CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Senior Alice Chen (North Potomac, Md./Quince Orchard) was named the America East Conference Scholar Athlete for women's tennis, the conference announced Tuesday. The conference named members of teams in the eight championship sports which America East offered in the spring season, that represent the best of the America East Conference both academically and athletically.
Chen's award is the fourth in a row for the women's tennis program at UMBC. Cornelia Carapcea ('09) earned the honor in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
UMBC has been awarded 13 Scholar Athlete awards in seven years in the America East.
Stony Brook University's Kevin Crowley, the league's Player of the Year and an All-American in the sport of men's lacrosse, highlighted the list of other honorees. Crowley is joined by three other Seawolves: Alyssa Struzenberg in softball, baseball standout Tyler Johnson and Holly Van Dalen in women's outdoor track & field. That group is accompanied by University at Albany's Olivia Jarem in women's lacrosse and Valete Graham in men's outdoor track & field, and Binghamton University's Sven Vloedgraven, a repeat selection in men's tennis.
This is the seventh honor that Chen has received after the completion of her senior season. Chen and junior Emily Mannix (Hillsborough, N.J.) each earned America East second-team honors in doubles play. She earned a place on ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District women's at-large first team, the America East Conference's All-Academic team and was awarded a 2010 Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics (MACDA) postgraduate scholarships.
UMBC's female recipient of the Matt Skalsky Scholar-Athlete award capped the spring by earning a place on the 2009-10 CoSida/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America University Division Women's At-Large Second Team.
Playing at the No. 1 singles slot, she posted a brilliant record of 16-6 in her senior campaign. A repeat winner from the spring of 2009, she was a second-team all-conference selection in doubles competition and earned her degree with a 4.00 grade-point average in biochemistry and molecular biology. She will be attending the University of Maryland's School of Medicine this fall
A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the eight spring championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20.
These eight winners will be added to the 12 Scholar-Athletes from the fall/winter to comprise the ballots for the America East Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, which will be announced later this month.