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UAlbany’s Kyle McClancy and Kelly Costello Honored as 2015-16 America East Spring Scholar-Athletes

UAlbany Sports Information   07-07-2016

UAlbany’s Kyle McClancy and Kelly Costello Honored as 2015-16 America East Spring Scholar-Athletes

BOSTON – UAlbany’s Kyle McClancy and Kelly Costello have been selected as 2015-16 America East Spring Scholar-Athletes, the conference announced on Thursday.  McClancy is the America East Spring Scholar-Athlete for men’s lacrosse while Costello is for softball.

UAlbany has the most 2015-16 America East Spring Scholar-Athletes with two out of seven possible.  Five other conference schools have one scholar-athlete this spring.

In total, six UAlbany student-athletes were chosen as 2015-16 America East Scholar-Athletes this season, double more than any other league institution.  McClancy and Costello join Paula Heuser of field hockey, Laini Leindecker of volleyball, Alexa Schneider of women’s soccer and Peter Hooley of men’s basketball.

To be eligible for this award, nominees had to have at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA, have been a starter or an important reserve on the field plus be academically and athletically at sophomore status or higher.

Kyle McClancy, from Bayport, N.Y. is a sophomore starter in UAlbany’s first midfield and faceoff unit, standing with a 3.93 cumulative GPA as a double major in accounting and economics.  Starting all 17 games, McClancy finished the season with four goals, 11 assists and 27 ground balls, helping the Great Danes to the America East regular season title and an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.  He earned a spot on the America East All-Academic Team and is the first-ever recipient of the Daniel L. Barnes ’07 Memorial Scholarship for academic excellence and sportsmanship.

Kelly Costello, a native of Windsor, N.Y., is a four-time all-conference pick and three-time America East All-Academic selection. Boasting a 3.55 cumulative GPA as an actuarial & mathematical science major with a minor in economics and sociology, the senior was named a nominee for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award and earned the 2015-16 SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award for softball. On the diamond, Costello batted .333 with 48 hits, 23 runs batted in, nine doubles, and three home runs, starting all 52 games this spring. Costello also led the team and ranked second in the America East with 46 runs scored.

The other five 2015-16 America East Spring Scholar-Athletes were Hartford’s David MacKinnon for baseball, Stony Brook’s Samantha DiSalvo for women’s lacrosse, Binghamton’s Annie DiMauro for women’s tennis, Vermont’s Dan Moroney for men’s track & field and UNH’s Laura Rose Donegan for women’s track & field.