BOSTON – For the second consecutive year, UMBC's Matthew Kane (Sykesville, Md./Century) earned America East Conference Cross County All-Academic Team honors.
The senior is maintaining a 3.90 grade-point average in biological sciences.
Kane produced an outstanding junior season, scoring in all six meets and leading UMBC across the line on two occasions. He scored in three of five competitions this fall, including a fourth-place finish for his squad in the America East Championships.
Kane was one of 22 student-athletes were rewarded for their academic and athletic successes.
To be eligible for All-Academic, student-athletes must have sophomore athletic eligibility, attain a 3.30 minimum grade-point average and be a contributor on their team. The squad is voted on by a committee made up of America East student-athlete support and athletic communications administrators as well as faculty athletic representatives.
America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the All-Academic program, Elite 18 Awards are bestowed in each of the conference's sponsored sports. Additionally, a Scholar-Athlete, someone who distinguishes himself/herself as the top student-athlete in his/her sport, is awarded. From that group, one male and one female are selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The conference also recognizes all student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.0 GPA on its Academic Honor Roll, with those achieving a 3.50 average or better receiving Commissioner's Honor Roll status. The Presidential Scholar-Athlete award recognizes graduating student-athletes who compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher as an undergraduate student. Finally, the Academic Cup is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade-point average during that academic year.