Updated: January 31, 2013 4:01 pm (ET)
by America East Communications
Complete CoSIDA Release
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -
Two America East men's basketball players and one women's player were selected
to the Capital One Academic All-District I basketball teams, the College Sports
Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. Vermont's Luke
Apfeld and Albany's Jacob Iati earned the distinction on the men's side, while
Albany's Julie Forster was an honoree on the women's side.
All three were first team selections and will move on for
consideration for the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot that will be
selected later this month.
Apfeld, a junior, is a double major in English and sociology
at Vermont and carries a 3.82 GPA. He is averaging 10.1 points per game and is
one of the top free throw shooters in the league at 85.2-percent. He is a team
captain this season and returned from injury on Wednesday vs. Hartford after
missing five games with a lower leg injury.
Iati, a graduate student, holds a 3.52 GPA in his Business
Administration Master's program at Albany. The York, Pa., native leads the
conference in 3-pointers made with 64 this season, making 2.8 per game. He has
helped Albany to its best start in Division I history.
Forster, a Huntington, N.Y. native, is just a shade off of a
perfect 4.0 GPA, boasting a 3.96 in Educational administration and policy
studies. The senior has been a prominent part of Albany's hot start, ranking
second in the conference at 8.4 rebounds per game and fourth in steals at 2.4
per game. She is the first player in Great Dane history to eclipse the
1,000-rebound mark and has helped Albany to a 17-3 record and a perfect 8-0
mark in conference play.