David Cherry, Jessica Scannapieco Named Top WNE Student-Athletes Post Spring Break

David Cherry, Jessica Scannapieco Named Top WNE Student-Athletes Post Spring Break
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--The Western New England University Athletics Department has announced that Jessica Scannapieco (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon High School) of Women's Lacrosse and Baseball's David Cherry (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug HS) are the latest recipients of the Western New England Student-Athletes of the Week, for the period ending Sunday.

Scannapieco, a senior midfielder, was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Over spring break, Scannapieco and the Golden Bears went 2-0 at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla. She had a total of eight points on seven goals and one assist during the trip. During an 11-0 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday, she scored a career-high seven goals, caused three turnovers, picked up eight ground balls, and controlled eight draws. In a 14-10 win over Allegheny last Wednesday, she contributed one assist, had four ground balls, and a game-best 10 draw controls.

On the season, the communication major leads the CCC in ground balls (20), draw controls (53), caused turnovers (10), and ranks second in goals (20) and fourth in point-scoring (23).

Cherry, a junior right-handed pitcher, went 1-1 with a sparkling 1.35 earned-run average and 17 strikeouts in 13-1/3 innings on the mound during the Golden Bears' spring break trip to the RussMatt Central Florida Baseball Invitational. He was charged with a 9-6 loss to Trinity (Conn.) on Saturday, March 14, despite allowing just one earned run. He struck out eight Bantams in 5-1/3 innings of work. In a 9-2 win over Bowdoin on Thursday, he scattered six hits and two runs (1 earned) with a WNE season's best nine strikeouts and he allowed only one walk in eight innings.

Currently, the sport management major ranks second in the CCC with an 11.48 strikeouts-per-9 ratio, third with 17 total punchouts and fifth with a 1.35 ERA. Opponents are batting just .235 against him.