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Six elite America East Student-Athletes earned Winter Scholar-Athlete honors Wednesday.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Six Elite Student-Athletes Tabbed Winter Scholar-Athletes

Release: 04/23/2014
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Six standouts from America East winter sports who excelled both academically and athletically have earned the recognition of 2013-14 Winter Scholar-Athletes as announced by the conference office. Vermont’s Luke Apfeld (co-men’s basketball), Stony Brook’s Olivia Burne (women’s indoor track & field), Albany’s John DeLallo (men’s indoor track & field), New Hampshire’s Lauren McCandless (women’s swimming & diving) are all repeated Scholar-Athletes, while Maine’s Liz Wood (women’s basketball) and Albany’s Peter Hooley (co-men’s basketball) each garnered the recognition for the first time in their first eligible seasons. Three of the six student-athletes helped lead their squads to 2013-14 America East championship titles.

2013-14 Winter America East Scholar-Athletes
Luke Apfeld, Gr./Sr., Vermont – Co-Men’s Basketball
  • Graduated in May 2013 with a dual degree in English and Sociology posting a 3.83 GPA as an undergrad, and has recently earned a 3.78 graduate GPA in Educational Leadership & Public Policy.
  • Nominee for 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team and a repeat America East Scholar-Athlete choice.
  • 2013 Capital One Academic All-District I First Team and a two-time Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team.
  • Two-time team captain named to the America East All-Academic Team three times and he NABC Honors Court twice.
  • Reached the 1,000-point milestone this season enroute to helping the Catamounts win the regular-season title.

Peter Hooley, So., Albany – Co-Men’s Basketball
  • Has accrued a 3.51 GPA in Journalism and Psychology.
  • Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-District First Team honoree.
  • Co-captain earned a spot on the America East All-Academic Team.
  • Slated to the America East All-Conference Second Team and All-Tournament Team.
  • Garnered America East Championship Most Outstanding Player recognition, the first sophomore to do so since 1999.

Liz Wood, So., Maine – Women’s Basketball
  • Tallied a 3.93 GPA in Biology with a Pre-med concentration in the honors college to go along with a minor in chemistry.
  • Named to America East’s All-Academic team this season.
  • Earned a spot on Americca East’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll in her first semester of eligibility.
  • Selected to the All-America East Second-Team and All-Defensive Team.

Olivia Burne, Sr., Stony Brook - Women’s Indoor Track & Field
  • Carries a 3.93 GPA while majoring in journalism.
  • Third Scholar-Athlete recognition, first in Indoor Track & Field, and carries a 3.84 GPA as a journalism major.
  • Has won an America Eat individual title in each of the last three seasons, including her most recent indoor title in the women’s 1,000 with an ECAC-qualifying time of 2:48.33.
  • America East All-Academic selection and six-time Commissioner’s Honor Roll choice.
  • Earned second-team All-America honors in the mile from the USTFCCCA.
  • Made Dean’s List seven semesters.


John DeLallo, Jr., Albany – Men’s Indoor Track & Field

  • Accumulated a 3.80 GPA in Physics and has been named to the All-Academic squads in outdoor and indoor track (2013) as a result.·         Second Scholar-Athlete recognition (outdoor track & field, 2013).
  • Named to third America East All-Academic team following the indoor track & field season.
  • was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection last season.
  • Placed second in the mile, third in the 1,000 and helped lift the team to a second-place finish in the distance medley relay at the America East Indoor Championships, en route to the Great Danes ninth-straight indoor title.


Lauren McCandless, Sr., New Hampshire – Women’s Swimming & Diving

  • Sports a 3.64 GPA as a double major in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Biochemistry.
  • Four-time America East All-Conference honoree.
  • Posted four-straight individual wins in the 1650-free, just the fifth swimmer in league history to win four-straight titles in the same event.
  • Inaugural honoree to the America East Dave Alexander Coaches Award.
  • Led the Wildcats to two-straight swimming & diving titles.


The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the five championship sports which America East sponsored in the winter season including men’s and women’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s swimming & diving. Member institutions of the America East Conference for the 2013-14 winter season included Albany, Binghamton University, University of Hartford, Maine, UMBC, UMass Lowell, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook and University of Vermont.

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 five winter 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.

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