Four Seawolves Highlight Spring Scholar-Athlete Selections

Release: 07/13/2010
Alyssa Struzenberg was one of four Stony Brook student-athletes tabbed America East Scholar-Athletes Tuesday.
Alyssa Struzenberg was one of four Stony Brook student-athletes tabbed America East Scholar-Athletes Tuesday.
Courtesy: America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Eight student-athletes who excelled both in their respective sport and in the classroom during the 2010 spring season were named America East Scholar-Athletes by the conference office on Tuesday. Stony Brook University’s Kevin Crowley (New Westminster, British Columbia/New Westminster), the league’s Player of the Year and an All-American in the sport of men’s lacrosse, highlighted the list of honorees. Crowley is joined by three other Seawolves: Alyssa Struzenberg (Cooper City, Florida/Cooper City) in softball, baseball standout Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif./Crespi Carmelite) and Holly Van Dalen (Wanganui, New Zealand/Wanganui Collegiate) in women’s outdoor track & field. That group is accompanied by University at Albany’s Olivia Jarem (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) in women’s lacrosse and Valete Graham (Bronx, N.Y./Mt. St. Michael Academy) in men’s outdoor track & field, Binghamton University’s Sven Vloedgraven (Lochem, Netherlands/Isendoom College), a repeat selection in men’s tennis, and UMBC’s Alice Chen (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology) in women’s tennis.

The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the eight championship sports which America East sponsored during the spring including baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field. A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the eight spring championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20. These eight student-athletes will automatically be nominated for the male and female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award recognized by the conference in late July.

Crowley, a junior with a 3.31 GPA in business management and philosophy, led Stony Brook to its most memorable men’s lacrosse season in school history en route to earning the America East Player of the Year award and All-America recognition. The midfielder, who also received the Raymond J. Enners Award, which is given to Division I’s most outstanding player, paced the Seawolves to a program-best 13 wins and the NCAA Quarterfinals. Crowley, a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, was also named to the league’s All-Academic team for the second straight year.

Struzenberg, who graduated summa cum laude with a 3.85 GPA in business and economics, concluded her spectacular career by earning First Team All-America East and All-Championship honors for the third consecutive season. The league’s Pitcher of the Year in 2008, Struzenberg was one of three America East Woman of the Year finalists. She was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District squad for the second straight year and garnered America East All-Academic accolades for the third time.

A sophomore with a 3.72 GPA in history, Johnson tallied a school-record 10 victories on the mound for the Stony Brook baseball team and took home first-team all-league honors in 2010. The right-hander led Stony Brook, the league champions, to an NCAA victory over N.C. State with eight innings of two-run ball and tallied 10 strikeouts. Johnson was named to America East’s All-Academic squad and is a two-time Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree.

Van Dalen, a junior with a 3.78 GPA in English/sociology, picks up the women’s outdoor track & field honor after earning her second-straight cross country Scholar-Athlete award in the fall. Van Dalen, who has earned nine all-conference citations all together, earned All-America honors in the 5,000 meters this spring. The 2009-10 Northeast Track Athlete of the Year, Van Dalen also received America East honor roll recognition for the third time.

Jarem, who graduated with a perfect 4.00 GPA  in education, was the team MVP for Albany’s women’s lacrosse squad which captured its first-ever regular-season title and won a school-record 13 games in 2010. One of 13 females to receive a 2010 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in February, Jarem earned Academic All-District honors from CoSIDA and was an America East All-Academic choice. She received Albany’s Presidential Scholar-Athletie Award, which is given to the senior female student-athlete with the highest GPA.

Graham, a three-time honoree, graduated with a 3.70 GPA in psychology. He also garnered the Scholar-Athlete Award following the 2010 indoor track& field season and the 2009 outdoor campaign. Graham, who won his third straight long jump event at the 2010 America East Outdoor Track & Field Championship, also won that event during the indoor season. A five-time America East All-Academic choice, Graham earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for the second time as a senior.

A junior with a 3.90 GPA in accounting, Vloedgraven is a repeat men’s tennis Scholar-Athlete. He garnered America East Player of the Year honors for the second straight year and became the league’s first tennis player to qualify for the NCAA singles tournament in 2010. The 115th-ranked player in the country, Vloedgraven led Binghamton to a school record 25 wins, its third straight conference crown, an NCAA berth and a No. 47 national ranking. He was named to CoSIDA’s Academic All-District At-Large team and earned America East All-Academic honors for the second time.

Chen, who graduated with a perfect 4.0 average in biochemistry/molecular biology, is the third straight UMBC women’s tennis player to be honored after Cornelia Carapcea captured the honor each of the last two years. Chen was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large team and is a two-time America East All-Academic honoree. On the court, Chen went 16-6 at top singles and earned second-team all-conference accolades in doubles.