Courtesy: America East Communications

Academic All-Americans Donegan, MacKinnon Highlight Spring Scholar-Athletes

Release: 07/07/2016

BOSTON — Seven of America East’s top student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence both athletically and academically are America East's 2016 Spring Scholar-Athletes, as announced Thursday morning by the conference office.

The Scholar-Athletes, two of which were Academic All-Americans this year, were members of teams in the seven championship sports which America East sponsored in the spring season including baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, women's tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field.

2016 America East Spring Scholar-Athletes
David MacKinnon, Jr., Hartford - Baseball

  • Has a 3.94 GPA majoring in accounting.
  • First America East baseball student-athlete to be named a first-team Academic All-American.
  • Second-team All-Region, America East Player of the Year and first-team All-Conference selection.

Kyle McClancy, So., Albany - Men's Lacrosse

  • Carries a 3.93 GPA with a double major of accounting and economics.
  • Selected to the men's lacrosse All-Academic team.
  • Recipient of the first Daniel L. Barnes ’07 Memorial Scholarship for academic excellence and good sportsmanship.
  • Helped Albany win its fourth-straight America East regular-season title and earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

Samatha DiSalvo, Jr., Stony Brook – Women’s Lacrosse

  • Holds a perfect 4.0 GPA majoring in biology.
  • Selected to the women's lacrosse All-Academic team.
  • Collected 38 points for the Seawolves in helping them win their fourth-straight America East championship and advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Kelly Costello, Sr., Albany - Softball

  • Graduated with a 3.55 GPA in actuarial & mathematical science.
  • Was a three-time America East All-Academic selection.
  • Earned All-Conference recognition three times, including second-team accolades in 2016.

Annie DiMuro, Jr., Binghamton – Women’s Tennis

  • Has a 3.52 GPA in biology.
  • Earned America East All-Academic honors this spring.
  • Posted double-digit wins playing at the No. 2 position for the Bearcats.

Dan Moroney, Sr., Vermont – Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

  • Graduated as an America East Presidential Scholar-Athlete with a 3.83 GPA in medical laboratory sciences.
  • Earned America East All-Academic honors for the third time this year in the spring.
  • Was an All-Conference honoree with his third-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the America East outdoor championship.

Laura Rose Donegan, Sr., New Hampshire – Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

  • Carries a perfect 4.0 GPA as a political science major.
  • Earned first-team Academic All-America honors.
  • Finished sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championship to earn first-team All-America status.

Nominees were put forward by their institution, which could nominate one student-athlete per sport. Then, the conference's Student-Athlete Engagement committee chose an honoree in each of the seven spring 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 on July 20.

America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country, which honors over two-thirds of its student-athletes for their success in the classroom. Learn more about the conference's academic awards program

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.