Three #Seawolves named America East Scholar-Athletes
June 25, 2014
Cambridge, Mass. - Senior Olivia Burne of the Stony Brook women's track and field team, junior Cassandra Dix of the tennis team and junior Allison Cukrov of the softball team have been tabbed America East Scholar-Athletes, conference officials announced Wednesday afternoon.
The America East Woman of the Year, Burne (Palmerston North, New Zealand) is the first student-athlete to be named Scholar-Athlete in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field in the same athletic year since Boston University's Marisa Ryan in 2006-07. She graduated with a 3.84 grade-point average (GPA) in journalism.
Burne, who splits the honor with Albany's Kathryn Fanning, defended her America East championship in the 1,500-meters and went on to compete at the NCAA Regional meet. She also claimed the indoor 1,000-meter and cross country crowns, giving her an individual title in each of the final four America East Championship meets of her career.
Dix, a biochemistry major with a 4.0 GPA, was a key cog in the Seawolves' third straight America East Championship and NCAA tournament berth. An all-conference selection in singles and doubles, Dix went 12-2 in dual singles matches, including a 7-1 mark at No. 5. Dix combined with junior Polina Movchan (Kiev, Ukraine) to go 8-0 at No. 2 doubles in dual matches.
Cukrov won 23 games, tied for the third most in a season in school history, and posted an ERA of 2.10. She threw complete games in 21 of her 28 starts, including eight shutouts.
The America East Pitcher of the Year allowed 70 runs, 64 earned, in 213 innings. After a rough outing at Cal Poly on March 8, Cukrov entered a stretch of pure dominance. From March 16 to May 9, Cukrov, a second team all-region selection, was 20-0 with a 1.12 ERA in 143 2/3 innings, winning 19 straight starts. Opposing batters hit only .160 during that stretch.
The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the eight championship sports which America East sponsored in the spring season including men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and womens outdoor track & field, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball and softball. Member institutions of the America East Conference for the 2013-14 spring season included Albany, Binghamton University, University of Hartford, Maine, UMBC, UMass Lowell, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook and University of Vermont.
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 eight spring championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50. They will automatically be eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award to be announced in July.