CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The America East Conference office announced on Thursday that 1,254 of its winter and spring student-athletes, representing 56.6 percent of those who competed, have been named to the 2011-12 America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll. Students had to earn grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher to receive this recognition. Six-hundred and forty-four, or over 29 percent of all student-athletes, also earned Commissioner’s Honor Roll status for completing the spring semester with a GPA of 3.50 or higher while competing during the winter or spring sports season.
Binghamton University had the most student-athletes named to the Academic Honor Roll with 177 recipients. UMBC (150), University of Vermont (145), and University at Albany (139) followed. University of Maine (134), University of New Hampshire (132), Stony Brook University and Boston University (131) and University of Hartford (115) rounded out America East’s nine member institutions.
Vermont and New Hampshire each sent 65 percent of their student-athletes to the honor roll. Hartford (61.5 percent) and Binghamton (60 percent) also had over 60 percent of their winter/spring student-athletes recognized. The Bearcats had the most athletes listed on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll with 93 student-athletes achieving a 3.50 GPA or higher.
The Wildcats’ women’s outdoor track & field squad placed the most students-athletes on the honor roll with 53 achieving at least a 3.0 GPA. The UNH men’s outdoor track & field was the top men’s team, placing 33 on the honor roll.
The following teams also sent the most number of student-athletes to the honor roll in each respective sport: baseball, Hartford (21); men’s basketball, Albany (10); women’s basketball, Vermont (10); men’s lacrosse, Hartford (26); women’s lacrosse, New Hampshire (17); softball, Maine (14); men’s swimming & diving, UMBC (20); women’s swimming & diving, Vermont (24); men’s tennis, Binghamton (7); women’s tennis, Boston University (7); men’s indoor track & field, Boston University (28); women’s indoor track & field, New Hampshire (50).
America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the honor roll, 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. Additionally, a scholar-athlete, someone who distinguishes himself/herself as the top student-athlete in his/her sport, is awarded. From that group, one male and one female is selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Finally, the America East Academic Cup, which honors the America East institution with the highest average cumulative GPA among its student-athletes. University of Hartford captured its second Cup last week at the league’s Annual Meeting.