847 career rebounds and 12th all-time with 1,484 career points.



Student-Athlete School Cl. Major Hometown
Sarah Abbonizio USciences Sr. Physical Therapy West Chester, Pa.
Sierra Berkel Haverford Sr. English Flushing, N.Y.
Lauren Legler Neumann Sr. Early & Special Education Stone Harbor, N.J.
Tiera Pendletown Lincoln Sr. Biology/Health Sciences Baltimore, Md.
Samantha Wetzel Haverford Sr. Economics Sicklersville, N.J.


Performer of the Year: Sarah Abbonizio 



Student-Athlete School Cl. Major Hometown
Jalen Burnson Villanova Jr. Communication Lincolnshire, Ill.
Will Chapman Immaculata Sr. Accounting Wilmington, Del.
Will Gregorits USciences Sr. Pharm. Healthcare & Bus. Burke, Va.
Matt Penecale West Chester Jr. Exercise Science/Physics Jenkintown, Pa.
Cam Wiley Swathmore Jr. Pre-major Atlanta, Ga.


Performer of the Year:  Jalen Brunson