CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC junior Eric Schuler (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) has been named the America East Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete for the Fall 2013 season, the conference office announced on Thursday afternoon.
Schuler becomes the fourth UMBC athlete to earn an America East Scholar-Athlete award in the last three years as women's basketball's Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) earned the honor in 2011-12 while swimming and diving's Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) garnered the accolade a year ago and men's soccer's Liam Paddock (Worcestershire, England/Chase Technology College) received the award in both 2011-12 and 2012-13.
This past fall, Schuler was a part of a record-setting and America East championship-winning Retriever men's squad. In the first meet of the season, the America East Pre-Conference Meet at Binghamton, the junior runner took the top overall spot as UMBC put the league on notice by winning the team competition. Schuler completed the course with a time of 25:33.1, the second-fastest in course history at the time of the race.
Schuler's success continued as he scored for the Black and Gold in each of the next two meets, the Navy Invitational and the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh.
In November, Schuler was selected to the America East All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year. He holds a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average (GPA) while majoring in computer science. During his first three years at UMBC, Schuler has earned a spot on the President's List for his academic work after each of his five semesters.
America East Fall 2013 Scholar-Athletes
Men's Soccer: Anthony Santaga, Hartford
Women's Soccer: Lisa Bijman, Maine
Field Hockey: Daphne Voormolen, Albany
Men's Cross Country: Eric Schuler, UMBC
Women's Cross Country: Olivia Burne, Stony Brook
Volleyball: Viktoriia Stroilo, Albany
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, field hockey and volleyball. Member institutions of the America East Conference for the 2013 fall season included Albany, Binghamton University, University of Hartford, Maine, UMBC, UMass Lowell, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook and University of Vermont. Fairfield University was an associate member in the sport of field hockey, while Providence College competed as an associate member in volleyball.
Nominees were put forward by their institution, which could nominate up to one student-athlete per sport. Then, 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 3.50. They will automatically be eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award to be announced this summer.
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.