Eight student-athletes earned America East spring Scholar-Athlete honors Thursday.
Eight student-athletes earned America East spring Scholar-Athlete honors Thursday.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Eight Standouts Tabbed America East Spring Scholar-Athletes

Release: 06/27/2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Eight student-athletes who demonstrated excellence on the field and court and around the track, as well as in the classroom, during the 2013 spring season were named America East Scholar-Athletes by the conference office on Thursday. Stony Brook University’s Brandon McNitt (baseball), University of Hartford’s Rory Nunamacher (men’s lacrosse), University at Albany’s Rachael Burek (women’s lacrosse), Binghamton University’s Jessica Bump (softball) and Ruben Haggai (men’s tennis), Boston University’s Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis (women’s tennis) and Katie Matthews (women’s outdoor track & field) and Albany’s John DeLallo (men’s outdoor track & field). Two of the eight selections were members of America East championship-winning squads this winter.

The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the eight championship sports which America East sponsored in the spring season including baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. Member institutions of America East Conference for the 2012-13 spring season included University at Albany, Binghamton University, Boston University, University of Hartford, University of Maine, UMBC, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook University and University of Vermont.

A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the eight winter championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.30. Each honoree will automatically be eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award to be announced in mid-July.

McNitt, a junior pitcher of Stony Brook’s baseball team, carries a 3.46 GPA in biology with a pre-health focus. A two-time America East All-Academic and All-Conference selection, McNitt is a five-time member of Stony Brook’s Dean’s List and a member of the university’s Society of Distinguished Student-Athletes. He was also a CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District I in 2012. On the field this season, McNitt, an America East All-Championship team selection, went 4-6 with a 3.36 ERA and ranked sixth in the league in strikeouts with 63.

Nunamacher, a senior midfielder on Hartford’s men’s lacrosse team, graduated with a 3.44 GPA in accounting in May. He earned America East All-Academic accolades in 2013 and twice was named to the league’s Honor Roll and twice to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, including in 2013. Nunamacher received All-Conference honors for the third time this season, garnering first-team honors after tallying 29 points on 18 goals and 11 assists and finished his career with over 100 points.

Burek, a senior attacker on the Albany women’s lacrosse team, graduated last month with a 3.56 GPA in business administration. She earned America East All-Academic honors for the third time in 2013 and was also a Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree. On the field, Burek was named the conference’s Co-Player of the Year as well as a first-team honoree. Also an IWLCA All-American Northeast Region choice, Burek broke UAlbany’s single-season assists and points records, totaling 50 assists and 84 points.

Bump, a junior second baseman on Binghamton’s softball squad, had a 3.69 GPA in economics. A two-time America East All-Academic honoree (2012, 2013) and three-time Commissioner’s Honor Roll listee (2011, 12, 13), Bump is also a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society. On the diamond, she earned first-team all-conference honorees as she led the conference in runs (46), on-base percentage (.476), slugging percentage (.671) and triples (five) while ranking second in home runs (10), fourth in RBI (36) and sixth in hitting (.349).

Haggai, a junior on the Binghamton men’s tennis team, has a 3.75 GPA in management. He was named to the America East All-Academic Team, as well as the league’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Haggai, also named to Binghamton’s Honor Roll, was also an ITA Scholar-Athlete in 2013. On the court, he went 22-7 on fifth singles and earned first-team all-conference honors. Haggai also led the Bearcats to their fifth-straight America East title and earned the championship’s Most Outstanding Player honors.

A repeat Scholar-Athlete selection, Athanasiadis is a women’s tennis junior at Boston U., who has a 3.49 GPA in psychology. Tabbed an America East All-Academic selection for the second time in 2013, Athanasiadis also has been named to the America East Honor Roll three times. On the court, Athanasiadis earned first-team all-conference honors in doubles with teammate Jess Linero. The tandem finished the season ranked eighth in the nation.

Matthews, a senior on the Terriers’ outdoor track and field squad, graduated with a 3.94 GPA in speech-language pathology last month. Tabbed the America East Woman of the Year last month, Matthews was also the indoor track and field Scholar-Athlete and has been named to multiple America East All-Academic squads and honor rolls and make Dean’s List several times. On the track, Matthews was a five-time All-American, including three times in 2013, and most recently placed fifth in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championship.

DeLallo, a sophomore on Albany’s outdoor track and field team, holds a 3.87 GPA in physics. A 2013 Capital One Academic All-District ® Track/Cross Country first-team election, this year, DeLallo also earned America East All-Academic accolades in both the indoor and outdoor seasons this season. He helped Albany capture its ninth-straight outdoor title, by earning all-conference honors as he ran on the Great Danes’ 4x800 relay squad, which placed first.

America East is proud to have one of the most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the Scholar-Athlete program, America East’s honors, which a record number of fall student-athletes were named to last week, recognizes those who achieve a 3.0 GPA or better during their playing-season semester. 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. Finally, the Academic Cup is awarded to the school with the highest cumulative GPA among its student-athletes for that academic year.

About the America East Conference
Now in its fourth decade of operation, the America East Conference has evolved into one of the most comprehensive NCAA Division I conferences in the country with a commitment to broad-based, competitive athletics programs, complementing the academic integrity and missions of the member institutions. Progressive in its approach to its more than 3,400 student-athletes, America East recognizes champions in each of its 20 sports. America East also conducts the nation’s most comprehensive academic recognition program for student-athletes and collaborates on several community service initiatives throughout its geographic footprint each year. With members spanning from the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast regions of the United States, America East strives to develop champions in academics, athletics and leadership at its nine member institutions: University at Albany, Binghamton University, Boston University, University of Hartford, University of Maine, UMBC, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook University and University of Vermont.