Liam Paddock and Katie Matthews received America East's top individual honor on Thursday.
Liam Paddock and Katie Matthews received America East's top individual honor on Thursday.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Paddock, Matthews Tabbed 2012-13 Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Release: 07/18/2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — UMBC's Liam Paddock and Boston University's Katie Matthews have earned the conference’s top individual academic honor as the duo was named the conference's 2012-13 Male and Female and Scholar-Athlete of the Year award recipients Thursday.

Paddock and Matthews were chosen from a group of 19 student-athletes who were tabbed Scholar-Athletes in their respective sports by a committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives. The committee each year elects a Scholar-Athlete in each of the league’s 20 championship sports following the fall, winter and spring seasons. Paddock was the men's soccer Scholar-Athlete while Matthews captured the award in both women’s indoor and outdoor track and field.

Paddock, a senior on UMBC’s America East title-winning men’s soccer squad, graduated magna cum laude with a 3.90 GPA as a double major in psychology/sociology in December and has a 4.00 graduate school average in management of aging studies. He was tabbed America East's Defender of the Year trophy and was a Capital One Academic First-Team All-American en route to repeating as the men’s soccer Scholar-Athlete. He led a team that was the best in America East allowing just 0.77 goals per game and reached the second round of the NCAA Championship. A two-time first-team all-conference honoree and a third-team all-region recipient this year, Paddock was a three-time member of America East’s Commissioner’s honor roll. Paddock was also a third-team NSCAA Scholar All-American and earned a prestigious NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

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 in June, Matthews was both the indoor and outdoor track & field Scholar-Athlete. She was named to multiple America East All-Academic squads and honor rolls and made 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.

Other 2012-13 Scholar-Athletes included: Amelia Pereira (Hartford, women’s soccer; Eric Speakman (Stony Brook), men’s cross country; Olivia Burne (Stony Brook), women’s cross country; Kristi Troch (Albany), field hockey; Grace Vickers (Binghamton), volleyball; Luke Apfeld (Vermont), men's basketball; Julie Forster (Albany), women's basketball; R.J. Page (Bpston U.), men's indoor track & field; Andrew Eckhoff (UMBC), men’s swimming & diving; Katherine Mann (New Hampshire), women's swimming & diving; Rory Nunamacher (Hartford), men's lacrosse; Rachael Burek (Albany), women's lacrosse; Brandon McNitt (Stony Brook), baseball; Jessica Bump (Binghamton), softball; Ruben Haggai (Binghamton), men's tennis; Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis (Boston U.), women's tennis; John DeLallo (Albany), men's outdoor track & field.

America East is proud to have one of the most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the Scholar-Athlete program, 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 advisers and sports information directors. Additionally, the conference recognizes all student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.0 GPA on its Academic Honor Roll, with those achieving a 3.5 average or better receiving Commissioner’s Honor Roll status. Finally, the Academic Cup is awarded to the school with the highest cumulative GPA among its student-athletes for that academic year.