Record Number Of Student-Athletes Earn Fall Honor Roll Status
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A record 634 student-athletes have been cited to the 2010 Fall America East Academic Honor Roll, the highest number of fall honor roll recipients since the conference started awarding the honor for the 1988-89 academic year. Students had to earn grade point averages of 3.0 or higher last semester to receive this recognition. Of those student-athletes, 331 earned Commissioner’s Honor Roll status for completing the fall semester with grade point averages of 3.50 or higher.
University of New Hampshire had the most student-athletes (95) named to the Academic Honor Roll. University of Vermont came in second (90), followed by University at Albany (73), Boston University (72), Binghamton University (63), Stony Brook University (61), University of Maine (56), and UMBC and University of Hartford (53). Fairfield University, an associate member for the sport of field hockey, and Providence College, an associate member in volleyball, each had nine student-athletes earn Academic Honor Roll status.
Two-thirds (66.4 percent) of the total number of 2010 America East fall student-athletes appear on the honor roll, the highest percentage of fall student-athletes since the fall of 2004. Each of America East’s nine full-time member institutions had at least sixty percent of its student-athletes named to the honor roll. Maine had the highest percentage of athletes named (80 percent), followed by Vermont (73.2), New Hampshire (69.9), Binghamton (64.9), Hartford (64.6), Albany (63.4), UMBC (62.4), Stony Brook (62.2) and Boston U. (62.0). Fairfield placed nearly half of its field hockey team (45.0) on the honor roll, while seventy-five percent of the Friars’ volleyball team received a place on the honor roll.
The following teams sent the most number of student-athletes to the honor roll in each respective sport: men’s soccer, Albany (20); women’s soccer, Vermont (28); field hockey, Vermont (19); men’s cross country, New Hampshire and Stony Brook (13); women’s cross country, New Hampshire (20); volleyball, New Hampshire (11).
America East is proud to have one of the most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the honor roll, an All-Academic team comprised of student-athletes that excel both academically and athletically is chosen in each of the conference’s 20 sports by a committee consisting of faculty athletic representatives, academic advisors and sports information directors. Additionally, a scholar-athlete, someone who distinguishes his/herself as the top student-athlete in his/her sport, is awarded. From that group, one male and one female is selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Finally, the Academic Cup is awarded to the school with the highest cumulative GPA among its student-athletes for that academic year.