PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. – UMBC's Kristin Drabyn earned the America East Conference Sportsmanship Award as the conference honored its top team and individual accomplishments Tuesday night at the conference's annual awards dinner at Port Jefferson Country Club. Boston University's Marisa Ryan was named America East Woman of the Year, while Terrier tennis player Ross Lohr earned the men's Sportsmanship Award winners. Maine and and Vermont tied as the recipient of the America East Academic Cup.
Drabyn is viewed as the best teammate on the America East Champion Retrievers. Whether posting positive quotes and comments in the locker room, helping tutor a player in a course subject or simply working as hard in practice as possible, she is always helping to make the team better. Beyond the court, Drabyn is a student mentor at a local elementary school, where she visits at least twice a week. She also spent Spring Break of 2006 in New Orleans, working for Habit for Humanity in its rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
A rising senior, the off-guard averaged a career-best 9.6 points per game and led the Retrievers in three-point field goals (68) and free throw percentage (90.2%, 37/41).
For the first time in conference history two member institutions shared the America East Academic Cup. Maine and Vermont saw their student-athletes maintain a 3.07 grade-point average. Maine and Vermont's student-athletes are part of the more than 3,200 student-athletes who competed at nine America East institutions in the 2006-07 season. The conference's student-athletes compiled a grade-point average of 3.01.
The America East champion UMBC women's swimming and diving (3.40 gpa) posted the highest grade-point average among the conference's teams for that sport.