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Nine America East standouts were named spring Scholar-Athletes Wednesday.
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Nine Standout Student-Athletes Tabbed Spring Scholar-Athletes

Release: 06/25/2014
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Nine elite student-athletes who competed in America East spring sports and excelled both academically and athletically have earned the recognition of 2014 Spring inter Scholar-Athletes as announced by the conference office Wednesday. Stony Brook’s Olivia Burne (co-women’s outdoor track & field), Allison Cukrov (softball) and Cassandra Dix (women’s tennis), Binghamton’s Robin Lesage (men’s tennis) and Jake Thomas (baseball), Albany’s Kathryn Fanning (co-women’s outdoor track & field), Hartford’s Vermont’s, Hartford’s Tate Klidonas (men’s lacrosse), Maine’s Kelton Cullenberg (men’s outdoor track & field) and Vermont’s Vanessa VanderZalm (women’s lacrosse) were each recognized. Four of the nine student-athletes helped lead their squads to America East championship titles this spring.

2013-14 Spring America East Scholar-Athletes
Olivia Burne, Sr., Stony Brook - Co-Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
·         Graduated with a 3.84 GPA in journalism.
·         2014 America East Woman of the Year.
·         Became first America East athletes to earn Scholar-Athlete honors in three sports in the same year since 2007.
·         Earned America East All-Academic accolades for the sixth time following the outdoor season.
·         Won the 1,500-meter run at the America East Outdoor Championship and competed at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Kelton Cullenberg, Sr., Maine - Men’s Outdoor Track & Field
·         Graduated with a 3.92 GPA as a kinesiology/exercise science Major and business administration minor.
·         2014 America East Man of the Year.
·         Earned Maine’s prestigious M Club Dean Smith Award in 2014.
·         Won the 5,000 meters at the America East Outdoor Championship.

Allison Cukrov, Jr., Stony Brook – Softball
·         Carries a 3.87 GPA as an environmental science major.
·         Two-time America East All-Academic and Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection.
·         Chosen America East Pitcher of the Year for the second time in 2014.
·         Also was a first team NFCA All-Region honoree and first-team All-America East selection.

Cassandra Dix, Jr., Stony Brook – Women’s Tennis
·         Carries a perfect 4.0 GPA in biochemistry.
·         Earned America East All-Academic honors in 2014.
·         Was a first-team All-America East selection in doubles and a second-team choice in singles.
·         Helped Stony Brook capture its third-straight America East title.

Kathryn Fanning, Sr., Albany - Co-Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
·         Graduated with a 3.98 GPA majoring in biology
·         Earned America East All-Academic honors for the ninth time following the outdoor season.
·         Paced second in the 1,500 meters at the America East Outdoor Championship.
·         Member of the winning 4x800 relay team at the America East Outdoor Championship.

Tate Klidonas, Sr., Hartford - Men’s Lacrosse
·         Graduated with a 3.76 GPA in health sciences and a physical therapy concentration.
·         Named a USILA Scholar All-American in 2014.
·         Two-time All-Academic choice and three-time Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection.
·         Tabbed a first-team all-conference selection for the second-straight year.

Robin Lesage, Jr., Binghamton – Men’s Tennis
·         Carries a 3.92 GPA in management.
·         Earned America East All-Academic honors in 2014.
·         Was a first-team All-America East selection while playing No. 1 and No. 2 singles.
·         Helped the Bearcats claim their seventh-straight America East title.

Vanessa VanderZalm, So., Vermont - Women’s Lacrosse
·         Has a 3.61 GPA in nuclear medicine technology.
·         2014 All-Academic choice.
·         Was a first-team All-America East honoree and a second-team All-Region selection this year.
·         Tied for third in the conference with 46 goals scored and was fifth with 63 points.

Jake Thomas, Jr., Binghamton – Baseball
·         Carries a 3.53 GPA in management.
·         Was a 2014 America East All-Academic selection.
·         Earned first-team All-America East honors
·         Helped Binghamton win its second-straight America East title in 2014.

The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the eight championship sports which America East sponsored in the winter season including men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and womens outdoor track & field, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball and softball. Member institutions of the America East Conference for the 2013-14 spring 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 in July.

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