Eleven Great Danes Earn Presidential Scholar-Athlete Award
BOSTON – The University at Albany athletics programs combined to see 11 student-athletes earn Presidential Scholar-Athlete Awards for the 2017-18 academic season, the America East announced Wednesday. The 11 Great Danes were tied for the most in the conference with Binghamton.
UAlbany’s 11 award winners this year combined to win six America East team titles in 2017-18. Men’s lacrosse had the highest representation with three individuals, Josh Egan, AJ Kluck, and Kyle McClancy. Men’s soccer had two representatives, Kaz Boschen and Noah Waxner. All other represented sports had one: Tara Belinsky (women’s track & field), Kelsey Briddell (field hockey), Deyshawn Clarke-Wells (men’s track & field), Heather Forster (women’s basketball), David Nichols (men’s basketball), and Sarah Petzold (softball).
Belinsky, a thrower on the women’s track & field team, graduated with a 3.86 GPA studying Communication. She is one of two among the 11 Great Dane representatives to have been named a 2017-18 SUNY Scholar-Athlete. Belinsky was named America East All-Academic for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. In the shot put, she broke the UAlbany school record three times indoors, including recording the first 50’ mark in women’s program history. She earned All-Conference honors indoors in her signature event, and was the 2017-18 America East Outdoor Champion.
Boschen, a forward on the men’s soccer team, graduated with a 3.84 GPA studying Psychology. He appeared in all 22 games during the 2017-18 season, making 17 starts. Boschen was one of four men’s soccer players named America East All-Academic.
Briddell, a forward/midfielder on the field hockey team, graduated with a 3.75 GPA studying Human Biology. A 2017-18 America East All-Tournament selection, Briddell started all 19 games during the season, scoring five goals and recording seven assists.
Clarke-Wells, a jumper on the men’s track & field team, graduated with a 3.87 GPA studying Journalism. Clarke-Wells competed seven times this season for UAlbany, recording a personal best of 44-00.75 in his signature event, the triple jump, at the America East Indoor Championships.
Egan, a midfielder on the men’s lacrosse team, graduated with a 3.96 GPA studying Business. He was the America East Elite 18 recipient and the NCAA Elite 90 recipient for men’s lacrosse. Further, Egan was named America East All-Academic and CoSIDA Academic All District. In 19 games, Egan made one start, recording five goals and two assists.
Forster, a forward on the women’s basketball team, graduated with a 3.88 GPA studying Business. Forster appeared in 31 games and made 25 starts during the season. She averaged 4.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, and ranked second on the team in blocked shots.
Kluck, a long stick midfielder on the men’s lacrosse team, graduated with a 3.85 GPA studying Business. Kluck made 18 appearances this season, recording nine ground balls.
McClancy, a midfielder on the men’s lacrosse team, graduated with a 3.93 GPA studying Business. An America East Man of the Year finalist, McClancy is the second of the 11 representatives to have earned SUNY Scholar-Athlete honors. He was named America East All-Conference First Team, America East All-Academic, and Inside Lacrosse Second Team All-America. McClancy finished the season starting all 19 games, scoring 29 goals and recording 19 assists.
Nichols, a guard on the men’s basketball team, is graduating with a 3.91 GPA studying Communication. An America East All-Academic and CoSIDA Academic All-District representative, Nichols scored his 1,000th career point last season on January 24 at Vermont. He finished the season starting in 31 of 32 games while averaging 14.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.
Petzold, an outfielder on the softball team, graduated with a 3.95 GPA studying Psychology and Sociology. Petzold was the Elite 18 recipient following the America East championship, and was named America East All-Tournament and America East First Team All-Conference. Additionally, Petzold was named America East All-Academic and CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District. Starting all 48 games on the season, Petzold hit .298 with eight doubles, seven home runs, and 35 RBIs while slugging .519.
Waxner, a defender on the men’s soccer team, graduated with a 3.89 GPA studying Criminal Justice. Waxner was the Elite 18 recipient following the men’s America East final, and made five appearances on the season.
In total, a conference-high 77 student-athletes earned the Presidential Scholar-Athlete Award, improving on the previous conference-high of 59 from last year. To be eligible for the Presidential Scholar-Athlete Award, an individual must graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher.