Courtesy: America East Communications

Miceli, Donegan Honored 2017 America East Man, Woman of Year

Release: 06/02/2017

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Binghamton University's Joe Miceli and University of New Hampshire's Laura Rose Donegan were honored as the conference's top senior student-athletes as Miceli was named the 2017 America East Man of the Year and Donegan was selected the 2017 America East Woman of the Year Friday evening at the conference's annual awards dinner.

These awards honor America East's top male and female senior student-athlete who has best distinguished himself and herself throughout their collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.

Man of the Year 
Joe Miceli, Binghamton - Track & Field

  • Received his undergraduate degree in integrative neuroscience with a 3.75 GPA.
  • America East Presidential Scholar-Athlete.
  • America East Elite 18 and All-Academic honoree.
  • Most Outstanding Men's Field Athlete at 2017 America East Outdoor Championship after winning the decathlon.
  • Volunteered numerous hours with several medical and youth organizations in the Southern Tier.

Woman of the Year 
Laura Rose Donegan, New Hampshire - XC/Track & Field

  • Graduated with a perfect 4.00 in political science.
  • 2015-16 America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
  • America East Presidential Scholar-Athlete.
  • Was named the NCAA Elite 90 award winner at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championship for having the highest GPA amongst top finishers.
  • Two-time first-team All-American (2015 cross country, 2016 outdoor track & field).
  • Project officer for Jesuit Social Services and volunteer for So Others May Eat. 

The winners were selected out of three finalists, which were announced on May 22. Finalist Release Nominees from each of the nine America East institutions were announced on May 16. Nominee Release

To be nominated, student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in his primary sport by the end of the 2017 spring season, received his undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2017 term and had a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale).

This is the fourth year the conference bestowed the Man of the Year award. and 12th it has awarded a Woman of the Year award. The America East Woman of the Year will move forward for a chance to be named the NCAA Woman of the Year. 

Year-by-Year America East Woman of the Year Honorees
2017 Laura Rose Donegan, New Hampshire (cross country/track & field)
2016 Kelly Freitas, UMass Lowell (field hockey)
2015 Holly Stewart, Maine (field hockey)
2014 Olivia Burne, Stony Brook (cross country/track & field)
2013 Katie Matthews, Boston University (cross country/track & field)
2012 Lucy Van Dalen, Stony Brook (cross country/track & field)
2011 Nikki Branchini, Albany (lacrosse)
2010 Emily Pallotta, Boston U. (soccer)
2009 Kristen Millar, Vermont (lacrosse)
2008 Sarah Hudak, Boston U. (field hockey)
2007 Marisa Ryan, Boston U. (cross country/track & field)
2006 Ashlee Reed, Albany (volleyball)

Year-by-Year America East Man of the Year Honorees
2017 Joe Miceli, Binghamton (cross country/track & field)
2016 Alejandro Fritz, Stony Brook (soccer)
2015 Eric Speakman, Stony Brook (cross country/track & field)
2014 Kelton Cullenberg, Maine (cross country/track & field)

About America East: The America East provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field. 

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