Liam Paddock Named 2013 America East Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Cambridge, Mass.- UMBCís Liam Paddock (Worcestershire, England/Chase Technology College) has been named 2013 America East Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league announced today.
Paddock and Boston Universityís Katie Matthews, the female honoree, were chosen from a group of 19 student-athletes who were tabbed Scholar-Athletes in their respective sports by a committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives. The committee each year elects a Scholar-Athlete in each of the leagueís 20 championship sports following the fall, winter and spring seasons. Paddock was the men's soccer Scholar-Athlete while Matthews captured the award in both womenís indoor and outdoor track and field.
Paddock, a four-year letterwinner in the sport of menís soccer, becomes UMBCís first male athlete to capture the leagueís top academic award. Tennis standout Lana Khvalina was the only other Retriever student-athlete to receive the honor in 2004.
A key member of UMBCís America East title-winning menís soccer squad, Paddock earned the leagueís Defender of the Year trophy and was a Capital One Academic First-Team All-American en route to repeating as the menís soccer America East Scholar-Athlete. He led a team that was the best in America East allowing just 0.77 goals per game and reached the second round of the NCAA Championship. A two-time ﬁrst-team all-conference honoree and a third-team all-region recipient this year, Paddock graduated magna cum laude with a 3.90 GPA as a double major in psychology/sociology in December.
A three-time member of America Eastís Commissionerís honor roll, Paddock was also a third-team NSCAA Scholar All-American. In March, he earned an NCAA fall sports postgraduate scholarship and is current enrolled at UMBCís graduate school, pursuing his masterís degree in aging studies. Paddock and the aforementioned Khavalina are the only two UMBC student-athletes to earn the prestigious honor.
Other 2012-13 Scholar-Athletes included: Amelia Pereira (Hartford, womenís soccer; Eric Speakman (Stony Brook), menís cross country; Olivia Burne (Stony Brook), womenís cross country; Kristi Troch (Albany), field hockey; Grace Vickers (Binghamton), volleyball; Luke Apfeld (Vermont), men's basketball; Julie Forster (Albany), women's basketball; R.J. Page (Bpston U.), men's indoor track & field; Andrew Eckhoff (UMBC), menís swimming & diving; Katherine Mann (New Hampshire), women's swimming & diving; Rory Nunamacher (Hartford), men's lacrosse; Rachael Burek (Albany), women's lacrosse; Brandon McNitt (Stony Brook), baseball; Jessica Bump (Binghamton), softball; Ruben Haggai (Binghamton), men's tennis; Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis (Boston U.), women's tennis; John DeLallo (Albany), men's outdoor track & field.
America East is proud to have one of the most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the Scholar-Athlete program, an All-Academic team comprised of student-athletes that excel both academically and athletically is chosen in each of the conferenceís 20 sports by a committee consisting of faculty athletic representatives, academic advisers and sports information directors. Additionally, the conference recognizes all student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.0 GPA on its Academic Honor Roll, with those achieving a 3.5 average or better receiving Commissionerís Honor Roll status. Finally, the Academic Cup is awarded to the school with the highest cumulative GPA among its student-athletes for that academic year.