Three Repeat Selections Highlight Spring Scholar-Athletes
The other award recipients are University at Albany senior Nikki Branchini (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) in women’s lacrosse, Boston University’s R.J. Page (Swedesboro, N.J./Kingsway Regional) in men’s outdoor track & field and April Setterlund (Torrance, Calif./South Torrance) in softball, and Seawolves Lucy Van Dalen (Wanganui, New Zealand) and Gayatri Krishnan (Chennai, India/National Inst. of Open Schooling) in women’s outdoor track & field and women’s tennis, respectively.
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 decorated All-American, graduated from Stony Brook with a 3.38 cumulative GPA with a double major in business management and psychology. Tabbed as a 2011 Scholar All-American and the Midfielder of the Year by the USILA, Crowley was a Lowe’s Senior CLASS finalist this season. He is a two-time SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete in the sport of men’s lacrosse and a three-time member of the America East All-Academic Team. On the field, Crowley earned All-America East honors in each of his four years and is the only player in school history with 100 goals and 100 assists.
Johnson started 13 games on the mound with a 2.30 ERA for the Seawolves, leading the team to the America East regular season crown and the most successful season in program history. A history major with a 3.73 GPA, Johnson was a first-team All-Conference selection and three-time America East Pitcher of the Week. He also received America East All-Academic and Capital One/CoSIDA District I First Team All-Academic honors this season.
A senior with a 3.85 GPA in accounting, Vloedgraven repeats as men’s tennis Scholar-Athlete after another outstanding year on the court which included his second consecutive NCAA singles qualification. He was the top-ranked player in the Northeast and ranked as high as No. 55 in the nation, earning America East Player of the Year honors for the third-straight season. Vloedgraven departs the Bearcats as the school record-holder in wins for a season (38) and for a career (113). The senior is also a two-time ITA Academic All-American and a member of the Capital One/CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-District Team.
Branchini, who graduated from Albany this May with a 3.83 GPA as a history major and education minor, is a two-time America East Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Year and was also recently named the America East Woman of the Year. She led the Great Danes to an 18-1 record and the NCAA quarterfinals, the program’s most accomplished season, and received IWLCA Second-Team All-America recognition. Branchini received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award, as well as the IWLCA Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor for 2011.
Page completed his junior year as an economics, business administration and management major with a 3.37 GPA. At the America East Outdoor Track & Field Championship, he earned the Most Outstanding Track Performer award as well as the Coaches’ Award for compiling the highest point total. Page captured the 100-meter and 200-meter dash titles, and helped set a new championship record in the 4x100 relay. Page received America East All-Academic honors this spring.
Setterlund is a two-time America East Player of the Year and was an America East Woman of the Year finalist. The senior was also a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award and was a member of the 2011 America East All-Academic Team. She graduated with a 3.34 GPA and a degree in business administration and management this spring after leading the Terriers to the regular-season title and a 24-18 record. Setterlund earned her second-straight All-America honor this spring and became the program’s all-time leader in multiple categories, including batting average, hits, runs and RBIs.
Van Dalen, already tabbed the 2010 Cross Country Scholar-Athlete, captured the award in outdoor track & field after another All-America season. She finished second in the 1,500 meters at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships after earning gold at the America East Championship. The senior sociology major has a 3.78 GPA with a minor in child and family studies. Van Dalen earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District and America East All-Academic honors this season.
Krishnan graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors and a 3.86 GPA this spring in business management/economics. She was a member of the America East All-Academic Team and Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Krishnan went 12-4 in singles action this season and earned first-team All-America East at the No. 6 singles and the No. 3 doubles slots.