Cambridge, Mass.- For the second consecutive year, UMBC soccer standout Liam Paddock earned the America East Fall 2012 Scholar-Athlete Award for the sport of men's soccer.
Paddock (Worcestershire, England/Chase Technology College), a senior on UMBC's America East title-winning men's soccer squad, earning the league's Defender of the Year trophy and was a Capital One Academic First-Team All-American en route to repeating as the men's soccer 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 East's Commissioner's honor roll, Paddock was also a third-team NSCAA Scholar All-American.
The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the six championship sports which America East sponsored in the fall season including men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, fi eld hockey and volleyball. Member institutions of the America East Conference for the 2012 fall season included University at Albany, Binghamton University, Boston University, University of Hartford, University of Maine, UMBC, New Hampshire, Stony Brook and University of Vermont.
A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the six fall championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.30. Each honoree will automatically be eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award to be announced this summer.
America East is proud to have one of the most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the Scholar-Athlete program, America East's honors, which a record number of fall student-athletes were named to last week, recognizes those who achieve a 3.0 GPA or better during their playing-season semester. 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. Finally, the Academic Cup is awarded to the school with the highest cumulative GPA among its student-athletes for that academic year.
For information on the America East Academic Awards Program, including past scholar-athletes, All-Academic squads and more, log on to the conference's official website www.AmericaEast.com.