L-to-R: Viktoriia Stoilo, Daphne Voormole, Anthony Santaga, Eric Schuler, Lisa Bijman, Olivia Burne.
L-to-R: Viktoriia Stoilo, Daphne Voormole, Anthony Santaga, Eric Schuler, Lisa Bijman, Olivia Burne.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Six Elite Student-Athletes Named Fall Scholar-Athletes

Release: 02/13/2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Six of America East’s top student-athletes who demonstrated excellence both athletically and academically last semester are the America East 2013 Fall Scholar-Athletes as announced Thursday afternoon by the conference office. Stony Brook University’s Olivia Burne (women’s cross country) headlines the honorees as the lone repeat selection. She is joined by University at Albany’s Viktoriia Stroilo (volleyball) and Daphne Voormolen (field hockey), University of Hartford’s Anthony Santaga (men’s soccer), University of Maine’s Lisa Bijman (women’s soccer) and UMBC’s Eric Schuler (men’s cross country).

2013 Fall America East Scholar-Athletes
Olivia Burne, Sr., Stony Brook - Women’s Cross Country
  • Lone repeat scholar-athlete carries a 3.84 GPA as a journalism major.
  • Was the 2013 America East women’s cross country individual champion and placed 15th at the NCAA Northeast regional meet.
  • America East All-Academic selection and six-time Commissioner’s Honor Roll choice.
  • Made Dean’s List six of seven semesters.

Daphne Voormolen, Sr., Albany - Field Hockey
  •  Has a 3.60 GPA as double major in business and public health.
  •  Two-time America East Offensive Player of the Year and two-time NFHCA first-team All-Northeast Region honoree.
  •  Co-captain will graduate as Albany’s all-time leading scorer.
  •  Two-time America East All-Academic honoree and a member of 2012 NFHCA Division I national academic squad.

Viktoriia Stroilo, Jr., Albany - Volleyball
  •  Has accrued a 3.74 cumulative GPA as a biology major.
  •  Member of the America East All-Academic team.
  •  Two-time America East Defensive Specialist of the Year.
  •  Second-team all-conference choice, the lone defensive specialist in the league to earn all-league honors.

Anthony Santaga, Sr., Hartford - Men’s Soccer
  •  Carries a 3.93 cumulative GPA as an economics and finance major.
  •  Tri-captain was a member of the America East All-Academic team.
  •  Forward earned second-team All-America East honors and was an NSCAA All-Northeast Region honoree.

Lisa Bijman, Sr., Maine - Women’s Soccer
  •  Has a 3.96 GPA as a kinesiology and physical education exercise science major with a chemistry and pre-med studies minor.
  •  Three-time America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipient.
  •  Was an America East All-Academic choice in 2013.
  •  Co-captain was a first-team All-America East defender this season.

Eric Schuler, Jr., UMBC - Men’s Cross Country
  •  Has a perfect 4.0 GPA as a computer science major and has received UMBC’s President’s Award three times.
  •  Two-time America East All-Academic selection and three-time Commissioner’s Honor Roll choice.
  •  Helped UMBC win the 2013 America East Cross Country title.

The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the six championship sports which America East sponsored in the fall season including men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball. Member institutions of the America East Conference for the 2013 fall season included Albany, Binghamton University, University of Hartford, Maine, UMBC, UMass Lowell, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook and University of Vermont. Fairfield University was an associate member in the sport of field hockey, while Providence College competed as an associate member in volleyball.

Nominees were put forward by their institution, which could nominate up to one student-athlete per sport. Then, a committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the six fall championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50. They will automatically be eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award to be announced this summer.

About America East: The America East provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.